Yes, you can expect our usual exacting standards of quality control and publishing excellence once again this year…
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. For those of you who have just started following Hooniverse this year, you may not be familiar with this little tradition, but over the years, it’s a ritual of which we’ve become quite proud. It’s time for we, the editors and commentariat of Hooniverse, to choose our pinnacle of motoring excellence for 2013.
For those of you who haven’t followed this before, there are a few things we should point out, however. We don’t do this in quite the same fashion as most other automotive publications out there; while they decide their nominees, and then spend their time justifying why they chose a winner, we bring our nominees to you, and allow you to choose. To get you caught up, or just for some really excellent reading, browse through the HCOTY category. These articles are frequently some of the best pieces of writing we’ll have all year, because it’s the job of the editors to convince you why their car deserves the championship. For myself, as someone whose nominee has come in as runner-up every single year, I suppose I need to up my game yet again.
The nominees tend to be very special as well. We’ve had people nominate brand-new cars before; it’s never gone well. How could, say, a new Altima, possibly hold a candle to, for instance, a 1907 Itala 40hp Peking-to-Paris rally car? Our nominees should not be just another fine automobile; the car that wins the coveted HCOTY trophy should be one which embodies all that is Hooniverse. It should demonstrate our madness, our passion for automotive excellence, our humour, our love of beauty, and our admiration for an owner’s love of his or her car. The car that wins the HCOTY should be one where we all stand back, nod our heads, and say, “That… that’s it. That’s our car.”
So it’s time to fight it out. Editors, warm up your pens and get to work. Commenters, get ready to vote. And, of course, if you have a nominee you think we need to include, you should send it in. As the traditional adjudicator of HCOTY, you can send them in to me, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post them in the comments below. And, of course, if you do a writeup to justify your nomination, it’ll have a much better chance of making the cut and being included. Just a hint.
I look forward to seeing the nominations. Bookmark this category, because you won’t want to miss this.