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The word hoon is a term that comes to us by way of our friends down under. In Australia, hoon refers to someone who drives in a reckless manner, and this has led authorities to develop anti-hoon laws. Here in the United States, however, we’ve adopted the word and redefined it. Our definition refers to someone who loves the simple act of driving. Be it at a 1/10th cruise in a beloved classic machine, or a 9/10ths rip down one’s favorite canyon run.

We strive to capture the feeling, familiar to all who love automobiles, of standing around a car immersed in gearhead babble. Not car enthusiasts in the typical “mine’s faster” sense, we seek out the obscure, rare and unknown to share with our readers. We seek out the stories behind these incredible machines. We don’t concern ourselves with the day-to-day auto news grind, preferring focus on what’s in the garage: ours, yours, or someone else’s. That said, we don’t ignore modern machines either. We’re fascinated by all cars, and we even like the two-wheeled rides as well.

Our readers are vehicular omnivores; their tastes range from the old and clapped out to the overengineered and decadent. One thing remains true: they are the reigning Car Guy or Girl wherever they go. Their friends ask them for automotive advice, advice likely based on what they read here.

We’re based in Southern California, with satellite offices in Detroit, Seattle and Edmonton.

Hooniverse Asks : If You Could Bring Racers Back From the Dead, What Would Be Your Zombie Starting Grid?
Author : Robert Emslie

If you’ve seen the movie Senna, and I know you have, then you probably stand in quiet awe of that Brazilian’s fearless and unwavering pursuit of the winner’s circle. You’re also quite aware that Ayrton died in 1994 in an accident at the treacherous Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari track during the San Marino Grand Prix. It was a tremendous loss for fans of the sport, and sadly, not the first.

Truth be told, for as long as there have been cars driven in anger, drivers – even the most skilled – have paid the ultimate price manning their wheels. You can almost define the decades in racing by recitation of those notable drivers who met their makers on the track. Chet Miller, Bill Vukovich, Peter Collins, Jerry Unser Jr- just a taste of the ’50s. Jim Clark, Wolfgang von Trips, Ricardo Rodríguez, Jo Schlesser. . .  and tons more, were lost in the ’60s. The ’70s were particularly cruel to those who tempt the boundaries of physics and performance- Piers Courage, Jochen Rindt, Jo Siffert, Peter Revson, Ronnie Peterson, Mark Donohue, well . . .  you get the picture.

So many racers, so much combined talent, what if you could bring them all back for one big race? Raising the dead is not an activity for the faint of heart so we’ll keep this totally hypothetical. If you were to pick racers who met their end doing what they loved best, and put them back into that cockpit, who would you choose? And for this apocalyptical race, at what track would you have them run? Finally, what cars would you put them in? This is your dream race of the dead, who gets another lap? (Read More)

Car : Artega GT
Author : Antti Kautonen

From the files of the “Wait… What the hell was that?!” department comes this red devil rental rarity. We were driving through the village of Nürburg, in the Alfetta GTV, and on the lawn by the roadside lay these two supercars. Neither of us had any clue what they were, so when we returned we really had to take a few closer snaps. Yeah, I wasn’t going to let the Kizashi steal the limelight.

So, Artega. Right off the bat I need to come clear; I had never even heard of the marque. Extensive scientific work revealed the car as a German product with a Volkswagen V6 engine midships; currently amidst financial trouble, as sadly is common these days amongst small-scale exotic car manufacturers. But still, you can rent one of these and drive it on the track.

It’s a classical, swoopy supercar body. There’s something stretched-Porsche-like about the face, and then it morphs into something Paganian. Like the Noble, there’s an amount of randomness, even genericness to it, but the fit and finish and general appearance to the execution is in another class here. It all blends together, and were it not for the Rent4Ring emblem and associated graphics, the Artega would actually look quite subtle for a supercar.

Is it right to use the word supercar here? i have no qualms. The car is a low-volume production, the engine sits behind the driver, there’s 300hp of power available via the DSG gearbox. I find it fine, but will the 600-700hp club complain?

Car : 1979 International Scout II
Author : James Brennan

This is not a part of the Craigslist Weekend, but something I found while surfing around on the web. This is a fully customized International Scout II, and it is really something to behold. It has is all for the hardcore offroader like a fully customized roll cage, a 300 HP 345CID V-8, a 4-speed manual transmission, Heavy Duty Transfer Case, Front Locking Hubs, Heavy Duty Warn Winch, and a lot more. Make the jump to see more, including a video.

No expense spared $50K professional frame off restoration & custom build w/only 434 miles since! (Look underneath!) matching #’s International Harvester 345cid V8@300hp, HD Borg Warner T-18 4 speed trans, HD transfer case + front & rear differentials w/Warn locking hubs, Fully integrated tubular steel roll cage + all steel body w/Gull Wing doors (No fiberglass here!) mirror finish Sahara Tan paint, black power leather bucket seats, power side mirrors, Ice cold air conditioning, power steering, power disc brakes, 3 gas tanks & 2 batteries, KC off road lights + work lights, HD Warn winch w/remote, set of 5 Ameican Racing alloy wheels w/ massive 35X12 BFG All Terrain Radial T/A’s. Wicked cool 1 of a kind custom Scout. On road or off, it’s just cool! Built for the enthusiast who thought they had everything.


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