2016 was a year of pessimism, doubt, fighting, and lunacy. Personally, (while time is a construct and a 365 day period simply a number ascribed meaning by humans) I’m happy to see 2016 walking out the door. Here at Hooniverse, and in our automotive sphere of influence, it’s actually been quite a good year. We love our readers, and we’re ecstatic that you all keep coming back to read our esoteric insights into the modern car landscape. Hooniverse provides a perspective you cannot find anywhere else, bringing you the best mix of news, racing, oddball podcasts, stunning videos, burnouts, inane rantings, and (hopefully) insightful editorial that we know how. We hope you’ve found some solace in 2016 by reading the pages of Hooniverse.com, and if you’re new to the site because one of your friends asked you to vote for their car, you’re welcome too, and we hope you stick around a while.
With a slight change in the rules this year, and a new HCOTY-master (that’d be me), we have another excellent crop of cars, trucks, and motorcycles vying for the HCOTY title. Our editorial staff has compiled a list of their favorite cars (conforming to the following rules) that had something to do with 2016, their choice didn’t have to be something we covered this year, and crapcan racers were ruled out, it couldn’t be something you could buy at a dealership, and it had to be at least as cool as Jeff’s Hoontruck. The rules are flexible and I’m the one who flexes them, so every nomination is eligible for voting. First we’ll do a recap of each nominated car, then we’ll have the poll at the very bottom of the post. Thanks to everyone who participates, both nominations and votes. Happy voting!
Without Further Ado, Here Are Your 2016 HCOTY Nominees:
In order of their postings:
- Jaguar XKSS: Jag is doing a reboot of the XKSS, so now is as good a time as any to look back on what an awesome car the original was. Cool enough for Steve McQueen, cool enough for your vote.
- The Bowman Odyssey Rig: Zach loaded up his family into this phenomenal home on wheels and went on an adventure. This kind of inspirational lunacy doesn’t happen every day, and this rig allowed it to. The plaudits are mostly due to Bowman’s phenomenal writing, but the truck served them well, and that’s the most Hooniversal thing possible.
- A Specific Austin Allegro: This is Haining’s very specific target to get one singular vote in HCOTY 16. It’s a fun story, so go read it regardless.
- The Thompson Family ‘Challenger 2’: Possibly the most heartwarming motorsport story of 2016, Danny Thompson took his dad’s (Mickey Thompson) land speed racing Challenger II, a wheel-driven streamliner, into the astonishing 400 mph club. The story behind this record is both intensely interesting, and incredibly tragic. If you do nothing else on this New Years Day, please read this post.
- Toyota GT86 Cup: This car made Patrick fall in love, and he didn’t even get to drive the damn thing! Anything will surely capture your attention if you are taken for a lap around the Nurburgring in it. Check it out.
- BMW Alpha: This custom bike build is a little bit of crazy and a whole lot of cool. From Concept to Construction across the wide expanses of the internet. Go read the thing!
- The Keen Project Safari 911: Leh Keen is a badass, and his cars help demonstrate that point. Porsche racing champion Keen has turned his attentions to building off-roading aircooled 911s, and they are just so flippin’ cool.
- An LS3-Powered Jaguar XJ8 L: A near-500 wheel horsepower full sized luxury sedan with a gated 6-speed manual transmission is possibly the epitome of Hooniverse. We love this thing, and you probably should, too. Watch the Smoking Tire One-Take here, and read more about it on Speedhunters. It’s just so awesome!
- A Family Connection BMW 315: Kamil found this awesome photograph from 1952 depicting his grandfather and his beloved BMW. A worthy contender, if ever there were one.
- Porsche’s First Le Mans Winner 356 SL: Porsche has won Le Mans 18 times overall, more than any other manufacturer. This lowly 1300cc aluminum bodied 356 was their first class winner back in 1951. It was recently restored by legendary Porsche guy Rod Emory. He had to build a roof for the thing from scratch. It’s awesome.
- The Last Ford Falcon: “As Australian as Vegemite and Drop Bears” is one of the best things about this piece. Joel hails from down-undah, and this car means a lot to him. The Falcon is a nameplate that has been around for decades, and being that this is the last of its line, and the last Aussie Ford built, it deserves a vote or two. Check it out, he makes a compelling case.
- The GT4586: Big engine in a little car, it’s a formula that works, and one we love here at Hooniverse. When people complain that the Toyota GT86 (or Subaru BRZ or Scion FRS for that matter) doesn’t make enough power, Ryan Tuerck decided to shove a Ferrari engine in the front of a GT86 and rip some mad skids.
There you have it, 12 nominees to represent 12 months of 2016. Maybe it wasn’t such a bad year after all. Here’s the poll. It’s interesting to note that we have two Jaguars, two Toyota GT86s, and Two Porsches.
Which Of These Nominees Is Worthy Of The 2016 HCOTY Title?
- BMW Alpha (35%, 223 Votes)
- The Bowman Odyssey Rig (29%, 190 Votes)
- The Keen Project Safari 911 (6%, 40 Votes)
- Porsche 356SL Le Mans Winner (6%, 36 Votes)
- A Specific Austin Allegro (5%, 31 Votes)
- An LS3-Powered Jaguar XJ8 L (4%, 26 Votes)
- Ryan Tuerck's GT4586 (4%, 24 Votes)
- The Final Falcon (4%, 23 Votes)
- The 'Challenger 2' Land Speed Racer (3%, 18 Votes)
- Kamil's Grandfather's BMW 315 (2%, 16 Votes)
- Jaguar XKSS (2%, 16 Votes)
- Toyota GT86 Cup (0%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 646
I promise there’s no electoral college to mess with the results. One reader – One vote!