Top 10 builds of 2012

Everyone else seems to be doing it, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon. I’ve never done a “top 10” or “best of” list, but I like the idea of it, so I’ve just checked through my stats to find out which builds received the most amount of hits over the past 12 months…

10. Starting off the list is the LS3 NC MX5 posted in back Feburary. Not much was left of the original NC, but the end result was one of the toughest late-model MX5’s I’ve ever seen.

9. Next up was the aptly named Upstairs Audi Quattro, a build that started out on the second floor of the owners garage.

8. Coming in at number 8 is the Twins Turbo Motorsports Viper, definitely an extravagant build from every angle.

7. The number 7 spot wasn’t actually a build thread at all, but rather a spotlight on the shenanigans taking place at Area 52, an ever-growing communal garage and hangout spot in the UK.

6. Next in line was an engineering masterpiece, the 4-Rotor FC RX7, proving that people love the technical nitty gritty.

5. Half way now, number 5 was taken by one of my favourite builds of the year, the WRX-powered tube-framed Porsche 914. I still love the way the front and rear ends are detachable from the center tub.

4. Getting closer to the top, number 4 – the Lifted MKV Golf – was definitely a hit with readers, showing that taking a different approach to a popular platform really gets peoples attention.

3. Inside the top 3 now, the third spot belonged to the Teenage Dirtbag – NA MX5, a build undertaken by someone I’ll gladly call a build thread expert, Bruce (a.k.a. Mystery Machine) who coincidentally is the man behind Area 52, as seen a few spots back in number 7.

2. Taking 2nd was a budget race car, the BMW E30 V8 $2010 Challenge, featured almost 1 year ago. This (and many other popular builds) proves the point that a big budget does not necessarily equal a good build thread.

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1. Top honours for 2012, with just shy of 20,000 views in under 10 months was the bright green and very wide Subaru powered Porsche Boxster. With a hero image like the one above, who couldn’t help but click on it?

That rounds out the top 10, as voted by you, and by vote I mean you clicked on it. I hope you all had a great 2012 and I may the best of luck come to you in 2013. I don’t really have any grand plans for the site this year (as usual) so I can’t make any big claims like other blogs, I’m just going to keep doing what I do and post good builds way too infrequently with short-and-sweet intro’s haha, so, uh, keep reading! Don’t forget you can email me at buildthreads(at)gmail if you have a good build to submit, or even feedback or ideas, I always love hearing from readers (but can’t always respond straight away). Lastly, if you haven’t already, be sure to like the Build Threads Facebook page or follow me on Twitter, they’re definitely the best way to find out when the latest build is going to drop.