Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020Corriere d’Eleganza I

Dear Friends of the Concorso,

Our memories of those enchanting days last May are still very much alive. Yet today, while the autumn nights are rapidly drawing in, we are already offering you the enticing outlook presented by early summer of next year. The preparations are now under way for the coming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

We would like to invite you to save the date in your diaries. You should ensure that you make plans for a trip to Cernobbio nestling on the shores of Lake Como between 22nd and 24th May 2020. A weekend with automobile gems and exquisite events will await you there at one of the world’s most illustrious venues – the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. Once again, some 50 carefully curated, world-class automobile classics will be presented to the public audience and a distinguished Jury in the parklands of the hotel.

Perhaps you have a classic car that you would like to enter for this challenge in May 2020? We would be delighted if you were to submit your registration and we will be very happy to answer any questions you might have.

You will find lots of additional information below. We wish you an enjoyable read.

Your Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Team

Save the date: 22nd to 24th May 2020

The date for the upcoming edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este has already been fixed. From 22nd to 24th May 2020, the gates to the grounds of Villa d’Este and Villa Erba will be thrown open for you. The very first Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was held here in 1929. There is no other event in the world that offers so much history coupled with such prestige and exclusivity as this world-class contest.

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Save the date: 22nd to 24th May 2020

At the end of May 2020, Cernobbio will become the go-to destination for automobile aficionados from all over the world. A select elite from the international collector scene will come together there once again. The official opening of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will take place on Friday 22nd May 2020.

The excitement will start to mount on Saturday when all the vehicles take up their positions in the morning. On 23rd May 2020, around 50 blue-riband and carefully selected classic cars will be appraised in the exclusive gardens of Villa d’Este. The traditional apogee of this lavish presentation comes when each of the vehicles parades on the terrace of the Grand Hotel directly overlooking the banks of Lake Como. This day is the sole preserve of participants and invited guests.

On Sunday, a procession will be staged in the park of the nearby Villa Erba. These grounds also occupy a majestic position directly on the edge of the lake and their expansive green swards offer the public audience the opportunity to take a closer look at these exceptional automobiles. This frequently also enables visitors to engage in discussions with the custodians and owners of the vehicles, as well as talking to celebrities from the automobile world – the Concorso Villa d’Este is recognised particularly by designers as a superlative travel destination. You are unlikely to find a comparable selection of legendary automobile jewels anywhere else in the world.

And let’s not forget the Concorso di Motociclette, which will be celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2020. Across the world, there is virtually no other opportunity to experience rare two-wheelers of this quality at a single venue. The motorcycles tell their own stories and symbolise the lifeblood of their owners, who have invested so much care in these eye witnesses to the development of motorised transport.

BMW Group Classic is also planning to hold special thematic exhibitions in 2020. They will captivate visitors and take them into an enchanting world with additional rare and exciting vehicles.

First class at your service

Today, the coming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este already looks set to create a sensation with an introductory surprise. The upcoming edition of the event in May 2020 will embrace a vehicle class as a special feature that will define a new dimension for automobile beauty contests. “Hypercars of the 1990s” is the motto that will write a new chapter and undoubtedly captivate many visitors – particularly the younger generation.

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First class at your service

They were launched 30 years ago. The 1990s played a unique and pivotal role in automobile history. At the time, the rather unexpected advent of the hypercar era generated considerable enthusiasm. It was by no means a renaissance. After all, this kind of burgeoning scene had never before been witnessed in the development of mobility. It gave rise to the attainment of ever greater performance peaks and unmitigated pleasure in extreme forms of exotic sports cars. Suddenly there were no longer any limits to pushing boundaries further. For the first time, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will showcase these rare species which represent an era that seems to be within touching distance yet already lies so far in the past.

The “Hypercars of the 1990s” will also form a special feature as one of the classes that structure the field of participants thematically. Two other classes have also been defined. “Cops and Robbers” will present “fast cars from both sides of the law”, recalling that age-old tussle between ne’er-do-wells and law-enforcement officers, which traditionally featured some scintillating automobile stars. This class will ensure a suspenseful scene this coming May with some unique episodes from criminal history.

The third class already known is open to curated “Pre-war Roadsters”. This class at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will not only recall a genre of lightweight, open-top sports cars that immediately became popular. It will also honour the 90th anniversary of BMW roadsters. In 1930, the brand’s first sports car was launched on the race track as the BMW 3/15 PS DA3 Wartburg, naturally as a roadster – and it was an instant success in motor sport.

The registration phase has opened

When the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este reaches its pinnacle at the end of May 2020, two questions will be hot topics for discussion among the participants and guests: Who will win the BMW Group Trophy as the Best of Show? And who will be honoured with the legendary Coppa d’Oro, which was already awarded to the most beautiful car in 1929? We cordially extend a warm invitation to you to enter for this challenge with your car – we will be delighted if you are interested in participating, irrespective of the class and year of manufacture.

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The registration phase has opened

The traditional event with its rich heritage on the banks of Lake Como is a top priority for important collectors and aficionados of rare automobiles throughout the world. Anybody who returns home from the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este with an award can rest assured that they have received a very special class of knighthood. Participation in itself constitutes the very highest acknowledgement in the international scene.

If you would like to be one of some 50 participants in May 2020, you can submit your application for participation with your classic automobile or motorcycle immediately – irrespective of the classes that have already been defined. We have provided further information for you here.

If you have any questions relating to your potential participation, we will be delighted to provide you with assistance. You are very welcome to contact us. You can either call our Guest Relations Team on weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CEST on +49 89 127 644 527 or send us an email to Alternatively, you can write to our postal address at: BMW Group Classic, Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Petuelring 130, 80788 Munich, Germany


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