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Picture Books for Little Hoons

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Being a car guy (or car girl) doesn’t stop when your little one takes his or her first breath. Being a well-rested car guy? Well, that’s something else entirely.

But having kids in your life isn’t the complete life-altering experience that movies and television make it out to be. Sure, you might start taking better care of yourself healthwise, perhaps exercising more and drinking less – or drinking more: people, it’s parenting fluid – but the essential things that are important to you don’t change. Instead, you get to share them with a new, miniature person. One who has lots of questions.

When my daughter was born, I felt my heart grow three sizes in a single day. I held her fragile, warm form close and whispered in her tiny, perfect ear, “Kid, I am going to buy you so many Hot Wheels. Seriously.” But I was also going to do all the other daddy things like changing diapers, and cooking her meals, and chasing her around the playground, and fitting a child seat into a Series II Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead.

I was also going to read to her, and to encourage her to read. I started making a list of books. Here are a few. … Continue Reading

Speed Reads: ‘Classic Racing Cars’

Eric Rood February 3, 2014 Speed Reads

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This book’s cover wears one of those crinkly dust jackets just like they put on library books. This book wears a crinkly dust jacket because it is a library book. Cyril Posthumus’ Classic Racing Cars caught my eye when I investigated my municipality’s cheap DVD rental place that also loans free books. As someone loathe to pass up free anything (Are you going to eat those peanut shells?), I decided maybe I should check out the “Cars” section, being a semi-responsible automotive journalist and all. I wandered for a good bit looking for it, being both ignorant of the library filing system (No wonder you lost to Truman, you useless bastard, Dewey) and too stubborn to ask for directions. When I found the section, the bold red print on the book’s spine leapt out among the boring volumes about collector cars. As someone who–in addition to being loathe to pass up free things–likes bright colors, I naturally picked up the volume and leafed through it.

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Porsche 962 Driver Control Diagram: Who’s In Control?

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Oh the days gone by.  I’ve had cellular telephones that are more complex than the driver control layout of a Porsche 962.  With the loud pedal supplying a healthy wallop in the back when footed, I’m not sure that I would want to have to pay attention to many other switches and dials, however.  A certain level of finesse was required to really drive a 962 quickly, balancing the boost pressures, the throttle input, and the insane ground-effect supplied downforce.  That said, however, this dash layout (and the car the dash is attached to) won a lot of races through the 80s and early 90s, and was driven by some of the most respectable drivers in the history of the sport.

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Swedish Turbo Tractor Burnouts And Drifting

I wasn’t sure how to title this post.  I went with “Swedish Turbo Tractor Burnouts And Drifting”, but it could very well have been, “All The Gods In All Of The Hooniverse Are Welling Up With Pride” or, “Holy Meatballs!  Swedish Fantasmo Tractor!” 

Basically, the story is, a man in Sweden has adapted a 400 hp Volvo 240 Volvo motor into his tractor, and now he’s hooning the hell out of it.  Click through for the video, which is the best thing you will watch today. 

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Random File: Doily Car

Scott Ith November 8, 2012 In General, Speed Reads

It looks so warm in there.  This is located at a museum in Prague, as well it should be.  Extra points if you can name the year, make and model.  (Not you, Antti.)

Click it for one more shot of this beauty. 

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Obligatory: Ken Block Gymkhana 5 – Streets Of San Francisco

Ken Block and his driving skills are amazing. The 650 HP Ford Fiesta he drives is also amazing. What could be cooler than watching Block performing his long list of automotive parlor tricks? Watching him perform them in one of the coolest cities in the world, that’s what. What better place to make this type of video than San Francisco, with its famous vistas and hilly streets?

Hit the jump for 10 minutes of City shredding.

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Car Vandalism: You Hurt My Feelings But I’m a Nice Person Edition

Kamil Kaluski April 16, 2012 Speed Reads

No one likes car vandalism. The people who do the vandalism are the shittiest of shitty people, total cowards… and I’m specifically talking to certain two Bruins fans who like to park their shitty white Altima in my reserved spot, throw beer cans from their car, and evidently drive back to their mom’s house in the suburbs drunk. But I digress.

When in comes to the matters of the heart, ladies, I know one thing – you always knew he was going to cheat on you, you just didn’t know when. This girl, whose feelings were evidently hurt, wanted revenge and for it she stoop down to the level of the shittiest. Or did she?

[Thanks for the pics Vinny!]

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Automotive Flash Card Book for Kids

Kamil Kaluski March 9, 2012 Speed Reads

Tyra Banks, Dolly Parton, Terrell Owens, Madonna, Prince Charles, Jimmy Buffet, Glenn Beck, Bill Cosby, Spike Lee, Tim McGraw, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billy Crystal. Other than being some kind of pop-culture celebrities, they have seemingly nothing in common. Except the fact that they all wrote children’s books. Apparently writing a children’s book adds another minute to their fifteen, or perhaps allows you influence young minds, or just simply pays well.

Not to be outdone, internet sensation and friend-of-Hooniverse, DCAutoGeek, has also created a children’s book. Based on a typical set of flashcards, this e-book (what, you don’t have an iPad yet?) teaches the alphabet and the very basics of Automotives 101. Very cool. Go through the book after the jump.

This gave me an idea too…

[Source: DCAutoGeek.com]

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“The Charles Barrett Special” Commando: A Quick Update

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A couple days ago this olelongrooffan shared with my fellow Hoons my experience in collecting my new to me Jeepster Commando. And as I seem to be doing the last few vehicles, I named it. Yeah, my E30 ragtop was the “Black Beauty”, the Falcon Station Bus was “the olestationbus”, and my Comanche is the “Indian.” Appropriately enough, I bestowed my Commando with the moniker “The Charles Barrett Special.” Now after that post went viral, I happened to be reading that Book about my Face and

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Man drops a K20 into a Ford Fiesta, creates Fonda Fiegra

William Maley November 15, 2011 Speed Reads

The Honda K20 series of engines are known for their high revving nature in Honda and Acura sport compact cars. The engines are also known to be perfect candidates for transplants in older Honda compacts and lightweight sports cars to provide a bit more oomph and VTEC!! Yo!! So why is this engine in a Ford?

[Source: k20a.org]

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