The Year That Was Two Thousand Twelve

Those of you who read Fast Car and NZ Performance Car magazines will know that I write a monthly Speedhunters column, outlining our photography adventures from around the world. I quite enjoy doing these monthly projects, and take a real satisfaction in seeing the latest Speedhunters photographs in print. There’s something just so tactile about printed photographs, it’s hard not to get excited every time a new magazine arrives in the post. Photographs and paper are a match made in heaven after all, and although Speedhunters is very much about screen media, we still greatly enjoy our collaborations with auto magazines.

Preparing an article for print is pretty straightforward: you assemble around 30 of your best images, think up a premise, get writing and upload a Zip file for the magazine. Once the article is sent off you don’t give it a second thought, until the magazine arrives in the post a few weeks later.

The process of preparing an article for Speedhunters starts out the same way too. You take photos, prep the best shots, write, edit and publish. However this is where the similarities end. Once the piece gets published, something very different happens. Comments start coming in from the audience, your facts may be corrected, and depending on the success the article it will receive praise or criticism. Log into Google Analytics and you can also see at any one time how many people are reading your article too.

This is a big element that I find working in print just doesn’t have. A piece of paper never talks back to you. It never challenges you. And it certainly never gets angry and starts flame wars. And this is one area I just love about Speedhunters; it’s not only a place for the editorial team to publish stories, it’s also a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions.

As we start the last month of 2012, we want to turn up the volume on these Speedhunters community discussions and review the year together. It’s time to get the 2012 Speedhunters Awards kicked off!

For this year’s awards, we’ve organized the categories based on the Speedhunters philosophy of smashing through genres by mixing different styles of cars. We’ve also refocused things around our own take on some of year’s most relevant trends. Our automotive world of 2012 looks different to previous years, so we’ve followed suit by mixing and merging some of last year’s categories.

They are as follows:

New Car of the Year

This is a pretty straightforward way to get things kicked off. The question we have is this: can any of the other new performance-focused cars of 2012 come close to topping the popularity of the Toyota ZN6?

Competition Car of the Year

We’ve decided to combine all modern professional competition cars into a single category: time attack, drift, drag and circuit racers alike. These should be for cars which won 2012 championships, international events or simply wowed us with their engineering ingenuity.

Retro Car of the Year

This is open to any car from 1976 to 1988, irrespective of style, genre or usage. Restored race cars are good, as well as track and street cars.

Magazine of the Year

This is an interesting category, given that most people only read magazines from their own geographical region. The now defunct Redline Magazine took the award in 2011 with NZ Performance Car taking second. Let’s see if NZPC can do one better in 2012 or if there’s a new king to be crowned.

Builder of the Year

For this category we’re going to look at modified, race and custom car builders who inspired us this year. Let us know your favourites!

Show-Demo Car of the Year

This is for machines which were designed to top the headlines at shows like SEMA and Tokyo Auto Salon. These are cars which are more meant to be looked at rather than driven.

Street Car of the Year

This wtill likely be a hotly-contested award, especially given the variety of street legal cars we’ve been shooting. The focus for this award is for machines from 1989 onwards.

Driver of the Year

Which drivers have inspired you this year? The new F1 Champion Vettel or his main championship rival Alonso? Or will they be swept aside by Daigo Saito’s Formula D performances? Outgoing WRC legend Loeb? Let us know now who you want to nominate!

Event of the Year

Last year you voted the Gatebil Rudskogen Festival as your top event. Will 2012 be the same again or will other popular events like SEMA, Slammed Society Fuji, Formula D Irwindale or Pikes Peak take top honours?

Oldtimer Car of the Year

This Category is open to any car, 1975 and older, irrespective of style or country of origin. Yes, smash up those genre definitions!

#IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER Award

This award will be about finding the single best photograph submitted through the #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER hashtag program as curated by Paddy McGrath.

#FEATURETHIS Award

Here we are going to find the coolest readers’ ride car using the #FeatureThis program as curated by Mike Garrett.

Video of the Year

Ken Blocks’ Gymnkhana 5 video likely racked up the most views this year, but are you going to vote it in as your favourite? Which car videos did you watch and share this year?

Speedhunters Photograph of the Year

Here the top photos from our own Editorial team’s Year of Speedhunting get voted down to a single photograph. The above Larry Chen image of MadMike was one of our most memorial shots of the year, but nothing is set until the voting stops! Link us to your faves!

