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Welcome to the 2011 Hooniversal Car Of The Year Awards

Deartháir December 1, 2011 Hooniversal Car of the Year 54 Comments

Not that I'm biased...

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. The time of year when we, the arbiters of automotive awesomeness, must decide what car is the best representative of the distinctive, unique, original flavour of Redusernab. We are the Internet’s greatest group of genius gearheads, and it is our responsibility to recognize the vehicles that are the most deserving in the automotive realm.

For those of you who are new to Redusernab, welcome, and let us give you a brief summary of what to expect from the HCOTY Awards.

How did this thing not win?

Over the next few weeks, each of the editors will be posting their own nominations for the Hooniversal Car of the Year, which will then be voted on by you our readers, to choose the winner. We have spent the last few weeks pouring through each of the previous articles from the past year, searching for inspiration. This year, we’ve also included previous articles from CarGuyDad, for obvious reasons. But of course, the car doesn’t have to be one that was previously featured on either site.

The car we’re looking for is that one magical vehicle that best exemplifies the best of Redusernab. Let’s face it, Redusernab has arguably the greatest automotive community in the world. We have members with a level of knowledge that defies belief. We have a passion for cars that is not only unrivaled but eloquent: we adore them, but we also understand why we adore them. We know that every curve is the work of an artist’s obsession, that every detail is a particular tiny triumph. We can know beauty when others would turn up their nose.

But we also know that a good portion of that beauty is borne of its function. A sculpture is just a shaped piece of rock, but the automobile pushed just past its limit can be a feast for each of the senses. Understanding the ingredients for that feast only heighten the enjoyment of the flavours, We at Redusernab are connoisseurs of fine automobilia, but also motoring enthusiasts. We know that a car sitting still is just a portrait of its potential. It is only when a car is used, abused, and lovingly repaired that it is truly living up to its higher purpose.

Last Year's HCOTY Winner

So what car will be this year’s Hooniversal Car of the Year? Well that remains to be seen; for we will throw out our nominations, but we welcome nominations from our loyal readers as well. You can, as always, submit them to our tips line, but here’s the trick: just submitting a candidate means that you hope it strikes someone’s fancy and inspires them to write about it. Alternately, feel free to write your own persuasive piece of prose, convincing the Commentariat why, exactly, your nominee deserves their vote. Include your photos, and we’ll run it along with ours, and give it equal weight in the voting that opens December 24.

One note, however. For those of you who were watching last year, we were beset with a deluge of ungentlemanly behaviour. This year, we will be watching that sort of thing quite closely. If we see an absence of respect begin to arise, we will be more strict about it this year, up to and including disqualification of a candidate. Don’t get us wrong, campaigning is still just fine. If you get the vote out for your nominee, that’s awesome. If your voters come in and start misbehaving, that’s not awesome. So be careful, if you do opt to campaign, that the people you recruit don’t get your choice eliminated.

The first nominees should begin to appear in the next few days, so be sure to watch for them! In the mean time, to get yourself acquainted with the age-old tradition, you can check out the articles from the last two years to really get a flavour for the game. I promise you, it is some of the best automotive reading you’re ever going to find.

Let the games begin!

  • Paul_y

    " The time of year when we, the arbiters of automotive awesomeness, "

    I DEMAND TO SEE YOUR MANIFESTO

    • No! Don't get Deartháir started on the pants thing again….

      • Deartháir

        THROW OFF THE TYRANNY OF PANTS! DOWN WITH THE TWIN TUBES OF TERROR!

        Also, by "we", in that, I am of course referring to the Commentariat. We contributors are just a bunch of schlubs who put up scribblings for you to discuss.

        • topdeadcentre

          Indeed! Mock the non-pants and get your head stuffed down your throat:
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          Unfortunately, this is the more usual fashion effect:
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      • pj134

        Dammit, now we have to reset him.

      • pj134

        Alff has a car below that would be perfect for you.

    • Van_Sarockin

      I'm pretty sure that we're not worthy enough to gaze upon yon manifesto.

      • Deartháir

        We don't need a manifesto to prove that we're awesome. We prove our awesomeness by, you know, being awesome.

        True story.

        • Upheld.

        • pj134

          I figgure, if forza ever decided to hook up with the hooniverse, they would quickly leave the union once they realized we would demand Mephistopheles and the American LaFrance speedster.

          Oh well. A W126 would look good next to a Lada Niva. They'll never know.

          • Alff

            Speaking of which, just in case anyone wants to be awesome…

            • pj134

              Good lord, we must alert mdharell!

              • jeepjeff

                It's in Petaluma! That's less than an hour away! This could be the one I get caught in bed with!

                • pj134

                  Do it dammit! One of us has to!!

                  • jeepjeff

                    Seriously. The engine has been worked over with FIAT parts (which the seller claims doubles the output) and it has a carrier for the spare on the rear instead of the engine bay. This thing looks totally sweet.

                    (I already have a 4×4… My wife would kill me… I already have a 4×4… My wife would kill me… I already have a 4×4… My wife would kill me… Damnit, still want… I already have a 4×4…)

                    • pj134

                      I love jeeps. But there is no 4×4 on this planet that you could purchase that would be cooler. Ever. Not an H1. Not an LM002. Nothing. I missed my chance on the tatra 8×8 that was 10 minutes away because I didn't have space to restore it or the funds to do it. Don't miss your chance to blow!…It only comes once in a lifetime…You better loo…Shit, wrong inspirational song.(if you buy it and it's fiatdna shines through it's not my fault.)

