Hooniverse Asks: Do you use a dashcam?

dashcam capture

Over on the Hooniverse Podcast, we’ve been talking about dashcams recently. That’s because my podcast co-host Ron Baugh randomly captured an amazing moment of karma. He was driving along in a convoy heading to SEMA when a driver in a car not related to the group chucked a cup of soda out their window towards […]

Hooniverse Asks: What’s a car part you want but do not need?

marchal lights 7"

Sometimes a thing pops in my head and I can’t get it out of there until I do something about it. Recently, that thing was the idea of having Marchal headlights or driving lights on one of my vehicles. This would be for the Jag, as I love the idea of yellow inner lamps against […]

Hooniverse Asks: What’s your first “car goal” of 2022?

tony montero grille off

I spent the day yesterday refinishing the headlight surrounds and grille on my 1991 Mitsubishi Montero. A few years prior, I had painted both flat black. The surface of the headlight surrounds always needed a bit more paint on them. With the grille, the surface was begin to get pitted and some of the chrome-plated […]

Hooniverse Asks: Is there an easy car repair that intimidated you?

brake change

There are certain parts of a vehicle that are intimidating until you get your hands on them. I just experienced this for myself last night. The rear brakes on my wife’s 2016 Mazda CX-5 started making a bit of noise. I assumed it was just time for fresh pads, so I wanted to try and […]

Hooniverse Asks: What thing in the automotive world caught your attention this year?

jaguar tesla model 3 at Autopia2099

I feel like I’ve been saying “it’s been an odd year” for the last few years. This year doesn’t escape the use of that phrase. Still, there will always be interesting or attention-grabbing things for the better in a time when things around don’t always feel so great. This year, I got to drive an […]

Hooniverse Asks: How’s your project car doing?

tony montero and the jag

Right now, my Mitsubishi Montero is down. It’s nothing catastrophic. I’ve sent the gauge cluster off to be fixed, as I tried “fixing” it myself. Now it’s actually being fixed. The reason I was playing with it was to roll the odometer up to where it should be. A prior owner replaced the gauge cluster […]

Hooniverse Asks: What do you think about how the Formula 1 season ended?

Max Verstappen is the 2021 Formula 1 World Driver’s Champion. He passed Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the final race of the season to take the win. That all sounds like a thrilling end to a season that captured the hearts and minds of new fans the world over. There’s a problem though, […]

Hooniverse Asks: What is the best all-around car?

Mercedes-Benz S580

I’ve been in the Mercedes-Benz S580 for the last week. Yes, it’s rather expensive with a sticker price north of $140,000 as-tested. But it’s hard to find a thing it does wrong as it relates to your average car. There’s tons of power from the twin-turbocharged V8. The seats are insanely comfortable. It’s quite nice […]

Hooniverse Asks: Favorite driving season?

Mitsubishi Montero water crossing

Top-down, sun out, and your favorite tunes blasting or just the sound of the exhaust echoing off the road behind you. That would be your favorite moment if you’re a summer driving sort of person. Maybe you want color on the trees, your favorite sweater on, and a warm mug of coffee in the cup […]

Hooniverse Asks: What’s a factory race car you wish you could buy?

ford bronco dr

I’m not talking about a homologation special here. I want to know about actual factory-backed race cars that you wish you could purchase. This leads me to assume some of you will go with some iteration of the Corvette, as it has been produced in a number of amazing racing versions over the years. There […]