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’80s Ad Weekend Edition – Peugeot 205 GTi


What, more 205? Well, this one is in the same vein as the earlier Fuego clip: promotional material from the ’80s, combined with a modern retro electro soundtrack. The secret agent business with the 205 GTi has been turned to the megamax with absolutely pulsating sounds by Perturbator.

And like the YouTube description puts it: HELICOPTER ! ROCKETS ! TRAINS ! EXPLOSIONS !

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’80s Ad Weekend Edition – Renault Fuego


This video is a collection of Renault Fuego advertising material, set to a retro electro soundtrack. It works pretty well, and Myrone’s Exclusive Coupé is a cool “hero car” sort of tune. It has also been combined with a BMW 850 promo with definitely satisfying results.

I’m not quite sure I need a Fuego in my life, but the clip makes for a strong case for it.

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’80s Ad Weekend Edition – Ford Sierra XR4 (Argentina)


Despite being available as only pretty shoddy quality upload – it’s been on YouTube since 2006 – this Argentinian ad for the Ford Sierra XR4 is very likeable. Sure, it’s dated and revolves around the idea that the Charlton Heston lookalike behind the wheel uses a black Sierra to woo an impressionable catwoman, but somehow it all works pretty well together.

And the music is as ’80s action theme as it can be. That’s always a good thing.

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’80s Ad Weekend Edition – Peugeot 205


What a better way to start a 1980s themed weekend edition than posting a video dated to 1990? Well, to some people 1990 was still ’80s, and I haven’t actually even stopped living in the 1980s either, so I do think it’s all good. In any case, it’s likely this awesome piece of advertising was shot in ’89, so it’s legit.

Now that I’ve preceded the Peugeot 205 ad with babble not actually describing the ad at all, we can move on to the clip itself. It’s very much reminiscent of the ending of A Man and a Woman, where the hero drives his Mustang quickly to catch up with the train. A 205 is a nice alternative for American muscle.

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The Carchive: Audio Edition! Vauxhall Tape Madness


Before you click the jump, and I know that very few of you will have read this far, such is your eagerness for the riveting audio ecstasy that awaits you, I ask you this. Where else on the internet could you possibly imagine this kind of killer content?

There was a time before the world wide web, I’ve heard. Car manufacturers would strive to spread the word about their products in any way they could. Printed media was, of course, the most popular, but people had to take the time to sit and read it. TV advertising was good, but it’s hellishly expensive to run even a twenty second long slot, and it relied on people being sat there as a captive audience, and attention could easily drift. Radio was good, as it allowed people to go about their daily duties whilst having a promotional message subliminally drummed into their head several times a day.

In 1986, flushed with frenzied excitement following the release of the New Vauxhall Carlton, somebody in GM’s management had the fantastic idea of issuing a promotional tape about the new car, so people could brainwash themselves voluntarily while driving, because it’s safer to listen to a Vauxhall Cassette at 80 than to read the brochure behind the wheel. And now, in a Hooniverse World Exclusive, you too can share the excitement of Vauxhall’s hottest release of 1986. You lucky, lucky people.

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Timeless Innovations: The Jubilee Clip, a.k.a. The Hose Clamp


The mail is slow to reach my part of rural North Essex. The March 8th 1957 issue of The Autocar has just turned up, and as I sat in my listening chair, coffee and biscuits to my left, magazine on my lap, I chanced upon an advertisement for an item that I had never really put much thought into.

The Jubilee clip. Not just any jubilee clip, but a genuine Jubilee clip.

For the benefit of several readers, let’s honour this wondrous item with a brief history lesson.

The idea for a screw-tightened pressed metal sealing strap was masterminded by one Commander Lumley Robinson of the British Royal Navy. He was granted patent on the clip in 1921.

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Weekend Edition: The Pure Rambler Edition

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So, a few years ago, this olelongrooffan was out and about at the Turkey Rod Run down here in the World Center of Racing. While there, I captured this image of some cool old Ramblers which their loving owners had brought out for my viewing pleasure. I thought this was pretty cool but should my fellow Hoons choose to make the jump, you can see something I thought is equally as cool.

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The Toyota Land Cruiser is not a car

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Read this ad.

I have nothing to else to add to it. Well, I could add that I would give my left kidney, stone n’ all, for a brand new $3320 1970 Land Cruiser.

Image source – I don’t remember, somewhere of GooglePlus me thinks. Sorry.


1970 Plymouth Products: Through The Eyes Of A Returning Soldier

Gary had served two tours in Vietnam during the late 1960s.  He was a crew chief and a door gunner in a helicopter unit for his entire stint in the war.  Truly harrowing and heroic stuff.  For those three years, he saved his military pay, hazard pay, and combat pay.  Then, a few months prior to his discharge, while at the P.X., he saw this advertisement for the brand new 1970 Plymouth linup of cars. 

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Hooniverse Weekend Edition – Some Classic Advertising Images

During the Weekend of Discovery, I was showcasing some obscure automotive makes that were built in minuscule numbers, or were never built at all, but were fortunately displayed within some vintage advertising or brochure images. While going through those images, I set aside some of my favorite images from days gone by to share with you.

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