From hipster racism to Honey Boo Boo, and Sarah Phillips to John McAfee, it's been quite a year. For your viewing pleasure, here is a look back at a year in Gawker Media longreads.
Here at Jalopnik, we bring you stories from across the globe, from the Nürburgring to the Baja to Colombia and Sicily. But arguably no other place brought us (and you) as much joy as Florida, the largest hotbed of wackiness in these United States. Here are our favorites this year.
Looking over the list of our 100 most popular posts of 2012 I was pleased to see that generally, you liked what we liked. Most of our list of favorite longreads of the year show up here, along with the much shorter posts we also loved. Almost all of the posts are new ones, but the occasional old story or random one…
People are more interesting than cars. It's a basic premise that guides a lot of our coverage and differentiates us from other publications. A Shelby GT40 is a beautiful piece of machinery, but it's so much better if you know who Carroll Shelby and Dan Gurney are. A Lamborghini is a way for some to show off, but it's…
This being my first season on the Jalopnik staff, I've had the unique power to finagle my way behind the tillers of a wider array of interesting cars than I ever thought possible.
Watching most car racing in person is nearly impossible, which is why most of us watch it on a TV... when the events are televised. These are the best racing moments we saw that almost no one else did.
It's starting to feel like the main reason publications indulge in Car Of The Year awards is so the winning automaker will put their name in a bunch of advertisements, making the publication feel like a big shot. At Jalopnik, we don't buy in to this. We receive hand jobs from our partners, not from the automakers.
It's been a real juicy peach of a year for sports cars. And I don't just mean the ones that feel like you're driving with oven mitts on. I mean the ones that have the crackly goodness a sports car should have.
In the past, the coveted Travis Okulski Award For Best Car I've Driven This Year would go to the only car I drove: My Miata.
It will come as no surprise to hear that in this line of work we get to drive some pretty badass cars. At the same time, sometimes, juuuuust sometimes, we are handed the keys to a car that is — how do I put this gently? Crap.
Before I started my brave new life writing here at Jalopnik, I used to do my end-of-year, cars-I've-driven reviews at Macarthur Park in Los Angeles, to a collected crowd of sleeping vagrants and loud, opinionated ducks.
End-of-year awards tend to be impersonal and predictable, so we've left it open to our contributors to interpret the question: what are the best and the worst cars you've driven this year? Let's see what we get. Feel free to add your own to the list.
We launched our new review system this year by claiming that car reviews generally suck and we'd do our best to fix them. Our solution? A new format that gives a tangible number enthusiast's could use to decide how worthy a vehicle was of ownership.