What a hoot!

2009-12-05 13:20

UNLESS you are still driving your mom’s 1990

Toyota Conquest chances are you had a say in choosing your current ride.

From its colour and size to its torque figures your faithful set of wheels

says a lot about who you really are.

Just ask the more than 6 000 South Africans who voted in the

Wheels24 2009 Alternative Car of the Year Awards (Acoty) between November 9 and


Crowning the cars they thought most loudly screamed Jock, Frock or

Chop, the fourth annual awards mean that those driving the three winning cars

will be unable to hide their inner Vernon Koekemoer, Joost van der Westhuizen or

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert any longer.

Wheels24 news editor Hailey Philander says everyone knows a Slick

Rick whose hair complements the shine on his Audi A5’s bonnet.

“Or a male colleague who shows just a little too much interest in

the ladies’ lipstick and suspiciously drives a Mini Cooper Cabriolet,” says


“Acoty is a little tongue-in-cheek humour that pokes fun at these

stereotypes found on our roads,” she adds.

Leaving the competition in their dust, a resounding winner was

voted for by South African car fanatics in the Jock, Frock, and Chop categories.

They are:

  • Frock (aka Gay Car

    of the Year): Peugeot 308 Coupe-Cabriolet

The French know a lot about a few things such as food and wine but

they keep their real flair for their metalwork. This Frenchy loves to come out

to play when the sun is out, the ocean breeze is tickling and the boulevard

becomes a stage.

  • Jock (aka Straight

    Car of the Year): Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

The ultimate man machine may have a little

padding around the centre but that doesn’t mean it isn’t able to trek across the

Kalahari on a whim or zip off to Vilanculos for a beach break.

  • Chop (aka Middle Finger Car of the

    Year): VW

    Golf GTI

Boy racers unite! Great performance coupled with a superb driving

experience, the definitive hot hatch is back. It’s all about the finer things in

life, like having nice mags and sufficient speed for those all-important

robot-to-robot dashes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make it any less awesome for

those who just want a great hot hatch.

“South Africans

have had their say,” says Philander. “So, until the next Acoty, if you drive a

Peugeot 308, Toyota Prado or VW Golf GTI, don’t be surprised if you get a few

wolf whistles or hoots from ­fellow drivers on the road this ­summer.”

“With its online community of more than 170 000 motoring

enthusiasts the Acoty winners were chosen by these same fans and the wider South

African public, chances are there’s a little truth to it!” quips


The winners were chosen from a line-up of five cars. This is how

the voting went:


VW Golf GTI:

2 226

Nissan GT-R:

1 862

Subaru Impreza WRX:


Mazda3 MPS: 846

Renault Twingo

RS 541


Toyota Prado:

1 910

VW Scirocco:

1 547

Nissan 370Z:

1 286

Audi Q5: 1 050

Kia Soul: 588


Peugeot 308

Coupe-Cabriolet: 2 041

Mini Cooper Cabriolet:

1 839

BMW Z4: 1 232

Audi A5 cabriolet:


Alfa Romeo MiTo:



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