Announcing the 2011 Hooniversal Car of the Year
As you all know, I nominated the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale for this year’s Car of the Year award. I felt it was a thoroughly worthwhile candidate, and I stand by that nomination. But my nomination also packs with it a little bit of shame. I’m ashamed that I overlooked a candidate, and one so obvious and perfect that when it was suggested behind the scenes in discussions amongst the editors, it caused me to facepalm with significant enthusiasm. I couldn’t believe that I had been so hypnotized by that curvy redhead’s beauty that I had forgotten the
girl creature we’ve all loved all along. I never would have thought I could have been so proud and happy to have my candidate lose; but it’s proof to me that the commenters here at Hooniverse really do come together to create the greatest group of automotive enthusiasts on these fine Internets. You could not be swayed by the awesomeness of a Challenger, or the sex appeal of an Alfa. You couldn’t even be distracted by the almost-as-awesome-but-wasn’t-shiny-side-down TTTO Corvair. You read our nominations, you mulled it over, and you chose one hell of a worthy victor. Our congratulations to our very own Sparky, and the Killer ZomBee, our 2012 Hooniversal Car of the Year! I think we all need to stop for just a moment, now, and reflect on just how fucking awesome that really is. Every other publication out there has a Car of the Year award, and it pretty much always goes to something rather… boring. It’s something new, it’s something fresh, something… bland… and, more importantly, it’s something that brings with it a rather massive advertising budget. Here at Hooniverse, we just chose a British roadster that’s closing in on 40 years old. It’s beat to hell, it’s been through a dozen races, and it drove to one race towing a one-wheeled covered wagon with “YOU HAVE DIED OF DYSENTERY” written on the back. That is not only the essence of Hooniverse, but that is as close as I can come to a concrete, tangible explanation of why I love this site. Congratulations to the ‘Bee, and my heartfelt thanks to our entire community for making our little corner of the internet so awesome.