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2015 OnAllCylinders Readers’ Choice Winners Revealed!


We’ve tried to make OnAllCylinders your blog.

By that we mean we’ve tried to include content that appeals to the “working class” enthusiast. Sure, we love and respect high-end builds, but we’re geared toward folks with real-world budgets who passionately build stuff in their garages and perhaps race on the weekends. In addition to creating and curating stories for the everyman, we also like to hear directly from our readers.

And that’s why we do things like the OnAllCylinders Readers’ Choice Awards.

We thank you for your participation.

Speaking of budgets, we spent all of ours on OnAllCylinders beer koozies and Funyuns so we were NOT able to get Miley Cyrus to announce our winners. You’ll have to settle for the written account below.

Best Current High Performance Car

Dodge Challenger HellcatWinner: Dodge Challenger Hellcat

Is horsepower still king? Apparently, it still is as the 707-horse Hellcat-powered Challenger finished on top of the mountain in this category. Although reports have the HEMI and Hellcat engines ceasing to exist by the end of the decade, the Challenger Hellcat has already cemented its place in hot rodding history.

Certainly this award is the crown jewel of the Fiat/Chrysler showcase.

How They Finished

  1. Challenger Hellcat
  2. Shelby GT350
  3. Corvette Z06
  4.  Camaro Z/28
  5. Dodge Viper


Best American Vehicle Make

American Make ChevyWinner: Chevrolet

And it wasn’t even close. With its new gen. 6 Camaro on the way, the highly popular Silverado ruling the truck market, and the legendary Corvette still prowling the streets and tracks, Chevrolet took home the Best American Vehicle Make for 2015.

Don’t like it?

There’s always next year, right?

How They Finished

  1. Chevrolet
  2. Ford
  3. Dodge
  4. Jeep


Best Performance Car Builder (Company)

Builder Hennessey

Winner: Hennessey Performance Engineering

Hennessey has done some amazing things to already amazing cars.

Exhibit A: a 717-horsepower Mustang GT.

Exhibit B: an 852-horse Hellcat. There are many more examples of Hennessey’s mechanical and engineering expertise.

But apparently you know all about it.

How They Finished

  1. Hennessey Performance Engineering
  2. Shelby American
  3. Factory five
  4. Lingenfelter Engineering
  5. Roush Racing


Best Performance Car Builder (Individual)

Chip Foose

Winner: Chip Foose

Ladies and gentlemen…our first OnAllCylinders repeat winner! Chip Foose won this category last year and successfully defended his title over a strong write-in campaign from the Roadkill fanatics. The Roadkill momentum isn’t surprising since they also appeal to the Joe Average enthusiast. Neither is Foose’s supremacy since he creates killer rides (see this year’s Ridler Winner.)

How They Finished

  1. Chip Foose
  2. Roadkill
  3. Ring Brothers
  4. Derek White

Best Current Performance Engine

6.2L HellcatWinner: 6.2L Hellcat

In our initial post, we asked: “Is it all about peak power? Does unique engineering matter? And how does bang-for-buck performance factor in?”

Apparently, peak power does matter.





How They Finished

  1. 6.2L Hellcat
  2. GM LT-1
  3. Coyote 5.0L
  4. Ford 5.2L (flat plane)


Best Current Model Truck

Chevrolet Silverado 1500Winner: Chevy Silverado 1500

Chevrolet takes home more hardware here as the Silverado 1500 wins a hotly contested competition. Although the margin was pretty fair, the voting numbers show this category got some of the highest participation.

How They Finished

  1. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  2. Ford F-150
  3. Ram 1500
  4. Toyota Tundra


Best New Product

MSD Atomic AirForce Intake GM LSWinner: MSD Atomic AirForce Intake GM LS

It’s good to get out of your comfort zone once in a while.

Just ask MSD Ignition.

The company with “ignition” right in its name decided to manufacturer its own intake manifold for the LS market–a pretty big departure from its traditional product mix.

LS fans have taken notice.

How They Finished

  1. MSD Atomic AirForce Intake for GM LS
  2. Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger for Jeep
  3. Holley Hydramat
  4. Aeromotive Dual Phantom Fuel System


Top Automotive Forum

Nasty Z28 forumWinner: Nasty Z/28

Nasty Z/28 appeared on the ballot as a write-in last year. In 2015 you’ve named it the top automotive forum.

