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Podcast: Episode 72 – Peak McQueen


Zach Bowman is in town ahead of the Monterey Car Week… which took place last week. These podcasts aren’t live, so, you know. Blake Z. Rong runs the show alongside producer Chris Hayes as they, along with guest Bow Man, chat about reaching Peak McQueen, British vehicles, and a whole host of other random crap.

Jump past the break and listen in to the Ginger Fox spin his tales…

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Podcast: Episode 71 – On the road again: Scotland…


It’s for another special On The Road Again episode of The Hooniverse podcast.

…alright, this is the one I’ve mentioned a few times, and the one people have been asking to hear on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, by carrier pigeon, and smoke signal.

So here you go, this is the Scotland edition of On The Road Again. Prime your livers and hop the jump…

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Podcast: Episode 70 – Hooniverse Gold Subscription Plan


Blake Z Rong and I are joined by Matt Farah. You know Farah from The Smoking Tire, /DRIVE, his handful of appearances on this very podcast, and now, /DRIVE+.

We dive right into it to learn about the move to a subscription-based platform for the /DRIVE video series. It’s a fascinating topic right up until we’re interrupted by a rather fascinating person coming into The Smoking Tire offices. Bucky Lasek temporarily stops the proceedings as Blake and I go mega-fanboy for a moment.

Things get back on track and Farah tells us more about the /DRIVE+ move. He has to leave to attend to Mr. Lasek (who is appearing on TST later in the evening), so Blake, myself, and Producer Chris get into their own cars and what they’re driving to finish off the show.

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Podcast: Episode 69 – Fully Forged Power Bottom


Guest Abe Drimmer (Road & Track, TTAC, and a little site called Hooniverse) joins Blake and myself in the podcast palace. Topics range from a meager power bump for the Viper on to the introduction of the all-new Polaris Slingshot. The Mad Max Fury Road trailer comes up, as does the Infiniti Eau Rouge, which has been recently tested in prototype form by a small handful of folks.

From there we delve into a sad update on Blake’s Miata and a happy update on my Civic.

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Podcast: Episode 68 – Electricity, Hydrogen, and Atomic Betty


This week Jeff is out of town and leaves Blake and Chris to their own devices. They deliver a number of tangents cleverly disguised as segments including…

  • Live TV Audiences
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • Blake reviews the new Cadillac Escalade
  • Android Auto & Apple Carplay
  • Drunk Drivers vs. Texting Drivers
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells vs. Batteries
  • Elon Musks plans to rule the automotive industry
  • Chevy SS now with 100% more manual transmission
  • Monster Miatas

Hop the jump for the hot ear medicine…

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Podcast: Episode 67 – The boys are back in town


For the first time in a long time, the whole crew is back together. Hosts Jeff Glucker and Blake Z. Rong are joined by both producers, Chris Hayes and Zack Klapman. This means they dive right into what everyone has been up to, which means a wide range of car adventures. Blake recently returned from the same Nashville-based Nissan event that Jeff spoke about last week, Zack was driving all over the country for a few different things includeing an IMSA race and a country-wide Rally, and Jeff’s prepping for a few more adventures.

The talk changes to what we’ve been driving, which includes the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, and a few other machines old and new.

Hit the jump to listen in, while taking in the rest of our Project Car State of the Union Day on Hooniverse.

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Podcast: Episode 66 – On the road again (special episode)


So we’re trying something new today. I’m reporting in from the road, as I’ve traveled to Nashville, TN to sample the entire Nissan lineup. After a day of driving, I am sitting down to let you know how the cars were, about a few special gems that were available to drive, and what I’ve got coming up when I gets back home.

Also, I’m apparently easily distracted by the chick in the AT&T commercial…

Make the jump for Episode 66.

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Podcast: Episode 65 – Bavsound Brings The Noise


We may occasionally rant against all-things BMW on this podcast, but deep in our dark hearts there lies a soft spot for the Bavarian beasts. This seems to be the case for Jeremy Whittle and Jason Seaver, because the pair are part of a company called Bavsound. Essentially, Bavsound is an audiophile haven aimed at making BMW vehicles a better place to listen to music.

Myself and Blake Z. Rong dive right into the chatter with the Bavsound crew to get the low down on all things automotive audio. We learn that Pink Floyd can make you cry under the right circumstances, paper speakers aren’t terrible, and factory systems can always be improved upon.

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Podcast: Episode 64 – Those Project Car Blues


Myself and Blake Z. Rong are back together in the podcast palace of love. The main subject for episode 64? Banged up, clapped-out, project cars.

Blake’s Miata… is dead.
My Civic… is dead.

Listen in and found out what’s going on with both cars, before the we both ultimately diverge into a series of weirder and weirder tangents.

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Podcast: Episode 63 – Two Wheels, BAD!


Zack Klapman from /DRIVE and The Smoking Tire joins me for Episode 63 of the Hooniverse Podcast. We have no agenda this evening, but our conversations surround two main topics.

  1. Zach talks about his horrific motorcycle accident from back when he was in college.
  2. We discuss the application of the term “supercar” and if the term “hypercar” needs to exist.

Oh, and I digress to talk about an awesome snowboarding documentary called The Crash Reel. It’s seriously good… just like this episode of the podcast.

Stop stalling and make the leap to listen to Episode 63.

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