Car of the Year

The final award is going to see all of the category winners face off against each other. We suspect that a front runner here will likely be Muira-san’s personal ZN6 street car, but let’s see what you come up with.

In researching this article, I looked back through all our feature shoots form the year, and was amazed by the variety of machines on offer.

We’ve discovered some truly jaw-dropping cars. Some defy rule books or traditional classifications…

… while others are such amazing works of engineering that you just can’t help but get excited, irrespective of your own personal taste.

But now we need to know which are your nominations.

So in the comments below, please let us know your thoughts. Get nominating!

:Rod


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64 comments
JoshuaWhitcombe
JoshuaWhitcombe

-Video of the year - Keep Drifting Fun Movie

-Comp car of the year - Mad Mike's MADBUL

-Event of the year - Gatebil Rudskogen

-Speedhunters photo of the year - http://cdn.speedhunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/gatebil2larrychen-1x.jpg

-Magazine of the year - New Zealand Performance Car

-Builder of the year - Nakai San

-Street car of the year - Liberty Walk F40

-Car of the year - Ben Sopra GT-R - http://www.speedhunters.com/2012/12/street-menace-bensopra-other-gtr/

-#Iamthespeedhunter award - http://cdn.speedhunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/aaronMai1.jpg

-#Featurethis award - Charlie Hatfield's MX5 - http://cdn.speedhunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/mx51.jpg

-Retro car of the year - http://www.speedhunters.com/2012/07/a-corolla-with-a-viking-heart/

-Old timer car of the year - http://www.speedhunters.com/2012/05/the-big-red-bitchin-camaro/

-Driver of the year - Mad Mike Whiddet

jay8393
jay8393

My choices.New Car of the Year: Toyota 86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZCompetition Car of the Year: Tengku Djan's Nissan RPS13.5Builder of the Year: Kei MiuraShow-Demo Car of the Year: BenSopra's Nissan GT-R R35Driver of the Year: Fernando AlonsoEvent of the Year: Formula Drift IrwindaleCar of the Year: Kei Miura's personal Rocker Bunny Scion FR-S

RossCarpenter
RossCarpenter

video of the year: bloodmasters bloodbath part one

competition Car of the year: jr's formula drift mustang

 

BigLips
BigLips

New Car: Toyota GT86

Competition car of the year: “LE-Composites” Evo 7 RS

oldtimer of the year: Drag'n Kaiser

Retro car of the year: E30 M3 article by Sean

Driver of the year: Frederic Aasbo

Event of the year: Gatebil Rudskogen

Car of the Year: Rocket Bunny FR-S

 

gripchallenged240sx
gripchallenged240sx

 @robzor  Changing my car of the year to that EVO, must've missed the article first time around but "Holy-engineering Batman!" That thing is fresh!

CaikeGasparin
CaikeGasparin

New Car: Toyota GT86

Competition car of the year: Kagotani RX-7 (photos by Dino Carbonare)

oldtimer of the year: That silver/cream porsche ,on the mountains! (photos released a 5 months ago, by Sean Kingelhoefer)

Driver of the year: Loeb

Event of the year: F1 on the Brazil, Interlagos!

Street car of the year: The Porsche 911 RS 3.7 white with photos released +- 3 months ago, by Dino Carbonare

concept car: N/A (I would cite Evoque, even leaving the desired, is a beautiful car, but, this car is arleady in production line now, so, nevermind...)Video of the year: Insane Entries on Ebisu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6xO1Zmy-So&list=PL67E16810ED0E0AC7&index=3&feature=plpp_video

Oldtimer: Volkswagen Gol GTi (brazil), or, VW Golf MK1

car of the year: Nissan R35

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Sorry for the bad english! :)

robzor
robzor

New Car of the Year: ZN6

 

Competition Car of The Year: Le-Composites Downforce Evo http://www.speedhunters.com/2012/06/for-my-ally-is-the-force/

 

Retro Car of the Year: JDM Legends SA-RX7

 

Builder of the Year: Liberty Walk

 

Street Car of the Year: Rocket Bunny 86

 

Driver of the year: Vettel

 

Event of the year: GateBil

 

Oldtimer Car of the year: Rocky Auto Fairlady Z http://www.speedhunters.com/2012/05/old-meets-new-rocky-autos-rb30-powered-fairlady-z/

 

Speedhunters Photograph of the year: Sean Klingelhoeffer dragn kaiser feature. http://cdn.speedhunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Dragn-Kaiser-Desktop01.jpg

 

I still miss a breath every time I see it.

