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Video: TMI Autotech is Prepping Ariel Atoms for the US Market

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Friends of Hooniverse TMI Autotech are the go-to source for freshly built Ariel Atoms here in the United States. They’re based in Virginia. That last line isn’t exciting until you realize they’re more specifically located right at Virginia International Raceway. That’s quite a nice spot when you have a fleet of Atoms eager to be flogged around a race track.

This short video they’ve produced gives you a glimpse into their facility. Since we’re buddies with them, we thought we’d pass it along to you.

…and yes, you can bet your ass we’re trying to get seat time in one of these things.

Crowdfunding A Mid-Life Crisis Cross-Country Scooter Trip

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So you’re turning the big Four-Oh, and you’re itching to go on an adventure. Cross country road trips are adventures, right? Minimalist cross country road trips are surely worth double points. What if your road trip takes you from Daytona Beach to Long Beach? How do you get back across the United States? Do the Forest Gump, and turn right back around and head back the way you came. In order to complicate things even further, why not do this whole thing on two wheels? Screw it, step your game up and make it happen on a 125cc Yamaha Zuma scooter. Grab life by the cojones and hit the open road. Show the world that Forty isn’t boring!

This is exactly the plan that Mr. Thomas Heath has in mind. To make matters even better, he’s planning to document the whole trip in beautiful high-definition photography and literary prose, planning to publish a book on the trip as soon as he gets back. That’s where you come in, dear reader. Mr. Heath can’t make this massive undertaking on his own, so he is asking anyone who can to provide funding, resources, or support for the cause. If you check out his Indiegogo page, you’ll see there are a number of perks included in exchange for your support. Buy the guy lunch, give him a place to stay, or pay for some fuel costs, and you could grab yourself a copy of that book as soon as it is published. Heath is planning to get this road on the show as early as October, and assuming funding comes through, he says his book will be ready to publish as early as January of next year. That’s a pretty quick turnaround, and I’m sure interested in the outcome!

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Thunder on the Rock: 1971 GMC longbox takes on the Targa Newfoundland

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On the East coast of Canada, the weather is cold and the people are warm. It’s a place like nowhere else on earth: Maritimers have their own language, expressions, traditions, and values. It’s a series of close-knit communities here on the Rock, a tightly-woven band of cheery folks anchored against the elements and the shifting tempers of the sea, their brightly coloured fishing villages sprinkled across the rocky landscape. By the sound of things, there’s another storm incoming, and the locals lift their heads to look.

But there’s not a cloud in the sky, and that’s not the far off rumbling of rain rolling in from the Atlantic. That’s the high-octane-fed roaring of Texas summer thunder, a big-block bellow that shakes the teaspoons in their drawers and sets the glass fish-floats a-tremblin’. Thunder. Thunder has come to the shores of Newfoundland. For those about to rock, we salute you. … Continue Reading

Two Wheel Tuesday – Get your GSX-R on Route 66’r

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A good friend, Mikko, decided before this summer that what he needed in his life, along with American cars in various states of functionality, was a fast bike. He proceeced to acquire a 2004 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K4 without hesitating, and he’s had a great summer riding around the country on the yellow menace. But now, he believes it might be for the greater good to get rid of it. Can you believe?

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Summer Holiday Souvenirs – 1977 Zastava 101 on the Nürburgring

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Let’s say you go for a vacation on an island in the Adriatic sea. What would you bring back home from there? A suntan? Some handicraft? Two of my friends went for something with a local flavour, and went halves on a 1977 Zastava 101. You could do worse.

Beni, the guy who drove to my town a couple years ago with a blue Miata via Norway, is no stranger to wrenching on older, quirky cars, as he also owns an X1/9. This pretty much means he wasn’t afraid to set off to Germany, crossing the Alps, in the pea soup green 1100cc Fiat derivative. The thing even managed a comfortable cruise on the revered Autobahn. Joe Isuzu was nowhere in sight, though.

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Hooniverse Asks Bonus Edition: For What Should I Be Looking?

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So this weekend up at my old stomping grounds, more commonly known at the Daytona International Speedway, the France family is hosting the inaugural Red Bull Rally Cross race at that venue. It is a two day event, (Friday and Saturday) and this olelongrooffan will be attending on Friday. Yes my fellow Hoons, you read that correctly, Friday. The dude that signs my paycheck has granted me a rare day off to attend my virginal rally cross event. Why not Saturday you may ask? I have been honored to spend a couple days with my oldest brother Bob hanging by his pool and enjoying a cold beverage or two.

My attendance at the former event is what leads to this Bonus Edition of Hooniverse Asks. As this is my first time at a stadium style event of this nature, what is the cool sh*t this olelongrooffan should check out? If any of my fellow Hoons have a suggestion or two, please leave them in the comment section. I’ll be checking in regularly. Thanks in advance Hoons.

[Image Source: Daytona International Speedway Site]

Video: The Smoking Tire takes the No Style Corolla into the hills

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Remember the No Style Corolla? We found it back in 2012, and we were pretty blown away by the build at that time. The mish-mash of parts all seemed to come together in a fairly impressive manner resulting in an extremely unique vehicle.

Mark Still is the man behind the No Style Corolla, and he recently let The Smoking Tire crew into his world. Matt Farah jumps behind the wheel of the Lexus-powered, Mustang-supercharged, T56-using oddball, and his impressions can be seen above.

Parking Garage Sightings – Lancia Gamma Coupé

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A good friend, Joe, sometimes whips out his camera when he’s out and about. This results in excellent car sightings that apparently are exactly to my taste, and I have to say he’s one hundred percent correct. Take this as proof: a perfectly preserved or meticulously restored Lancia Gamma, and the ultra-classy coupé version too.

Spotted in La Spezia, Italy, it’s certainly special.

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AutoTempest is Getting Even Better- Get a Sneak Peek

 

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What’s one of the best ways to find cars and trucks for sale on the Web? If you said AutoTempest and their amazing aggregator tools, then give yourself a gold star. As good as AutoTempest is, there’s no such thing as standing still on the Internet and so our good friends over at the Tempests are working hard to make finding cool cars – or even your next LeMons ride – even easier. Not only that but they are giving the Hooniverse a preview.

Our buddies over at AutoTempest are redesigning the site to make it not only faster and easier to use, but also able to provide richer results content by including a number of smaller pre-owned vehicle dealer inventories. That’s only one of the cool new features planned for the launch of the new Auto Tempest, which is currently slated to go live in a couple of weeks. Of course, you don’t want to wait that long to play with it. Because of that, they have kindly provided us with a link to their beta site. You can find that right here.

Check it out and then give us – and the folks at AutoTempest – your feedback as to how the site works for you and any additional improvements you think might benefit. This is a work in progress, as you would expect from a beta site, so features aren’t set in stone. That being said, it’s already pretty much fully functional so jump right in and give it a test drive. After you do, let us know what you think.

 

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Wagon Wednesday – Help a BMW E30 Touring restoration get finished!

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Aleš, a Slovenian gearhead and pneumatic Lego engine wizard, bought his dream car, a white BMW E30 325i Touring in 2012. The car wasn’t a complete basket case, but it sorely needed a rebuild to keep it from deteriorating quickly. There was hidden rust, and on a white car it would’ve revealed itself nastily soon enough.

Aleš started an extensive project, stripping the Touring to a skeleton shell, ridding the car of everything that wasn’t right. The finished job was aimed at factory perfect, or better. The power train had been updated at some point with a factory fresh engine, but a thorough overhaul of the dirty bits was in order. All the spare time and money Aleš has had, has gone into the 5-speed 5-door; the amount of work done by now is enormous.

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