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Hoonivercinema Bonus Music Video: ‘I’ll Be Your Mechanic’

Eric Rood July 31, 2014 Hoonivercinema

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At a time when it wasn’t cool to do so, Adam Franklin wrote rock songs for petrolheads, but not in the traditional style of “the rock ‘n’ roll car song.” Franklin’s band, Swervedriver, hardly resembled Jan & Dean or even The Reverend Horton Heat. Instead, the British quartet was influenced by the their British shoegazer predecessors, but they mashed it up with faster tempos, Franklin’s signature layered guitars, and kickass lyrics about cars, motorcycles, and the Last Train to Satansville. It was unique and perhaps because of its oblique nature, Swervedriver’s music unfortunately lingers in relative obscurity with contemporary American bands like Hum and Failure.

Swervedriver broke up in the late 1990s and while they’ve reformed, Adam Franklin’s post-Swervies career with the Bolts of Melody has been nothing if not prolific. The music’s a bit more chill, but the guitarwork is unmistakably Franklin’s and the songs, well, they still tread the same rubber-marked pavement. Follow the jump for the Adam Franklin & The Bolts of Melody music video (in glorious 240p) for “I’ll Be Your Mechanic,” complete with some sweet mid-1960s footage culled from Prelinger Archives and from Claude Lelouch’s classic French film Un Homme Et Une Femme (“A Man and a Woman”).

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2014 X Games: The Practice Sessions

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This year, the X Games entered the wonderful world of Austin, Texas to highlight a wide range of sports. We were in attendance to capture both the Global Rallycross and the Super Stadium Trucks. More and more automakers are joining the GRC fray, so it’s clear that rallycross is gaining a bit in popularity. Additionally, it’s great to see the SST events find more homes as it’s simple an awesome event to attend in person. I mean, we’re talking about pickups roaring around a course and soaring over jumps… if you don’t love that, there’s something wrong with you.

While we were in Texas, video man Paul Collins captured a wide range of the events with his lens. We didn’t just focus on the cars though, as a ton of events were going on over the course of a handful of days.

This is the 2014 X Games Practice Sessions.

[Please visit Paul Collins' Vimeo page if you're interested in seeing more of his great work]

Hoonivercinema- Monday Music Video

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Have you wondered why Vladimir Putin has trained his icy stare upon the good people of the Ukraine? The Russian leader wants to relive the glory days of the Soviet Union, and hence is trying to ‘get the band back together.’ No doubt he is also in lust with the Pontiac Trans Am that is featured in this video for the Ukrainian duo Dinama. Unfortunetly for Putin, this video for Я верю в любовь (I Believe in Love) was shot, not in the Ukraine, but in a warehouse in Los Angeles.

Dinama takes its name from that of its two singers, Diana Ivanitskaya and Maria Goncharuk, former X-Factor Ukraine performers, and yet another reason why Russia wants to get the now independent nation back behind its iron curtain. That’s because the ladies are pretty hot. They also do terrible/wonderful things to the Firebird in the video, plus some fencing, which I doubt would make sense even if I could speak Ukrainian. Check it out, right after the jump.  … Continue Reading

The GM Firebird III- An Experiment For Yester-Year

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Considering that at present the company can’t seem to even get something as simple as an ignition switch right, it’s hard to fathom that General Motors was once a hotbed of advanced technological study and innovative design. This GM film from 1958 highlights this fact in describing both the design and feature set of the Firebird III show car. This was the last of the Motorama cars to carry the Firebird name – which GM would reuse just shy of a decade later on a production Pontiac – and as you will see is a tour de force of advanced design and a test bed for a number of forward-thinking automotive concepts. The film also highlights why auto company execs are perhaps not the best on-camera talent.

