Speedhunters Awards 2010>> Personality Of The Year

During our discussions about who the Personality of the Year nominees should be, Linhbergh summed up our objectives pretty well: "An automobile is just a cold hunk of metal at the end of the day. It takes the beating heart of a passionate personality to turn that hunk of metal into something with a soul." So it's time to have a look through our nominees and vote for your favourite!   

Above: Kazuhiko "Smoky" Nagata

Daijiro Inada

Fredric Aasbo

Dandy Tanaka

Kamui Kobayashi

Bill Caswell

Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima

Matt Powers

Peter Tarach

James Allen

Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Patrick Soderlund

Lewis Hamilton

Larry Chen

Luke Fink

James May

Mark Arcenal

Tanner Foust

Ken Block

Sebastian Vettel

Linhbergh

Jason Plato

Miki Taka

Jeremy Clarkson

James Rumsley

Atsushi Kuroi

Darren McNamara

Nobushige Kumakubo

Michael Burroughs

Adrian Newey

Chris Rado

Jon Sibal

Eric & Marc Koz of Twins Turbo Motorsport

Jonny Lieberman

Eddie Jordon

Justin Fox

Jarod DeAnda

Amir Rosenbaum

Will Roegge

Bryn Musselwhite

David Coulthard

Mark Webber

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Paddy McGrath

Mike Garrett

Jonathan Moore

"Alex"

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miki taka. however you did leave out a certain mad drifter?

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James Rumsley

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+1 for smoky!!

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Jeremy Clarkson...the greatest asset to the motoring world...in the world.

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bill caswell!!

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Fredric Aasbo

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Jeremy Clarkson

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Mark Webber

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Michael Burroughs

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Adrian Newey

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One that you left out guys!!! Ross Petty of Garage BOSO!

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Will Roegge! hes a badass.

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SMOKEY FTMFW!



seriously, hes like 4ft tall and has more balls then a chucky cheese play pit!

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Jeremy Clarkson

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Michael Burroughs.

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It has to be Alex!!

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Jeremy Clarkson is by far the funniest and most creative.



However, Matt Powers is the true personality of the year

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Michael Burroughs

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Ken Block and the gymkhana craze fo sho

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Michael Burroughs

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Michael Burroughs

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Mike burroughs!

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Michael Burroughs

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Mike Burroughs.

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M. Bfurroughs FTMFW

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Michael Burroughs

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Matt Powers

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fredric aasbo

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Was going to go with Powers, Smokey, or Mr. Inada, but i'm going to have to say Kuroi. R.I.P. man. =(

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Frederic Aasbo! Most humble, friendly and entertaining person I have met in the industry. With his crazy angle and good humor. He can't be beat. He is exactly a perfect example of what competitive racing is about. Your my boy Aasbo!

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Michael Burroughs

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Michael Burroughs

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Tanner Foust. He's accomplished so much this year, it's remarkable.

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Bill Caswell



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Michael Burroughs

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Kazuhiko "Smoky" Nagata

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james may!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Michael Burroughs

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M.Burroughs

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Michael Burroughs

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Sebastian Vettel gets my vote. The guy had a crazy formula one season and still won.

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1. Smoky

2. Jeremy CLarkson

3. James May

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Atsushi Kuroi,Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima,Kazuhiko "Smoky" Nagata,Miki Taka

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Mark Arcenal

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Bill Caswell, hands down. That guy is the ultimate speedhunter

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Mike Burroughs.

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JONNY LIEBERMAN!

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I think either Matt Powers or Will Roegge.

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"Go Go" Daijiro Inada

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Bill Caswell

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bill caswell no doubt

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Smokey seems to be the coolest and the top nominee for personality of the decade at the very least. But in all reality, I don't know most of these guys to know who to vote for. Though I know enough to know that there is no wrong in voting for Kazuhiko Nagata. 'Cause Smokey's a speedhuntin' free spirit.

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Nobushige Kumakubo. talk about an absolute ambassador to not only drifting but motorsports in general. He's more than just 4 million youtube hits, or a couple funny pictures

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Bryn Musselwhite

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Luke Fink and Ken Block for keeping things entertaining!!

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Erhmm... How about those who passed away this year, who left their mark on cars and racing? Tom Walkingshaw and Hiromu Naruse come to mind.

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Sebastian Vettel



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Dino Dalle Carbonare

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Chris Rado. The man is mad...

