Cars with personality

2012-02-17 07:34

In two weeks’ time, the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists will announce the Car of the Year for 2011. Soon after that, motoring website Wheels24 will announce its Alternative Car of the Year.
I took a peek at the nominees for the Jock, Chop and Frock categories, and picked my own winners.


The macho vehicles for the guys who would rather be bundu-bashing or clocking up lap times on a racetrack.

Nominees: Audi A6, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, McLaren MP4-12C and Chevrolet Ute

My winner: McLaren MP4-12C

There isn’t a better car to try to attempt seven-time Formula1 champion

Michael Schumacher’s lap times on a Formula1 track.

It’s made for

eating up the asphalt. The MP4-12C is so sexy and exclusive, everyone

will think the driver must be some hot movie star.

And if you are not,

there’ll be panty-throwers and bra-autograph seekers waiting in the

parking lot!


This is for the guys who treat roads like racetracks and indicators as

optional extras. The car nominees represent the vehicles that may cause

heads to shake when you pass.

Nominees: BMW 1 Series M Coupé, BMW 1 Series, Chevrolet Orlando, Lexus CT200h and Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

My winner: BMW 1 Series M Coupé

Any car with an M badge brings along road hog status. It comes with the

package of wanting to be seen and driving like, well, a complete chop.

There is also a limited number of these cars in the country, so you will be joining an elite club of 70. Go on, you have permission to be a complete jerk!

Frock car drivers are fabulous with vehicles to match their out-and-proud personality.

Nominees: Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Mini Coupé, Peugeot 508, SmartForTwo Cabriolet and Toyota FJ Cruiser.

My winner: SmartForTwo Cabriolet

The only cabriolet in which jocks and chops should not be seen in, as it’ll tarnish their macho reputations.

The Smart Cabriolet is half the size of the average car and perfect for people who have bigger personalities than parking abilities.

If a guy came to see me in this, I’d beat him up with a pink two-ply tissue!

» Wheels24 will announce the winning Alternative Car of the Year 2012 on March 5

» I’m on twitter @SpeedQueen

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