Let Alex Lloyd introduce you to Terry Fullerton
The man Senna could never beat

Jeff Glucker September 19, 2016 All Things Hoon


If you don’t know who Alex Lloyd is, you need to expand your automotive reading horizon. He’s a young British gent who’s landed on our shores and traded in his racing career for one spinning lovely tales concerning our shared passion. Formerly of Yahoo and Jalopnik, Lloyd now heads up content development for , which is a new portal where you can buy and sell cars. He’s also a heck of a nice guy, and insanely skilled and quick behind the wheel of a car.

Today he’s telling the tale of another fast Brit. This time the subject is of a man named Terry Fullerton. That might not ring a bell for you, but it would with Ayrton Senna were he still alive today. That’s because the two raced as teammates and competitors on the world karting stage.

And Senna could never quite pull out the victory against Fullerton. Alex knows all about this, because he wound up becoming a student of Fullerton’s en route to his own success in the karting world.


This is an expensive old Jag nearly taking out a far more expensive old Ferrari

Jeff Glucker September 16, 2016 Goodwood, Motorsports

I can’t stop watching. I’ve hit play so many times already, and each time I see this near-hit again I can’t believe it. This scene unfolds at the Goodwood Revival, which is where folks take their very valuable old racing machines and let them loose on the Goodwood Circuit. It’s supposedly an amazing event, and I hope to experience it one day myself, but I don’t want to be the driver of that Jag in this specific case.

The Jaguar in question is a properly wonderful old E-Type. It’s battling hard for a turn and in front of the Jag sits a Ferrari. It’s not merely an old Ferrari though, as this one is particularly rare. This is a 250 GTO. Actually, it’s more rare than that. This car was a 250 GTO that was sent back to Scaglietti to be rebodied.

It’s worth between $30MM and $40MM. Maybe more if the right (insane) rich person is in the room ready to bid.

Now, you have to be able to afford to fix it if you’re going to race it. Still, the repair bill here would’ve been… immense.

Podcast: Episode 169 – #PlayaForLife


Zack returns from Burning Man. Chris is not toiling away with all of his work. I didn’t have to record at home alone. This is a full-on in-studio recording and we’ve got plenty to talk about.

Volkswagen is killing the two-door GTI. Ford has massive numbers for the Raptor engine. Bridgestone and Pirelli are making tires for a nearly 25 year old British Supercar. Finally, Gymkhana Nine is here.

There’s more than that, but isn’t there always?

Redusernab – #PlayaForLife

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Cadillac CT6: A confused large luxury sports sedan

There was a time when Cadillac produced the greatest cars in the world. Those days disappeared but the brand certainly builds and sells some of the greatest sporting luxury cars out there right now. The ATS-V and CTS-V are simply stellar. Additionally, the reworked Escalade is now truly a luxury SUV.

Today we’re talking about the CT6 though, which is a size-straddling luxury sedan that can pack a deceptive punch. It’s larger than a mid-size yet not quite a full-size car. Our tester here is equipped with a 400+horsepower 3.0-liter V6 aided by a pair of turbochargers.

The car is polarizing.

It’s great in some areas. Confused in others. And downright disappointing in some spots.

This isn’t the large luxury Cadillac we need right now.

[Disclaimer: Cadillac tossed us the keys to the CT6 and included a full tank of fuel. We drove it and scowled at the audio system the entire time.]

Apple’s New iPh-Just kidding, here’s a crazy-ass hillclimb car

Jeff Glucker September 7, 2016 All Things Hoon

Hill climb cars are insane beasts designed with the singular purpose of going from Point A to Point B in the most manic way possible. That route isn’t a straight line either, mind you. A hill climb is a rising chorus of twists, turns, drop offs, houses, people, and pretty much anything else that can make your drive more treacherous.

The car above is an Alfa Romeo 4C… at least it was once. Now, it’s a 600-horsepower demon that wants to make Italian sex magic to any bit of tarmac it can find. It does this with all that extra power, quite a bit of added downforce, and a longer wheelbase over the stock car.

Hit play and prepare your ears for rainbows to shoot out of them.

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How much NOS is too much? Engine Masters finds out

Jeff Glucker September 7, 2016 All Things Hoon

Take one part mostly stock Chevy 305 small block. Add in a smart yet devious team from Motor Trend’s Engine Masters. Give them access to a very large bottle of Nitrous, and then sit back and see what happens.