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miki taka. however you did leave out a certain mad drifter?

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Jeremy Clarkson!

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matt powers

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Michael Burroughs

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Fredric Aasbø

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Fredric Aasbo

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mmmmm keiichi tsuchiya??????

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Fredric Aasbø, of course! None other.

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bill caswell for sure

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Mark Arcenal

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Chris Rado or Jonathan Moore. lol who the hell is Alex?

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I think i vote Smokey Nagata.



But i also loved the way Dandy Tanaka try'd to break some topspeed world records in his FC.

Daijiro is a guy i always have to laugh about.



But my choice is Nagata,the way he made a top secret career at an other company to get faster and faster.

And the person himself is unique.

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whoever alex is.

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CLARKSON!!!

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smokey nagata

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The all mighty Kazuhiko "Smoky" Nagata

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Jeremy Clarkson !! :D

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Jeremy Clarkson has the personality game on lock.

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jonny lieberman and his flip flops get my vote.

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Jeremy Clarkson!!!

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Jeremy! well said mr. kang

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Bill Caswell

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Fredric Aasbo



and definately not the block cock

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Jeremy Clarkson

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Jeremy Clarkson

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Kamui Kobayashi

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BILL CASWELL

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-10 for jarod, +10 for caswell.

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Clarkson + Vettel! Miki for the OHMYGODLOOKATTHATHELLANICEGIRL award.

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Bill Caswell

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Jonny Lieberman

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Bill Caswell

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Bill Caswell

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Linhbergh!!!

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Lieberman > VG Jr.

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Aussie Grit! Mark Webber!

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Mr. Bill Caswell!

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Mike Burroughs mos definately. That man puts more soul into his cars than buddha himself

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AASBO!!!!! FTW

That guy rock balls out and needs a hardcore major sponsor!!!

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Fredric Aasbø for life

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Bill Caswell

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Not on the list, but i think would be a great add on........Hiromu Naruse

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jeremy clarkson

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Michael Burroughs

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MTP! MTP! Matt best!

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Matt Powers??????

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NOT ON LIST, but totally worth adding!!! Hiromu Naruse !!!

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Michael Burroughs because I love him

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Mark Webber!!!

In the top of the table!

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Kazuhiko "Smoky" Nagata



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smokey nagata

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+1 Michael Burroughs

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I hesitate between Paddy McGrath and Frederic Aasbo...

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Michael Burroughs

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Fredric Aasbo

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Jeremy Clarkson

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Michael Burroughs

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definately Michael Burroughs!

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WAY too many candidates, however my vote goes to Fedric Aasbø.

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ho,ho,ho Sebastian Vettel

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Jeremy Clarkson

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Adrian Newey

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SMOKY NAGATA!!!!!!!

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"Alex" without question should be the winner.

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Michael Burroughs

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james may the faster men in a orange car...

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Tough between Jeremy Clarkson and Smokey Nagata, but I choose Smokey

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Michael Burroughs.

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Kazuhiko "Smoky" Nagata ! There is just no comparison!

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Jeremy Clarkson

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Mike Burroughs

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Fredric Aasbo

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fredric aasbo

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Adrian Newey

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Michael Burroughs FTW

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Jeremy Clarkson. HAHAHAHAHA ALEX!!!!! LOL HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA that was great, i was looking at all these faces and cool ppl and then last but not least Alex.

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Kamui Kobayashi!!! I love how he squeezes every last drop of performance from his Sauber and more on the track.

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Mike Burroughs.

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It's gotta be Mark Webber. Pulling out comments like "not bad for a number 2 driver" in the epicenter of the worlds journalists, while trying to win a WDC for a team that doesn't like you. Epic Epic Personality.

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Adrian Newey

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Aasbo for showing mad determination and as a rookie nudging some of the best in FD

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Bill Caswell

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Jeremy Clarkson

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JAMES MAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAPTAIN SLOOW:D

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Fredric Aasbo

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Kazuhiko "Smoky" Nagata.

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Common' people!



KUROI KUROI KUROI KUROI KUROI!



RIP

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Fredric Aasbø: A humble nice guy, who works hard and really deserves to be where he´s at today! A star rising!

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Micheal Burroughs. Super nice guy and has changed how lots of people view cars and what they can do to them.

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Bill Caswell, the true Jalopnik Hero...

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Atsushi Kuroi!!! Riverside!!!!!