                • Scandinavian Flick

                  Aww, why did you have to point that out? Now I have to hate you…

                  I'll race you to it…

                  • jeepjeff

                    Hmm, Goat vs Jeep 4.0. I think you're going to win. Also, I'm stuck on the other side of the Bay Bridge from my truck, which kills my head start from you being on the other side of the hills.

                    EDIT: Also, I know you've been jonesing for a 4×4. I've already got one.

                    • Scandinavian Flick

                      I'm in Concord for the next 5 minutes. I definitely got you from a roll. I may hit some nasty traffic through the Caldecott though…

                    • jeepjeff

                      Looks like you're at +5m on the road, but the BART bike embargo doesn't lift for another 30 minutes, so you'll probably end up with a wide lead even with the Caldecott.

                    • Scandinavian Flick

                      Another day, back in Concord, still the same quantity of Lada in my driveway…

                      Oh well, I suppose 3 cars is enou…

                      …I'm sorry, I couldn't finish that sentence in good conscience. It's tough being a car enthusiast.

                    • jeepjeff

                      Yeah, I'm having to console myself with "I'd regret having a hardtop again" (because I don't quite have space for the Jeep as it is…).

                      You cannot say three or any number is enough. My automotive life is pretty good right now, but I'd like something in racecar to complement my current rides. And ain't nobody going to tell Jay Leno he's got enough cars (at least, nobody reading this, maybe some hippy dingbat idgits).

                      The thing that is going to make me cry, though, is there are 3 hours left and 0 bids. C'mon guys, six large opener, no reserve!

                      Bueller? Beuller?

                    • Scandinavian Flick

                      I'd put money on most people having no idea what the heck it is or what to use it for.

                      I can fully understand the hardtop issue. The one thing I regret about buying the Goat over a C5 is the lack of a removable roof. :-/

                    • jarque

                      Maybe if I told my wife it's just like the one we saw on our honeymoon it would soften her up. But then the $6000… and having a Soviet 4×4 parked next to our house… and it would be a royal pain to register in CA. And if I ever asked my brother to help me work on it he'd probably kill me.

                • Paul_y

                  OH GOD, between this and the Rover SD1 on Hemmings, there is too much awesome for sale in Norcal all at once.

                  …and I am going to start working again soon, upon which I will commence the formation of a Regrettably-Purchased-Hoopty Fund.

                  • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

                    That SD1 is really great. I was not kidding about asking my wife:

                    no
                    On Nov 30, 2011, at 2:21 PM, Michael Sliczniak wrote:

                    > What about the other car, the rover for $4K?

                    I have been looking at Rovers for years off and on, they are usually in much worse shape and cost the same. Plus this one is the V8 and manual. If you get a good situation with money soon, you should check it out. Me, we just paid for my mother in law to come visit in Feb/Mar and then we take a vacation with her and the kids. With my job not so certain after the elections, it's just not wise, but man do I lust after that 3500.

                    <img src="; width="500"> my oldest toy

  • craigsu

    "…pouring through each of the previous articles from the past year"

    "Poring" nor "Pouring".

    Unless, of course, there were alcoholic beverages involved; in which case, carry on.

    • pj134

      "Not" not "nor" unless of course, both are wrong.

      Bwahahahaha

      • craigsu

        This is my reward for being pedantic. No alcohol was involved in the writing of that comment, unfortunately.

        • pj134

          😀

    • Deartháir

      Oh believe me. There are always alcoholic beverages involved.

      /this is what I get for writing my article on the iPhone.

      • jeepjeff

        Really? iPhone? You got lucky then. . (Warning, link mildly NSFW.)

        • craigsu

          Not as funny as this one:

          • jeepjeff

            You'll notice that I just posted the link to the main site… I meant all of them as an aggregate (this is also why I turned all the autocorrect features off on my Android…).

            But yes, that one is particularly amazing. The tension as he wrestles with his device is.. Uh.. yeah.

            • craigsu

              Sorry, didn't notice the link since you buried it behind the text. There are several there that will bring tears to your eyes from laughing so hard.

            • pj134

              My phone knows when I'm typing Mephistopheles. I've never been so proud.

      • craigsu

        I'm guessing some form of AutoSpell was somehow involved? Gets me on my Android phone way too often.

  • Alff

    Driftruck FTW!

    • Deartháir

      <img src=";

      😉

      • The Professor

        Oh my. Struck a nerve, did he? Hmmm, I'll have to go looking for drift trucks…

        • pj134

          Nominate rusty slammington. That'll rile up the canuck.

  • RichardKopf

    I would like the nominate the Reatta.

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    • The Professor

      It looks rather sad. Did you ask its permission?

      • RichardKopf

        It never says yes.

        • In that case, I seem to have married a Reatta.

          • pj134

            IN CASE MS. ENGINEERD READS THIS SITE, HIS ACTUAL NAME IS [REDACTED].

            YOU MAY REMOVE HIS TESTICLES NOW.

          • njhoon

            You too eh?

  • I have a feeling this year is going to be drunken awesome. I may even have a nomination up my sleeve if I don't see it posted. On with the show!

    • I just went back and relived 2010. Holy fuck, that is how I spent my New years eve? God I am awesome. I really am. Screw the bars, stupid parties. I got all drunkcast up with this bunch. Hell ya, can't wait for New years again.

      • The Professor

        That's all well and good. Just be careful with the weaponry.

    • The Professor

      Hah! Caught you lying already! You don't wear sleeves.

      • It is getting colder out. The Orange hunting jacket will have them 🙂

  • Doh am I late for the pants party?[youtube ZKgurjb8TCs youtube]

  • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

    Longroofian, will you be nominating the Zynchro? You should. (Whoa I just noticed it's not FAN at the end, so my abbreviation for you makes no sense, sorry will have to type it out from now on I guess.)

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