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Announcing the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards: The Last 50 Years Edition

In honor of our favorite automotive parts company’s 50th anniversary, we’re looking at half-a-century of automotive history in this year’s edition of our fabled Readers’ Choice Awards

Want to participate?

Here’s how:

  • Write your choices for each category in the comments section below (and yes, write-ins are welcome!).
  • Vote on each individual category as it’s shared on the OnAllCylinders Facebook page.
  • Vote on each individual category as it’s shared on Summit Racing’s Facebook page.

As always, if you disagree with any of the entries below, you can write-in what you thinks better deserves a place on the ballot.


2018 Readers Choice Award Nominees


Best Special Edition Vehicle

From corporate office trickery to the most powerful factory muscle car ever built, the last fifty years have had their fair share of special edition rides. Make no mistake, these aren’t just fancy trim packages–these cars are back up their rarity with tire-melting performance.

  • 1969 Camaro ZL1
  • 2011 Corvette Z06
  • 2000 SVT Cobra R
  • 2013 Shelby GT500
  • 2018 Dodge Demon


Best New Aftermarket Part

The gearhead community is based on the idea of making things better, faster, and stronger. As a result, we’ve enjoyed thousands of new parts promising to deliver improved performance, whether it’s a quicker ET, improved fuel economy, or easier starting.

  • MSD Ignition
  • NOS Nitrous System
  • Flowmaster 40-Series Muffler
  • Hypertech Computer Chip
  • ACCEL DFI System


Best Summit Racing Project Vehicle

Our pals over at Summit Racing have had some pretty outstanding project cars since the Company’s launch in 1968. From Porsche-clone kit cars to all-wheel-drive hot rods, it was tough to narrow the list down to just five. Which one is your favorite?

  • QuadraDeuce
  • QuickStang
  • Laser 917
  • Police DARE Car
  • Factory 5 Mk. IV


Best Automotive Spokesperson

Who better to tell you about a cars merits’ than a paid (or fictional) spokesperson, right? There’s been no shortage of characters over the past century, and it’s tough not to hear them spout your favorite automotive slogans—but which one gets the nod in the Reader’s Choice awards?

  • Joe Isuzu (Isuzu)
  • Lee Iacocca (Chrysler)
  • Mike Rowe (Ford)
  • Ricardo Montalban (Chrysler)
  • Dr. Z (Daimler-Chrysler)


Best Truck


This is always one of the most hard-fought categories. Loyalties run deep, and a heated debate is bound to ensue here. Ford vs. Chevy – American vs. Import – On-Road vs. Off – Diesel vs. Gas…what will be the deciding factor in this year’s epic debate.

  • Toyota Pickup 4×4
  • Ford F-150 Ecoboost
  • Dodge/Ram Cummins Turbodiesel
  • Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
  • Chevrolet Silverado


Best Muscle Car

Let’s get the semantics out of the way—we know that, technically speaking the Mustang and Barracuda aren’t ‘”Muscle Cars.” That aside, every one of these finalists represents an American automotive performance icon. The question you need to ask, is which one is the most significant.

  • Pontiac GTO
  • Chevy Chevelle
  • Dodge Charger
  • Ford Mustang
  • Plymouth Barracuda


Best Movie Chase Scene

Busting through roadblocks, hopping railroad tracks, and skidding through turns—we all know the best part of any movie is when a hot car gets a chance to squeal its tires in desperation. But there have been a ton of good flicks over the past 50 years, so we don’t envy you for having to pick just one.

  • “Bullitt”
  • “Smokey and the Bandit”
  • “Blues Brothers”
  • “Vanishing Point”
  • “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior”


Best Movie Car

Not unlike our “Best Chase Scene” category, we love it when the hero of a movie has four wheels and flame-spitting exhausts. We may not be able to name any of this year’s Oscar winners, but we could probably tell you what car they drove in the film. What’s your favorite? (And don’t forget, write-ins are welcome!)

  • 1970 Dodge Charger R/T – “The Fast and the Furious”
  • 1955 Chevy 150 – “Two Lane Blacktop”
  • 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 – “Bullitt”
  • 1967 Shelby Cobra GT500 – “Gone in 60 Seconds” (2000)
  • 1977 Pontiac Trans Am – “Smokey and the Bandit”


Best Racing Movie 

On rare occasions we watch a movie for its plot, rather than gratuitous stunts and explosions. The films below actually combine the cinematic art of visual storytelling with wicked-awesome hot rods and race cars. Grab some popcorn, watch them all, and tell us which one you prefer.

  • “Days of Thunder”
  • “Two Lane Blacktop”
  • “Le Mans”
  • “The Fast and the Furious”
  • “Cars”


Best Race Livery

‘Livery’ is a very fancy word to describe a race car’s paint job. Some of these schemes are tied to a driver, while others a car, and still others to a race series. These liveries evolved beyond a simple sponsorship deal to become true works of art.

  • STP
  • Martini & Rossi
  • Castrol
  • Gulf
  • John Player Special


Best Automotive Innovation

Automobiles are not immune to the the ever-increasing march of technology. Though some may pine for the days of points ignition and crank windows, most gearheads embrace innovation. Look at these breakthroughs and tell us which one has had the greatest impact on civilization.

  • Airbags
  • Global Position System
  • OBD I/OBD II Standards
  • Hybrid Gas/Electric Drivertrains
  • Computerized Anti-Lock Brakes


Best Sports Car

Sports cars have come a long way since the early elbow-dragging roadsters of postwar Europe. Though more powerful and feature-laden than their earlier brethren, these cars never strayed far from the lightweight and nimble ethos of their predecessors.

  • Chevy Corvette
  • Mazda Miata
  • Dodge Viper
  • Nissan Z
  • Porsche 911



Best Off-Roader

Prefer dirt to asphalt? These rides proved that going fast isn’t everything, sometimes traversing the proverbial “road less traveled” is way more fun.  Every off-roader in this category has a rich history coupled with a reputation for go anywhere, anytime tenacity.

  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Suzuki Samurai/Tracker
  • Land Rover Discovery
  • Mercedes G-Series



Best New Engine

Think there’s nothing new going on with the internal combustion engine? With all the talk electric cars are getting, it’s easy to overlook the continual evolution of the piston power. There’s a pair of straight-sixes, two V8s, a diesel, and a Wankel on the list, so choose wisely.

  • Jeep 4.0L H.O.
  • GM 5.7L LS1
  • Mazda 13B Renesis
  • Ford 5.0L Coyote
  • Cummins 5.9L 6BT





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  1. 2018 Dodge Demon
    NOS Nitrous System
    Factory 5 Mk. IV
    Lee Iacocca (Chrysler)
    Dodge/Ram Cummins Turbodiesel
    Plymouth Barracuda
    1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 – “Bullitt”
    “Le Mans”
    Porsche 911
    Jeep Wrangler
    Ford 5.0L Coyote

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