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Name That Part: Deartháir's Obsessions Edition

Welcome back to Hooniversity, class is now in session, and it's time for a quiz ...
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Synth Music and A Kidney Bean Oval? Must be Trenton Speedway!

You know what’s missing from modern oval racing? Right turns! The old Trenton Speedway, in Trenton, N.J., featured a bend in the starboard direction (known simply as “the Dogleg”) from 1968 until it closed in 1980. These are the opening laps of the April 23, 1978 200 mile USAC Indy ...
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Up, Up and away!

What's Up?

So...uh...looks like we might be onto something here. First off, in case it's not obvious, this thing kinda took off a little faster than anticipated. It appears there was some pent-up demand, or something. We're still tweaking all kinds of site mechanics as we figure them out. If you see ...
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Rosemary Smith, circa 1965 (est.)

Rosemary Smith, An Appreciation

I freely admit, I had never heard of Rosemary Smith until the incomparable Scroggs suggested her. Now, having done some research, I can't imagine not doing a post about her! Furthermore, I submit she should be our second inductee into the Hooniversal Dream Girl Hall of Fame, right after Donna ...
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A flaming chicken with indigestion is somehow much prettier over a patina of light rust. Ooh, and look! Turbo badge!

The Automotive Graveyard

I saw an ad recently in one of those little "Coffee Mate" flyers that have become so popular in coffee shops of late. It advertised an automotive auction. "Classic Cars!", it shouted. "Many Beautiful Rare, Antique and Collector Cars!" My interest was clearly piqued ...
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The 2009 Nissan NISMO 370Z

First Impressions: 2009 Nissan NISMO 370Z

I have always been a fan of the Z cars minus two exceptions, the 280ZX and the 350Z. Both failed to capture the magic of just what made these vehicles exciting. The recent launch of the 370Z (Z34) has restored this hunk of Japanese fun to its former glory. The ...
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Looking awesome was purely accidental.

Hooniversity: Grand National Edition

Welcome to Hooniversity. As this is our first class, we're going to be starting out easy, and setting the tone. We think it's important that you understand what this class is all about, so you can truly understand what it is you're getting yourself into ...
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Obit: Donna Mae Mims

Donna Mae Mims loved pink, especially if racing for them- pink slips that is. She was also the first woman to win the SCCA national championship and ran in original Cannonball Run race. Mims died last week, and, as was her wish, was positioned behind the wheel of a pink ...
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W8. AWD. Manual Transmission. Passat Wagon.

As we all know, Americans don't buy wagons. They don't buy manual transmissions. They tend not to buy new or odd engine configurations and they tend not to pay much for Volkswagens. With that in mind, this W8 4Motion Passat Wagon with a six-speed manual shouldn't even exist ...
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Manual Labor

Manual Labor

Most car guys are loathe to ask for directions, whether on the highway, or in the garage. But sometimes that only gets you in deeper yogurt than when you started. If you've got a new project that is an old car, you're not going to be able to just saunter ...
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Do Not Touch is just a suggestion when children are involved.

My How Things Change: Car Buying Priorities of an 11-year-old

Even when I was little, I was captivated by cars. My parents frequently tell the story of a nightly ritual that started when I was about two years old. I was quietly playing with my Matchbox cars on the end table beside the couch. When they told me it was ...
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Peed your pants yet?

You aren't man enough: Kaiser Jeep M715

Jeep's civilian Gladiator pickups had one major drawback: they weren't overtly butch enough. Also: grossly overpowered. Enter the M715 ...
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Worth it? RS6 Fixer

What if we told you you could get your hands on an Audi RS6 for $14,900? That's 444hp out of a twin-turbo V8 with only 20k miles on it. What's the catch? The catch comes in what they don't tell you ...
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2004 Audi S4 Avant

Arguably the perfect car: '04 S4 Avant

So far, we've kept it low-end when it comes to recommending vehicles. While the $1500 928 might make a great commuter car for you, it's important you put the rest of the family in something practical and safe. We're big believers in active safety: giving a skilled driver the necessary ...
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$117 per cylinder

Maybe the 928 is a little too harsh for your tastes. Maybe you're looking for smooth. Nothing oozes smoothness more than a 12 cylinder Jaaaag. At $117/cylinder, you can afford plenty of weekends in the countryside with your wife or girlfriend (or both!). [Update: now it's down to $1200 ($100/cylinder!) ...
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$1500 928, You have no excuse not to

Let's get something straight: I don't even like the 928. For whatever reason, it does nothing for me. The styling is what real auto reviewers might call polarizing (I call it lame). That said, there are some who find it fantastic. In fairness, a well-sorted chassis and 4.5 liter German ...
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