Being a car enthusiast during COVID-19

Under a turbulent, early summer sky a line of Radical RXC GTs trails behind a C8 Corvette pace car appropriately painted Elkhart Lake Blue. There’s a track-wide caution as the parade passes in front of me, slowly lapping around The Carousel. It’s a quiet Saturday morning at the track and I sat back to sip […]

A look at skiing’s appearance in classic car ads

Beyond safety ratings, how unfathomably giant the touchscreen is, or perceived overall reliability, car shoppers often ponder if a vehicle they’re interested in will fit their lifestyle. The term “lifestyle” is broad of course. A “lifestyle” for some means dashing through downtown on weekend nights, trying out all the savory foods promised by the priciest […]

Hooniverse Asks: What Modern Car Deserves Pop-Up Headlights?

We haven’t seen pop-up headlights on a car since production of the C5 Corvette came to a halt after the 2004 model year. When Chevrolet dropped the Vette’s familiar square pop-ups from the all-new sixth-generation, it was a giant departure from the 43-year norm that raised eyebrows, drew a few criticisms, and triggered a lot […]

Trackside at Road America: World Challenge

At the end of September, Road America hosted its annual World Challenge weekend, formerly the Pirelli World Challenge. Dozens of high-powered cars from various series sorted into their own unique classes attacked the track just as Wisconsin’s best fall foliage began to show their colors. I snagged a press pass and spent (a rainy) Saturday […]

Ten Years Later: Giving credit where credit is due

When I was a junior in college, studying advertising and public relations at Loyola University Chicago, I knew entering into my fall semester I wanted to open the door into the automotive world for my career. Far prior to hearing the word “Hooniverse.” After an internship with (when it was run by now-Ford North […]

I Replaced My Recalled Takata Airbag, You Should Too

A recalled Takata airbag

Any letter in the mail with “Saab” written as the return address will surely raise an eyebrow. Three will make you alert. This was the third “URGENT TAKATA AIRBAG SAFETY RECALL” notice bearing. Stubbornly rolling my eyes, I plugged in my 9-2x’s VIN on the NHTSA’s website to double-check. My car was in fact, stricken by […]

When One Thing Leads to Another

Towards the end of April, I spent an evening of “adulting” before pulling my red 2001 Chevrolet Camaro out from the dark cave it had been hiding in for seven months. Phone calls to the insurance company and texts to the landlord somewhat confidently confirming that my car would in fact vacate its 20 by […]

The juggernaut: Life with Ram’s 1500 Rebel

Ram Rebel

Switching out of the posh, luxurious Ram 1500 Limited, the top and most-expensive trim in the 1500 lineup and climbing up into the 1500 Rebel felt like shifting from a classy conversation with Frank Sinatra to a grungier storytelling session with Metallica. One truck is a street king, the other a beast that belongs on […]

What do you want to know about Nissan’s 2019 Titan?

2019 nissan titan

This week we’ve got the 2019 Nissan Titan in for review. Nissan’s entry into the fiercely competitive full-size pickup battlefield arrived for the 2004 model year and sat dormant without much of a substantial makeover for more than a decade. The Titan then took 2016 off and hid in hiatus before coming back for the […]

Driving the new mild-hybrid Jeep Wrangler

2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Jeep’s newest Wrangler JL launched last year and it’s since sold quicker than wildfire spreading through a dry valley of chaparral. In 2018, a some 240,032 Wranglers found new homes, up an impressive 26% compared to 2017, the last year of sales for the outgoing JK. But what’s important to note is that with the arrival […]