Last Call: Autographic Edition


The modern Mini may still have a John Cooper “Works” edition, and that is pretty cool. It will never however, be as cool as an old school Mini Cooper with John Cooper’s own autograph stylized on a stripe on the hood.
Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.
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9 responses to “Last Call: Autographic Edition”

  1. Batshitbox Avatar
    Batshitbox

    They didn’t stop! They never stopped! Oh, please dear god in heaven why didn’t they STO-hoh-hop?!?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4776043d4e8b04a72ea018cdd49638d40d3b4975253b8e7a0364d82d39cfa47e.jpg

  2. Ol' Shel' Avatar
    Ol’ Shel’

    I have time to kill every evening… and with my SO moving out this weekend… I’ll have even more.
    I visit (in this order) TTAC, Autoblog, Hooniverse, and Jalopnik, along with occasional looks at Speedhunters, and my Datsun sites. When I ran out of money, I cut way down on Bring A Trailer and Daily Turismo.
    What other sites are smart and worth a look?
    I prefer ingenuity over wealth. Road racing and rally are my favorites, but my background is in design, so anything with great craftsmanship is appreciated. And I’m in the northeast, if there are any regional sites you can recommend.
    Any and all suggestions are appreciated!

    1. jim Avatar
      jim

      I daily visit most of the ones you mentioned, plus Curbside Classic, Petrolicious, Hemmings and sometimes Velocetoday, Automobiliac, Axis Of Oversteer and Any Given Reason.

    2. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      do you like Youtube? check out Mighty Car Mods, Regular Car Reviews, and The Smoking Tire. you can easily lose a lot of time to those. they’re all more street car-oriented than motorsport, but they’re pretty fun.

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  3. JayP Avatar
    JayP

    Has Autoblog cut out the commenting with the site update?

  4. Jofes2 Avatar
    Jofes2

    I spent a few days in St Petersburg last week, and there were some interesting cars as expected. Here are a bunch that got caught on camera. I realize this is the Hooniverse equivalent of inviting your neighbors to watch hours of slideshow pictures from your vacation, but I love looking at obscure cars pics myself so hopefully some of you can enjoy it.

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    To start of, there were of course a lot of Ladas. Many of them were Samaras like this one…

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    … but this one was an earlier “Sputnik”

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    Classic ones were also common.

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    You even see a few old VAZs!

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    Modern Ladas are still kind of crap and not very charming, but I still want a moment to appreciate the bite-sized wagon format of this Kalina. Looks cooler and loads more than a hatchback, but still a small car. The Peugeot 206 SW is another forgotten car that gets this right.

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    Here’s a Samara, and next to it an IZh. I saw a couple of them, but this shitty picture was the only one I managed to take. Fun fact: built in the same factory as the AK-47.

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    The Chevrolet Niva is a strange thing. Take an ancient Lada Niva from 1979, give it a modern body and badge it as, of all the brands in the world, a Chevrolet. Seems to work for them though. They were common over there.

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    Волга! These really fascinate me. Is there anything like it? Like, a Volvo 240, or a Mercedes-Benz W123 but… weirder. And built until 2010. I would love to drive one someday.

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    Sorry, once again, for a crappy picture, but this (in my corrupted mind) gorgeous green Volga 3110 taxi found outside a shopping mall deserves honoring. Would have loved a ride if the circumstances had allowed it.

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    Despite there being only 9000 built, I managed to spot several Volga Siber like this one. You know, a second generation Chrysler Sebring but made in Russia by GAZ.

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    There were also plenty of UAZs. Some of them were classic ones like this one…

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    … or this 452 van. Sorry for not getting closer to it. Quoting Wikipedia: Because of the external similarities to a loaf of bread, the van became known as Буханка (bukhanka, loaf) in Russian. The ambulance version was nicknamed Таблетка (tabletka, a pill).

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    Most of them were “modern” Patriots like this one, though.

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    A ZiL truck! Aren’t they adorable?

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    Moskvitch 2140

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    1940s-1950s Moskvitch 400-420

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    The Daewoo Nexia, another very common car in this part of the world with a strange story. It’s still built today despite the Daewoo brand being discontinued by GM in 2011. Why? Well, their Uzbek division somehow managed to become independent. So now, this 1980’s Opel Kadett is still being built in Uzbekistan and is selling like hotcakes. UzDaewoo has also recently started their own marque, Ravon. I spotted one in the city, but unfortunately didn’t manage to take a picture.

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    Modern Datsuns, like this Mi-Do, were also around. I really don’t understand Renault-Nissan’s strategy here, because now they have three different budget car brands that all share a lot of technology underneath. The Mi-Do here is for example just a Lada Kalina underneath.

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    At last, I wanted to include this shelf in a bookshop I visited with the DIY for all kinds of obscure vehicles. A dangerous rabbit hole to fall into.

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    These two got to go home with me. The Volga is one of those DeAgostini things that were eagerly written about here a while ago. The bread loaf was acquired in a strange local market among heaps of Lego knock-offs.

    1. Monkey10is Avatar
      Monkey10is

      Great finds! And having visited St. Petersburg only last year I recognised most of the locations too.

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