Friday 28 November 2014

Road - SCoTY 2014

Last year's winner was the VW Golf

Later this evening at a grand function in St Andrews, the former ecclesiastical capital of Scotland, 15 of Scotland’s top motoring writers (plus one other!) will congregate at the annual ‘Scottish Car of The Year’ awards.

Representatives from most of the world’s car manufacturing companies will also be in attendance to find out which car has won this coveted title. Coveted? Unlike many other ‘car award’ competitions, the Scottish one is not tied to any single publication. The journalists represent an impressive cross-section of the nation’s print, broadcast and social media platforms.

In other words, this is a truly ‘national’ award, and all the more desirable for that.

Over the past few weeks, members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers have been assessing the merits of this year’s new automotive releases and endeavouring to select a winner in each class from which the overall ‘Scottish Car of The Year’ will be determined.

This is no easy task as the manufacturers keep coming up with new categories of car, from City Cars to SUVS, from Crossovers to Luxury saloons. It’s hard enough selecting a winner from amongst its rivals in each class, but the hardest task is selecting an overall winner from such a disparate group of category finalists.

Last year, the Volkswagen Golf was the ultimate winner. Oddly enough, it was the first time that a Volkswagen had won the overall title!

As for this year’s title winner? You’ll have to wait till the hangover is bearable, with the body and mind once again working together in perfect harmony. That’ll be Sunday then, or maybe Monday!

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