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Kazuhiko "Smoky" Nagata

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Kazuhiko "Smoky" Nagata

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Bill Caswell for sure!

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James May aka. Captain Slow

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Fredric Aasbo

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I'm repin' for Jeremy Clarkson

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GO POWERS!!! XD

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Jeremy Clarkson



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definitely Atsushi Kuroi, thank you for all the years of pioneering drifting~

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couldnt make up my mind so you can choose for me. my three choices were Smoky Nagata, Daijiro Inada, and final option is Mark Arcenal

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Fredric Aasbo & Von Gittin Jr.

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Fredric Aasbo

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Daijiro Inada. you have done more for Drift as a whole than (almost) anyone in the world. this sport needs to grow and you did all you could to get it where it is today. tributes and thanks as you leave D1gp to other ventures.

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M. Burroughs!

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Vaughn Gittin and Tanner Foust are assholes. there's too much hype around Ken Block for anyone to know what his "personality" is like.





Kazuhiko "Smoky" Nagata

man deserves respect

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Bill Caswell

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Michael Burroughs



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Atsushi Kuroi R.I.P

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Stanceworks obsession much?

Dandy for me. I just love their style and it's obvious their whole soul is in what they do.

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James Rumsley

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Aasbo



Gitten



Kuroi

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Kamui Kobayashi

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Michael Burroughs or Matt Powers

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Michael Burroughs , the little man who could.

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Bill Caswell

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Michael Burroughs, without a doubt

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Adrian Newey

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Fredric Aasbo

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Nobushige Kumakubo

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Bill Caswell

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Bill Caswell, who cares if he didn't finish at Baja!

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jeremy clarkson

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Fredric Aasbo



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Definitely LarryChen, or Jarod Deanda!

2 of the best dudes in motor-sports.

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smoky Nagata and KenBlock-tie.

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Sebastian Vettel

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Pretty boy Tanner Foust has my vote. Although I do feel like Jeremy Clarkson and Johnathan Moore impregnate women by simply casting a glance in their direction....

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Why is my Clarkson vote not being posted? Censorship is lame.

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Daijiro Inada. Chosen one!

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Jeremy Clarkson

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DINO!!! without him all the best shots and stories would not be here. give the man props

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Fredric Aasbo

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Fredric Asboe! :D

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JEREMY CLARKSON!

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James May.

What a stupid list, should be half the length it is.

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Mike Burroughs all the way.

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1-Caswell

2-Aasbo

3-Atsushi Kuroi -RIP-

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Atsushi Kuroi RIP.

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Atsushi Kuroi, Smokey, and not list MAD MIKE

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SMoky Nagata, of course!

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Fredric Aasbo

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Fredrik Aasboe !

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Jeremy Clarkson and Linbergh, both



Sorry I can't decide

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Fredric Aasbo!

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Fredric Aasbo for sure! :)

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Mike Burroughs

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It's obvious! Vaughn Gittin Jr as Personality of the Year! What an incredible year he's had! Stay tuned for 2011 . . .

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I thought choosing the best cars would be nearly impossible and turned out to be pretty straight forward this year. I never would have imagined this would have been the most difficult category to choose...In the end my vote is for the sole female nominee Miki Taka. Physically a 10, openly bi-sexual, and common intersts. Good luck Doing anything in a car that'll sway my opinion here.

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Kazuhiko "Smoky" Nagata

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Kazutoshi Mizuno anyone?

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Fredric Aasbo!!!!

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Bill Caswell!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jeremy Clarkson

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1. Matt Powers

2. Ken Block

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smoky, an icon in the tuning world

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Sebastian Vettel

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smokey!!!!!!!

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Bill Caswell!

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Michael Burroughs

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Fredric Aasbo!

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Bill Caswell, followed by Vaughn Gittin Jr., both good friends.

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Kazuhiko "Smoky" Nagata - This guy can do nothing all year and still be personality of the year.

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Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima

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Matt powers 4 sure

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Bill Caswell

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Sebastian Vettel

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Jonathan Moore

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J. Clarkson, without a hint of doubt...

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Mike Burroughs for sure, the man is an automotive artist. If you're going by the quote in the opening paragraph: "An automobile is just a cold hunk of metal at the end of the day. It takes the beating heart of a passionate personality to turn that hunk of metal into something with a soul." then it has to be Mike.

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Mike Bfurroughs!! aka Burroughs

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Kuroi and Foust !

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Sebastian Vettel!

