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Robert Emslie November 3, 2015 Track Tuesday

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Well, last week proved to be a frustrating stumper, just the way I like it. Go ahead and click through the link below if you’ve given up and want to see the shocking answer.  … Continue Reading

Last Call: Vee-Dub Step Edition

Robert Emslie November 2, 2015 Last Call

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Dear Volkswagen,

Make more of these and all is forgiven.

Love,

Graverobber

Last Call indicates the end of Redusernab’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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Hoonivercinema: Look at Life Looks at Death – or Maybe Just Recycling

Robert Emslie November 2, 2015 Hoonivercinema

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Great Britain’s Rank Organization produced almost 500 “Look at Life” documentary films between 1959 and 1969. The company owned a number of cinemas and the Look at Life series served as pre-show content, replacing the newsreels that had previously been purchased from outside vendors. Shot on 35mm, the featurettes focused mainly on technological improvements that made everyday life better for everyday Britons.

This one, from 1965, focuses on our favorite subject – derelict and abandoned cars, and what’s to be done about them. It’s quite remarkable how modern the problem – urban blight – and the solution -recycling – is in this 50-year old film. Check it out right after the jump. … Continue Reading

Hoonivercinema: Monday Movie Trailer

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Nineteen sixty seven proved to be a watershed year in Hollywood film making, a turning point for the industry. That was the year that Bonnie and Clyde defied the Hays Commission by showing someone being shot and the shooter in the same frame, which was previously taboo. It was also the year that The Graduate showed intergenerational infidelity, In the Heat of the Night addressed institutional racism, and the screen demanded two Bonds, with the debut of both You Only Live Twice and Casino Royale.

It was also the year that Thunder Alley was released, which was more of a last hurrah for the way things were in Hollywood than the yearning for gritty realism and confrontational story lines that the new generation of film makers and their audiences demanded. Thunder Alley was directed by Richard Rush whose best-known effort is probably The Stunt Man, staring Peter O’Toole. Here he’s working with lessor talents, but greater box office draws. Anette Funicello and “Fabian” are the above the marquee names here; she playing the daughter of a Thrill Circus owner and he  a driver haunted by his past.

Of course the two get paired up to drive a 500-mile race despite their manufactured bickering and his occasional blackouts. That’s all intermixed with real racing footage – check out the Squarebird stocker – and some of the worst rear-projection sound stage scenes imaginable. Remember, I said this was a throwback to another era. The following year the MPAA instituted the rating system that, with minor changes, we live with today. If this had been released a year later, it would have no doubt garnered an R rating for the racy – not racing – action off the track. Check that, and more out in this trailer, after the jump. … Continue Reading

Redusernab Asks: What’s the Best Thing to Come Out of This Year’s Tokyo Show?

Robert Emslie November 2, 2015 Redusernab Asks

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The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show opened to the public last Friday, and runs through the 8th of the month. This year represents the 44th time that Tokyo has hosted auto makers from around the world for its namesake show, and over that time the event has gained a reputation for debuting the most outlandish show cars the world has ever seen.

You’ve no doubt seen what we think are the most important and interesting debuts that the show has to offer, and I’m sure other online venues have filled in the inevitable gaps. Seeing as Tokyo is quite often the wackiest car show on the planet – and this year’s event is no exception – what we’d like to know is you opinion on what it has to offer. What do you think is the best – or at least most interesting – 2015 Tokyo debut?

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Last Call: Flat Spot Edition

Robert Emslie October 30, 2015 Last Call

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There are good brakes, and then there are rally-good brakes.

Last Call indicates the end of Redusernab’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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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie October 30, 2015 All Things Hoon

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Tomorrow is Halloween, and I hope you are prepared. To get you in the mood, how about a MYSTERY? Well, how about this week’s Mystery Car at least. Clean the bats out of your belfry and get to thinking what this could possibly be. Make and model please.

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Redusernab Asks: Should American High Performance Cars Always Be Front-Engined?

Robert Emslie October 30, 2015 Redusernab Asks

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Since the dawn of the Automotive Age, America has played an import role in the advancement of street and track performance. It’s also become a land where it seems that to be taken seriously as purveyor of performance, you need to bring to the table a front-engine and rear-wheel drive layout. If you think about it, that’s been the recipe for success for almost every high performance car ever to wave the stars and stripes.

Yes, I know you’re saying “but what about the Ford GT40 and homage GT, weren’t those mid-engine high performance cars?” Yes, yes they were. The GT40 Mks I through III however, were all designed and built in Great Britain. The GT40 didn’t come Stateside until the J-car in 1966, and ensuing MkIV. The homage GT was built here… and there… and there. Initial assembly for that car was done at Mayflower Vehicle Systems in Ohio, where upon completion they were sent to Saleen Special Vehicles in Troy Michigan for paint. Ford’s Romeo plant built (by hand) the engines, and final assembly was completed by the SVT group at the company’s Wixom plant. The point however, is that only about 4,000 of these cars were ever built this way. They were and are an anomaly.

Consider instead the Corvette, or Ford’s own pony car, the Mustang. Both of those are venerated nameplates and as American as bald eagles and shouting at people who don’t understand English. And despite furtive efforts to design mid-engine editions of both, their production numbers include only front-engine/rwd examples. That goes for other high-performance nameplates in the U.S. as well. The Viper, the Challenger, all forms of Hellcat. They all are front-engine/rwd. The question for you is, do you think America is destined to produce only this drivetrain in any significant numbers when it comes to high performance? Could America successfully birth a mid-engine series production performance car from one of its major manufacturers?

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Last Call: Panhard But Not Too Hard Edition

Robert Emslie October 29, 2015 Last Call

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This promotional picture by Alexis Kow for the ’53 Panhard Dyna Junior certainly makes it look far more fashionable and faster than it was in real life. Also, based on the arm position of the two girls in the background, it may have just scored a touchdown.

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Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie October 29, 2015 All Things Hoon

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Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a history test, with cars!

This week’s question: What was so weird about the engine nicknamed the “Commer Knocker?”

If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see if you are right. … Continue Reading

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