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HCOTY 2017: Vote now!

Jeff Glucker December 31, 2017 Featured, Hooniversal Car of the Year 18 Comments

It’s that time. The end of the world year is upon us. As we shutter 2017 and open the doors on 2018, it’s time to honor the storied tradition that is the Redusernab Car of the Year. So this is going to be the post where you toss your vote in the ring and hope your chosen vehicle rises to the top… and you also hope that the competition doesn’t happen to be a star vehicle with a massive fan base.

Either way, jump past the break and check out the nominations. Then cast your vote for the HCOTY 2017 winner at the bottom.

Then go get drunk on some delicious holiday booze…

Here are the nominees, in the order in which they were posted:

The Land Yacht

This 1994 Toyota Land Cruiser is allowing father/owner Chris Tracy to get his kids to stop staring at their devices. Instead, they’re staring at the open road, amazing trails, abandoned missile bases, and large packs of bison.

Pioneer Ford’s F-150 Lightning Tribute truck

It’s pretty damn easy to fall in love with this one. Pioneer Ford in Georgia decided it missed having a Lightning for sale on its lot. So, the team there decided to make one to call their own. Starting with a standard cab/short bed F-150, Pioneer Ford added a supercharger, Lightning badges, and custom-built wheels designed to mimic the original rollers.

The result is a 650-horsepower smoke monster, which you can buy right off the lot in Georgia.

Aussie Lifted Foz

Our resident Australian hoon Joel Strickland found an excellent example of a pedestrian vehicle being pushed to new limits. What was once a banged-up Subaru Forester has been transformed into a proper off-road machine that appears ready to blast across the Outback and straight up Uluru. This is a rad machine that is extremely worthy of appearing as a nominee this year.

The 2018 Kia Stinger

Yes, it’s a new car appearing on this list. It won’t win but it’s still an intriguing machine. This is a rear-wheel-drive (Available with AWD as well) sports sedan boasting a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine and a rear hatch. It’s faster than a base Porsche Panamera and costs less than most of the options available to said Panamera.

Bradley Brownell’s Porsche 912E

Brad is a Porsche guy. We all know this. So it’s no surprise that he has one or two in his garage. These aren’t garage queens though, of course, as Brad owns older Porsche examples that are destined to be driven as much as possible (well, this one at least… ). Brad has put many thousands of miles on his beloved Melo Yellow, and you know that if he’s out somewhere far from home piloting this rear-engined dirt collector, he’s doing so with a big smile on his face.

You shouldn’t look up to those who collect big money Porsches… you should envy those who drive beat-to-hell examples everywhere they can.

Ferrari 308 GTB Group B Rally Car

That is a string of characters you wouldn’t expect to exist together. Yet they do, and the world is a better place because of it. Our English Gentleman Guy Chris Haining spotted this Ferrari 308 being hurtled through a rally course at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Other cars running this circuit include true old-school poster-worthy rally race cars. Yet this chap running the Ferrari you see here doesn’t realize you have to choose between being fast and looking good.

He’s decided he wants both in life… and he’s winning.

Dan Grec’s Globetrotting Jeep Wrangler

The overland community is a rabbit hole filled with high-dollar builds and amazing tales of adventure. It’s also occasionally filled with high-dollar builds… piloted by weekend warriors to the local KOA. Dan Grec proves you don’t need to have a custom-built Unimog to take on the world. He’s doing so in his modified Jeep Wrangler, and he’s using it to take on an 80,000 mile trip around Africa.

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So there you have it. That is the slate of nominees for 2017. Here’s the part where you cast your vote and help us figure out which vehicle gets to wear the fabulous crown. Vote now and rejoice in another year gone by in the comments below.

Which of these nominees is the HCOTY for 2017?

  • Bradley Brownell's Porsche 912E (37%, 106 Votes)
  • Ferrari 308 GTB Group B Rally Car (18%, 52 Votes)
  • Pioneer Ford's F-150 Lightning Tribute (11%, 33 Votes)
  • The Land Yacht (10%, 28 Votes)
  • Aussie Lifted Foz (9%, 26 Votes)
  • 2018 Kia Stinger (8%, 24 Votes)
  • Dan Grec's Globetrotting Jeep Wrangler (6%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 287

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*Polls close Sunday January 7th at Midnight.

  • Sjalabais

    Two hours into the new year, this vital group of small kid’s parents collapses into several bed rooms. Time to check the ‘verse and wish everyone a beautiful new year!

    I happened to vote for the Kia. It is odd to praise a new car on this site, but that’s its only real flaw. Kia is sailing up to be the rational buyer’s first choice in some segments, they have become a great brand, and the Stinger is a pretty perfect fit for the Redusernab: Powerful, sort of ugly-stylish, and destined to be an odd find in the classified section of the Great Mental Matrix of 2030.

    • Smaglik

      5.5 hours to go here.

      Land Yacht for the win.

      Happy New year

  • SoldierofaDifferentStripe

    An old guy like me needs a truck. I’ll gladly take that F-150 Lightning tribute. It’ll look great sitting next to my “cherry” one-owner ’89 F-150, which was my “retirement gift” to me after spending 20 years in the Army.

  • Victor

    Looks like Brownell is stuffing the ballot box.

    • dead_elvis, inc.

      “Vote early & often!”

      I may have voted for it on different devices/IP addresses, but I like it at least 2x as much as any of the other contenders.

  • SlowJoeCrow

    I voted for the 912E because it’s a forgotten underdog of a car, existing for a single year solely to fill the space between the 914 and the 924.

  • Currently looking like 912 vs. 308 – “Yellow,” he thought.

    • jeepjeff

      Yellow cars are the best, though. So it makes sense.

      • *Offer not valid for trips from Seattle to Monterey.

        • jeepjeff

          My bright yellow trucklet has done the trip multiple times just fine. Maybe get one of them resprayed in MOPAR Solar Yellow?

          • It’s either that or perhaps you just do a better job of regularly changing your transmission belts.

            • jeepjeff

              It couldn’t be that. I don’t think the Jeep has ever had a transmission belt changed on it.

            • Tylerd5079

              I just changed the transmission belt on my non-American, yellow, 1970’s vehicle.

              It didn’t help, because a couple of runs later the drive pulley got stuck in the “maximum radius” position. Fixed that, and it still won’t start.

              Perhaps the sub -30°C temperatures that day had something to do with it…

  • Victor

    And one vote for the flying dragster !

  • Looks like Brownell is stuffing the ballot box.

    • Bradley Brownell

      I’m doing no such thing.

      • Well, congratulations anyway, despite flying in the face of HCOTY ballot-box-stuffing tradition.

        • Bradley Brownell

          It was an honor to even be nominated. Thanks for the votes, folks!

          In celebration, I’m taking the old girl to the local VW shop for a valve adjustment and to fix a hole in the exhuast. It’s heading on Coastal Range Rally next month, so I need to get it gussied up again.

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