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The 2014 Hooniversal Car of the Year Awards

Deartháir December 8, 2014 Hooniversal Car of the Year 19 Comments

It’s that time of year again.

Actually, it’s slightly after that time of year, but in true Redusernab fashion, this is happening right on the bleeding edge of whenever-we-get-around-to-it. But now that we finally have, it’s time to start this year’s round of nominees for the Hooniversal Car of the Year!

For those of you who haven’t experienced this before, perhaps because you’ve just discovered our delicious little slice of the internet, the greatest primer you could ask for is to simply browse through the HCoTY tag, and see the nominees and winners from previous years. I hold true to my belief that some of these nominees constitute the best oddball writing you could ask for in the realm of automotive journalism, so I heartily encourage you to set aside an hour or two to take a meander through those articles and see some of the awesomeness that has come before.

For those of you who can’t be bothered to set aside the few hours likely required, here’s a basic primer:

The Hooniversal Car of the Year Award does not go to the best new car on the market. Sure, we do reviews of new cars here on Redusernab, but that’s never been our raison d’être here. We’ve always been more interested in the weird, the wonderful, the wild; the greatest and greasiest of the gearhead realm, and the Hooniversal Car of the Year is here to recognize it. This coveted participant ribbon award goes to the car that most embodies Redusernab for 2014. Now, this does mean that it needs to be a car that rose to relevance in 2014; we don’t simply pick a random vehicle, rather it needs to have somehow made a contribution to the world of motoring in this calendar year. Other than that, the gloves are off. We do up the nominations, and then right at the end of the year, we’ll have a vote, and you, the Church of the Hoonitarian Hooniversalists, will choose the winner. It’s just that easy.

Well, almost.

For the first time, we’re putting a restriction on the nomination process. This year, we’re making the call and exempting vehicles from the 24 Hours of LeMons from being nominees for the HCoTY award.

Hold on, we can hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth beginning already. It’s not that we’re excluding them altogether. We’re simply acknowledging that in the realm of awesomeness that is LeMons, it would be far too easy for our entire nomination process to include nothing other than LeMons racers, and that’s just not fair. So consider this a tribute, rather than an exclusion. The whole field is receiving an Honourable Mention for the HCoTY, and that allows the rest of the world to step up and show what it has to offer.

And let’s be honest, LeMons nominations make the editors’ job far too easy. All they have to do is pick a car and run with it, and they’ll probably get a healthy percentage of the vote. We want the HCoTY to bring some awesome, obscure, amazing and otherwise-unknown automotive finds to the fore to discuss and debate. We already know the awesomeness of LeMons. And those slacker editors have managed to get away with an entire year of phoning it in; it’s time they had to work for it.

So over the next few weeks, you’ll see a series of HCoTY nominations woven into your regular deluge of automotive oddities, rather like those little chunks of corn that somehow make miraculous reappearances after a hard night of drinking. Seriously, I mean, I hadn’t had corn for weeks, but there it was, obvious as anyth–

Well, nevermind that. Read the posts, make your choices, and be ready for the voting! And if you have a nominee that you think would be particularly wonderful, you can send it to us at [email protected], or send it to me at [email protected] and I’ll forward it on to someone who needs a little bit of inspiration.

Let the games begin!

  • Jofes01

    The HCoTY award for the car whose details looks like the details of the most other cars up-close.

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    image: Brian Snelson

    • PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

      And subsequently, One HCOTY award to Muthalovin for the most wrong answers to Mystery Car.

  • pj134

    Ah, that wonderful time of the year when random people show up from all corners of the internet to tell us how wrong we are for picking something else.

    • Deartháir

      Yeah, that's my favourite time of year for SURE, I don't know about everyone else.

  • PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

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    HCOTY Award for the Car Ownership Group Most Likely to Start a Fight Because Someone Badmouthed Their Car.

    7 years the victor and still running unopposed.

    • skitter


    • pj134

      I think they've all fallen apart by now so we shouldn't be seeing too many owners anymore.

    • Alff

      Those are great cars. Every somewhat sporty grandmother should have one.

  • discontinuuity

    The Beast of Turin

    It's a 1910 Fiat racecar with a 28.5-liter (1,729-cu.in.) inline four-cylinder.

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    • wunno sev

      look at that thing shake

      it looks like a monster roused from an induced coma, enraged but shackled

    • Night Traveller

      104 year old Fiat for the WIN.

      • Night Traveller

        Hoon and re-Hoon.

  • UDMan

    So we will have a 24-Hours-of-LeMona exclusion this year… This should tighten the field quite a bit. Oh, and I see it has to pertain to something of an accomplishment this year… another way of getting the field even tighter. I love the 24-Hours-of-Lemons Crapcans of awesome, but I have mostly excluded them in my own nominations (Yes, yes, yes, except one time…) So, to review, some of my awesome nominations:
    From 2009 – http://redusernab.info/2009/12/30/hcoty-nominee-st
    From 2010 – http://redusernab.info/2010/12/21/hcoty-nominee-ch
    From 2011 – http://redusernab.info/2011/12/16/2011-hooniverse-
    From 2012 – http://redusernab.info/2012/12/20/hcoty-2012-nomin
    From 2013 – http://redusernab.info/2013/12/24/hcoty-2013-nomin

    So to sum up: A Diesel Rat Rod, A Datsun Drift Truck, A Corvair Crapcan, A Mercury Wood and Patina Wagon, and a Drag Racing Hearse… I think I have the most Hooniversal Lineup of the past… If I get my story written up with the proper research needed, just watch this space…

    • Deartháir

      Let's see… I've nominated The Beast, the Red Dragon, the Alfa Stradale, a Unimog and a Bricklin.

      I'll give you a run for your money on "most Hooniversal". 😉

      • I'll go for the Unimog Doka
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  • Alff

    For the first time, I might consider a new car for this prestigious award…


    • skitter

      Definitely one of the most hoonworthy cars among a bumper crop the last few years. But I think the car in the lead photo is the only one with a chance against the Targa Truck.

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  • Jeff

    I nominate the "Miles of Smiles" Chevrolet dually rat rod with the Ford flat head engine, knob and tube insulators, fuse box, traffic light turn signals, and hand-cranked heater faucet. This fine piece of home grown automotive engineering was profiled on July 8, 2014. http://redusernab.info/2014/07/08/this-chevy-picku