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Last Call: Racing Fink is fabulous

Last Call: Racing Fink is fabulous

The creativity that arises from 24 Hours of LeMons teams never ceases to amaze me. Sure, 75% of the time it's me staring at something Speedycop has created. But the other 25% is filled with crazy creations from all sorts of wonderful teams. Case in point; this Honda Del Sol ...
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ford gt

Ford’s Factory GT Racing Program Has Been a Dream Come True

Growing up as a Ford fan, I idolized the legendary Ford GT40s that stormed Le Mans in the 60s and stunned the world with four straight wins. It was a story of Americans (and others of course) facing an impossible task and somehow beating the odds, and it was a ...
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(Semi-)Fastback Friday: This 1973 Plymouth Duster is super clean

(Semi-)Fastback Friday: This 1973 Plymouth Duster is super clean

On the Mopar scale, the six-cylinder Duster ranks somewhere closer to Dodge Neon than '68 Charger. Sure, there are cool Dusters out there, but a bog-standard six-banger may be viewed with rose-colored glasses. It's intriguing today, sure, but nothing about which you should get too excited. Still, there's something about this ...
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m8

The News for October 11th, 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, BMW shows off the M8 Gran Coupe and it actually looks good, Toyota stuns with next-gen Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, Chevrolet ruins a good ...
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Toyota 4Runner

Do modifications increase the value of a Toyota 4Runner?

Let’s be clear from the start: I'm a die-hard fan of the Toyota 4Runner. I have owned a 4th gen and a 5th gen and will inevitably own another in the future. From daily driver to weekend wheeling companion, the 4Runner works shockingly well in every conceivable usage. For many events ...
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Hooniverse Asks: What car stuff do you do with your free Saturday?

Hooniverse Asks: What car stuff do you do with your free Saturday?

The prospect of a free weekend is nearly a novelty. With a loaded work schedule, numerous hobbies, family on both my wife’s side and my side, and regular attempts to maintain something resembling a social life, plans for us seem to make themselves. In turn, that means most hours of ...
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Last Call: Welcome to Earf

Last Call: Welcome to Earf

If you're a photographer shooting cars, you're used to being patient. You figure out from where the subject is coming, where it will be going, and where you should be standing to capture the shot. What you may not be counting on is the fact that someone else is also capturing a ...
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Montero Update: In a good place, but let's make it even better

Montero Update: In a good place, but let’s make it even better

It's been sometime since I gave you an update on my 1991 Mitsubishi Montero. Let's fix that, shall we? The truck has been running well for the last few months. I've had a few hiccups though, and I'm working on fixing them. My idle speed is mostly consistent. Occasionally, it will ...
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Watch Wyatt Knox break down 18 driving clips from various movies

Watch Wyatt Knox break down 18 driving clips from various movies

Wyatt Knox is a man who knows all about car control. He's a lead instructor at the Team O'Neil Rally School, and one hell of a wheelman. Wired sat him down to get his opinion on a variety of driving scenes from various films. Yes, it's clear to anyone that a ...
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Forbidden Fruit, Found: 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ73

Forbidden Fruit, Found: 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ73

A Series 70 Land Cruiser is a wonderful thing. We don't get them though, which is sad. The 70 Series arrived in the mid 1980's to replace the aging 40 Series trucks. Toyota wanted a version of its Land Cruiser to retain the tough, off-road capability of the versions that ...
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2020 Toyota Corolla is all about #savethemanuals – but will you buy it?

2020 Toyota Corolla is all about #savethemanuals – but will you buy it?

The Corolla sedan is all new for 2020. The big news is the availability of a hybrid system, a first for a Corolla. The less known fact is that the SE has a special version with a manual transmission called, drumroll, “SE 6MT”. Manual Corollas are nothing new except for ...
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Hooniverse Asks: Do we still need inline six-cylinder engine options?

Hooniverse Asks: Do we still need inline six-cylinder engine options?

This past week, I've been driving a 2020 Range Rover Sport HST. Those three letters on the end signify a unique powertrain setup under the hood. This Rover is fitted with a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine. It's paired with a turbocharger and a 48V mild-hybrid setup as well. The output ...
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2020 Toyota GranAce profile

I want to buy a Toyota GranAce

It has never happened in the last couple of years that I saw a press release about a new car and actually wanted it. Toyota announced today that they are bringing to market an MPV slotted above the HiAce. Introducing the 2020 Toyota GranAce. The name is taking its meaning ...
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Out with the old: Bye-bye blue Benz<br>Some thoughts on the old beast

Out with the old: Bye-bye blue Benz
Some thoughts on the old beast

Time, she is a flying. I bought my 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 sedan back in the spring of 2017. The plan was to replace my 1965 Ford F100 with a machine that would accept a car seat. And still be old. Since Benz built tanks back in the day, the 280 ...
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Hooniverse Asks: Can a CUV be a good off-roader? I'm about to find out

Hooniverse Asks: Can a CUV be a good off-roader? I’m about to find out

When Honda first showed its new 2019 Passport SUV they made no secrets that this was the vehicle was targeting the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Toyota 4Runner. If that seems absurd it's because Grand Cherokee and 4Runner are very different vehicles than the Passport, even if their two-box designs ...
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Ten Years Later: If Anyone Needs Me, I'm in the Garage

Ten Years Later: If Anyone Needs Me, I’m in the Garage

So, first of all, Hooniverse came into existence October 1st, but our first post went live October 8th. I'm not late; everyone else was just early. I figure enough time has passed that I can give an unfiltered version of Hooniverse's origins. To get a few things out of ...
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