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¡El Muerto Rider! dice “¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!”

¡Ay Dios Mio!

For those that don’t know, California used to be known as Alta California and was a sparsely populated outpost of the Spanish Empire, and so the history of Spanish-speaking peoples in the area vastly predates our anglophone takeover of the area. However, as anyone could tell you there is still a huge and vibrant Hispanic culture in California, and one project recently showcased in San Francisco comes to light just in time for Día de los Muertos – The Day of the Dead.

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Walk Sexy, Carry a 2-Stroke Triple: the DKW Monza

DKWowza.

Just when I think I’ve exhausted the “?” pool of vehicles, something like this achingly beautiful DKW Monza comes along and pierces my heart like a tiny .

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Cheiftain Tank Crush Film – Pity the Metro Edition

Alex Kierstein October 20, 2010 Quick Shifts

No animals or decent vehicles were harmed in the making of this film.

BMW-engined Avia is Opposed to Heft

Image courtesy Anamera

I’ve had a longstanding fantasy of turning a BMW opposed twin motorcycle engine into some sort of retro H-Mod type racer. And then I log onto Anamera and discover the Czech aircraft and auto manufacturing firm Avia had this idea almost 60 years ago. Nothing new under the sun, huh?

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Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Non-Traditional Automatics

Image courtesy We.com

We all know about the famous PRNDL shift pattern, first adopted by the Fordomatic and in the wake of Nader’s antics becoming ubiquitous, but there are many other ways to not shift for yourself. In the interest of leaving ALL of the low-hanging fruit on the tree, I’m not going to give even one example of an alternative shift pattern. And so the first couple are likely to be simple. Then, I think, your brain may begin to overheat. Here are the rules – the transmission itself must be considered an automatic (i.e. involving a torque converter, and not employing clutches), so no automated manuals, preselector transmissions, CVTs, or DSG boxes. After that, all bets are off. For example, acceptable answers may encompass shifters attached to automatic transmissions that had to be shifted manually and cars which came from the factory with third-party shifter mechanisms. Confused? Good. Excited? I know I am.

So put your brain in D; damn the torque converters, full speed ahead!

DIFFICULTY: Medium – this one will get exponentially more difficult after the obvious ones are taken.

2011 Infiniti IPL G Coupe

Here’s the long and the short of the 2011 Infiniti IPL G Coupe—it may look like a car, have wheels and seats, an engine and wheels, but this isn’t a car. It’s an analog synthesizer, and you compose burbly symphonies with only your right foot.

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Destiny Always Knocks Twice

Alex Kierstein October 11, 2010 Meet Your Hoons

How do whales learn to swim? What tells a slug to ruin your entire bed of kale? Does the mosquito need to read an instruction manual on biting the crap out of your leg? In this vein, how did I become a car guy? I didn’t become one; I’ve always been one.

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Breaking Awesomeness Alert: REPU, Just for U

There are more living mastodons extant than there are dry, unmolested REPUs. So when you come across something like , residing in pinch-me-I’m-dreaming-that-it-isn’t-in-the-Rust-Belt location of El Paso, Texas, you gotta do something. Like put out an APB to teh internetz.

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2011 Infiniti M56S

Trunk/Rear of Infiniti M56S

You may recall that Jeff previewed the 2011 Infiniti M sedans a few months ago, and he sure liked ’em. So when Infiniti tossed me the keys to the 2011 Infiniti M56S, pointed me in the direction of some deliciously windy and deserted roads, and told me to have a good time under the blazing Napa sun, I had a pretty good idea the big Infiniti would be entertaining. Just how much surprised me.

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Ferrari F430 GT2 è Bellisimo ma Insano Costoso

Alex Kierstein September 27, 2010 All Things Hoon

Just how insanely expensive? I don’t know. I don’t want to know. Because if I did, I’d find a way to pay for it, and with my income (what income?), raising the funds would probably be extra-legal. So let’s just throw practical considerations out the window – it’s Fantasy Junction after all, so let’s fantasize, shall we?

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