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Music Video Monday 21-07It’s hard to say whether or not Fiat’s diminutive 500 could actually race across the ocean floor, although I think I’d rather not like to find out the answer in the company’s electric edition – ziiit, ziiit. Regardless, that’s the fun everyone – including Charlie Sheen –  is having in this video for Arianna’s Sexy People (the Fiat song).  Is Charlie sexy? Let’s ask the people who found him drunk and disheveled in the bushes next to the Taco Bell drive thru for their opinion.

Armando Christian Pérez, better known as Pitbull also features prominently in both the song and the video, and he gets to launch Charlie off his luxury yacht with a catapult, an act that I’ll bet many people would probably have paid dearly to do. There’s plenty of other cameos in this video – which is sort of a commercial for Fiat’s retro return to America – and you can see who’s sexy and who’s not right after the jump.

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These 50 Vintage Technical Education Films will Teach You Everything but How to Get your Afternoon Back

Tim Odell July 15, 2014 Hoonivercinema

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What better way to wile away the afternoon than listening to bold voiced mid-century American male narrators explaining the principles of operations of various pieces of equipment? What’s nice about these old technical videos explain technologies as they were being introduced as new. While automotive engineering has moved on in leaps and bounds, these were the building blocks our current machines evolved from. Hit the entire list on Jeff Quitney’s YouTube channel or click past the jump where we’ve got the playlist embedded for your time-wasting pleasure.

Hat tip to Josh!

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Did you ever consider John Mellencamp as sort of a cut-rate Bruce Springsteen? There’s the ernest affection for the working man, the guitar, and if you look closely I’ll bet you’ll see a bandana hanging from the pocket of his torn Levis too. That’s not to say that Mellencamp’s music isn’t enjoyable, and in fact this song – Little Pink Houses – off his 1983 album Uh-Huh – is eminently listenable. So much so that Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #439 out of the top 500 songs of all time.

The video is an amalgamation of imagery taken straight from the lyrics, and both lack any of the allegorical qualities of Springsteen’s work. Still, the video features some cool old trucks and a Bullet Bird Roadster driven by an all-American girl who doesn’t seem to know how car doors work. Check out ‘the Cougar’ right after the jump.

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With last week’s tsunami of Americana still fresh in our minds, I thought that this week we should cleanse the palate with something a little Foreigner. That Was Yesterday is off of the band’s 1985 album, Agent Provocateur, and while it’s not their hardest rocker, it does offer up some of the most hard core tambourine slamming you’ll ever see, by front man, Lou Gramm.

This video is also filmed as a live concert, and while Foreigner has never been known as a gear head band, their stage dressing at the timewas a pair of cool cars and a bike. Weird, I know. Still who doesn’t like seeing a pair of GM’s finest from ’69, a Camaro SS and Pontiac GTO. Sadly, it appears that those cars were sacrificed for the stage as each seems to have been cut open to provide room for, respectively, the drum and keyboard stands. Check ‘em out, right after the jump.

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2014 Pikes Peak Time Lapse Is How Your Brain Would Remember It

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Our resident Rally-Car Wrench Phillip Thomas trekked to Colorado recently in order to attend the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He is part of the support crew for kick-ass driver Brianne Corn, who runs her Subaru WRX STI up the hill.

While there, Thomas managed to snag a whole mess of photographs. Instead of creating a massive gallery for you to sift through, he decided to see what it would look like if they were compiled into a time-lapse video. The result… is rather enjoyable.

If you attended the event yourself, I imagine this is exactly how your brain would recall the trip.

The Drift Chronicles: The Darkness

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Everyone faces dark times… especially professional drifters like Ryan Tuerck, Matt Field, Forrest Wang, Ken Gushi, and Fredric Aasbo. The latest installment of The Drift Chronicles examines some of these less brightly colored periods, with a new episode entitled The Darkness.

The 2014 Formula Drift Series winds its way into New Jersey for FDNJ, and that’s where we catch up with some of our favorite fiends in the sideways game. It’s clear that pity party can be summed up with phrases like #walltaps and #wasted.

Still, from the darkness can come light… as Fredric Aasbo would come to find out.

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