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Bullitt

Is there another actor – either living or dead – who is more closely associated with cars and motorcycles than Steve McQueen? An inveterate car guy, McQueen owned his share of amazing rides, including a lust-worthy Jag SS and a questionably brown Ferrari 250GT Lusso. He was also famous for wanting to do his own stunts, including much of the driving for the genre-defining chase scene in his 1968 film, Bullitt.

That chase scene, between McQueen’s Frank Bullitt in a ’68 Mustang fastback, and a pair of hit men in a Dodge Charger became the exemplar against which all others that followed would be compared. The funny thing is, while the movie has been remembered for that scene alone, it’s also a really good procedural on top of having one of the greatest car chases in film history. McQueen based his character of a San Francisco detective on a real-life cop named Dave Toschi whose penchant for a shoulder holster he adopted for the role. Toschi himself was played by Mark Ruffalo in the David Fincher-helmed Zodiac, and he was also the basis for Clint Eastwood’s character in Dirty Harry.

Despite all that, what made Bullitt memorable to most of us was the cars, and the ’60s streets of San Francisco. Check them out in the original trailer, right after the jump.

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Hoonivercinema- Putting the Brakes on Your Chevrolet

Robert Emslie September 23, 2014 Hoonivercinema

Facts on Friction

You may have remembered our two part Hooniverse 101 on drum brake renewal, but have you ever wondered how a company like Chevrolet engineered those things in the first place? This edu-ma-tainment film comes from 1934 and explains how Chevy’s engineers designed their mechanical drum brakes (Chevy wouldn’t adopt hydraulics for another 2 years) for maximum effectiveness and minimum catching on fire. It’s quaint and amusing (check out the guy waving over the roof at :17) and  is an amazing promotion of a technology that’s long since been made obsolete. Stop and check it out, right after the jump.

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Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

Robert Emslie September 22, 2014 Hoonivercinema

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I’m guessing that in the fifties it was generally thought that all teenagers wanted to do was dance to rock and roll, drag race in cool cars, and participate in heavy petting. Those are all activities that were seen by the oldsters as akin to being badly behaved, or worse, a commie. Those are all present in the 1958 flick, Dragstrip Riot.  Not only that but this ode to youth shows “the free-wheeling sports car set” colliding with a bunch of “fast livin’ cycle hounds.” The result, as you might imagine, is a dragstrip riot.

The movie has a bunch of cool cars (Corvettes Corvettes! Corvettes!) and bikes, along with fights fought with the fierce fury of youth. It also has rock and roll and dungaree’d dolls claiming the dance floor at the soda shoppe. Holy cow, it’s a wonder anybody back then ever made it to draft age! Make the jump to see all the teen trouble, as the crazy sports car drivers clash with the rough and tumble bikers in an all out Dragstrip Riot. … Continue Reading

Installing the 3M Paint Defender Spray
on Jason Connor’s Mountune Focus ST

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Hooniverse Associate Editor Jason Connor has a pretty rad machine in the form of his mountune Ford Focus ST. He has been taking it to the track, and hitting the canyons, while also using the car to serve as the occasional Hooniverse camera car. That means he’s getting some paint chips on the nose of his beloved vehicle.

We’ve turned to 3M for some help. They produce the Paint Defender System, which is essentially a spray-on paint protection film. It’s affordable, easy to install, and also easy to remove down the road when you need to replace it.

Take a look as Jason installs the film on his car.

For more information, head to http://www.3Mauto.com and be sure to ask them any questions you have on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/3MAutoUSA)

[Disclaimer: 3M provided the system for free. Also, they want us to give away some kits... I just need to think of a contest.]

Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

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When it comes to film, it’s rare that a sequel is as good as the original. It’s even rarer – I mean, almost never-ever – that a classic movie remake is anywhere as good as the first one run through the projector. That’s definitely the case with Gone in 60 Seconds. The original Gone in 60 Seconds is a ’70s crashploitation classic. The ’90s remake, on the other hand, has Nicholas Cage in it.

