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Podcast: Episode 293 – The Late Late Show [solo episode]

Podcast: Episode 293 – The Late Late Show [solo episode]

I've been a bad podcast producer. This episode is almost two weeks late. I have many excuses but none are worth hearing. This is episode 293, and in it I'm sitting alone in my garage. More specifically, I'm sitting in my still-unsold Mercedes-Benz. I talk about that a little bit, ...
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Last Call: Mad Max Fury Road minus the CGI is still bonkers

Last Call: Mad Max Fury Road minus the CGI is still bonkers

Mad Max Fury Road is one hell of a film. It's a blood-soaked, fuel-dripping thrill ride from start to finish and it's also rather gorgeously shot. There's a bit of CGI employed, of course. But maybe not as much as you think. Mad Max Fury Road without CGI is straight ...
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Proving Grounds Indy 500 Special

Shows You Should Watch: Proving Grounds Indy 500 Special

Automotive programming is absolutely thriving right now. Be it on YouTube or traditional, good-'ol-fashioned television, the variety and quantity of shows is astounding. That's especially so coming up to Memorial Day Weekend, when the world-famous Indianapolis 500 race takes place. The crew at Proving Grounds have jumped on this. Once showcasing ...
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First Drive: 2019 Audi E-Tron

First Drive: 2019 Audi E-Tron

Audi has entered the electric vehicle fray. Say hello to the 2019 Audi E-tron. This is the German automaker's first fully electric machine and it's a surprisingly good starting point for four-ringed electrification. It does make you ask a question though; do you prefer maximum range or fast charging speeds? ...
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Toyota 4Runner TRD Off Road

Project Update: 5th gen 4Runner TRD Off Road

Recently we established that this is no longer Hooniverse but rather 4Runnerverse. Now it’s time to check in on one of my very own Toyota 4x4s. Nine months ago I picked up a 5th gen 4Runner to serve as an all-purpose vehicle. Needing something that could do everything from daily duty ...
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Hooniverse Asks: Who is your favorite racing driver of all time?

Hooniverse Asks: Who is your favorite racing driver of all time?

The conversations waft forward like smoke that seems to linger forever in the air around us. Debates about motorsport have lasted for over a century. They'll continue on for a long time from now. People have their favorite drivers. My own personal, and possibly cliche answer for such a question, ...
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Niki Lauda Ferrari 312 T2

Niki Lauda (1949 – 2019)

The term "legend" gets thrown around a lot, but there's really no other way to describe Andreas Nikolaus "Niki" Lauda who passed away today at the age of 70. Lauda was a three-time Formula 1 world champion in his driving career and stuck around the paddock as a huge part of ...
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In Pictures: New Canaan Caffeine & Carburetors

In Pictures: New Canaan Caffeine & Carburetors

Sunday morning car shows come in a wide variety. Here in the Northeast though they tend to fall into one of two categories. On one end is the traditional Cars & Coffee. You know the kind; any random parking lot serves as the backdrop for a few hours spent conversing ...
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The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a full-size four-banger

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a full-size four-banger

The big news from Chevy for 2019 is not the mid-engine Corvette. It's the Silverado. Like other pickup trucks, the Silverado comes in a large variety of cab, bed, driveline, and trim configurations. But the one thing that stands out in the new line-up is the availability of a four-cylinder ...
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Virtual Cockpit with Google Earth mapping

Too much information?

I found myself behind the wheel of a big, expensive German SUV the other day, and very nice it was, too. Especially once I had shrugged aside my notion of it assaulting me with information from every direction. The instrument cluster, as well as feeding me with vital statistics pertaining ...
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The News for May 17th, 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, McLaren reveals the GT, Porsche shows off heritage liveries for the new 935, Ford makes us jealous with the Focus ST Wagon, BMW M5 Edition ...
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Desert Valley Auto Parts is home to beautiful junk

Desert Valley Auto Parts is home to beautiful junk

Just North of Phoenix, there sits a petrified forest of classic American cars. Some readers might be familiar with this place thanks to the show Desert Car Kings. These money making, car flipping shows aren’t really my jam though, so when my friend Brad suggested we check out Desert Valley ...
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Hooniverse Asks: Is this the "dyno sheet" of tomorrow's electric vehicles?

Hooniverse Asks: Is this the “dyno sheet” of tomorrow’s electric vehicles?

I recently drove the Audi E-Tron. During the press presentation, Audi presented an interesting chart. The story it tells is one of electric vehicle bragging rights. On one axis you have charging power. The other axis displays battery state of charge. Five vehicles are then compared, each one sharing a ...
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Last Call: Truck Rules Edition

Last Call: Truck Rules Edition

There is a construction site right down the street from where I live. Two big parking garages were leveled to make space for two bigger buildings. It will probably look really nice when it's done but it will create more traffic on an already crowded street. In the mean time, ...
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Hooniverse Asks: How do you wash your single-stage paint?

Hooniverse Asks: How do you wash your single-stage paint?

My 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 is painted in a gorgeous dark blue hue. Well, most of it is gorgeous. There's two areas where it needs some love. The driver's side doors, specifically the lower sections, appear faded compared to the rest of the car. Still, when given a proper wash and ...
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Dan Grec and his Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

The Road Chose Me: Dan Grec’s circumnavigation of Africa comes to a close

Nearly three years and 54,000 miles later, overland expert Dan Grec has finally completed his circumnavigation of Africa. Chronicled on his blog The Road Chose Me and in JPFreek Magazine, Dan’s journey has us in awe. Few people have done a trip like this and next to none have written about ...
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