Thursday, December 15, 2011

Top 10 Best Articles on RaceDriven.com written by Brian Vermette in 2011 including American Chopper, NASCAR, Corvette vs. Porsche, Justin Bieber's Caddy and taking a stand.

Welcome readers, it’s been a long and hard year for me here at RaceDriven.com that has included some ups, downs and even a hiatus breaks.

But as 2011 comes to a close in just over 2 weeks from now, here I am running strong on RaceDriven.com with some amazing traffic and discussions. Now I want to take this moment and reflect back on the top 5 best articles of 2011.

Of course this year was a little different from past years as I’ve tried and failed (trial and error) to develop two new blogs (one at a time on separate domains), one being on Tumblr and the other being on Posterous with most of the articles written on those blogs being moved here to RaceDriven.com to have a second and in most cases, successful chance (of being read).
1. American Chopper: The Build-Off - Paul Jr. Designs beats out Jesse James and OCC to win Build-Off.

While I was disappointed in this Build-Off 3 hour event, at least we got some amazing creations. But its just too bad that none of them can being ridden across country. No not even Jesse James’ bike. But this article is the most read article of 2011 on RaceDriven.com and it was only publish just over 1 week ago.
2. Congrats to Tony Stewart on winning the Ford 400 and the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.

With NASCAR arming the 2011 season with a new points system, fans got one hell of a chase that would end in a winner take all race and a tie in points for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with the tie breaker going to Tony Stewart over Carl Edwards. That was just incredible to see one of my favorite drivers Tony Stewart win his 3rd Cup Series title. What an ending to a interesting season.

3. Photography: SEMA 2011: Justin Bieber’s Batman-Themed Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.

While I don't listen to Justin Bieber's music (although I do listen to his current girlfriend Selena Gomez's music and have a crush on her), I do love cars and this custom Cadillac CTS-V Coupe that was built by West Coast Customs on Inside West Coast Customs is one hell of a ride that even I would be proud to own and drive everyday as a daily driver.

4. Photo: I spend my youth dreaming of owning a Chevrolet Corvette, not a Nissan, Mitsubishi or a Porsche.

Sorry Porsche, as much as there campaign was right that people didn’t dream of owning a Nissan or Mitsubishi, they wrong in one part, I dreamed of owning a Corvette since I was 4 or 5 years old, not a Porsche. However I do like Porsche’s.

5. My Take on Dario Franchitti- Takuma Sato incident during Indy 225 at New Hampshire and Will Power inching closer to Franchitti in 2011 IRL IndyCar Series Championship hunt.

I truly believe that 2011 IRL IndyCar Series will be remembered for the Indianapolis 500, the drama of New Hampshire and the tragic event at Las Vegas that claimed a great racecar driver. But the article link above is all about New Hampshire and its hard racing, bad and dangerous calls and two angry birds.  

6. Glad to hear Brad Keselowski walked away from a testing crash at Road Atlanta. Damn, what a hit.

2011 was a surprise type season for NASCAR that included Brad Keselowski breaking out and winning 3 races, making the chase and finishing 5th in points. Of course even with the hard crash at Road Atlanta, Keselowski won a few days later at Pocono and started a hell of a climb into making the chase. “NASCAR: Brad Keselowski goes from wreckers earlier this week to checkers at Pocono capturing his second win of 2011.”

7. American Chopper: Sr vs. Jr: Paul Jr Designs beats OCC in Cadillac Build-Off in my opinion.

Simply put, OCC just couldn’t compete with Paul Jr. Designs when it came to the Cadillac Build-Off where PJD delivered one hell of a chopper. There is no other way to say it in my opinion, PJD delivered period.

8. NASCAR: Drivers just can’t handle “Boy’s Have at it” and “I’ve had it” with this “hook racing”, time for some real rules from NASCAR.

2010 and 2011 will be remember for many things, but one in particular is NASCAR’s lack of rules and caring when it comes to drivers and there new saying “Boy’s Have at it”. Both seasons where a turn off in this area for me and I’m disappointed with NASCAR for it.

9. Made in America does mean something especially when buying a car.

Made in America, we need more of it.

10. From RaceDriven to Arcadia: Time for you to learn the difference between discussion comments and spam (advertisement) comments.

Finally, this one was written on a day when I was at a point where I (as a blogger) had enough with junk comments and spam and decided to tell one person (who just kept coming) just how I felt. It was also the day that finally started to look at disabling comments and as 2011 comes to end, comments has been disabled on RaceDriven.com and wouldn’t return.
Damn, what a year 2011 was, a year filled with trial and error, heart breaking decisions, drama, bring lost (blogging wise) and yet exciting at the same time and while I don’t know what 2012 may bring. I’m still happy with the outcome of 2011 here at RaceDriven.com especially the American Chopper articles.

To me, blogging is all about having a voice, being heard and everyday therapy and I can honestly say, this year, RaceDriven.com has given me that even if I went on a long journey to find that out. Thanks readers for a good year.

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