My personal picks on the Speedhunters Awards 2010

Another year had passed, and since I posted my personal picks on the 2009 Speedhunter Awards, I thought I should do the same for last year as well!

Now where should I start, 2010 definitely had a lot more categories compared to previous year, I’ll just go with the same flow with the site then, so here goes!

Concept Car of the Year

My pick goes to Mazda Shinari.

Mazda Shinari

I’ve always been a fan of the Mazda RX-7, like many have mentioned, RX-7 is still one of the best timeless design sports car for today, I’m really hoping Mazda will come up with a true RX-7 successor.  IMO this Shinari concept is looking promising and definitely going at the right direction.  On a side note, FT-86 was not on the nomination list last year, if it did, I’d definitely pick it again, no doubt, LOL!

Retro Car of the Year

My pick goes to Rocky Auto Full Carbon S30.

Rocky Auto Full Carbon S30

I love the S30 body style, and I’m also a fan of merging old school rides with modern parts, full carbon? Check!  TE37V? Check!  What’s not to love?

New Car of the Year

My pick goes to the McLaren MP4-12C.

McLaren MP4-12C

Pretty easy pick for me, since McLaren F1 was one of the very first cars that redefined the term ‘Super’ cars!  As a successor to the mighty F1, yep, I definitely think it deserves to be the best new car for 2010.

Race Car of the Year

My pick goes to Honda’s Super-GT HSV-010 GT.

HSV-010 GT

Yummy yes, it’s only a matter of time the HSV will be converted into a full out production super car, it’d be a worthy successor to the NSX!

Demo Car of the Year

My pick goes to Team Need For Speed RTR-X.

Team NFS RTR-X

I have to agree with SpeedHunters on this one, I’ve read every single WIP post from Vaughn on this ride and it always amazed me at how bad*ss this american muscle was been built, the car is still undergoing some fine tuning before it’s going to hit the track and cause havoc, but hey, this is the Demo Car of the Year award, I think I made a fair choice.

Street Car of the Year

My pick goes to A Fast Road Mazda RX-7.

A Fast Road Mazda RX-7

I’ve said it before, RX-7 is one of my all time favorite rides, my dream street ride would definitely be looking a lot like this Fast Road RX-7, too beautiful, too jealous!

Reader’s Car of the Year

My pick goes to Raymond Hu’s S15.

Raymond Hu's S15

Black on black themed Silvia S15, fantastic!  S15 is my favorite Silvia among the other variants, and Raymond’s S15 is definitely making me feel very envious!

Rat of the Year

My pick goes to Motorfix Corolla Sedan.

Motorfix Corolla Sedan

It’s a close call between the Wagon and the Sedan for me though, but eventually I opt for the Sedan.  The Motorfix Corollas may look like crap, but man do they tear up the Japan tracks like there’s no tomorrow!  Now that is how you drive your rat mobile!

Street Drift Car of the Year

My pick goes to WKD Imports JZX100.

WKD Import JZX100

To me, a street drift car needs to look proper on the streets, I’m a fan of clean looking rides, and this JZX100 definitely meets the criteria, the exterior mods are subtle at best, and best of all, the car has a comfy interior (which is very important since you’d be spending a lot of time on the roads in this car) but with a monstrous engine to make it an interesting sleeper as well, my kind of street drift car!

Pro Drift Car of the Year

My pick goes to Vaughn Gittin Jr. Ford Mustang.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Ford Mustang

Again this is pretty much a no brainer for me, Professional drifting is all about serious business, being competitive and most importantly, results.  VG Jr. Mustang was on fire during the 2010 season, not only is VG Jr. a great drift driver but his Monster Mustang was also performing top notch, allowing him to grab the 2010 Championship title.  I’m pretty sure VG Jr. and his Mustang can take on the best D1GP drivers without much sweat!

Champion of the Year

My pick goes to Sebastian Vettel.

Sebastian Vettel - F1 World Champion 2010

The youngest driver ever to win a F1 World Championship Title?  Heck Yeah!

Event of the Year

My pick goes to the Autumn Drift Matsuri.

Autumn Drift Matsuri

I’m a huge drift fan myself, I drive a crappy Charmant that attempts to drift every once in a while but can never keep the car in good shape, and Drift Matsuri is definitely the most desired events to attend for all drifters alike.  I understand it’d be impossible to even drive my Charmant there, but one can always dream…

Moment of the Year

My pick goes to the D1 Resignation Announcement from Daijiro and Keiichi.

Daijiro Inada resigning from D1GP

We all knew D1GP was going downhill few years back, and we’ve seen and heard at too many weird and bad calls from the D1GP judges, but then I was never prepared for this shocking news!  I won’t be going into details, but I’m definitely looking forward in seeing what new series Daijiro and Keiichi have come up for 2011, as well as how different D1GP would be this year without these two juggernauts of the Drifting scene.

Personality of the Year

My pick goes to Fredric Aasbo.

Fredric Aasbo

This fella was on fire and never fails to impress EVERYONE when he’s on the track with his busted up Supra, not only is the Supra almost stock, but he’s a foreigner and running low on funds, a privateer that almost eliminated some of the FD top guns, Fredric Aasbo is a beast, and my pick for the Personality of 2010.

And that wraps up my personal picks on last year’s Speedhunters Awards, if you haven’t noticed, I skipped the ‘Speedhunters Car of the Year’, simply because it was pretty irrelevant as none of the car listed in that nomination appealed to me, so I might as well just forget about it.  Anyways, hope you enjoyed this post and if you also have a list of your own, please share them! (although it might be a bit too late as we’re already half way through January…  XD )

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