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Walk the Monterey Paddock With Dr. Orlove and Jalopnik

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Raphael Orlove is a young gushing geyser of automotive knowledge. The man knows his old cars, and he puts that knowledge on full display while walking the paddock at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Follow allowing with Orlove as he basically freestyles his way through the pits.

Our hearts and minds are with Justin Wilson and his family

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IndyCar racer Justin Wilson had a serious on-track accident last night, and the driver remains in a coma this morning. Driver Sage Karam entered a high-speed section of the track and saw the rear of his car break loose. He wound up in the wall nose first, which sent his car and many pieces of it all across the racing surface. Wilson came up on the debris as the nosecone of Karam’s car bounced up and hit Justin in the head.

Wilson was seemingly immediately knocked out, and his car went down into the inside wall. He was unresponsive at the scene, and was airlifted to a local medical facility. There’s been no news of his condition since.

Anytime a racing driver is injured, we cry out a little on the inside. When you’ve met them personally it makes it that much harder to watch the incident and wait for any bit of hopeful news to make its way through. Justin came on the podcast over a year ago. During the recording he was funny, friendly, open, honest, and an all around delight to have as a guest.

I hope we get to have him on the podcast again, not just because he’s a great race car driver, but because it will simply mean he’s there…

Norwegian 1994 BMW 850CiA comes to America, pukes

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Remember Antti’s Norwegian friend Adrian? He is currently vacationing in the United States and Canada, and he brought his 1994 BMW 850CiA with him. Why? Because why not!? Also, because he needed a car with hand controls and Hertz doesn’t exactly keep those on the lot. Also, he’s gets to drive across North America in a 5.4-liter V12 BMW!

But, traveling in a twenty year old BMW is an adventure in itself. While driving from New York City to Boston, Adrian’s car started overheating (BMW? Overheating? SHOCKING!) and puking its coolant. Through our own Antti, he contacted me. I recommended that he have the BMW towed to Ace Performance in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. That’s the same place that sells Ariel Atoms, services lesser cars such as Porsches and BMWs, builds race cars, and is deemed good enough to work exotics such as my Integra, and my 4Runner (mad mods comin’, yo!).

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Three-Wheel Tuesday: A Tuk-Tuk on a European Tour

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Friend of Hooniverse, Joe, spotted this three-wheeled contraption on his holiday in Croatia. Originally an Italian development, Tuk-Tuks or auto rickshaws have popped up all around the warmer climates, where they work well as an uncomplicated means of transport. Perhaps you remember the one from Octopussy, popping a wheelie.

This blue, German-registered example made by Piaggio was touring the Adriatic Sea, and from Croatia it would have continued to Montenegro, then Albania and back via Italy. Quite a ride!

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Submission Thursday: Magnificent Seven Ride

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[Ed. note: This wonderful Austin Seven was driven by Matthew Harvey.]

It’s the last day in May, just a few weeks from Midsummer’s Day, but here in the wilds of Cumbria the weather is typically British. Summer is officially on strike. The sun is picketed by remorseless grey lumps hogging its warmth like stubborn trades unionists clustered round a brazier, unyielding and unrelenting.

The clouds may not be waving placards but the persistent drizzle is circumventing our collars. It’s dripping down our necks and sending shivers down our spines as Shop Stewards crying “All out!” must have done to British Leyland’s management in the 1970s.

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Meet & Greet: Old & Rusty Picnic #1 in Ankaran, Slovenia

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Going to an enthusiast car meet in Slovenia, what would you imagine seeing? I’m pretty sure nothing could prepare you for the awesomeness that was on display at the first ever Old & Rusty picnic meet in Ankaran, a small coastal town, on June 6th. The metal there was weathered or super shiny, the cars glacially slow or very quick indeed.

Hold on and check out the photo-heavy post our local oldschool car enthusiast friends were nice enough to treat us to.

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Wagon Wednesday: BMW E30 325i Touring on video

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I’m sure you read the recent reader submissions depicting a Slovenian BMW E30 touring on twisty Balkan coastal roads. Now, you can see and hear the white wagon in action, with FinalGear’s video crew having created two short films about that particular, recently restored car.

The straight six sounds particularly good under a dedicated owner‘s care.

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Submission Thursday: Balkanized, Part 2

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[Ed. note: Continuation from Balkanized, Part 1. If you haven’t read the first part by Matt Harvey, I recommend you do that immediately. Photos by Darjan Platinovšek –Antti]

Ivan and his new chums climb away out of sight and the burble of their engines dwindles to nothing. For a few seconds there is silence, not a breath of breeze to sully it as we drink in the landscape. Only a few seconds. We still have a good distance to go before we get to our digs just south of Rijeka with an hour and a half until sunset, just enough time to milk this road dry.

Pulling back onto the tarmac we resume the descent alphabetically, Audi first, BMW second, clear air in third. A few more bends and short straights and Darjan spots another lay-by, this time right on the apex of a sharp left-hander but with the promise of rewarding vistas. I slow as hard as I dare, mindful of the sticky master cylinder a few metres behind before easing the A4 over a lip onto an oval of gravel the size of a tennis court.

Aleš tucks in next to us as we reach for phones and cameras to scan the horizon and the islands in between and capture a few slices of the view. Shunning selfies, Darjan grabs his tripod from the trunk and declares it’s time for a group shot as I realize my right foot is resting on a boulder about 18” high. Rock Woollarding it is then! He sets the timer and jogs over to take position before the shutter clicks…

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Weekend Edition: Vårmønstringen 2015 by Norsk Sportsvogn Klubb

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Quite a headline, isn’t it? The event is an answer to the question I’m sure many of you have been pondering, “What is the sports car scene like in Norway?”

The Vårmønstringen is a spring awakening of sorts. Held by the Norwegian Sportscar Club, it’s one of the biggest yearly automotive events in Norway, and this year’s gathering was the 40th so far. These photos by Hooniverse reader and power enthusiast Adrian Jektvik show just how diverse the scene can be.

And yes, there was a Koenigsegg there.

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Submission Thursday: Balkanized

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[The following travelogue is a snapshot from a recent roadtrip in Croatia, and the penmanship and photography is by the inimitable Matt Harvey. Additional photos by Ales Zorko. -Antti]

We leave the highway at Karlovac about twenty minutes outside of Zagreb, taking the road south towards the Plitvička National Park. We’re a ragtag little convoy comprising a Croatian on a Kawasaki ER-6N, a wild, nomadic Finn and a Slovenian in a restored ’89 BMW 325i Touring with yours truly and another Slovenian in a 2004 Audi A4 1.9 TDi that has uprated brakes, suspension, sticky tyres and an engine remap. Like I said – ragtag.

It is the Sunday of the May Day holiday weekend, and so of course the roads are packed. While most of the traffic is heading home and therefore in the opposite direction, it still means overtakes are few and far between. The presence of the nimble bike up front able to radio back to the cars makes little difference; a stubborn native in a red van is slowing us to truly pedestrian speeds except on the straights where he boots it. The bastard.

Mid-afternoon and we pull over in Rastoke, a pretty spot with waterfalls and a bar perched on the edge of the river gorge. We stretch legs and take on fluids. “Don’t worry,” our Croatian host assures us, “It’s going to get better, in a little while.”

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