And you responded.
For the past two weeks you’ve given your opinions on everything from the best engines to the best automotive forums and television shows. Those opinions determined the winners of the first annual OnAllCylinders Reader’s Choice Awards, which covered 14 different categories.
As expected, your opinions didn’t always line up with the four nominees in each category. And you weren’t afraid to channel your inner Kanye West and tell us why our choices were wrong, either. That’s why we’ve decided to note some of the top write-in vote-getters with each category below.
The winners are…
Winner: Big Block Chevrolet (396-454)
Where’s the Boss? What about the big block Buick and Oldsmobile? You sort of cared, but it really didn’t matter because the big block Bowtie reigned supreme over the second place 426 HEMI in this vote.
Top Write-Ins: Ford Boss 429, Ford 385, Oldsmobile 455
Winner: 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
Clearly, you liked the Chevrolet Camaro (even if many don’t consider it a muscle car). The many different years and designs–COPO, Yenko, etc.–added up to a second-place finish.
Top Write-Ins: 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro, 1969 Chevelle SS396, 1964 Pontiac GTO
Winner: LS1 Tech
Two things were clear: 1) LS1 Tech was your winner, and 2) you really don’t care about forums as this was our lowest voted-on category.
Top Write-Ins: Nasty Z/28
“Why is propane injection even on here,” one reader asked. We added it to round out our field of four nominees–and it finished right behind stickers/decals for best power adder.
Top Write-Ins: Stickers/decals
Winner: Pro Street
Wasn’t Pro Street pronounced dead several years ago? Nope–not according to you. In fact, this genre is still a crowd pleaser, at least among our readers.
Nominees: Pro Street (1), Pro Touring (2), Rat-Rod (3), Restoration (4)
Top Write-Ins: Resto-mod, Gasser
Winner: Gen I Small Block Chevrolet
It’s not fancy, but the Gen I small block Chevy remains the everyman’s engine. There’s about a gazillion available–roughly one for every vote the venerable engine received by readers.
Winner: 1970 Chevelle SS454
Thank goodness for 1970. This year gave us the best in 1970s muscle cars–before the gas crisis and emissions rules made things all weird.
Top Write-Ins: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, 1970 Pontiac GTO
Winner: Top Gear BBC
The original Top Gear heads the list of best television shows, according to readers, but we’re still big Rutledge fans around here. Just sayin’.
Top Write-Ins: Roadkill, Street Outlawz, Counting Cars
We were going for budget bolt-on modifications here, and you chose headers as the winner. However, many of you astutely pointed out that all four of our nominees together would be the best bang-for-buck modification of all.
Top Write-Ins: Supercharger, all of the above
Winner: Dodge Challenger SRT
Lots of fighting between Ford and Chevy guys, along with the new SRT Hellcat, helped make the Challenger SRT the king of late-model muscle.
Top Write-Ins: Ford Shelby GT500, Camaro Z/28
Is a name more synonymous with hot rodding than Edelbrock? You didn’t think so.
Winner: RAM 2500 with Cummins diesel
There are lots of exciting things going on with the pickup truck market, but the RAM 2500 with Cummins diesel engine got you most excited. Not bad for a make that didn’t exist on its own just a decade ago.
Top Write-Ins: Ford non-Ecoboost, Toyota models
Best Current Hot Rod Builder
Winner: Chip Foose
Star power helps. Chip Foose won this thing in a runaway, but guys like Fast n Loud’s Aaron Kaufman, Roadkills’ David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, and even Danny Koker of Counting Cars fame got significant write-in votes.
Nominees: Chip Foose (1), Troy Trepanier (2), Denny Terzich, Jr. (3), JF Launier (4)
Top Write-Ins: Ring Brothers, Aaron Kaufman, David Freiburger/Mike Finnegan
Winner: Carroll Shelby
It’s hard to argue with any of our nominees–or your winner, Carroll Shelby. Icon.
Nominees: Carroll Shelby (1), Don Garlits (2), Wally Parks (4), Vic Edelbrock, Sr. (3)
Top Write-Ins: Smokey Yunick, Don Yenko, Henry Ford