The film: Our Passion. Our Adventures. Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019
This film takes you on a journey as a spectator for some three and a half minutes. You will enter a world full of magic moments where the spectacular natural beauty of the lakes in Northern Italy is the setting for an encounter between the artistry of coachwork styling, gourmet cuisine and technological delicacies. This unique collection of stellar beauties transforms the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este into a truly incomparable experience every year.
Beauty is never a boring topic. There are as many different facets to beauty as there are colours in the natural world. And it is able to captivate without uttering a single word. When the asphalt elegantly follows serpentine routes between the lake and the mountains, passing through deep green woodlands before rising up to panoramic viewing terraces offering unique vistas, the appropriate automobile is surely the perfect key to enjoyment. Most importantly, when connoisseurs come together with the same intention: taking time out to enjoy the magnificent automobiles narrating their life stories. “If there were no stories,” comments Juror Johann Philip Rathgen in the film, “a car would be just a lump of old metal.”
Of course, they are much more than that. They represent the spirit of their era, an enthusiasm that was already absolutely massive in the decades of yesteryear. The vehicles embody this spirit, similar to the words in a book, only with much greater versatility, in three dimensions and offering stimulus for all the senses. The short film also shows how much enthusiasm Historic Cars generate because they offer far more than just their practical value as a means of transport. This is why the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is much, much more than simply a static competition.
What makes it absolutely unique is not simply the blue-riband selection of distinguished automobiles. It is the melange of style and architecture, culinary delicacies and the flair of southern climes. “The passion for cars here is unlike anywhere else,” commented Simon Kidston, expert and moderator of the event. He knows the entrants and the audience like nobody else: “The level of knowledge they have is unlike anything else in the world.” Or, in the words of Yasmin Le Bon, who has been present several times not only as a Juror but also as a fan: “If you are a car nut, this is… Nirvana”.