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Watching This Two-Engine 2CV Sahara Run is Blowing My Mind

Sahara

America has the Jeep, Great Britain the Land Rover, and and Japan the Land Cruiser. When it comes to the task of off-roading, almost every great car-building has an iconic – and usually very traditional – 4×4 to call to duty. Of course, the French always have to be different, and when it comes to all-wheel, or 4-wheel drive vehicles, it doesn’t get much more different than the Citroën 2CV Sahara.

The Deux Chevaux, or two-horse was developed before the war. Not wanting so radical and innovative a design – it could traverse a farm field without breaking a single egg in a passenger seat-mounted basket – to fall into the hands of the Germans, Citroën’s engineers hid them in attics and other out of the way places. Post-war, the car became France’s answer to the VW Beetle, and perhaps the country’s most iconic representation in motor vehicle form. Over more than four decades of production they changed very little, all being front-wheel drive and featuring an air-cooled two cylinders for power. Well, almost all. … Continue Reading

Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

On The Beach

On the Beach was released in 1959, at the height of the Cold War. Based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Nevil Shute, it’s a post-apocalyptic story set mostly in Australia. Don’t expect to see Mad Max however, as this story travails the last days of mankind on Earth as radiation from a nuclear war slowly engulfs the globe, killing off everyone in its path.

What the hell does the slow pitiless self-eradication of humans have to do with cars? Well, along with a slew of ’50s A-listers in the cast – including Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins, Fred Astaire, and Gregory Peck – it also has a ton of cool old iron. Gardner drives a sexy Big Healey, while Astaire plays a character who is a race driver. Road & Track did an article back in the day on how the film makers staged the race and (spoiler alert) its incidents. Astaire’s last scene with his Ferrari is also… well, you’ll never listen to Waltzing Matilda the same way again.

The film takes several liberties with the story line from the book, and the less said about the 2000 remake the better. It’s hard to make a film about the end of the world that isn’t a downer, but time has at least tempered the liklihood of Shute’s scenario from ever happening. Plus, there’s all those cars! Check out the trailer (it actually starts at 1:40) after the jump. … Continue Reading

Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

The Italian Job

A few weeks back we had a look at the original Gone in 60 Seconds, and noted how that film – despite its low budget and somewhat crude filmmaking – was vastly superior to its ’90s remake. Today’s trailer is for another film that was so revered that someone thought it a good idea to give the title another go, and again with the later film offering less than satisfying results.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the 2003 version isn’t a bad film, and Marky Mark doesn’t seem to be schlocking it the way Nic Cage does in Gone in 60 Seconds, but the original version of The Italian Job seems to spend more of its running time in – you know, Italy – than does the reboot. Other benefits of the original include a bunch of ’60s super cars that, admittedly, don’t end up all that well, and REAL Minis doing things only REAL Minis can do because they are REALLY mini. The original also has Michael Caine AND Benny Hill. BENNY HILL! Check them out right after the jump. … Continue Reading

Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

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The first thing you’ll probably ask yourself while watching this trailer for the new action-comedy movie Drive Hard, is what in the hell happened to John Cusack’s career? The next thing you’ll ask is whoa, is that Ford XB GT? That’s Mad Max’s car and so this movie’s got to be as good as The Road Warrior, right?

Perhaps not, but this straight to video bank robbery and car chase flick does look to have some interesting aspects. Plus, it was directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith, capable helmer of such classics as BMX Bandits, Leprechauns 3 and 4, and Pimpin’ Pee Wee. Drive Hard is one of those weird flicks were they incongruously stick Americans – here Cusack and Thomas Zane – in a foreign locale just for the hell of it. The Australian location doesn’t make any sense in the trailer, but it does give the opportunity to see what appears to be a right-hand drive ’69 Mustang, and that might be reason enough. Check out hard-driven trailer after the jump.

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The Drift Chronicles: Rise of the S14!

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When it comes to drifting, there are a handful of machines that folks like to utilize for their LETS GO SIDEWAYS, FAST potential. One such machine is the beloved Nissan Silvia, also known as the 180SX, 200SX, and 240SX depending on where you’re located on this planet.

The S15 may be a perennial winner in the D1 series, but it’s the S14 that we’re taking a look at today. Our man Drift Idiot trekked to Texas to take in Round 6 of the 2014 Formula Drift season. While there he talked to a handful of S14 drivers to determine why they prefer this machine, what makes it special, and to garner a bit more insight into the world of the S14.

Drivers Forrest Wang, Odi Bakchis, Rob Primo, and Darren McNamara all sound off on the cult of S14.

[Also, that shot of the screen at the speedway? It's real! They played The Drift Chronicles in between rounds!]

Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

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

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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

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