Tick tock! The countdown is on for the big reveal of the winners of the International Historic Motoring Awards. Launched in 2011, these accolades recognise and celebrate the skills and achievements of the worldwide vintage motoring industry.
So, if you love cars and also have an interest in days gone by, this is the perfect event for you.
The judging panel includes a number of well-known faces including racing drivers Derek Bell and Jochen Maas as well as American chat show host Jay Leno who is also an avid car collector.
The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on November 19th in London at the glorious – and glamorous - St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
The 2015 nominees are:
Fiat S76 ‘The Beast of Turin’
This restoration project was an internet sensation as Duncan Pittaway dedicated 12 years to bringing this historic car back to life. He posted the experience online and it attracted a legion of fans. Originally built in 1910 with the intention of beating the land speed record held at the time by Blitzen-Benz, the engine of the Fiat S76 pumped out 28.5-litres of displacement and provided 290-horsepower. Only two were ever built making this a genuine rarity.
The Baillon Ferrari California
Barnfinds - so called as they are cars often found in barns or outhouses – are often in derelict condition and ripe for a make-over. The eponymous Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is perhaps the most well-known fictional barnfind and look how well that all turned out for the Potts family!
When the Baillon family barnfinds emerged on 30th September 2014 the collection attracted worldwide attention due to the rarity and number discovered. Auction house Artcurial cleverly displayed the collection in an eerily lit hall at Rétromobile, to yet more acclaim. The key car in the collection was the ex-Alain Delon Ferrari, which has since been recommissioned and displayed at Pebble Beach.
Land Rover Series I ‘Huey’
The I ‘Huey’ is the world’s oldest Land Rover and to mark the end of the line for the Land Rover as we know it, the company gathered together its finest heritage vehicles and drove them all around the UK. Due to be discontinued in December 2015 it has many famous fans including the Queen and is rightly considered an icon of British ingenuity and engineering.
Mercedes-Benz 300SLR ‘722’
Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson achieved one of the greatest feats ever in motor sport history, averaging 97.9mph over 1,000 miles of bumpy, twisting public roads to win the 1955 Mille Miglia. This year, ‘722’ and Moss have appeared around the world for the 50th anniversary, mobbed by fans of every age.
Voting closes on November 1st and tickets for this prestigious event cost £180 per person. They can be organised on www.historicmotoringawards.com.