We've been doing Autoblog for a while now and still don't know exactly why some posts become popular and others completely miss boarding the crazy train to Viralville. Maybe we were the first to post about a hot topic. Videos are almost always poised for success, and of course any post that includes a first look or specs of a highly anticipated vehicle can be a hit waiting to happen. But every time we hit the publish button it's like throwing a dart in the dark.

It may be difficult to know in advance what you all will click on the most, but after the fact, simple math tells us everything we need to know. We've assembled the 10 Most Popular Posts of 2011 according to clicks, and the results are available after the jump.



10: Mother of all Hot Wheels tracks leaves us speechless, if real



We've built our fair share of Hot Wheels tracks over the years, but never before have we dared to lay out 2,000 feet of track. Someone apparently did, though, and they grabbed video of their engineering masterpiece for all to see. We're not entirely sure that this video is on the up and up, but we do know that it was our #10 most viewed post of 2011.

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9: Chicago 2011: 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 is a 465-horsepower family sedan

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

We're big fans of the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. After all, it's almost impossible not to love a 465-horsepower naturally aspirated 6.4-liter Hemi V8 powering a rear-wheel-drive four-door sedan. Autoblog readers are apparently in agreement with us on this one, as you made it the ninth most viewed post of 2011.

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8: How Bob Lutz made four auto journalists his "Secret Weapons" at GM

Bob Lutz

Bob Lutz is one our all-time favorite auto executives. The former Vice Chairman of General Motors is brash, filled with sound bites, and it helps that he has a knack for product, too. And we found out in 2011 that he had some help when it came to product development in the form of four automotive journalists who had some say on many products produced by the company. We found this little tidbit to be fascinating, and you apparently did, too. Maximum Bob's band of auto journos was our number eight most viewed post of 2011.

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7: Is this the most sexist ad of all time?

Goodyear Polyglass sexist ad

Car commercials have come a long way over the past few decades, and there is no greater proof than the Goodyear Polyglass commercial from 1967. We can't imagine any automaker or tire manufacturer airing such a sexist commercial in this day and age, but the shockingly sexist overtones of this spot made it the number seven most popular post of 2011.

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6: Chicago 2011: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the fastest, most powerful ever

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

General Motors really got the blood of its Camaro fan base flowing when it introduced the ZL1 at the Chicago Auto Show. When the ZL1 was unveiled in Chicago, Team Chevy promised that the super Camaro would boast at least 550 horsepower, but we now know that this supercharged ponycar will boast 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque. That may not be enough juice to keep pace with the 2013 Shelby GT500, but it was enough to be the number six most popular post of 2011.

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5. CNN shows how man won Chevy Camaro on auction website for $5.28

$5.28 camaro on fast penny cars

The Chevrolet Camaro is one reasonably priced pony car. After all, there aren't too many V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive coupes that can be had for under $30,000, so when we see one that sells for $5.28, it catches our attention. As it turns out, a penny auction site called Fastpennycars.com sold a Camaro SS for the price of a fast food value meal, and Autoblog readers ate the story up, making it the fifth most popular post of 2011.

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4. Moscow motorcyclist's crazy high-speed commute

Russian commute on Yamaha R1

We love just about anything fast on four wheels, but sometimes the two-wheeled rides can be even more compelling. Take the Yamaha R1. It's fast enough to leave most anything on the road in the dust, including Moscow traffic.

We've seen some insane videos in our time, but this trip through the busy streets of Moscow was among the most dangerous – and the most compelling. In fact, this video was originally published on Autoblog in September, 2010, but it's continued to attract so many clicks that it made number four on the list of 2011's most viewed posts.

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3: Insane spectator does what it takes to get the shot at the Baja 1000

Insane Spectator at the Baja 1000

The Internets are home to some of the dumbest things we've ever seen, and few YouTube videos can top this one. For some strange reason, one spectator at the Baja 1000 found the "courage" to get in a ditch and grab photos of the dirt racers as they passed over his head. That's just a bad idea, but it makes for some compelling video. In fact, it was the number three most popular post of 2011.

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2: Florida sued for ticketing motorists who warn others of speed traps

Florida Speed Trap screen capture

Not every post is popular because it is fun. Sometimes the topic can be as serious as unlawful ticketing, a subject that sends chills to our spines. In this case, Florida had been ticketing motorists who warn oncoming traffic of an impending speed trap. Over 10,000 drivers paid in excess of $1 million in fines since 2005, which made you angry enough to make this the number two most popular post of 2011.

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1. Turkey Day was terrible for these two Corvette owners

corvette crash

Thanksgiving is one of those family holidays that is either loved or loathed depending on how well you get along with your relatives. We can see racing being part of that family experience, as long as it is not on public roads and it doesn't involve crashing a pair of Corvettes. But then again, if you've got video of a C5 versus C6 drag race gone wrong, it could wind up as the number one most popular post of 2011.

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