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So where's Richard Hammond from the TG fellas? Defend the 'lil guy! >:D

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smokey nagata

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mike burroughs

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Smokey Nagata!

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Atsushi Kuroi



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Bill Caswell

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Fredric Aasbo

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Frederic Aasbo for sure.

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Bill Caswell

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Fredric Aasbo! But Kuroi was an amazing driver :)

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Lewis Hamilton

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Fredric Aasbo for sure

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Fredric Aasbo!

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Have to vote for Atsushi Kuroi, RIP :(

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Michael Burroughs

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M.Bfurroughs!!

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Fredric Aasbo



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Fredric Aasbø

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FREDRIC AASBO!! =)

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kamui kobayashi

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definetly: CLARKSON!!!!

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bill caswell man!

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LOL. What's Alex doing there? HAHAHA. Alex don't know what he's talking about sometimes and he's overflowing with confidence sometimes trying to embarrass people.

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Bill Caswell. He lived the dream and showed us we can compete in the WRC and Rally America withi nothing but a junked E30 and a spare engine. After totaling it at the Maine Forrest Rally, he hung out in the spectator area and watched the rest of the rally with us, truly a great, down to Earth guy. And what does he do when his rally car is done? He turns his parts car into a freakin' Baja racer! No contest, this man deserves the win.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr.

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Mr. Kazuhiko "Smoky" Nagata



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Smoky Nagata!

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Fredric Aasbo!

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Jeremy Clarkson

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Atsushi Kuroi RIP.

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Ken Block or Tanner Foust

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Jason Plato. Congrats on his BTCC series win!!

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fredric aasbø

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Fredric Aasbø!

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WOOOOOWWW!!!!!!!!!



You have just WON the GOLD MEDAL for self WANKERISM!! How do you feel abut taking your trophy of TOOLNESS??!! You are WORTHY of being on the same page as people like Clarkson and co.



You're such GODS among men - those that we should fear and respect.



But alas...No one can be as CRAP at posting pictures of themselves on the net as speedhunters. You guys take LOSERVILLE to a whole new extreme level.



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1: Matthew Tyler Powers

2: Luke Fink

3: Jeremy Clarkson

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I don´t get it, who´s Alex?

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Mike Burroughs

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Bill Caswell!

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Where's Jan Magnussen?

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Fredric Aasbo

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Bill Caswell

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Atsushi Kuroi. We remember.

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bit sad, you put some of your own editoral in the selection.



Anyway, I'd go for Jr (and Andy Blackmore if he was listed) for bringing us into the build of the RTR-X

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+1 Michael Bfurroughs.



I lol'd @ "Alex" hahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahhahaahahaa

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Seriously? Smoky, every time. Every time.

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Michael Burroughs

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Adrian Newey

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Adrian Newey



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Hiromu Naruse

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Fredric Aasbo

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JONNY!!!! LIEBERMAN!!!!

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Fredric Aasbo

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Eric & Marc Koz of Twins Turbo Motorsport, easy choice!

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Larry Chen ! ! !

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Michael Burroughs -- Dare to be different and bring something fresh to the scene. Love his photography and his car 'Rusty'. Great stuff! All the nominees are awesome people though.

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Atsushi Kuroi

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Fredric Aasbo

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Kamui Kobayashi

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Dino Dalle Carbonare

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Bill Caswell

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Fredric Aasbø

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Fredric Aasbo



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I would say two ones: Dino Dalle Carbonare for bringing me a little bit of japan everyday and Nobushige Kumakubo he is the present and the future of drifting he's an icon for every drifter

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gittin jr. and powers .... fuck F1 drivers

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"smokey" nagata

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Smoky Nagata!

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Fredric Aasbo

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First vote for Hiromu Naruse...

Second for Sebastian Loeb...



Third (and the one that will count) for Monster

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Atsushi Kuroi for respect.

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Bill Caswell

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Caswell has sacrificed more and has given more back to the fans than any other nominee.

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Bill Caswell

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Bill Caswell

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Smokey Nagata

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how about the Stig........ ^_^

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Bill Caswell

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Sebastian Vettel, more than proved he has what it takes.

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Bill Caswell

Bat sh*t crazy. Doing what it takes to race!

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Fredric Aasbo

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Darren McNamara

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Fredric Aasbo...





(something is fishy here regarding mike burroughs)

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Bill Caswell. This man is amazing.

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Tanner Foust

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Smokey Nagata ftw!