Finnish Line: Extracting the full potential of the Chrysler Neon

I don’t just want to buy a Neon. I require one. Like with my earlier posts featuring mostly unloved cars, there’s solid reasoning behind this realization. I’ve done the Baltic Press Rally a few times now, and part of the excitement is arriving in Latvia or Lithuania in a total underdog car and then doing […]

Finnish Line: On hand-me-downs

You may find yourself behind the wheel of a free automobile. And you may ask yourself “How did I get here?” Hand-me-down cars are probably not a strange concept to Hooniverse writers or readers. Even though there’s certainly pride to be had in paying for a car with your own hard-earned money, there’s often a […]

Finnish Line: We grab a cheap PRV V6 engine

Perhaps you remember my earlier write-up on the Talbot Tagora and its racing history. In it, I detailed a plan that would make it possible to experience at least some of those heady days of Tagora Superproduction racing: acquiring a project Tagora and a PRV V6 engine from a Volvo 760, and then combining those, […]

Online Comparo: Which of these ’80s hatch-coupes is best?

Yesterday, we ran a piece in defence of the original Isuzu Piazza or Impulse, the model name depending of your market region. While the Piazza is relatively obscure by now, it’s not the only slightly oddball car in its class. For every Celica, Supra or 240SX, there are a bunch of weirder coupes that either […]

Finnish Line: You must Impulse buy an Isuzu Piazza

The other day we sat in traffic behind a classically brown, beat up Isuzu pickup truck from the ‘80s, with I S U Z U boldly embossed on the tailgate. “Isuzu”, asked my girlfriend, “Didn’t know that was a brand.” I cannot really blame her for not being aware of Isuzus, as the manufacturer has […]

Dressed for Excess: Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 vs 205 XS

The fantastic thing about my Peugeot 205 XS ownership is that I’ve driven precious few 205s. I’ve spent 22,000 km behind the wheel of mine after I bought it in 2013, and every other 205 I’ve touched has had less power. That’s why it was so interesting to sample a 205 1.9 GTi after all […]

Finnish Line: Extracting the full potential of the Talbot Tagora

It’s safe to say I’m a big fan of the Talbot Tagora. I don’t know what it is about the Tagora that really appeals to me: either it’s the super-brutalist, slab-sided design, its troubled birth in the hands of Chrysler Europe and Peugeot-Citroën, or the fact the SX variant was the fastest French production sedan […]

A Cabin in the Woods: We drive the 2018 Suzuki Jimny

All aboard the hype train! When the all-new, 2018 model year Suzuki Jimny was first teased online and later shown to the world in its entirety, it suddenly became a phenomenon of sorts. The boxy and retro, ladder-frame Jimny, usually seen in the Kinetic Yellow launch color, received near-universal awe and affection just because of […]

The 250 GBP Challenge – Beating beater cars at a Finnish ice track

I can tell you a little secret. Off the coast of continental Europe lies a little group of islands called Great Britain. I don’t know if you’re heard of it, but it is a noteworthy place for a car buyer, since the Brits have decided to keep buying their cars with the steering wheel on […]

The 60 Euro Polo does the Baltic Press Rally 2017 – Part 2

Day two of the 2017 Press Rally in Lithuania opened with excellent weather. Having checked the Polo had retained all necessary fluids for it to compete, we rolled to the start of the first stage of the day. Despite good-hearted chatting with the other drivers, who had heard how little the car had cost to […]