How They Finished

  1. Nasty Z/28
  2. Corvette Forum
  3. H.A.M.B.
  4. YellowBullet


Best Automotive TV/Web Show

Best Tv show RoadkillWinner: Roadkill

Roadkill has been touted as the most-viewed YouTube automotive original series in the world. The show is getting its own print magazine and recently hosted the Roadkill Nights car festival at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan.

It’s already been a big year for Freiburger, Finnegan, and friends. And now an OnAllCylinders Readers Choice Award?

Where could they possibly go from here?

How They Finished

  1. Roadkill
  2. Top Gear
  3. PowerNation
  4. Fast ‘n Loud
  5. Motorweek

Best tv guy Fryberger

Top TV/Web Personality

Winner: David Freiburger

It’s a clean sweep for Roadkill.

David Freiburger takes home the award over the amicable Jeremy Clarkson and the low-key Richard Rawlings. Plus, co-host Mike Finnegan gets enough write-in votes to make the Top 5.

How They Finished

  1. David Freiburger
  2. Jeremy Clarkson
  3. Richard Rawlings
  4. Rutledge Wood
  5. Mike Finnegan


Best American Engine Swap Engine

GM LS SeriesWinner: GM LS Series

If you could swap your engine for any performance mill, what would it be? The resounding answer: a GM LS. The compact, lightweight, swap-friendly engine edged out older school entries like the Gen I small block (isn’t that kinda like beating your grandpa in pickup basketball?) and Ford Flathead.


How They Finished

  1. GM LS Series
  2. HEMI
  3. Gen I Small Chevy
  4. Ford Flathead V8
  5. Ford 5.0L Coyote

Top Industry News Story

Best News story Clarkson-doneWinner: Jeremy Clarkson Ousted from BBC

Jeremy Clarkson punched a staffer and got fired from BBC.

His consolation prize? A coveted OnAllCylinders Readers Choice Award–and about $15 million from Amazon.

How They Finished

  1. Jeremy Clarkson Ousted from BBC
  2. Larson’s S10 Becomes Fastest Street Car
  3. 6th Generation Camaro Debuts
  4. Automakers Push to Copyright Technology

Best Pony Car

1970 AAR 'CudaWinner: 1970 AAR ‘Cuda

We asked you to travel back in time and tell us the best pony car of all time. Your answer: the 1970 AAR ‘Cuda.

How They Finished

  1. 1970 AAR ‘Cuda
  2. 1965 Mustang Shelby GT350
  3. 1967 Camaro Z/28
  4. 1969 Pontiac Trans Am


Best Performance Engine Series

'65-'09 Chevy Big Block Mark IVWinner: ’65-’09 Chevy Big Block Mark IV

This category was all about big-cube, big-power engines.

We have to admit, we were a tad surprised to see the big block Chevy Mark IV edge out the venerable Gen II HEMI and legendary Ford FE engines. However, the longevity, availability, and relative affordability of the big Chevy make it a great choice.

How They Finished

  1. ’65-’09 Chevy Big Block Mark IV
  2. ’64-’71 Chrysler HEMI
  3. ’58-’76 Ford FE
  4. ’55-’77 Chrysler B/RB


OnAllCylinders Pioneer Award (Most Iconic Engine)

Small Block ChevyWinner: Small Block Chevy

It’s only right.

As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the small block Chevy engine, the legendary Mouse motor was voted as the most iconic hot rodding engine. The challenge put to you was to name the engine that most changed the way we hot rod our automotive machines.

There’s a whole list of likely reasons you picked the small block–starting here.

How They Finished

  1. Small Block Chevy
  2. Chrysler 426 HEMI
  3. Ford Flathead
  4. Oldsmobile Rocket V8
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  1. I want to thank David Fuller and On All Cylinder for including me and my shop in there selection of Best Performance Builders (Individual) All the guys that were in it are great builders just glad that someone has recognized us on the east coast it was an honor to be included the other three, Builders , Chip Foose, Roadkill and the Ring Brothers. Thank
    you Derek White. (Congrats Chip)

    • OnAllCylinders says:

      You’re welcome, Derek! We had many, many write-in votes for you even last year so you’re getting recognized.

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