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Long Lost “Grease” Car for Sale

Jan 30 2014 Published by under Hoopties

Why this car is automatic
It’s systematic
It’s hydromatic
Why it’s greased lightning.

Actually, it is the Hell’s Chariot. For sale now.

Indio, California

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The Fordpala

Aug 22 2011 Published by under Hoopties

Custom cars are a funny thing.  Sometimes they rise to art, sometimes they have a limited appeal (perhaps limited only to the owner), and sometimes they are a hallucinatory fever dream.

This is a 1949 Ford pick-up resting on a 1982 Chevy pickup frame with a 454 engine.

The seller completely tries to slip the fact that the damn thing has a 1963 Impala grille/bumper right by us.


Waterford, MI

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Know When To Fold Em

Aug 18 2011 Published by under Airbrush, Hoopties

Your Kenny Rogers themed dream machine is here.

Gettysburg, PA

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The Most Horrible Custom Car Ever?

Aug 08 2011 Published by under Hoopties

And of course it is titled as a Camaro.

Simi Valley, CA

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Aug 08 2011 Published by under Hoopties

When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age. In middle age I was assured that greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job. Nothing has worked. Four hoarse blasts of a ship’s whistle still raise the hair on my neck and set my feet to tapping. The sound of a jet, an engine warming up, even the clopping of shod hooves on pavement brings on the ancient shudder, the dry mouth and vacant eye, the hot palms and the churn of stomach high up under the rib cage. In other words, I don’t improve; in further words, once a bum always a bum. I fear the disease is incurable.

– John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley

Here is an old camping rig that brings to mind Rocinante, the camper Steinbeck used to travel the USA with his dog Charley.  Supply a french standard poodle and you’re all set.


Los Angeles, CA

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Templeton Peck’s Vette

Aug 07 2011 Published by under Hoopties

An eBayer is selling what he says is THE Faceman’s Corvette from the A-Team TV show, complete with photocopied documentation.

It seems a little weird that such a stunt heavy show would use one car, but Face’s car was never very central to the production.

Face Vette

Face and his car.

The Auction car.

$35,000 is a lot of scratch for a mid-80s Corvette, but we guess you can’t get many other ones with a toy version.

Jefferson, WI

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On the American Road

Aug 07 2011 Published by under Hoopties

HoH pal Lane Hartwell captured this Airstream rambling along through Arizona.


(Lane Hartwell)

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Your Right to Truck Testes

Jul 28 2011 Published by under Art, Hoopties, Industry

The great legal question of our times, the legality of the artificial pick-up truck ballsack, will finally get its day in court.

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The Iceman Cometh

Mar 30 2011 Published by under Hoopties, Racing

A former Formula 1 champion announces his intentions to enter NASCAR. Some might roll their eyes. “What about Jacques Villeneuve?,’ they demand. “What a great success he was!”

Well this is true. Open-wheelers have had mixed success in NASCAR, but Kimi Raikkonen is something different.

Raikkonen might be the oddest man to have raced in modern Formula 1, and that is saying something. He may have been the most talented driver of his era. When he drove for McLaren, it seemed like he would win or destroy his car in the process. He did a lot of both.

In 2007, he moved to Ferrari and won the World Championship. In 2008, he finished third in the points. The next year he seemed increasingly disinterested, finished sixth in the drivers standings and left the series.

If he had a thrilling victory or lost positions and came in third, his post race demeanor always seemed to be the same. He would praise his team or discuss the lack of pace in the same flat monotone. The only indication that he had just spent two hours fighting the track, his competitors and (in many cases) his car was the intensely focused look in his cool blue eyes.

He retired from a Grand Prix in Monaco, walking in his racing suit and helmet from his car to his yacht, electing not to join his team in the pit lane. The TV broadcast later showed him drinking with his friends on the deck. In fact, his reputation as a partier was part of what called into question his commitment to Formula 1. One well known F1 journalist told a dinner gathering in Montreal to drink up their champagne, “Whether he wins or loses tomorrow, Kimi Raikkonen will drink more after the race than you will tonight, I assure you.”

Reality is a bit more complicated, Raikkonen had the talent to dominate races in the top flight and seemed at home in the race car. When he stepped out of the car he seemed uncomfortable. It was said he didn’t like the press, he didn’t like interviews, he didn’t like sponsor events.

People have wondered how he’ll fit into NASCAR’s brand-machine. He may have some trouble with it, but it is different than the Formula 1 world. The atmosphere is looser. Drivers have more friendships and more space. They have a rolling home they use week after week. Fans should love a free spirit who also owns a motocross team.

Raikkonen is a fierce competitor, but seen by some as quiet and aloof. Many times in NASCAR racing you need to team up with those around you for mutual benefit. Building these relationships could be his biggest stumbling block, but other drivers will respect his talents.

The important thing is that this is a new challenge for Raikkonen, and he is a man who needs new challenges. He was never going to be Rubens Barrichello or Michael Schumacher, clinging to F1 for as long as it would have him, circling the same tracks forever.

He joins former McLaren teammate and F1 burnout Juan Pablo Montoya in trying something new, and for that we’re excited.



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365 Days of A

Mar 29 2011 Published by under Hoopties

The Model A, a wonder of an automobile. It is one of our favorites, and we’ve learned that a guy is driving one for a year. If you don’t have to do any highway driving, it isn’t a bad option. We once owned a VW Scirocco that we’d argue was less comfortable and just about as well optioned.

The best Model A trip ever will always be the one Hector Quevedo Abarzua took, driving from Chile to Dearborn.  After he brought his Model A to its birthplace, it was enshrined in the Henry Ford Museum.


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