As the final article of what has been an unprecedented year hopefully never to be repeated, at the goading of a good friend, I’ve put together a short 2020 awards list covering the automotive universe in general. In putting the awards list together, I would like to first acknowledge that I have no real basis to be doing so (that’s better left up to the professional journalist who actually know what they are doing) and therefore I’ve taken a different approach that may just amuse only me. Please excuse some of the more esoteric references.
Sean Spicer Inaugural Crowd Size Award goes to Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman of Aston Martin for his claim that “demand right now is phenomenal” while offering zero facts to back it up. (Spicer was Trump’s first Press Secretary)
Margaret Thatcher Unceremoniously Dumped Trophy goes to Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari. Ferrari had decided to move on from the four-time world champion well before he was informed that they would not be offering him a new contract after this season. Just to add insult to injury, Ferrari tried to spin it that the decision to part ways was mutual. (Thatcher was dumped as Prime Minister by the Conservative Party after a 10 year
The Marshal Blücher Battle of Waterloo Award goes to the Aston Martin DBX, unlike Marshal Blücher, who’s timely arrival on the field of battle turned the tide in favor of the Duke of Wellington and the Allied Armies, it’s still unclear if the DBX will save Aston Martin but at least its finally shown up…….….unlike the Valkyrie.
The Coco Chanel “Imitation is the highest form of flattery” Pin goes to Ferrari for the Roma. The Roma has to be the best looking “Aston Martin” launched in the past decade.
The Dutch Tulipmania Balloon goes to Tesla. Tesla’s market cap of $669 Billion is now more than GM, Ford, FCA, Toyoda, Nissan, BMW, and Daimler AG (Mercedes Benz) combined. Tesla has roughly a 0.45% share of the global new car market.
The David vs. Goliath Award (also known as the Eli Manning vs. Tom Brady Superbowl Trophy) goes to Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus for not only showing up at this year’s 24 Hours Nürburgring race with the SCG 004C which had just been built, but also announcing they would be racing at Le Mans in 2021 in the new top class LMH category with the SCG 007.
The Chris Harris Ferrari Treatment Plaque (see: Harris Banned by Ferrari) goes to the McLaren 765LT. On a side note, it seems like Chris has been less complimentary of McLaren’s new cars since he moved at the beginning of 2019 from racing a McLaren 650 GT3 to an Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
The Chrysler Building Award goes to McLaren for putting the McLaren Technology Center up for sale. (Chrysler sold the iconic Chrysler building the year after it was completed).
The Golden Turtle goes to GM for the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette. It took GM only 47 years to make the same transition from front to mid-engine supercars that Ferrari undertook when the 365 GT4/BB replaced the 365 GTB/4 Daytona in 1973. The runner up for the Golden Turtle is Aston Martin with the V12 Speedster. Making sure that it is not only coming “last” but also making sure its “least”, coming after both the Ferrari Monza SP1 & SP2 and the McLaren Elva.
The Golden Rabbit goes to McLaren which churned out an unprecedented number of new hyper and limited-edition cars in 2020 including the Elva, Speedtail, Sabre, and 765LT.
The Jamie Dimon Award for Getting Fired and Moving Up goes to Sergio Perez who after getting dumped by Racing Point, now finds himself in a Red Bull seat for 2021. (Jamie Dimon, currently the Chairman & CEO of JPMorgan Chase, was fired by Citibank in 1998. JPMorgan Chase is the largest of the US Big Four Banks and Citibank is the smallest)
The Dwayne Haskins Metal for Underwhelming Performance (formerly the Ryan Leaf & Johnny Manziel Award) goes to the BMW i8 and Alfa Romeo 4C. Like Haskins, both have been cut by their manufacturers in 2020 after not living up to their launch hype. (Haskins, Manziel, & Leaf are all American Football Quarterbacks)
On a slightly more serious note, there are a few supercars that have been launched this year that definitely caught my attention for better or worse:
And so, 2020 finally comes to a close. To use a past quote from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, this has been a Annus horribilis. We wish everyone a better, happier, and healthy 2021.
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