Skip to main content

WHAT'S YOUR INTERNATIONAL HISTORIC CAR OF THE YEAR?
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Company press release.

WHAT'S YOUR INTERNATIONAL HISTORIC CAR OF THE YEAR?  Voting is now open in the Car of the Year category in the International Historic Motoring Awards, in association with EFG International and Octane magazine. To have your say in what should be celebrated in 2012, visit the Car of the Year page on www.historicmotoringawards.com and cast your vote by the closing date of November 9th.

In 2011 the magnificent Porsche Type 64 Rekordwagen belonging to the Prototyp Museum in Hamburg scooped the award and, for 2012, six headline-making cars (or, in one, case, group of cars) have been selected as finalists. They are:

Birkin Bentley

Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin's 1931 4 ½ Litre Supercharged Bentley set the Outer Circuit record of 137.96mph at Brooklands in 1932, a truly hair-raising feat. Following the death of its owner, legendary watchmaker George Daniels, the car was sold this year by Bonhams for £5 million; a world record for a British car.

Round door Rolls-Royce

The magnificently outrageous 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Coupé, known simply as the Round Door Rolls-Royce, must be one of the most dramatically-bodied cars of all time. Looked after by Los Angeles' Petersen Automotive Museum, it was a star of the 2012 Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance.

The Swan car

Of all the over-the-top machinery at Pebble Beach this year, none was more outlandish than the 1910 Brooke Swan Car (and matching 'Cygnet') from the Louwman Museum in the Netherlands. It was commissioned by Calcutta eccentric Robert Nicholl 'Scotty' Matthewson – apparently he quite liked swans…

The Silver Arrows

The fabulous Silver Arrows pre-war racing cars from Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union (now Audi) that dominated motor racing before WW2 were reunited at the 2012 Goodwood Revival Meeting, where they wowed the crowds with spine-tingling demonstration lap; their first time together for decades.

1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B

Beautifully understated and elegant, this Alfa Romeo is one of just six closed 2900Bs. It was exported to the USA in 1947 and won the first street race at Watkins Glen. It won Best of Show at Pebble Beach in 2008, the Coppa d'Oro Villa d'Este in 2009, and Best of Show at the Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance in 2012.

1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

This car played a part in the birth of a nation. On August 14th 1947, loaned by its owner, HH The Nawab of Bahawalpur, it transported the founder of Pakistan, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and the last Viceroy of India, Lord Louis Mountbatten, to the Sindh Assembly Building in Karachi to formally announce the creation of Pakistan. The appearance of this car at the 2012 Kuwait Concours was the first time it had left Pakistan – a significant political and cultural achievement.

The winners of the International Historic Motoring Awards 2012 will be announced at a gala dinner hosted by Derek Bell in London on Thursday, 29th November at the splendid St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Tickets for what has already become a highlight of the international historic motoring calendar cost £180 per person and can be bought from www.historicmotoringawards.com.

   Recent Articles
JAGUAR LAND ROVER REPORTS U.S. SALES FOR AUGUST 2015

◾Jaguar Land Rover U.S. August sales increase 12 percent with 6,368 units
◾Land Rover up 16 percent for the best Land Rover August sales month ever driven by Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport
◾Range Rover Evoque sets new all-time U.S. August sales high with 1,430 units sold, up 36 percent

(MAHWAH, NJ) - September 1, 2015 - Jaguar Land Rover North America today reported August 2015 U.S. sales. Sales for both brands hit 6,368 units, a 12 percent increase from 5,673 units in August....
BENTLEY AT THE PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE

◾Historical Bentleys star at prestigious Edinburgh event
◾1952 R-Type Continental, 'Blue Train' and 8 Litre among line up
◾'Bentley Sunday' highlights best of British brand's historic range

(Crewe, 31 August) Scotland's historical seat of power, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is playing host to the 2015 Concours of Elegance from 4 to 6 September, with an impressive array of Bentley models taking centre stage.