We’re going to put that Cagey remake right out of your mind today with a trailer for the restored and digitally remastered edition of the genuine original. That means you’ll be able to see the original Eleanor Mustang in all her mustard-poo glory, revel in the non-stop destruction of all 93 cars, and pretend you’re living a fast-paced life of crime as you ride along with H.B. Halicki while he sweats through the attempt to steal 48 cars – including the aforementioned Mustang. Check out all the car-nage after the jump. … Continue Reading

How to Sell a Lada- Canadian Style

Robert Emslie September 8, 2014 Hoonivercinema

Lada

If you wanted to know how much more Canadian the video for selling this Lada Samara could be, the answer is, no more. It could be no more Canadian.

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Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

Car Wash

It’s generally considered that for cars, the seventies sucked. Of course to take your mind off how mediocre your ’70s car was, there were plenty of non-sucky seventies car movies, and one of the least sucky of those was Car Wash. Featuring an ensemble cast that included George Carlin and Richard Pryor, Car Wash was one of those movie’s whose soundtrack has lived on seemingly with a life of its own.

Car Wash was released in 1976 and remarkably was scripted by none other than Joel Schumacher. He later went on to write and direct classic movies like St Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys, and Falling Down. Oh, yeah and he also directed Batman and Robin, which wasn’t so classic. Car Wash more than makes up for that, however. You may have seen the movie but you probably weren’t around to have seen its trailer, so have a look right after the jump.

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Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

Speed Zone

You might think that after The Cannonball Run, the Gumball Rally, and a slew of other cross-country mad dash movies, that by the late ’80s the genre would have been played out. You would be only half right in that assessment. There will always be an opportunity for celebrity-studded car chase movies, and there are a slew of B-celebs to fill them once all the top-talent has already had a turn behind the wheel.

Released in 1989, Speed Zone is one of those crazy car race movies – perhaps the last one to date – and it is notable for a number of reasons. First off, it stars not has-beens or wannabes, but a good part of Canada’s SCTV cast, including John freakin’ Candy! It also has Donna Dixon and Brooke Shields if you’re into ’80s actresses or big hair.  Finally, it features Jamie Farr (Klinger from the TV show, M.A.S.H.) as an Arab former racer, making Farr notable for appearing in all three of the titans of this genre. As far as cars go, Speed Zone – which was later renamed Cannonball Fever  – features a fake Countach, a Jag XJS, E32 BMW 7 Series, and a jet aircraft that has trouble with an overpass.

Siskel & Ebert gave the film two thumbs down with Siskel calling it “so venal it doesn’t even try to be good.” You can judge for yourself by watching the trailer right after the jump.

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Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

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The ’70s was the heyday of the car-sploitation movie. These were drive-in fodder that offered plenty of spills and thrills and usually cops dumber than a sock drawer. One of the most famous of these is 1974’s Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, which was based on the 1963 novel by Richard Unekis entitled The Chase. What makes this movie a cut above the usual distraction from your popcorn and fooling around was its stars- Peter Fonda, and Susan George, both of whom had become typecast as icons of the counter culture by the time this movie hit the screens.

Directed by John Hough, who would later go on to direct the Disney classic Escape to Witch Mountain, the film is about a pair of NASCAR wannabes (Fonda and Adam Roarke) who mastermind a grocery store heist which involves kidnapping the manager’s wife. They then take off with Fonda’s one-night stand in the backseat of their souped up Impala. The OCD Sheriff, played by Vic Morrow, won’t take this sitting down and pursues the trio with everything he’s got, including a Bell Jet Ranger. Fonda, George, and Roarke ditch the Impala for an even faster set of wheels as they are late to catch a train. The rest is.. well, I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you.

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2015 Subaru WRX is a mature middle child

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Earlier in the year, we got to sample the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX STI. It’s the wild child of the Impreza family, and it might actually prove to be a bit much for the average person when it comes time to pick a daily driver.

Enter the 2015 Subaru WRX. It’s the middle child, and it’s more mature than it’s insane-o sibling. The car has grown up, it’s evolved, and it’s changed.. for the better.

[Disclaimer: Subaru loaned me the car for a week, and included a tank of gas. Just as the WRX is more mature, I too am more mature* and have nothing funny to add here to this disclaimer.]

[*Extra Disclaimer: ...Poop, hehehe]

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