Quantcast

Home » Hooniverse Goes To… » Recent Articles:

Ft. Lauderdale Auctions America 2015: The American Classics Edition

IMG_3247

So my buddy TheKenMan set this olelongrooffan up with a free pass to the Auctions America gig over in Fort Lauderdale this past weekend. As the Convention Center is located in the Port of the Everglades about a 90 minute drive across Alligator Alley, I decided to head over there on Saturday to seen what could be seen. For lack of a better place to begin, this olelongrooffan is going to kick off with The American Classics Edition. Further installments will include Truck Thursday, a little something for mdharrel, another something for the ever lovely $kaycog and more.  But alas, I am getting ahead of myself. In order for my fellow Hoons to see something more special than this Special, a jump will be required.

… Continue Reading

Weekend Edition: Mystery Car Sighting: The Westland Empire Aristocrat Edition

Mystery-CarAug05

So awhiles back in my V.I.S.I.T. post about that Deux Chevaux this olelongrooffan had spotted, I mentioned I was returning from picking up TheKenMan’s generously provided AuctionsAmerica weekend pass for their auctions over the past few days. So on this past Saturday morning after making sure the underside of the lid of my washing machine was clean, (yeah that is a joke only a few of my fellow Hoons and thejeepjunkie will get), this olelongrooffan headed across Alligator Alley for the 93 minute drive to the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center there in the Port of the Everglades for the show that is Auctions America. Now while I was there I saw a whole bunch of cool ass carp, a lot of which I had seen before but it was cool to see it all once again. There was, however, one vehicle I have only seen in a partly obstructed view and that was here in the Hooniverse. Yes, it was one of the esteemed Mr. Esmlie’s Mystery Car posts from way back in 2011 which, surprisingly, this olelongrooffan remembered. Check that post out here and the ultimate identification of that ride by none other than commenter P161911. Yeah, my fellow Hoons, this olelongrooffan was pure assed flabbergasted to have spotted it and even more so to have remembered it. I guess the blue Skyy hasn’t killed all of the brain cells in this double nickeled aged old man.

… Continue Reading

My Weekend Didn’t Suck

YouTube Preview Image

Last weekend, Mrs. Tanshanomi and I got away for an extended weekend and spent two days snowmobiling in the Arapahoe National Forest with a few friends. The Grand Lake area is a snowmobile mecca, and these three minutes of video demonstrate why. Needless to say, we came back in a very, very good mood.

Living at 1000 feet ASL and much too far south, snowmobiling is not really a practical option for us most of the time, so this sort of activity is something special for us that we only get to do every couple of years. Back in the mid ’80s, I did work in a Twin Cities Yamaha dealer for several seasons and stole demo sleds on the weekends as often as they’d let me. However, as much fun as snowmobiling is in the Midwest, it pales in comparison to the environment and vistas the Continental Divide offers.

Our Polaris 550 Trail Touring sleds were the sort of typically low-spec machine common to rental establishments: an old-style, short-tracked model powered by a fan-cooled 550cc two-stroke twin. It was pleasant enough on the trail, but had neither the lungs nor the track length to venture into anything other than hard-packed snow. Among hardcore ‘bilers, Polaris sleds — especially their two strokes — have a chorus of detractors, but the fact that all of our sleds were in fairly serviceable condition after six years and 12-15K of hard rental use is a testament to the design’s underlying robustness. The only problems we had were a couple of inop electric starters and grip heaters (the latter the victims of obvious crash damage).

This video was taken with the Chinese “Xtreme HD” action camera I’ve been playing with for a couple of years now.

The soundtrack is one I found on Newgrounds, which I’ll give a plug for here because it’s a fantastic community and a great source for Creative Commons licensed works.

Flagship Dealerships of the Champs-Elysees: Renault, Citroen

IMG_7962

Ready for something weird? Really weird? French weird?

… Continue Reading

1959 BMW 600: “The Limousine”

IMG_2986

So awhiles back this olelongrooffan was up in the City of Palms and spotted something previously heard of and only seen in pictures. Yeah, my fellow Hoons this was the first time I had spotted a BMW 600, “The Limousine” if you will. And it dates from 1959, the same age as the Daytona International Speedway and this olelongrooffan. Click on through to see some more of it.

… Continue Reading

2015 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance

a lead 2015 Boca Raton concours (1)

It is a pleasant coincidence that the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance occurs each year at exactly the same time I spend a week in warm southern Florida with my family – it’s like they plan it around me, which they should.

The one day concours is relatively small in size but it features something for everyone and not just the rare and the overpriced/over-hyped. Like last year there were plenty of fast and funky Europeans, American muscle, British luxury, with some micro and one-offs thrown into the mix.

Over a hundred pics and results after the jump.

… Continue Reading

Flagship Dealerships of the Champs-Elysees: Peugeot, Mercedes, Toyota

Jim Yu February 24, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

IMG_7935

After spending two days at Retromobile, I yearned for more! Five fancy dealerships– Peugeot, Mercedes, Toyota, Renault, and Citroen– were within a few blocks of each other along the Champs-Elysees. I braved sub-freezing weather to visit them, and I was not disappointed.

… Continue Reading

Retromobile 2015: Potpourri Edition

Jim Yu February 20, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

IMG_7871

We end Hooniverse’s coverage of Retromobile 2015 with random oddities. From old prototypes to coach-built one-offs, we’ve got everything. I approached this white car from the rear and assumed it was some obscure Japanese car, perhaps a Mazda. Wrong. It’s a 1963 Lancia Flaminia by Pininfarina. I really dig the taillight treatment.

… Continue Reading

Retromobile 2015: The Merchandise

Jim Yu February 19, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

IMG_7731

Hooniverse’s Retromobile coverage now focuses on the mom-and-pop businesses with booths at the classic car show. The sheer volume of Hoontastic toys and baubles available is mind blowing. What I have captured here is just a tiny fraction of the products on offer. The lede photo is a hand built, 1/43 scale, ultra-detailed 1938 Alfa Romeo Le Mans racer for a mere 2,900 Euros. Make the jump to see what else you can pick up with your hard earned cash.

… Continue Reading

Eurotripper European Car Show: The Water Cooled Edition

IMG_2955

So it was a couple weekends ago this olelongrooffan was up at JetBlue Park in the City of Palms checking out the Eurotripper European Car Show. As I mentioned previously, there was large contingency of VDubs, both air and water cooled, but they were not the only Eurocars to show up that day. One of them was this seriously cool Land Rover as well as many more. However, to see them my fellow Hoons will have to make the jump.

… Continue Reading

Search

Hooniverse Marketplace

Featuring Top 2/3 of vehicles Available in Marketplace

Read more





Subscribe via RSS