That’s essentially the premise for the 13th episode of this excellent series. David Freiburger and his crew put the 305 on the engine dyno and get a base-line run of just how much power it’s making. From there they add in some nitrous. There are a few more runs with a bit more nitrous, until the expected happens.

The engine can only take so much, and you’ll get to see the destruction that too much nitrous on an un-prepared engine can cause.

Podcast: Episode 168 – Planning 32 episodes ahead…


This week I’m solo on the podcast, but I’ve got plenty to talk about. Up first is that spectacular Ford Focus RS Drift Mode crash. After that there’s some discussion of the upcoming Challenger AWD and Hellcat Widebody rumors. Last week I drove the Infiniti Q50S Red Sport and this week I’m in the Nissan Titan 5.6L V8.

There’s mention of autocrossing a fast Jag, filming an old Porsche, and closing in on 200 episodes.

Redusernab – Planning 32 episodes ahead…

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Focus RS Drift Mode unlocks terrible decisions

Jeff Glucker September 6, 2016 All Things Hoon

The Ford Focus RS looks like hell of a fun machine. There’s 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque on tap from the 2.3-liter turbocharged four banger under the hood. There’s also a trick four-wheel-drive system that enables you to put the car into a Drift Mode. From what I’ve read online, it seems quite easy to use.

From what I’ve seen online, however, it’s clear that perhaps Drift Mode is a setting best left unused by some. The latest item admitted to the growing library of Drift Mode fail videos comes courtesy of a NY-based ST Owner’s Club. One member of the group brought his new RS out to party with the Focus family, and he showed off his new ride by smacking it into a cliff wall and nearly flipping it.

Boy howdy, those Gymkhana videos are harder to make than you probably thought… but these fail videos are easy to make.

Thanks for the tip, Nathan!

No, your expensive rare Ferrari track car doesn’t need to stay at Maranello

Jeff Glucker September 2, 2016 All Things Hoon

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We’ve all heard it. If you buy one of Ferrari’s ultra-rare road-going race cars, then you need to keep it stored at their factory. They’ll trot it out for you when you want to drive it, but otherwise it stays in their possession.

Well, this isn’t true as  found out. The “myth” was debunked by way of an Instagram post. Ferrari 599XX EVO owner Benjamin Sloss (an Executive at Google) posted a picture of one of his cars with the caption that sets the record straight (you can read that above).

R&T dug a bit deeper and asked Ferrari about all of this. The automaker says that no, you do not have to house your car within its Corse Clienti garage. You do, however, have to have a Ferrari technician and mechanic inspect your car prior to any track events you’ll be running. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Ferrari-run event or a private driving session, you need to have the Ferrari folks give your car the once over and the green light.

You can keep the car wherever the hell you want though, which shouldn’t really be a shock considering how much coin you’ve just spent to own said car.

Be like Bachman: Rent the Aviato Ford Escape from Turo

Jeff Glucker August 31, 2016 All Things Hoon

Aviato Car

I love the show Silicon Valley. If you’re not aware, it’s a comedy show on HBO that’s written by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The show follows a crew of developers attempting to bring their vision of an algorithm and an app to life in the insane world that is Silicon Valley. It’s a fictional look that makes you question what the reality is actually like up in Northern California. The best character on the show is Erlich Bachman who’s played by TJ Miller. He runs a startup incubator that becomes home base for the Pied Piper development team, and he lives on some past successes. One of which is Aviato, and he’s got the wrapped Ford Escape to show for it.

Well… now you can rent an Aviato Ford Escape.

Yes, that was a long-winded way to get to the damn point here but I think Bachman would be proud with my dancing around the actual reason for this post.

that allows car owners to rent out their own machines. They started in 2009 and were initially called RelayRides. The name change to Turo happened in 2015. The Aviato car pictured above is not the actual car from the show but a replica. It will be touring to various spots around the country to promote the Turo brand, and it can be rented for $50 per day. It’s all going to start in San Francisco, which makes sense, before the car heads down to Los Angeles. When it’s down here, you can bet your ass I’m going to try and spend a day with the car, and I’ll probably use it to run over to the new Philz Coffee that just opened up nearby.

Turo actually has some other pretty rad machines out there to rent. There’s a , and the  from Vacation. They also have other cars ranging from normal run around town machines, to BMW i8s and Lamborghini Huracans.

I want to rent the Mad Max car but it’s not in my area. The Aviato Escape will be down my way though… bring on the Bachmanity!

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