The prestigious, invitation-only event – which showcases 60 of the world's....
A Record 65,422 Visitors Celebrate Motorsports History at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

MONTEREY, Calif., August 25 2015 - For four beautiful sun-drenched days visitors to the Monterey coastal community bore witness to one of the finest collections of historic race cars competing in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. A record 65,422 visitors entered iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to pay homage to motorsports history.

'It was an amazing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the mighty Shelby GT350 with 38 cars in one group being paced by Henry Ford III and taking ....
CELEBRATE THE ART OF AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN DURING THE 14th ANNUAL WINTER PARK CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE

Central Florida's premier motoring event since 2002, the Winter Park Concours d'Elegance, returns November 13-15, 2015 with enhanced event experiences over the weekend of motoring events.

The Winter Park Concours d'Elegance includes three days of exclusive experiences as one of the most highly-regarded, judged classic/exotic car shows in the United States. The show annually attracts more than 10,000 attendees and features 150 of the world's rarest and most collectible cars.

duPont REG....
RM Sotheby's Sets New Collector Car Auction Benchmark with $172.9 Million Monterey Extravaganza

• RM Sotheby's generates highest ever total for a collector car auction: $172.9 million in sales at its flagship Monterey, California event
• 1964 Ferrari 250 LM claims top sale of the 2015 Monterey Car Week at a record $17,600,000
• Pinnacle Portfolio sets new auction benchmark for a single-day, single-vendor auction at $75.4 million
• RM Auto Restoration claims sixth Best of Show win at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Complete results available at www.rmsothebys.com....
Gooding & Company's Two-Day Pebble Beach Auctions Realizes More Than $128 Million

Pebble Beach, Calif. (August 17, 2015) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, realized more than $128 million at its Pebble Beach Auctions this weekend, resulting in a two-day sales company record. During the two-day sale, the auction house sold 115 of 129 lots, an 89% sale rate and their highest ever average price of $1,113,896 per car. During the auction weekend, an impressive 26 cars sold over the $1 million mark including three vehicles o....
New World Records Are Made As Bonhams Celebrates Another Successful Auction At Quail Lodge

Italian cars take top placement as Bonhams' 18th annual Carmel sale during Monterey Car Week realizes nearly $47-million

16 August 2015 – San Francisco – Over 100 cars of incredible breadth and history went over the block at Bonhams' annual Quail Lodge auction in Carmel on Friday resulting in a very successful sale with a 90% sell-through rate and a $46,738,000 total.

While exquisite automobiles from every period of motoring were represented, from Brass Era motorcars to singl....
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R-C
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R-C  2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R-C  2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R-C  2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R-C  2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R-C  
2016 Ford VelociRaptor
2016 Ford VelociRaptor  2016 Ford VelociRaptor  
2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition
2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  
2016 Lexus GS 200t
2016 Lexus GS 200t  2016 Lexus GS 200t  2016 Lexus GS 200t  2016 Lexus GS 200t  2016 Lexus GS 200t  
2016 Lexus LX 570
2016 Lexus LX 570  2016 Lexus LX 570  2016 Lexus LX 570  2016 Lexus LX 570  2016 Lexus LX 570  
2015 BMW Concept M4 GTS
2015 BMW Concept M4 GTS  2015 BMW Concept M4 GTS  2015 BMW Concept M4 GTS  2015 BMW Concept M4 GTS  2015 BMW Concept M4 GTS  
2015 Cadillac Escalade HPE550
2015 Cadillac Escalade HPE550  
2015 Chevrolet Silverado Reaper
2015 Chevrolet Silverado Reaper  
2015 Ford Mustang
2015 Ford Mustang  2015 Ford Mustang  2015 Ford Mustang  
2015 Hyundai Vision G Coupe Concept
2015 Hyundai Vision G Coupe Concept  2015 Hyundai Vision G Coupe Concept  2015 Hyundai Vision G Coupe Concept  2015 Hyundai Vision G Coupe Concept  2015 Hyundai Vision G Coupe Concept