Classic Captions Contest: 1996 Renault Twingo Edition

Renault’s conquistador of the city, the Twingo, was both adorable and also just ridiculous looking simple car. It’s a sight at which you do an almost snorty giggle. At the dawn of the 1990s, Renault hired Jean-Pierre PlouĂ© to design this tiny thing, which at the time sold for nearly $19,000 new in today’s money. Offered initially in one trim only, the Twingo sat four, had a backseat that slid, and was powered by a lifeless engine that made 75 baguette-crushing horsepower. L

ike any other automobile, the Twingo went through a few minimal refreshes over its nearly twenty year lifespan. Very little changed, and in fact when Renault halted French production of the first generation Twingo in 2007, they still kept building them in Columbia for another five years.

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Review: Yakima SlimShady roof rack awning

A station wagon and a roof rack go hand-in-hand. You cannot have one without the other, well, at least that’s my mantra. Roof racks are a mandatory feature, an imperative must-have for me when it comes to car shopping. Sure, you can open the lift gate on a station wagon and fold down its seats to create a cavern of cargo space that rivals even bigger SUVs, but some items we use in the magical hobby of outdoor recreation just, won’t, fit. Like a kayak, or a pair of skis with three snowboards, or a mountain bike. That’s when crossbars, cargo boxes and rails become your best friend.
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I miss the Hummer H2

I graduated from high school ten years ago in the proud class of 2008, a year before Hummer pulled the plug on its ginormous H2 and two years before the brand itself was buried away in a graveyard alongside Saturn and Pontiac. You know those cars that you just don’t want to love, but, you shamelessly do? That’s how I feel about the H2, and honestly I have no real justification or reason as to why. Sure my tastes and lusts in automobiles have I think, well, matured over the years, but yes my almost-30 self still hopes to have my name on the title to an H2 someday. 

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Remembering a legend: Don Panoz

A motorsports icon and brilliant entrepreneur has passed away at the age of 83. Don Panoz was a lifelong gearhead. Known for creating the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Petit Le Mans, and helping building a lineup of wild street and track cars bearing his and his son’s last name.  … Continue Reading

Project Car SOTU: The Red Camaro

I was reflecting and somewhat laughing at how the status of my red 2001 Chevrolet Camaro has changed since I drove it home twelve years ago. My (now) project car happens to also be my very first car that I still have and more importantly, love. The big red bow tie came into my life during the summer between my sophomore and junior years of high school. Before that, sixteen-year-old car geek Robby was driving around his parents’ green ’95 Ford Windstar.
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On the Track with Dodge’s new Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody

Out of Detroit’s three, the Challenger has always been the king at the drag strip, a king that rules with such a big crown the NHRA ended up casting down a ban on the late Demon variant. But can the big Dodge control itself at speed when the wheel isn’t pointed straight? Yes, oh gosh yes.

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Classic Captions Contest: 1981 Honda Quint Edition

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Disclaimer: There’s so much adventure happening in this faded 1980s Honda press photo. So, so much. We last left off with Kamil’s go at the Redusernab Classic Captions Contest featuring Jaguar’s new F-Pace luxury crossover and a lot of questions. After dropping $4,495 down, Walt looks content with his for the next three years. Nice high top Chucks, Walt. I’m at a loss for words though, when it comes to analyzing his companion’s face. Is she upset about having to wrangle all three (count ’em) dogs together for this picture that Walt demands to use for their family Christmas Card? Nothing says happy holidays like a brand-new Jag after all.
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Trackside at Road America: The WeatherTech International Challenge

The Mecca for those with gasoline in their blood, who crave loud and fast cars, is Road America. Four miles of long straights, sharp corners, elongated curves surrounded by Wisconsin’s best foliage. It’s a road course rich in history with checkered flags flapping since 1955. From vintage motorcycles, Le Mans type LMPs, striped-down muscle cars, amateur SCCA warriors, and classic European exotics, it’s a 14-turn maze for all-things with an engine and wheels. … Continue Reading

Road Tripping the American West in an F1 Car

Robby DeGraff August 10, 2018 Hoonivercinema

It’s probably been every single child (and adult’s, come on let’s be real) dream to pilot an F1 car on public roads. They blitz around tracks at atrociously fast speeds screaming as the RPMs rise high into the double-digits and Gs soar.

Red Bull Racing put Daniel Ricciardo, in his 900 horsepower on a road trip across the American west. Starting in the city of love, San Francisco, he bombs through the streets before making a quick pit stop on the San Francisco-Oakland bridge for a quick tire change. 15,000 rpm later he’s west into Utah’s dry and desolate Monument Valley (an area of the country I highly recommend you explore).

By nightfall he’s already in Sin City, the RB12’s engine noise ricocheting off the towering hotel walls of the MGM Grand and Aria. The clip ends with him parking his RB12, delicately packing away its removable steering wheel into a silver carrying case, and casually walking into the Bellagio, leaving two eager Las Vegas valets clueless. And I thought the black, six-speed Ferrari F355 I got to valet in college was baller.

Ricciardo recently Red Bull Racing after this year’s 2018 season and join Renault’s Formula One team. We’re glad he soaked up a bit of raw Americana before heading to France.

Classic Captions Contest: 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT Edition

As July wraps up and August rolls in, let’s end off the month with a Redusernab Classic Captions Contest focused a car from nearly 30 years ago that I personally think, has aged so well. Down the street from my apartment in Milwaukee’s Shorewood neighborhood, is a mega plex of a grocery store called Metro Market. There’s literally every single type of food object you can put into your body available on two, large floors. The three story parking garage attached to it, is a nightmare to drive in and horrendously designed. It doesn’t help when parked rare, rad, and obscure cars from the early 1990s distract you from attempting to exit. Case in point, the Mitsubishi 3000GT. Speaking of distractions, this press photo? Oh the stories that gray-haired man could tell. 
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