Hooniversal Car of the Year: It’s Time To Choose The Winner!

No bias at all.

Every major automotive publication out there has some variation on a car of the year award. Yeah, they’re okay. But ours is better. Ours is better because of this post right here. Every other publication out there tells you the most deserving recipient of their prize. We let you choose. Redusernab isn’t a conventional publication; we’re not here to tell you about cars, we’re here to ask you about cars. We’re fully aware that our audience knows more about cars than we ever could. The pool of knowledge in a community is always bigger than the knowledge of any one writer, so attempting to tell a group of car enthusiasts what is the most deserving vehicle is nothing short of arrogant. That’s why we’re asking you what is the most deserving car instead.

So for that reason, we threw out our suggestions, and accepted nominations from our readers. From that narrowed-down pool, it’s time to choose the winner. We’ve done our jobs, now it’s time for you to do yours. But let’s recap the candidates, just in case you missed one!

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HCOTY Last Minute Reader Nominee: The PT/10

We received this nomination back in June when it came up for sale on the eBays, and we owe commenter OA5599 a debt of gratitude for sending it in again. That’s right, folks, hold on to your hats… it’s a PT Cruiser pickup!

Okay, yeah, we know, that’s not even close to enough to get you excited about it. Well then perhaps we can win you over?

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HCOTY Last Minute Reader Nominee: The Zyncro

"You've been HERE."

While going back through the comments and emails that came in with regards to the Hooniversal Car of the Year, I noticed that we did receive a nomination from the community that had been overlooked, and it’s one that should be included. Because it’s a car that ticks every one of the check-boxes for our candidacy. The Zyncro that our own Longrooffan introduced us to a few weeks ago tells the story of vehicular companionship that embodies everything we’re looking for.

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2011 HCOTY Nominee: The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

On the face of it, the reasons for this nomination should be obvious. This is a breathtakingly gorgeous car. It has curves that defy description. It is built for performance, it is built for speed, and it is built for pure sex appeal. It was designed to be Alfa Romeo’s shot across the bow at Ferrari, and it achieved each of these goals with aplomb. But the Hooniversal Car of the Year is not just about being an awesome car; it must be much more than that.

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Welcome to the 2011 Hooniversal Car Of The Year Awards

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.

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An Evening With Mr. Bright

Jason Bright, in the hospital, cheering on McConville who would be driving for him in Sunday's race.

As you may have noticed, we here at Redusernab are big fans of the V8 Supercar Championship series out of Australia. It’s some excellent racing, some of the best in the world, but it suffers from a particular disadvantage for North American viewers: it’s bloody hard to watch. It’s not the coverage itself; the Australian television coverage is better than almost anything else in the world, and almost single-handedly makes the races fascinating to watch. It’s just not readily available in our part of the world. This year, thankfully, Bathurst and the Gold Coast endurance races were carried live on SPEEDtv, but for the rest of the championship, we North Americans are forced to turn to the power of the Internets. Through the wonders of streaming video and those horrible little torrent-things that are destroying the world as we know it, we can at least keep abreast of what’s happening, albeit usually a little later than the loyal Australian fan-base.

So it was that today we were finally catching up on this past weekends’ races from Symmons Plains in Tasmania. At the beginning of the coverage, they announced that Friend of Redusernab would not be competing because he had been taken to the hospital with an injured ribcage. We messaged him to ask for more information, and he agreed to chat on the phone with us and give us the latest.

What we found out impressed and amazed the hell out of us. Hit the jump to read all about it.

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Name That Part: Revealed!

Did you get the answer?

Well, my pretties… how did you do? Think you got all the answers to our pair of Name That Part challenges today? Now is the time to finally find out for sure. Hit the jump to see how you did!

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Name That Part: Bonus Round!

Deartháir November 3, 2011 Name That Part

So do you think you have the answer to our earlier Name That Part? Think you’re doing pretty well? Scoffing at me for making your job so appallingly easy? Well let’s see if this one provides a little more of a challenge. And yet somehow, even with this ultra-close-up shot, I have a feeling someone will have the answer in only a few minutes.

Seriously, you guys scare me sometimes.

Name That Part: Free Range Oxidation Edition

Deartháir November 3, 2011 Name That Part

I was digging through the thousands of photos clogging up my iPhoto recently and found a lovely little series of photos I took while travelling this summer. I don’t expect this should take some of our more… obsessive… readers more than a few minutes to figure out, probably based on the oxidation composition of the paint, but maybe it’ll prove trickier than it looks.

Remember the rules now, it’s not enough to say what it is, you have to specify the year, make, model, engine, transmission, place of manufacturer, and middle name of the favourite niece of the day-shift supervisor on duty on the date of manufacture.

Off you go now!

Happy Hoonowe’en!

Deartháir October 31, 2011 In General

Ironically, the power-to-weight ratio is almost double what it was in the original.

Hallowe’en is a time of parties, of celebration, of drinking, and of hundreds of pretty girls in some of the smallest, most revealing costumes known to humankind. Not to mention a lot of men wearing costumes they probably shouldn’t. We can’t help but think that’s a bit unfair for our female readers. Men get eye candy, women usually require eye bleach.

At any rate, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of our philosophy here at Redusernab. We are ardent advocates for automotive enthusiasm, but we believe that “hooning” can be done responsibly. You don’t have to break the law, or drive like an asshole, to be an automotive Hoon. In the same vein, this Hallowe’en, prove to everyone around you that you, as a subscriber to the Church of Hoonitarian Hooniversalism, are a role model to everyone else. There are going to be a lot of kids going door-to-door in neighbourhoods around North America (and the world? Euro and other global readers, chime in here…) trick-or-treating, and generally mooching for free candy like homeless people jonesing for a fix. So keep that in mind tonight, if you’re heading out for celebrations or even just daily errands. Drive responsibly, don’t drink and drive, and make your fellow community members proud.

And, of course, if you’ve carved a creative automotive-themed pumpkin, post photos in the comments. We want to see it!

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