 

Car of the Year: Evasive FRS

Thems my votes.

pauwel
pauwel

New Car: toyo 86

Competition car of the year: Time attack CRX from the french driver (because of the story behind)

oldtimer of the year: That porsche that is above here. Still my screensaver

Driver of the year: Daigo Sato

Event of the year: Goodwood festival of speed

Street car of the year: Orange integra (simplicity is the key) 

concept car: the wide body lambo with kind off rauh welt fenders

Oldtimer: Spectre Camaro

car of the year Toyota 86

Plumdeplakmuis
Plumdeplakmuis

New Car: BRZ Competition car: MP4-12C GT3 Competition: Fia GT3 Retro: BROADSPEED ESCORT Street Car: THE LOW LOTUS - Lotus Esprit Driver: Fernando Alonso Event: Goodwood Magazine: EVO magazine

gripchallenged240sx
gripchallenged240sx

New Car: Scion/Toyota/Subaru FR-S/86/BRZ

Competition: Just Drift ASB

Street Car: The 9 second Datsun (Just because it's street legal)

(http://www.speedhunters.com/2012/10/a-9-second-700hp-street-legal-datsun-510/)

Driver: Sebastien Vettel

Car of the Year: Evasive's FR-S

Event: SEMA

Oldtimer: The Drift Truck

#IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER: Nick Reeves' skidpan shot

(http://cdn.speedhunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/NickReeves.jpg)

 

This year went by as fast as the roadside scenery, happy holidays!

Matizo
Matizo

New Car: BRZ

 Competition: Formula D

Retro: BROADSPEED ESCORT

Show/Demo: The Super Beetle Project

  Street Car: THE LOW LOTUS - Lotus Esprit

 Driver: Sebastian Loeb

 Event: SEMA

Oldtimer: Drag'n Kaiser

Featurethis: Ichizo Kubo’s R32 GT-2

#IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER Award Filip Grzeszyk

zamm333
zamm333

New car: zn6

competition car: pikes peak nsx

builder: RWB or Magnus Walker

demo car: LW Lambo

street car: muira sans gt86

driver: Mark Webber (totally underrated and WAY more consistent than vettel)

event: SEMA

car of the year: theirs just no denying its a zn6. the question is which one. (muira san's)

Corey K
Corey K

New Car: 86/FR-S/BRZ

Competition: FIA GT1

Retro: Bisimoto 911

Magazine: Modified

Builder: JD Classics

Show/Demo: Evasive FR-S

Street Car: Porsche 962C

Driver: Sebastian Vettel

Event: 24hrs of Le Mans

Oldtimer: Drag'n Kaiser

Featurethis: BEAMS '73 Celica

The rest I'd have to look back on.

Corey K
Corey K

All I ask is that you don't differentiate between the Scion FR-S/86/GT86 and the Subaru BRZ in making the "New Car of the Year", as that will divide the masses. They are one in the same, or damn close enough.

FranciscoRamirez
FranciscoRamirez

I second that! Hands down new car of the year, 86/FR-S/BRZ

greenroadster
greenroadster

New car of the year: Toyota GT86/Scion/Subaru BRZ

Exige300
Exige300

My vote definately goes to the Escort MK 2 with the cosworth YB.

Skirmish
Skirmish

Where can i find the article on the blue JZX!?

Jesse
Jesse

Nigel Petrie's Engineered To Slide Hilux has to take out Competition car of the year! http://engineeredtoslide.com/garage/ets-drift-ute/ There is a link on the bottom of the page for the whole build, it is truly mind blowing. For that matter, Nigel also gets my vote as driver of the year. Miura-san for builder of the year, what he is doing at the moment is really pushing limits. As for video of the year, sheer noise gets my vote http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=000pZdkaEsg. Show car of the year goes to the Ben Sopra GT-R, although that gets driven equally as hard as it looks. Would struggle to go past this as car of the year/street car of the year http://www.speedhunters.com/2012/05/old-meets-new-rocky-autos-rb30-powered-fairlady-z/http://www.speedhunters.com/2012/08/car-feature-hakosuka-skyline/ this beautiful Hako is old timer of the year for me. Good luck judging, it won't be easy!

