Voting is now open for the 2014 International Historic Motoring Awards’ Car of the Year. From suggestions received from historic motoring enthusiasts around the world, eight cars have been chosen for the shortlist. All are equally deserving of the title of Car of the Year, which was won last year by the remarkable Bugatti 57SC Aerolithe recreation. In 2012, the coveted title went to the Birkin Bentley, while in 2011, the Awards’ first year, the winner was the Porsche Type 64 Rekordwagen.
The choice of which candidate will take the 2014 Car of the Year title is down to the general public, with votes being cast through the International Historic Motoring Awards’ (IHMA) website www.historicmotoringawards.com. Voting closes on November 1st.
This year’s candidates are:
Mercedes 18/100 – the winner of the 1914 French Grand Prix (car number 28) has been wowing the crowds on its centenary tour.
The first Ferrari 250 GTO to come to auction since 1990 sold for a world record $38 million at Bonhams.
The 1954 Ferrari 375MM Scaglietti that this year became the first post-War car since 1968 to win Best of Show at Pebble Beach Concours.
Jaguar’s E- type Lightweight Continuation cars – all six of them!
Lotus Type 56 Chassis 3 – this groundbreaking 1968 gas-turbine Indy 500 car has emerged from restoration and been demonstrated at the first Indy Historic, The Quail and The Jet Center.
Following a rebuild by Heritage Motor Centre volunteers, the Rover-BRM, Rover’s entry for the 1963 and ’65 Le Mans 24 Hours, ran successfully at this year’s Le Mans Classic.
Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287 – this prototype broke 23 records at Bonneville in 1965 and in 2014 became the first car to be accepted into The National Historic Registry of the United States.
Maclom Campbell’s record-breaking 150mp Sunbeam 350HP, unused since 1962, came gloriously back to life this year at the National Motor Museum.
The winners of the International Historic Motoring Awards 2014 will be announced at a gala dinner in London on Thursday, November 20 at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel.