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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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Hoonivercinema- Monday Music Video

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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Hoonivercinema- Monday Music Video

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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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Hoonivercinema- Monday Music Video

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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.

Hoonivercinema- Monday Music Video

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Friday is Independence Day here in the land of Freedom Fries, and since our great nation’s birthday is too big for just a single 24-hours of celebration, we’re going to get the party started with one of America’s great boogie-woogie bands, ZZ-Top.

The Texas Trio, all beards and a drummer named Beard, have been staples of awesome road music for decades, and this toe-tapper – Gimme’ All Your Lovin’ off of their 1983 album, Eliminator – is no exception. Oh, and it has a bevy of beauties and a Deuce in it too. You pretty much can’t go wrong with any of the tunes off of Eliminator, but this is the one that we’re going to get our Indepen-Dance Day on to right now. Or, at least we will after the jump.

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Hoonivercinema- Monday Music Video

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This music video, for Jamiroquai’s Cosmic Girl, off of their 1996 album Traveling Without Moving, demonstrates lead singer Jay Kay’s passion for cars – especially those classified as conspicuous consumption. How many ’90s exotics is Jay Kay driving here? Well, almost all of them. 

Actually it’s only three, a Lamborghini Diablo, and a proving that he gives two effs about Ferrari, an F355 and F40. The song is also about as ’90s as you could imagine, and will have you swaying to its jazz beat if not to the winding roads these classic Italians ply. Check it out after the jump.

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Hoonivercinema- The Gentleman’s Exotic with a bit more punch!

It’s no surprise that I love the Audi R8, especially in the outgoing 4.2 V8 trim. In comes APR and with a little breathing and massaging and with the help of  a Eaton TVS 1740 supercharger these R8s are quite the upgraded gentleman’s exotic. With more than 200 horsepower added things get interesting for those willing to step it up to this Stage 3+ package. Back when I had my MK6 GTI I had an APR Stage 1 kit fitted and with great result. Given their reputation for building excellent packages, particularly with the exclusivity of R8 performance packages, I am sure that the overall package is flawless on these cars.

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