Paddy McGrath
Paddy McGrath moderator

Without doubt, Driver of the Year for me is Craig Breen. 2010 WRC Academy Champion and now 2011 SWRC Champion despite the tragic loss of his co-driver and friend Gareth Roberts during the Targa Florio Rally earlier this year. It took huge courage and strength for him to get back into a car, and to go onto win the SWRC is just beyond words. 

 

My Video of the Year would be 'Urban Outlaw' by MOS Media, can't remember anything else leaving as much of an impression on me. 

 

New Car of the Year? It has to be the GT86 doesn't it? I know some might be sick of looking and hearing about it, but it's without doubt the most important car of the year for this audience. 

 

The others I'll need some time to think about...

DavidvL
DavidvL

https://vimeo.com/42252944      This one is my personal best video of the year 2012!  Great shots, fun to watch! i have seen it more than 5 time now, and it still doesn't bore me. im looking forward to the awards ;)

Boron
Boron

Why dont we have the speedhunters editor of the year?

Spike4090
Spike4090

What ever class you want to put it in. The Rocket Bunny kit, will rein over all. Im gonna put it on my LGT, right after the 2JZ swap. Maybe one day. But seriously, what Muira-san created will be remembered for the rest of eternity. So my vote goes to what ever label you can put it on. Thank You sir ! ! ! !

OneGiant_Leap
OneGiant_Leap

This is my favorite Speedhunters time of year

Option86
Option86

Wow! 2013 is here already?? Man, time sure does fly! Thanks for everything SH, keep it up!

NicoAndresFariasRojas
NicoAndresFariasRojas

You take photos, prep the best shots, write, edit and publish. Sean , Dino - san & Larry Chen 

Nikhil_P
Nikhil_P

oh great!!! like last year wasnt hard enough!!! This year is just gonna be plain impossible!

willyra
willyra

Car of the Year : GT86

pidjnr
pidjnr

Magazine of the year: New Zealand Performance Car...no other magazine captures the feel and style of the modifed car scene. Driver of the year: Mad Mike Widett anyone who's seen him slide and put on a show would agree

alexflames
alexflames

Street Car Of The Year : BMW E30

Sneaky Squirrel
Sneaky Squirrel

Competition car of the year: Toyota TS030. Finally a petrol powered car capable of beating the diesels, thanks to those amazing super-capacitors and ingenious aero solutions.

Driver of the year: Fernando Alonso. The most talented driver in Formula 1.

Magazine of the year: Racecar Engineering. I don't understand everything they print (aerodynamics is a form of voodoo) but I don't know of any other publication that goes into such detail about all kinds of race cars.

JDMized
JDMized

A piece of paper DOES talk to you! In streaming your articles online, you have instant feedback (from us). In magazines, the sale increase or decrease, depending on well (or bad) you do. With that said, IMO it's good you guys stick to the net (unless you want to partner with people in the industry who actually KNOW about cars, and not so much about photography, im generalizing here, so dont take my criticism personal). Your best bet is to stick with the net, for now.

Corey K
Corey K

That said, I vote for the Toyobaru twins as "New Car of the Year", by a mile!!

robzor
robzor

never saw it until just now, it was awesome! thanks @davidvl 

Paddy McGrath
Paddy McGrath moderator

That's sort of covered under the Speedhunters Photograph of the Year.

Spike4090
Spike4090

Diago Saito ! ! ! Drifter of the year for coming over to the USA and kicking our asses in something he was definetly born to do. Slideways ! ! !

AndrewThrift
AndrewThrift

+1 for Racecar Engineering, it is an excellent publication

KLO101489
KLO101489

Racecar Engineering hands down should win for Magazine. Excellent technical editorials and a great way to keep up with current motorsport technology. It's just outrageously expensive...

JDMized
JDMized

 @KLO101489 I think it's actually cheap (here in the US we pay about $11 for an issue), but that's not the point. It is still dirt cheap considering the TON of useful information those engineers share with the public. No frills, no stupid-fake bimbos coverage, just pure automotive-tech; the way it should be!


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