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Consumerism Be Damned: A Cars and Cellphones Metaphorical Musing


When your cellphone contract expires, the generally expected thing to do is to stride immediately into your local telecoms agency and sign yourself up for a fresh deal on whatever phone grabs your fancy.

The contract for my cellphone expired last march and, well, I really didn’t know what to do. I had been nailed into a 24 month term and the phone had actually been perfectly satisfactory, battery issues aside, and no doubt its replacement would do just the same job, but the idea of being locked into another two year relationship with anything then on the market really didn’t appeal to me.

There was just so much choice, and I really didn’t like any of it. Thank goodness, I thought to myself, we’re talking about a phone and not a car.

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Your best look yet at the Aston Martin Lagonda



If you’ve been keeping up with the News in recent weeks, you’ll be well aware of Aston Martin’s plans to resurrect one of its most iconic and important nameplates in the company’s history – Lagonda. From what tiny bit of information we’ve been given so far, we know the Lagonda will be a super-exclusive super saloon destined for the Middle East, and since it is an Aston Martin, we know it’ll be beautiful.

Thanks to a couple of images Aston Martin sent us over the weekend, we really know it’ll be beautiful. They said we could do what we wanted with these images after 4:00 AM Pacific today… so at 4:01 AM Pacific, here you go. For Hooniverse eyes only, say hello to the Aston Martin Lagonda, fully uncovered and out in the open.

This is our best look yet at Gaydon’s newest masterpiece and it’s truly a sight to behold.

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Automotive Fatalities, How Does Your State Rate?


According to this graph from Graphzoo and based on NHTSA data over a 37 year period, most of the states in the U.S. have seen dramatic declines in automobile-related fatalities. This can be most likely attributed to improvements in automotive safety technologies and capabilities. It’s also surprising in light of the axing of Driver’s Ed from most schools across the country over the years, and our crumbling highway infrastructure.

Check out the chart and see where your state’s stats sit. Or, if you’re outside of the U.S. but might be planning a visit, see which states you might wish to avoid. Most states have shown significant improvements in traffic death numbers, however in the South, the carnage seems to have gotten worse. Arizona in fact, looks to have numbers that might make you want to seriously consider taking Amtrak.

Source: Graphzoo

Digging around for Discovery’s Chrome Underground

Eric Rood May 20, 2014 In General


[Editor’s Note: We asked Eric if he wanted to review a new reality show about cars. He said he doesn’t watch reality TV. We said “perfect”.]

I’m not typically someone who would be called upon as a television critic, let alone one of a reality show, but I recently got my greasy hands on a copy of the first episode of Discovery Channel’s new automotive show. That showcalled Chrome Undergroundpurports to chronicle the exploits of two classic car dealers, Yusuf Johnson and Antonio Brunet, from Austin’s Motoreum as they travel “to lawless countries where no other dealer would dare” before smuggling them home to flip for big dollars. Oddly enough, I happened upon my own copy through carefully cultivated contacts in the secret cable-reality-show-screener-copy ring run from, as best as I can tell, the far-flung corners of Manitoba.

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Show and Tell: Dashboard Illumination

Chris Haining November 21, 2013 In General, Tech


Here on the fringes of the Arctic Circle, the nights are drawing in. It’s gloomy while we drive to work long-facedly in the morning and its pitch black when we bolt the doors and rock off into the night. But it does mean that we get to experience the joy of dashboard illumination.

Dials and gauges that light up are terrific aid to monitoring your velocity over land and how furiously your engine is spinning. Before the days of compact bulbs, fluorescent tubes and LEDs, instrument markings used to be painted on with a radioactive substance that literally glowed-in-the-dark, my father has an altimeter from something old, wooden and canvassy that does just that. ‘Course, it’s all electric now, which is nowhere near as fun.
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Quick Take: Marcal’s Machine Makes a Milestone

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Well, it finally happened. I couldn’t pull over and get a picture at the exact moment it happened, but here it is. My 1992 F-150 XLT Supercab has driven 150,000 miles in its 21-year life, or roughly 20 miles a day. 150,000 miles on a 5-speed transmission that’s been through a few clutches in its day. It’s hauled dirt, sand, lumber, boxes, furniture, trailers, people, bikes, and any combination of all those. I’m averaging about 15 mpg right now, although that will probably go down soon with bad weather and winter gas blends.

