Articles2018-11-30T20:04:55+00:00
Scenes from an Italian motorcycle shop

Scenes from an Italian motorcycle shop

Sandwiched between a computer repair shop and an estate sale office is an unassuming tricolor building. What's left of the sign belays the wonderful contents that hide inside this corrugated treasure chest. Moto Guzzi Classics is one of the few places in Southern California where one can go to service ...
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Not the Range Rover review we had planned

Not the Range Rover review we had planned

The idea of taking a nearly-$200,000 Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic and getting it covered in dust and dirt, is quite appealing. Until something goes wrong. Shod with 22-inch wheels and low-profile tires, the uber-lux Land Rover has the internal strength to go anywhere but it's wearing the wrong shoes. And ...
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Truck Facebook to the rescue

Truck Facebook to the rescue

The Internet can be a crappy, crappy place. But for two members of a Denver-based lowered truck Facebook group, it became much better. The owner of a white Silverado with a yellow hood posted that he was looking for a black or white hood. Another member posted his yellow Silverado ...
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Stormtrooper 4Runner

What I learned from the Stormtrooper 4Runner project

It’s been seven months since I sold the Stormtrooper 4Runner. It was my first true road-legal project, my first that really felt like a nonstop commitment. It was in my care for two years and change. Certainly enough time to get to know it, and more than enough time to ...
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Offroad Podcast Name

Hooniverse Asks: What is a good offroad podcast title?

Ross and I are creating an off-road themed podcast. The potential show has a format that will discuss off-road news and topics of interest: overland, rally, desert racing, etc. We discussed the #cybertruck at length on a practice episode. We also want to talk about what we are doing with ...
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Random thoughts on choosing your Cannonball Run vehicle

Random thoughts on choosing your Cannonball Run vehicle

Yesterday, Alex Roy, the dude who once set a Cannonball Run record and a friend of Hooniverse, answered the question that was on my mind for some time - which car is best for setting a Cannonball Run record. His somewhat obvious answer is that a German sport sedan is the ...
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2021-Chevrolet-Tahoe-Z71-and-Suburban-HighCountry

Chevrolet reveals the 2021 Tahoe and Suburban – gird yourself…

The current Suburbans have only been around for 5 years. The previous generation was 7 years. The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban were revealed last night. The reaction from the Hooniverse staff was not a good one. Quick Takes Both models look like Ford Expedition and Expedition Max, but with ...
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Tesla needs an electric side-by-side

Tesla needs an electric side-by-side

Tesla is a talking point for uncountable things these days. Production targets, questionable financial practices, the never-ending Cybertruck discussion; if it’s something related to Tesla, it’s in the news. But amidst the unveiling of the aforementioned pickup, the electric automaker showed a “prototype” for an electric all-terrain-vehicle. And I thought ...
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2020 Toyota 4Runner Limited is damn good winter storm vehicle

2020 Toyota 4Runner Limited is damn good winter storm vehicle

December is here and so is the first winter storm in the northeast. 2020 model year 4Runner is here too, just in time for the storms. I didn’t have any new expectation for this ever-so-slightly updated 2020 model. It is still the very similar fifth generation 4Runner, very similar to ...
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Gordon Murray Automotive T.50

Gordon Murray creates a FAN car

Gordon Murray, known for designing the McLaren F1, has released new information about his latest design. Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) is partnering with Racing Point Formula One team. The partnership gives GMA access to Racing Point’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel. The press release also referenced Racing Point’s pinnacle of motorsport expertise, ...
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Jaguar I-Pace adds range thanks to racing

Jaguar I-Pace adds range thanks to racing

The Jaguar I-Pace just got a little extra push thanks to the automakers efforts out on the race track. There's a spec series called the I-Pace eTrophy Series and it serves to support Formula E. Jaguar has clearly been learning a fair bit from the racing Jags and their electric ...
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Hooniverse Asks: What’s a good example of race car-tech in a road car?

Hooniverse Asks: What’s a good example of race car-tech in a road car?

Automakers that compete in motorsport love to tout technology gleaned from racing. That is, when on-track knowledge translates to a better road car. Lotus loved its lightness. Porsche has the best automatic gearbox on the market. Mazda makes vehicles with great steering tuning. And Mercedes-Benz is fine tuning its turbochargers ...
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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the oldest new car on sale right now?

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the oldest new car on sale right now?

The price tag is just under $100,000. This is a truck that can go a lot of places. The interior is comfortable. And the off-road tech is solid. Yet the 2020 Lexus LX 570 is almost laughably dated at this point. I was in Arizona this weekend. My wife and ...
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f type

The News for December 6th, 2019

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. This week, Jaguar updates the F-Type with a new nose and some new tech, Hyundai confirms initial specs on Sonata N-Line, Bentley celebrates Pikes Peak record with ...
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Hooniverse Asks: What's your guilty pleasure car?

Hooniverse Asks: What’s your guilty pleasure car?

A "guilty pleasure" car is a vehicle that you have an affinity for, but there's no real reason for you to like it. It's hard to defend this choice of transportation. Yet you don't care. You enjoy it, and no one else need give a damn. Or maybe it's the sort ...
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1988 Chevrolet G20 Mark III Conversion Van

Do you want to win a RADwood award?

I have not attended a RADwood event yet. I assume that if you showed up in this 1988 Chevrolet G20 Conversion Van that you would be leaving with some award. There is a lot to like about this van. The best bit is the seller installed a 5.3L V8. The ...
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