This year’s Classic Car of the Year competition is down to its final 20 candidates, with the people’s choices converging on Birmingham’s NEC for the grand final. The top 20 features cars ranging from pre-war to supercars and owners from all across the UK.
It’s time for motoring enthusiasts to get involved: they’re being encouraged to vote for their favourite car from the expert panel-selected Top 20, with the top five voted cars and the ultimate winner unveiled at this year’s Footman James Classic Motor Show, held from 16-18 November.
Each car has a story to tell and that’s what the organisers are hoping will tap into enthusiasts’ minds while they make up their mind which to vote for. One of the oldest cars, a 1931 Austin Seven, covered more than 6000 miles across South America in 2009, while a 1938 Morris 25 made a round-the-world trip earlier this year.
The Top 20 also includes a Mini Cooper that was taken home by its present owner in a wheelbarrow before being restored over five years and a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that was restored after being damaged when a drunk driver crashed into it.
Other cars have strong links to one family or one owner: a 1947 Singer Super Ten was bought new by the current owner’s father and has covered 330,000 miles in its lifetime.
Maintaining the high-mileage theme is a 1934 Jowett long saloon that has been in one family’s ownership since 1935, since when it has clocked-up 400,000 miles and been treated to a partial restoration.
Cars with a sporting edge aren’t left out either. A 1988 Lamborghini Countach that’s had just one owner from new and travelled across Europe many times shows even supercars can be used regularly. But even sports cars can be given a power boost, as the 1969 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 proves: With plenty of engine and suspension modifications it’s faster than when it left the factory but in this car’s case can still be used for surfing and snowboarding trips.
Other famous names include Porsche 911 restored by a father-and-son team and a 1949 Triumph that was restored in a garage at home when its owner had retired while the oldest car in the Top 20, a Lagonda ‘Speed’, hasn’t been restored.
With 20 of the UK’s very best classic cars vying for the accolade Classic Car of the Year the competition is guaranteed to be tougher than ever before.
Classic car enthusiasts can vote via the competition website (www.ccoty.co.uk) where they can see pictures of the cars and a brief overview of their history. Voting closes on 28th September 2012.
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Note to Editors:
The Top 20 cars with details of the owners and area of residence:
1. 1930 Lagonda 2 Litre Speed Model owned by Tim Wadsworth from Minety, Wiltshire
2. 1971 Aston Martin DBS owned by Ed Stratton from Winkleigh, Devon
3. 1978 Triumph Spitfire owned by Michael Giulianotti from Earnock, Hamilton
4. 1935 Riley Falcon Special owned by Norman Hamer from Preston, Lancs
5. 1949 Triumph Roadster owned by Wyn Roberts from Rhyl, Conwys
6. 1969 E-Type 2+2 Jaguar owned by Bert from Barnstable
7. 1949 Allard P1 Saloon owned by Tim Baker from Barnet, Herts
8. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 owned by Keith Clements from Rochford, Essesx
9. 1988 Lamborghini Countach QV owned by Robin Fowler from Warninglid, West Sussex
10. 1966 Morris Mini Cooper S owned by Mervyn Holsey from Fakenham, Norfolk
11. 1947 Singer Super Ten owned by Bill Tull from Barrow
12. 1938 Morris 25 series lll owned by Martin Redmond from Biddenham, Beds
13. 1974 Vauxhall Droop Snoot Firenza owned by Brian Wray from Edenbridge
14. 1972 Bristol 411 owned by Richard Phillips from Cambridge
15. 1965 Triumph Herald 12/50 owned by Daniel Nunn from Herne Bay, Kent
16. 1931 Austin Seven owned by Chris Parkhurst from Aylesbury, Bucks
17. 1970 Porsche 911 Targa owned by Steve Bartlett from Grimsby
18. 1934 Jowett Long Saloon owned by Alan Bartlett from Chard, Somerset
19. 1969 Fiat Vignale 125 Samantha Coupe owned by Ken Tribe from Colchester
20. 1935 Morris 8 owned by Dave Hunter from Tickton, East Yorkshire
Full terms and conditions as well as more details on the information required by entrants can be found atwww.ccoty.co.uk.