When it comes to the Hooniversal Car Of The Year, boundless enthusiasm sometimes gets the better of me. My impatience causes me to prematurely nominate vehicles before they’re truly complete. Three years ago, I nominated Antti’s €60 ’86 VW Polo stripper long before it was roadworthy. (Antti himself nominated it for HCOTY last year, after it was up and running, garnering a similarly small percentage of the votes.) And now, I’m doing it again. I was going to bow out this year and bide my time with this sucker, but Jeff and Brad encouraged me to generate some damn content not to keep something so wild and awesome to myself.
So, gentlemen (and ladies), I present my choice for the 2016 HCOTY: the BMW Alpha. Even though it’s not complete, just the story thus far makes it worthy of nomination. The original concept was created by Turkish architect and designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem, who is a motorcycle enthusiast but not a bike builder. He never intended the concept to be more than a few fictitious 3D renderings. But here in the U.S., land speed racer and workshop wizard Mark Atkinson saw his work and concluded that turning Erdem’s futuristic fantasy into real, functional metal was just the sort of side project he needed, when he wasn’t busy prepping his LSR bike for Bonneville. He’s currently willing the BMW Alpha concept into existence in spectacularly jaw-dropping style.
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