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Best of SA 2009

Best of 2009 

Complete List of Winners

Mini Me (for mommy and daddy's little darlings)

You Turn Me On ( and sometimes off)

You've Been Served (order up!)

Vice and Virtue (round up the usual suspects!)

Shop Till You Drop (bagging the best bargains)

Working-Class Heroes (we salute you)

Special Places (deep in our hearts)









Who picked these winners? You did, silly. And if you didn’t, it’s your own fault. The paper ballot ran for four weeks straight in the paper, and was available online, too. Keep an eye out for next year’s readers’ poll. It’ll open in late February, close in late March, and include several new categories. The capsules and short stories honoring your selections were written mostly by staff, with the assistance of dedicated freelancers Leigh Baldwin and Ron Bechtol.

Speaking of which, how do I nominate a category? Email your suggestions for new Best of SA categories to Jeremy Martin, If you’re the first reader to suggest a category that we use for next year, you’ll receive an invitation to our Best of SA party.

Why don’t all categories list second- and third-place winners? In most cases, it means that more than two winners tied for the second- and/or third-place slots. In many of those instances, there were four or more winners for a slot, which makes it impractical to list all of them, and dilutes the purpose of a readers’ poll.

What happened in the YouTube and Social Media Phenom categories? While there were many votes in those categories, in the first instance they failed to produce a clear winner, and in the second, it seems we weren’t specific enough about our intentions. The results, in order, were: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace. We were looking for a local online networker. Our bad; we’ll be clearer next year.

Why Lowriders? Aren’t you the global-warming watchdogs?Lowriders are all about form over function. They’re beautiful, impractical art that is the antithesis of mainstream American car culture, with its emphasis on speed and commuting. They are what we hope all cars will one day become: lavish hobbies to polish on the weekend and celebrate with friends, rather than crutches we use to hobble hurriedly from one obligation to the next. Meet the craftsmen (and woman) behind our models, online at

Meet the Cars and Drivers:

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)



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