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Announcing The 2016 Hooniversal Car Of The Year Competition!

Bradley Brownell December 7, 2016 Featured, Hooniversal Car of the Year 22 Comments


That time of year has come again, somehow we made it through the dumpster fire that was 2016 with only a few scratches worse for wear. So, now is the time that we reflect on the year that has been, try to dig up some good news from this particularly arduous trip around the sun, and nominate our choices for Hooniversal Car Of The Year!

There are a few new rules and regulations to the competition this time (as well as a new competition director, yours truly), so be sure to hit the jump to see what is in store.


2016 HCOTY Official Rules And Regulations

Rule #1 – This Year Clause – The car in question must have done something significant in the calendar year 2016. You can interpret this however you like.

Rule #2 – The ‘You’re-Not-From-Around-These-Parts’ Edict – Cars nominated do not necessarily need to have appeared on before.

Rule #3 – Non-CrapCan Provision – If it has raced in LeMons or ChumpCar it is automatically ineligible.

Rule #4 – The Dealership Directive  – If you can buy one from a dealership brand new anywhere in the world, it is ineligible.

Rule #5 – The HoonTruck Statute – Cars nominated for 2016 HCOTY competition must have a minimum coolness level above or equal to that of the HoonTruck.

Rule #6 – The Eligibility Dictate – Anyone may participate. In fact, our readers are encouraged to participate by nominating their favorite eligible car. Please do write up a couple hundred words and provide photos of your favorite car. We absolutely will provide space on our ballot for any car nominated by any of our illustrious readers.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that the HCOTY is different from other “COTY” competitions, because we let our readers pick the winner. Just before the end of the year we’ll open up voting to our loyal proles readers so you can pick your favorite. Whoever wins will get this beautiful Green Participation Ribbon. .


Choose your nominations carefully, pull at our heartstrings with beautiful and compelling prose, then cross your fingers that the car you champion is the victor. Just to give you an idea of what to expect, here are the prior years winners!

2015 Victor – Roadkill’s NASCARlo


2014 Victor – The Rescue Gremlin


2013 Victor – TIE between SpeedyCop’s Spirit of LeMons and Some K-Car Wagon Thing…






  • caltemus

    I’d exclude any Roadkill entries in the same way that LeMons entries are discouraged. Both categories have jumped the shark in that most things that come from them are pretty interesting and HCOTY-ish.

    • Greg Kachadurian

      We’ve talked about that internally in discussions that were mostly directed at Jeff 😛 I think it’s something we all agreed on.

  • “We absolutely will provide space on our ballot for any car nominated by any of our illustrious readers.”

    If we all flood them with nominations, we’ll get to find out which of us among the readership, if any, are considered to be illustrious.

    • Bradley Brownell

      I am the ultimate arbiter of that… BOW DOWN BEFORE ME!

      • You are?

        • Careful! My guess is that if you challenge this, you’ll get stuck with the position of competition director.

        • Bradley Brownell


    • Alff


    • Vairship

      Does Ross have enough space for all our nominations?

  • Ross Ballot

    I’d like to nominate Zach Bowman’s camper-I-mean-home-touting Ram 2500, for everything it embodies and for everything it has allowed him and his family to do.

  • CarpeDeez

    Tony Angelos Drift Cuda,

    • Jeff Glucker

      That thing is pretty rad…

      • CarpeDeez

        and its not super complicated. Crate 6.4 hemi, some chassis bracing and minor tweaks. Now the suspension and steering on the other hand is pretty insane but that is to be expected in a drift car. I have always liked muscle cars but seeing that car along with what Tony’s friends have on makes me want one bad. Dudes are ripping in badass muscle cars in Philly and NYC when most people are storing them away or turning them into six figure pro-touring builds.

        • Jeff Glucker

          Send us a quick write up and we can do a reader nominee on that one

  • Maymar

    “If you can buy one from a dealership brand new anywhere in the world, it is ineligible.”

    I kind of want to nominate Antti’s 405 out of weird principle now, because you can still buy one new in Iran.

  • Inliner

    For being the irrational decision that we all want to make, I’l nominate the 1970 Corvette of Clayton Seams (of Driving.ca)

    • ptschett

      …how does fiberglass rust?!?

      • I guess in some respects Canada really is just like Great Britain.

      • cap’n fast

        it was believed that coating the front end in iron ball paint would make it somewhat more or less radar stealthy.

  • Joey DaVive
    • No. It’s Brad’s. Gross.

      Uhmm… I still don’t know wtf that is.


    • dead_elvis, inc.

      ToYOLO, vigorously seconded! (Despite that terrible name.)