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Car of The Year 2014

We will drive the winner of next year's award

29/09/2013 10:21 | Comments: 

Contributing editor

Sipi is a fairy who hangs above us like a huge, ever-smiling, men’s fragrance-smelling umbrella. He can be called anytime, anywhere to lend a helping hand, and he’ll be there in an hour with one of his Transits for sure. A dangerously maniac car collector (the street in front of his house is full of his vehicles), a radio-control and model car freak, Sipos is a Swiss knife made of human flesh. Totalcar is just one job amongst his zillion occupations, but he endears it the most. Lives with a girlfriend and two dogs.

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  • Mitsubishi Sigma 3.0 24V (1992)
  • Mazda 323 TXL 4WD (1990)
  • 4 long-nose Transits (a 4x4 fire engine, a fire department staff car, an ex-Irish ambulance and an extremely oversized panel van, 1980-1984)
  • Dacia 1300 (1975, being restored)
  • Ford Capri 2.9i (1982)
  • Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 4.5 (1972)
  • Ford Sierra Tournier 2.9i drift-car (1992)
  • Mazda 121 4dr (1993)
  • Suzuki VS1400 Intruder (1989)
  • Suzuki GSX 750 New Katana (1984)
  • Kawasaki Z1000 Police (1993)
  • Aprilia Habana (2000)
  • Volga M24 wagon (1984)
  • Ural M62 (1968, in pieces)
Today three members of the editorial staff will arrive to Tannisby, where the judges of the Car of The Year get a chance to test all contestants for next year's award. Our colleague, Zsolt Csikós, member of the COTY-jury since last year was invited to the event to take a closer look at the cars.

Zsolt and Tibor Papp already did the “Tannistest” last year.  There were 34 cars on the list, but this contest is similar to that of Christopher Lambert in the movie “Highlander”: there can be only one! All the cars having a real chance to get in the top seven were tested scrupulously. The one awarded as Car of The Year was picked from this group of seven by the members. It was the Volkswagen Golf.

Serious injury of Zsolt Csikós - caused by the trunk of a Clio
Serious injury of Zsolt Csikós - caused by the trunk of a Clio

Zsolt even got injured during the process, slamming the trunk of a Clio on his finger. No wonder he was so inattentive, there were only four days to test all the cars, time was short and everyone was in a hurry.

This year there will be three of us involved in the testing, with me helping Zsolt and Tibor during this marathon. We hope that we won't suffer any injuries this time and will manage to keep you updated.

Tibor Papp driving a camouflaged Kia Pro_cee'd GT
Tibor Papp driving a camouflaged Kia Pro_cee'd GT

Stay tuned, we will come back every day with the latest news on the “Tannistest”!

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