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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

BMW E30 Ringtool – The Best Plates in the Hooniverse?

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We first spotted this BMW E30 parked at a currywurst joint in Adenau, and had a good chuckle in the table nearby. It’s like the plates were custom-tailored for this site.

It was only when we saw the car at the parking lot near the ‘Ring entrance, hood open, that we could take a closer look to the powerplant justifying the hooniness worn on its sleeve. The black E30, already looking raunchy as it is, has had a slightly more modern engine transplanted where 1587 cubic centimetres good for everyday transport once lived.

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This terrible Bugatti T-13 crash has a happy ending

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Please welcome Edmund Burgess to the Hooniverse Hall of Fame. Mr. Burgess was driving his 1924 Bugatti Type 13 in the Prescott Hill Climb event when the car got… out of sorts. Entering a turn at around 30 miles per hour, the car wound up turning on its side and went top-first into a guardrail. The image above shows just how insane this accident can be in a car without a roof.

There’s a good ending here, I promise… otherwise we wouldn’t post this story. Keep reading to hear what happened next.

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Video: Ford Raptor Jumps Like a Velociraptor

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Some dudes hooning a black Ford Raptor on some jumping grounds misjudge the velocity necessary to complete a jump. In a classic display of “Hey y’all, watch this!” the Raptor is launched high into the air, and the inevitable landing sounds painful. There’s some very entertaining HD video, and some NSFW language to top it off.

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HCOTY 2012 Nominee – SCUBARU

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When asked to nominate a HCOTY 2012, only one candidate sprang to mind so vigorously as the Scubaru. The tale was legendary and gathered global attention, as autobloogs as far as Australia covered the story during the following weeks. And despite the story being wrangled into numerous directions, the basis remained true: the ’96 Legacy was driven on the ice in spring, as a guy went fishing. Soon enough, the Legacy went through the ice, head-first. Three months later, the Subaru was located and dragged home, and after the initial water-removal and necessary quick maintenance, the sucker sprang to life first try and made it back on the road. There was even video of the thing running.

Surely a car worth a Hooniversal Car of the Year nomination. Click for a re-cap.

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93-year-old Disappears with 1959 Peugeot 203, Found a Year Later

Surely you remember the tale of the sunken Subaru? That was a story of fearless wrenching and happy accidents, as the Legacy was able to start after spending months in the bottom of the lake.

Well, today’s submerged story has a sadder turn. Aarne Anttila, a 93-year-old gentleman driver from Northern Finland, disappeared off the face of the Earth about a year ago, in early December. Some accounted his disappearance to the proximity of the Swedish border, that he’d driven to Sweden and vanished there in the Scandinavian woods. Some thought it would be most likely he’d be found from the bottom of the Bothnian Bay. The latter just happened today, due to a coincidence.

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Video: Alfa Romeo 8C owner prefers Dirty Dancing over doing the Charleston

This video is old, but it’s new to us thanks to a tip sent in by a friendly reader (FYI, it was HanSolex). The clip is short but oh so sweet, as it shows a man taking an Alfa Romeo 8C from the 1930’s and driving the crap out of it on a dirt course. Engine noise is wonderfully abundant, and the sideways action will have you leaping out of your seat to cheer for the man behind the presumably large wooden wheel.

Sure, the most interesting man in the world might drink Dos Equis on occasion. The guy in the video after the break is the classiest motherf**cker in the world, and he drifts multi-million dollar machines on occasion.

[Source: YouTube]

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Trailer: Snake&Mongoose … the movie! It’s happening!

Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen are legendary men… there’s no disputing that fact. The two became rivals during the glory days of the NHRA, while also helping move a few more units at the Hot Wheels toy display. It was through McEwen’s brilliant marketing that the two were able to secure the fastest cars thanks to the dollars that came rolling in. These two men paved the way for today’s quarter mile heroes, and they did do in machines that are slower yet far more terrifying than the land rockets of today.

It appears that Hollywood has taken a short break from redoing whatever action movie worked well in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and/or 90’s to tell the tale of these two mighty figures. The film is called Snake&Mongoose, and it appears to be set for a 2013 release. We will keep our hopes for this one in check, but the trailer  serves up some goosebumps thanks to the perfect music choices and some shots of classic drag racing glory.

Click past the break to watch the clip

[Source: Vimeo]

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This Ford Granada might be the greatest sleeper in the world

 

We’re not even halfway through 2012, and we’ve already seen a lot of machines that could vie for the title of Hooniverse Car of the Year. Get ready to meet the car that just might win the whole damn thing. What we have is a a Mark II Ford Granada with a massive secret resting under the hood. Instead of a “sporty” 2.8-liter V6, the owner has mounted a 600-horsepower Cosworth up front. That’s not what makes this car crazy though… the owner has moved on from the Cossie mill.

Now, the car has a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 built by Ford and re-engineered by a Swedish company you may have heard of before. This engine is better known as the mill powering the Koenigsegg CCX.

The one in this Granada? It’s capable of 1,700 bhp.

The car isn’t just about the engine though, as the owner has modified everything. Check out the build thread here, and then hop past the break to see video of the car starting up.

[Source: YouTube, CorsaSport.co.uk]

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The Scubaru Lives – We’ve Got Video

Last week, we posted a few photos and a translated tale of a Finnish guy reviving a 1996 Subaru Legacy that had slept for three months in the bottom of a Finnish lake. After the necessary maintenance steps (like letting out a non-insignificant amount of water from both the engine and the fuel tank), they got it running on the first try.

Not to rely only on the photos of the Legacy (dubbed SCUBARU by the offroad forumites) being fished out of the lake, the guy fixing the car has also provided a follow-up video of the car running, “In case there’s any doubt.” Make the jump to see it.

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