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Banger Racing on the Isle of Man

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The Isle of Man is a place that everyone should visit at least once. You have to go during the TT, and you have to take in all of the insanity surrounding the event. The people on the island don’t just love pushing around fast bikes though, as we discovered.

There is a small oval circuit on the Isle of Man, and it packs a substantial local crowd. The folks gather to watch their friends or family, and the racing action is excellent. We’re talking about Banger Racing, and it’s best viewed with a fresh plate of fish and chips and a cold brew from Okells in your hand.

Hit play, sit back, and take in the majesty that is Banger Racing on the Isle of Man.

(Also, we need to find a way to get some Hooniverse stickers on Hendo’s Lexus…)

Watch Truck yeah dive into its ’64 Scout Project

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Andrew Collins is the man behind Jalopnik’s Truck Yeah. His dream truck is an old Scout, and he recently found an example from 1964. That sounds great, right? What’s not so great is the actual condition of the Scout that Andrew acquired.

His plan is to bring the Scout back to life, and he’s going to need some help. Take a look as he dives into the engine for the first time, and discovers the road ahead is going to be a long one.

Hoonivercinema: Monday Movie Trailer

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You probably consider Kurt Russell to be one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors, believable in anything from stone-faced dramas to rock-em sock-em action pics. That wasn’t however always the case, however. In 1963 Russell was signed to a ten-year contract with Walt Disney, and began building a career as a stereotypical Disney kid in movies like The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The Barefoot Executive (what was with him and feet?) and The Strongest Man in the World.

By the mid-seventies the popularity of Disney’s family-friendly pablum was waning and so was Russell’s career. Work was so infrequent that the actor spent a stint playing minor league ball as an option. Just as Russell likely thought his career was ending, so too were the careers of two directors just starting. John Carpenter had gotten noticed for a small but stylish horror film called Halloween and was looking for someone to play Elvis in his TV movie biography. Russell got the part, which was just the first in a string of collaborations between the two.

Russell’s work in Elvis got him noticed by another up and coming director – Robert Zemeckis – who, along with producer Bob Gale, had a bawdy comedy in the works called Used Cars about competing car dealerships run by twin brothers – both played by Jack Warden – who fight over the rights to the dealerships which sit directly across from one another on a busy Arizona highway. This is Russell’s first opportunity to drop F-bombs with abandon and share the screen with topless strippers. Yep, it’s that kind of movie. It’s also that kind of trailer, and you should be warned that it’s NSFW despite all the R-rated language being bleeped out, as the brief T&A has not. Wait ’til you get home, M’kay? … Continue Reading

Driver on Driver: Episode 4 – Ryan Tuerck

Host Sam Nalven sits down with livery-thief Ryan Tuerck. He learns about doing the least amount necessary to win, the importance of proper mic checks, and how to eat a tuercky sandwich at 100 miles per hour… while sideways.

If you missed it, here’s:

Episode 1 with guest Chris Forsberg

Episode 2 with Fredric Aasbø

and Episode 3 with Pat Goodin

Monday Movie Trailer

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When a movie is about Corvettes and summer, what could possibly go wrong?

The 1978 Metro Goldwyn Mayer flick Corvette Summer sure shows the possibilities of how such a seemly perfect mash-up could turn into an unmitigated cluster you-know-what. This was Mark Hamill’s follow up film to the blockbuster Star Wars and proves that (A) there’s truth to the legend of the Sophomore slump, and (B) he probably should have just stayed on Tatooine.

With an overall 57% rating on Rottontomatoes, Corvette Summer’s probably not the Vette movie you’re looking for, but it is in fact the one that we have. It’s not a bad movie, but then again, it is kind of bad. The plot centers on Hamill’s character, a high school senior named Kenny Dantley, who because he lives in the Valley decides to attack his boredom by building the Corvette that he sketched on the cover of his American History text book way back in 7th grade. Annie Potts plays a Hollywood stereotypical hooker with a heart of gold and she helps Kenny try and get his prized ‘Vette back after it is unceremoniously stolen.

That takes them to Vegas, which is the perfect location for the pilfered ride as Corvette Summer’s eponymous prop device is perhaps one of the ugliest Corvettes on the planet. How ugly is it? Well, make the jump to watch the trailer and see for yourself. Woof!

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This “Fake” Ferrari Might Be Better Than The Real Thing

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The purist Ferrari lovers out there will no doubt look down their noses at the owner and builder of this car. They shouldn’t though, because Peter Giacobbi’s Ferrari 250 TR recreation is truly a work of art… and it’s one that actually gets driven, and driven often.

Petrolicious knocks this video out of the park. It’s beautifully shot (especially the driving sequences), and the subject matter is excellent. This is more than worthy of your time on this Friday afternoon.

Grab a beer, turn up the speakers, and fall in love with this unpainted Ferrari beauty.