I’ve only owned it for two years and about 20,000 miles, so my daily average is a little higher than 20, owing to the occasional long drive and frequent trips to haul said things (& people). I know the previous owner has been a lot of places with rig, including South Dakota, Montana, and Texas before coming to the Seattle area, and it gave him years of service with regular maintenance and minor repairs. … Continue Reading

Product Review: 3M Clean Sand System

3m clean sand kit review

If you are a proper Hoon, you will eventually find yourself taking some car apart and painting it, or part of it at least.  In order to properly paint anything, you’ll need to prepare the surface by sanding it.  3M recently offered Hooniverse an example of a new product designed to take the mess out of sanding. 

Dubbed the Clean Sand System, it is a hollow sander with holey sandpaper and a hose that will attach to any vacuum to collect the dust as you create it. Keep on reading to see if it actually does that.

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Bonjour, les Amis [New writer alert!]

Honda CR-Z

Greetings, all. I suppose I should take some time and introduce myself.

My name is Shant, and I come bearing news: I’m the new guy here. I love cars of all types, be they microcars built in the Eastern Bloc, or the latest and greatest sports car. If it has wheels and an engine, chances are, it’s likely relevant to my interests. Except beige Toyotas.

As for what I drive: a 2011 Honda CR-Z. Before you all pelt me with rotten produce, hear me out. It’s a good car, darn it. Sure, it’s not a roaring, tire-destroying monster, but it’s a fun-to-drive car that loves to be thrown around corners. That said, if someone asks me if it’s a Prius again, I will not be happy.

Of particular note is my questionable affection for the Malaise Era. Be it a Cosworth Vega or a Gremlin X, my taste for cars can be called anything from “odd” to “masochistic.” Another weakness of mine is anything French, especially anything with the Citroën chevrons.

I’m in the Los Angeles area, and am fortunate to have access to countless car-related events. I’ll be sharing what I can, and hope I don’t put you folks to sleep.


Truck Thursday: Our Cars: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

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So my fellow Hoons, this is once again another rather long and rambling post about some of the things going on in this olelongrooffan’s life at this point. If you don’t really care for my ramblings, please move along. I won’t be offended. However if my fellow Hoons have a bit of time to waste this Truck Thursday, click on through…or wait until you are able to enjoy a cold libation while reading these ramblings.

Astute followers of this olelongrooffan’s ramblings will remember some of these images and also the comment I made in the post about The Mad_Hungarian and I attending the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance (trust me, more is coming) about my means of transport to that prestigious event. No my fellow Hoons, this olelongrooffan did not scoot up Florida Highway number 9 to that event in my oldbeaterpickemuptruck but instead took my newish longerroof. 

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Weekend of Weird-Ass Crap- Mohs Model

What’s the weirdest, most bizarre, and possibly rarest car in the world? If you said the Mohs Ostentatienne Opera Sedan then you would be correct. If instead you said the Mohs SafariKar. . . well, you’re so close, better luck next time. 

The thing about any of the Mohs models is that as they were the invention of a single man – Bruce Mohs, founder of the Mohs Seaplane Company – which resulted in their being unlike any other vehicle on the road. That seriously limited their appeal in the broader market, constraining production to but a small handful – like four cars in total.

Who might want to create more Mohs’? Well, this modeler, who while not working in full size dimensions, does seem to be creating models that are somewhat working. Check out the two videos after the jump of his Mohs models in progress. Freaky!

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