Hoonicast #2: Goodbye 2010 Edition – Featuring Davey G. Johnson

Clockwise from top left: Blake Rong, Jim Brennan, Alex Kierstein, Mitch Bell, Tim Odell, and Davey G. Johnson

Congratulations! You survived 2010, and in celebration of that incredible, natural-selection-defying feat of existence, we’ve put together an hour and a half of the greatest car discussion in the history of 2011, with your host … me! Our special guest this time around is the legendary Davey G. Johnson, who joins us to talk about his newest car acquisition and to opine on the Hooniversal Car of the Year contest, which wrapped up on the 1st. Make the jump to listen to or download the Hoonicast.

Click the image above or this link to listen to the Hoonicast. You can also right-click and “save as.”
In the grand tradition of scratch-n’-sniff theater, we’re taking up the interactivity a notch by providing this handy web listener guide – click the links when you hear us reference one of these topics for awesomosity potential upgrade!
Buick Regal, T-Type, Grand National, and GNX
Napier Railton
Toyota “Hemi” V8s
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists’ Bottled in Cork
VW-Porsche 914 proof-of-awesomeosity image (tee-hee!)
Peter Peter Hughes
We’re aiming to bring you a tasty, fresh podcast every other week, so be on the lookout for more special guests, more car talk, and more jokes about how Blake is 5! Watch this space for more!
Special thanks to our guest Davey G. Johnson for being on the call!

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  1. Syrax Avatar

    From Wikipedia, just so you know it could be completely false:
    "From the mid-1970s through 1986, a small-displacement 208 was produced, generally for tax concessions within the Italian market; it was also listed in New Zealand, due to their taxes on engines above 2 litres. The 208 GTB/GTS replaced the 208 GT4 2+2 in 1980.
    The engine was de-bored to 68.8 mm (giving an undersquare design) for a total of 1991 cc displacement, resulting in the smallest V8 engine ever produced. The 208 produced only 155 bhp (116 kW) which meant that performance was underwhelming, especially for a Ferrari. 160 208 GTS and 140 208 GTB cars were produced in 1980 and 1981."

    1. skitter Avatar

      I like to think I've read that somewhere else as well, but there's a good chance it is just an elaborate wiki prank.

    2. Tomsk Avatar

      Oh the 208's real. However, its V8 is most certainly not the smallest ever made: There were V8s made and campaigned during Formula 1's 1.5L era (1961-'65). Honda's first two F1 cars (the RA271 and RA272) even had a 1.5L V12…transversely mounted!

      1. Alex Kierstein Avatar
        Alex Kierstein

        Smallest production V8 engine?

      2. scroggzilla Avatar

        Don't forget BRM's V-16….1.5 liters, supercharged with a 10000 rpm redline in 1952.

      3. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

        Yep, and Lamborghini's P200 V8 was a colossal 3cc bigger, at 1994cc.

  2. zsm Avatar

    So I'm nodding along, enjoying the podcast, and then you all did NOT just say that about the C70 did you? Oh yes you did.
    It's 2000, I have owned a bunch of crappy used cars. My last car was a Camry that had an electrical fire as I was leaving the Sears parking lot after I had just bought it 4 new tires. So I went to look for a replacement. By then I had a real job, I bought a used first gen Volvo C70 coupe with the 240hp 2.3L I5. I loved that car, it was the first great used car I ever had, meaning everything still worked. I had been looking at lots of cars and when I found this one I jumped on it. Basically I had read earlier that TWR (of Rover and Jaguar racing fame) had done lots of work during the design of the car. When I was a little kid I followed that Rover the best I could in a no internet world, so this Volvo (and me being a bit of a Volvo nut, still am) made me all happy seeing this car for sale at a price that was heavily depreciated.
    It's true about the seats being unbelievably comfortable. It was heavy but was surprisingly good at stopping, going, and turning. I avoided two accidents (one with my son and wife with me) because it drove so well. It did not have many problems, and was easy to work on (save for replacing the oil pan, that was a pita). But when I sold it to my father years later, it suffered at the hands of my little brother, but it did go somewhere north of 180K miles when the transmission started shifting poorly and he sold it.
    It's also the car I had when my girlfriend moved in with me. She is now my wife and we took many great road trips in that car, later we took some with my first two kids as well. At the time it was in a respectable place in terms of performance. The new price was in fact too high compared to other new cars, but the initial depreciation was tremendous and so when I got mine, it still was still decent in performance and the price was right.
    Anyway, that was the right car for me at that time. I'm going to the bank now and along the way I had stop by the medical office and check my blood pressure.

  3. Deartháir Avatar

    Having now heard my voice on the podcast, I don't think I'll ever be able to join in again. Oy veh.

    1. bzr Avatar

      Mitch, we all have that feeling. I sound stuttery and one second away from breaking into full-on Jackie Chan mode. Yowzers.

      1. Alex Kierstein Avatar
        Alex Kierstein

        Hey, at least neither of you sound like me – i.e. Woody Allen with laryngitis doing a Gilbert Gottfried impression.

      2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
        Peter Tanshanomi

        Listening to Hoonicast #1, I was horrified how many vocalized pauses and half-finished sentences I spewed. Hence, I skipped this one. Unfortunately, I now am gnashing my teeth over not having a platform in which to share *MY* LeMons fantasy vehicles.

        1. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

          Last Call is underpostedin, go for it. The rest of you can answer the question from the last podcast, which nobody did.
          Oh, and you all sound like dorks, but that's probably just because of the subject matter.

    2. CaffeineFuelled Avatar

      You had a cold, give yourself a break.

  4. lilwillie Avatar

    Excellent. Great end discussion for the HCOTY. The Stug and other made up words…a 914 is being Hooned now. A Nash Metro at LeMon's? Excellent.

  5. skitter Avatar

    SHO fans are like Radiohead fans…
    Hey, I resemble that remark.
    / Irreparable Smashing Pumpkins damage to taste.

    1. skitter Avatar

      Also, taking the position that '90s cars are awesome, while at that point there are a few body-on-frame full-sizes left, should we also correlate the minimum average weights with the rise of the SUV as a daily driver? And the rise of available power at the end of the '80s with the ascendancy of fuel injection also helped make it possible.
      Every sword cuts both ways.

      1. Syrax Avatar

        But the rise of the SUV came because of the false sense of security that should have made the standard safety items list, that add weight, go down. And the 3000GT was always fat.

  6. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    One thing I meant to get in on the 90s cars thing is that they were a golden era of what are now easily maintained and tuned EFI systems. At the time, everyone was scared of computers in cars, but now any high school kid can build a megasquirt setup.