To close out 2014, we’re going to review the ten posts that you liked, shared and commented on most often this year, based on our web traffic:
Number 10: Burt Reynolds’ Sad Yard Sale
There’s a lot of things we’d love to own, but the “Burt Reynolds” nameplate from Office Max that sat on Burt’s desk probably isn’t one of them. Oh, but he was selling his Trans Am, which generated almost half a million dollars and a ton of traffic when we wrote about it.
Number 9: The Hennessey Venom GT
The Hennessey Venom GT is a tire-smoldering, donut-burning, flag-waving thumb in the eye to every supercar the world has to offer. The video of the Venom GT in action had a ton of people excited this year.
Number 8: Dodge Challenger Hellcat Video
When I ran BestRide’s Vice President and Managing Director Dave Prock around the track at Monticello Motorsport Club in the Challenger Hellcat, he literally ripped the crotch of his pants. If that doesn’t tell you something about the car, nothing else will.
Number 7: Massachusetts’ Acceptance of Fuel Pump Clips
Ever since the first self-service gas stations became popular in the 1970s, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has banned the little hold-open clips on the back of the gas pump. Changes in the fire code in 2015 will allow those clips, meaning that Bay Staters can fill the tank without their hands freezing off in the winter.
Number 6: Chrysler Kills the Pentastar Logo
On October 17, 2014, Chrysler ceased being Chrysler, officially jettisoning its stately Pentastar logo, and opting instead for the lame FCA logo, which looks like it might represent a Chinese company that makes cheap air conditioners. Sad day. You responded.
Number 5: Ringbrothers’ Recoil Chevelle from SEMA
We write a lot about everyday cars here at BestRide, but when we wrote about the 980hp 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle that Ringbrothers built for the SEMA show this October, you guys went bananas.
Number 4: VIDEO: Chevy Sends Corvairs to the Amazon
When you spend hours and hours watching YouTube videos, occasionally you stumble on something you never saw before. That was the case with this amazing trip the marketing department at Chevrolet launched in 1961, an incredible slog through the Darien Gap to prove the new Corvair’s mettle. Nobody does this stuff anymore.
Number 3: 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Bullitt
It’s a great movie with tons of trivia you probably do know about, but there’s also a fair bit that you’d have to be a film student to get. We put a video together that uncovers a lot of it.
Number 2: VIDEO: Hot Laps in the Alfa Romeo 4C
This was kind of a surprise. We love the Alfa Romeo 4C, but it’s not exactly a household name. From the minute we posted this video, though, you all responded. It’s a great car on the street, but on the track, it’s a whole different story.
Number 1: 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Smokey and the Bandit
Off the charts. Crazy. Tens of thousands of views. From the minute we posted it, this video about the mother of all goofy car movies went nuts. Given the subject of two of our top ten stories this year, we’re thinking about changing the name of the site to “BurtsRide.com”
It’s been a great 2014, and we’re looking forward to a HUGE 2015. Thanks for spending some time with us. We couldn’t do this without your enthusiasm.