Hoonivercinema: Mickey Mouse Car-Toon

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Mickey and Minnie attend the Monaco Grand Prix and attempt to get their drink on. … Continue Reading

Hoonivercinema: Monday Movie Trailer

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You ever notice how in a lot of car movies the actual cars and racing are relegated to being background plot points? Bobby Deerfield, which we recently discussed, is a fine example. That’s not always the case, as there have been movies like LeMans, Grand Prix, and Rush that put the racing and the cars front and center. And, you can add to that latter category the 2012 independent film CLUTCH. Here’s the synopsis straight from the film’s Website:

Inspired by classic car movies like the original GONE in 60 SECONDS, TWO LANE BLACKTOP, GRAND PRIX, BULLITT and LeMANS- Actor/ racer turned filmmaker Jay Rowlands wanted to bring gearheads around the world more of what they really want to see in the movies: Real cars. Real drivers. Real action.

CLUTCH is a full feature length dramatic action film telling the story of a struggling small town racer who finds out there are no short cuts to victory lane. Race driver Travis Engels risks his life, friends and freedom when he takes a wrong turn in his attempts to support his racing. CLUTCH is a full throttle effort to tell a story about the truth and integrity of basic humanity while combining the elements of action, romance, comedy and human emotion.

Filmed entirely in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and packed with the most popular American muscle cars ever! CLUTCH is a tribute to the Hollywood car films of the 60′s and 70′s. The movie has been created and produced by Jay Rowlands with people who share his passion for fast cars and making movies!

A muscle car maniac himself, Jay Rowlands didn’t just direct the movie, he also wrote it, did a lot of the driving in it, and plays the lead role of Travis. He shot it on a shoestring budget (about $5.3 million) but the racing action highlighted in the trailer shows you that the money was used in the best possible manner. Check it out after the jump. … Continue Reading

Swedish V8 ThunderCars Southern rock song out-Americas NASCAR

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“That’s a hell of a nonsensical headline,” you might think. And you’re right, but NASCAR wishes someone like Swedish Southern rock outfit Psychosomatic Cowboys would write them a song like they did for the V8 ThunderCars series (which has a killer website). At this point, your head must be swimming with cognitive dissonance, so here are some answers:

(1) The Swedes love American cars. A lot.
(2) That’s Southern (American) rock, not Southern Swedish rock. I think. I don’t know if Southern Sweden is like the American South and the Psychosomatic Cowboy’s lead singer’s bass has a Confederate flag sticker on it. I have no concept of what they might possibly mean in Sweden. Truly, this whole Swedish Southern rock idea leaves more questions than answers.
(3) To that point, Psychosomatic Cowboys must be the strangest-ever name for a Southern rock band, possibly any band. Are they worried about caribou wrangling to the point of imagined illness? Or is this a complex mind-body disconnect caused by lonely Lapland nights? If so, they thankfully live in a place where they can get treatment for that from socialized medicine and thereby just become “Reasonably Healthy Cowboys” or “Better Work-Life Balance Cowboys.” Man, the rabbit hole just gets deeper…
(4) Anyway, on to cars. V8 ThunderCars is basically the Swedish analog of the current Trans-Am Series, although the field is almost entirely made up of Chevrolet Camaros. They typically run as a support series for the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, which is itself woefully lacking in Camëros.

Follow the jump for the video—which features some great V8 ThunderCar action shot at Mantorp Park—in all its Swedish-American glory.

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Hoonivercinema: Monday Movie Trailer

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There is perhaps no more iconic ’80s movie than the raucous and preposterous Patrick Swayze flick Road House. It’s filled with tropes that define the era: the clothes, the hair, the swagger, and of interest to us, the cars. The plot isn’t all that important as it’s mostly just an excuse to show off the fights, the boobs, and the mighty, mighty mullets that seem to be the film’s real raison d’être. 

All of that takes place in a road-side bar in a podunk town in Missouri that just so happens to be the site of nightly brawls. The owner, played by Kevin Tighe of the ’70s EMS drama Emergency, wants to open a fancier establishment and hires Swayze as the “cooler” to lead his rag-tag group of bouncers and clean the place up. Unfortunately for all involved, all of the town’s businesses have to pay protection money to the local mobster who incomprehensibly lives in a riverside mansion directly across from the barn loft Swayze is renting, which looks like it was decorated by Martha Stewart. As you can imagine,  Swayze and the mobster’s mob butt heads and there’s lots of kicking and punching and knife-flicking to be had. The acting is atrocious with the notable exception of Sam Elliot who looks like he’s having a ball and is the only actor not to embarrass himself.

Of course, that’s not why we’re here, we want to see the cars. In that aspect, Road House is a winner as it has a bunch of cool iron sprinkled throughout. The movie opens with an arrest-me red Testarossa but that’s the only exotic on display. Swayze’s character alternates between a majestic Mercedes Benz 560 SEC and not one but two mid-sixties Buick Rivieras. The bad guys drive a monster truck and – incredulously – an Eagle Premier. The mob boss gets a Mustang GT convertible that he keeps so shiny that it routinely reflects the camera crew and lighting in its sides.

So bad that it’s good, Road House was one of the films that made Patrick Swayze (R.I.P.) a star. You also get a couple of musicians in the movie, not exactly proving their acting chops. Those are John Doe from the L.A. band X, and Jeff Healey (also R.I.P.) who actually gets to play music, albeit without actual continuity where what he’s playing matches what’s on the soundtrack. Even if it’s horrible, you know you have to watch it again and again, just to marvel at Swayze’s hair, or that of love interest Kelly Lynch. Watch the trailer right after the jump. … Continue Reading

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