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Dear Friends of the Concorso,

Just a short time ago, nobody would have thought that this scenario was possible. It’s the end of May, the weekend of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este has just gone by – and nobody turned up. There was just silence where the exquisite classic cars were supposed to take up their position. No collectors, no historians, no experts, no automobile aficionados from across the world were awestruck last weekend. The world currently has a very different focus.

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting everybody. But here in Northern Italy, the effects were extreme and this continues to be the case. Many of the local people have been struggling to cope with the situation. Our knowledge of the situation compelled us to postpone the planned date for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, which has enjoyed a firm place in the diary at the end of May for many years now. Instead, we plan to hold the event from October 16th to 18th, 2020. We will continue to monitor the development of the coronavirus and expect a final confirmation this June.

This is the current position. However, in the present situation nobody is able to look into the future for the coming weeks to say nothing of months. Optimism is driving our desires and we sincerely hope that we will meet again or indeed for the first time this autumn – with an exquisite selection of exciting, extraordinary historic vehicles on two, three or four wheels, a level of quality that is truly unique. You can read more about our plans below.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the future. And for everybody who is currently suffering in this pandemic. Let’s hope that we get our lives back again more quickly than some currently fear. And let’s cherish the thought that we can meet up again with renewed vigour and even more heartfelt joy than ever before on the shores of Lake Como in October 2020.

Further on in this newsletter, we look back once more on the winners of recent years so as to make the time until the autumn event pass a little more quickly. They will recall the unique moments, the magnificent testimonies to automobile artistry and to a longstanding tradition of engineering artisanship and fascinating design – a wealth of values that only come together with such diversity in the automobile.

The past weekend at the end of May was the date originally planned for this year’s event and this is just the right moment to join together and briefly take a trip down memory lane. Let’s enjoy these images as we look forward to the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este this autumn. After all, we are able to enjoy the sheer anticipation for longer than is normally the case.

Naturally, we will keep you updated with the latest information on progress.

We wish you enjoyable thoughts and hope. Please stay safe.

Your Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Team

A film exuding emotion and enjoyment: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019

How captivating it all was one year ago. This short film shows a series of beguiling images that evoke the full panoply of what makes the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este so unique. The exceptional vehicles and their magnificent design are truly heart-warming, alongside the connection with the spectacular natural beauty of Lake Como – see for yourself.

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A film exuding emotion and enjoyment: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019

When thoughts turn to enjoyment, this landscape is inevitably part of the vision: Lake Como stimulates all the senses. Nature and culture form a single universe here, the deep blue waters and the mountains rising steeply from the shore exert a truly universal appeal. Where the two come together, serpentine roads wind along the banks, tracing their path through the narrow, cobbled streets of ancient villages and offering sumptuous delights as the kilometres roll past – particularly in a classic automobile.

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este celebrates this melding of different cultures. The selection of unique automobiles curated with a wealth of expertise in itself guarantees an unforgettable spectacle. Nevertheless, it becomes indubitably clear at the venue that these stupendous witnesses of automobile enthusiasm, exquisite designs and frequently advanced technical solutions morph into these surroundings as though they had been created solely for an exclusive performance on these shores.

The harmony of concepts creates the incomparable appeal of this occasion. The aesthetic atmosphere, the elevated mood and an extensive range of culinary delights at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este have a unique and worldwide reputation – quite apart from the innumerable anecdotes passed down in the course of the tradition dating back to 1929.

This year is the first time the event has been precluded from taking place as planned. At the moment, the pandemic has slammed the brakes on our life as we know it – late May 2020 is in no respect as we would have liked it to be. However, we are doing everything we can in order to celebrate the culture of these automobile gems with huge passion and all our senses from 16th to 18th October.

In the meantime, this short film and its magical pictures may help to bridge the intervening period. It takes the viewer into this incomparable world that can only be experienced once a year over a single weekend. It presents the magic of venerable grandeur, the captivating flair of the south and the unalloyed joy emanating from aesthetic glamour. Or as Jury member Yasmin Le Bon so aptly expresses it in a nutshell on camera: “If you are a car nut, this is… Nirvana”.

Despite the postponement: All classes will stay the same as planned

Circumstances beyond our control mean that a lot about this year is going to be a new normal, and the participants and guests at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este are no exception. For the first time, this automobile pageant will be held in October. The change in date will not change anything about the classes that have already been announced – the established motto will also remain the same: Hypercars of the 1990s.

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First class at your service

The motto of this year’s edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este may come as a surprise to some: Hypercars of the 1990s. For the first time, this generation of vehicles showcases an era that created a veritable furore around a quarter of a century ago – with its irrepressible drive to generate maximum power and its equally uncompromising charm of super-sport aesthetics. This was an era that saw the start of an international competition in radical automobiles, and the effects of this are perceptible today. Although even in the early days of motoring, manufacturers adapted full-blooded motor-sport engineering for use in roadable vehicles, a consistent trend was really only manifested in the 1990s. A gap of two decades provides more than enough distance to see the many exciting solutions with new eyes and accord them the honour they deserve.

The central motto also defines the class “The Next Generation: Hypercars of the 1990s”. It clearly signals the far-reaching fascination with Historic Cars that is reflected by the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este with its ambitiously defined categories. The following classes for the participating vehicles have been defined for the 2020 edition of this event with its heritage spanning 90 years:

  • Speed Meets Style: The Golden Age of the Roadster
  •  From Teardrop to Tourer: Space, Pace and Grace
  • Time to Try: Two Decades of Design Experimentation
  • Granturismo all’Italiana: Finding the Perfect GT Formula
  • Big Band ’40s to Awesome ’80s: Four Decades of Endurance Racing
  • A Passion for Perfection: Celebrating 90 Years of Pininfarina
  • The Birth of the Supercar: Latin Performance Landmarks
  • The Next Generation: Hypercars of the 1990s

In making this selection, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este once more guarantees the sophisticated aspiration that has to be met not simply by every individual participating vehicle. The classes also promise an exciting contest of superlatives framed within the prism of an extremely varied thematic framework. They provide the context in which these unique historic artefacts are pitted against each other on the basis of many different criteria.

Grand design, fabulous winners: The prize-winners of yesteryear were absolutely unique

Participation alone is regarded as the automobile equivalent of being knighted. When a motor car is accorded the honour of being selected for participation in the contest under the auspices of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, this means an acknowledgement of supreme status. And anybody who is a winner here is privileged to make what is often the most important entry in the log book of individual history – a review of the winners in past years is provided below.

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The Concorso d’Eleganza is defined not only by blue-riband automobile quality but also by stunning diversity. Vehicles define their classes with a diversity of characters and this shapes the entire competition. Sometimes, a model can make such an impressive appearance that it succeeds in achieving a one-two victory – as was the case in the past two years.

In 2019, the amazing Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B entered by the collector David Sydorick (USA) with its impressive elegance took the two most important trophies. The international expert Jury awarded the automobile built in 1937 Best of Show and the connoisseur public also cast their votes for this vehicle as it paraded in the parkland of Villa d’Este. The legendary Coppa d’Oro – a shimmering gold trophy – is awarded for this prestigious distinction.

A vehicle had already succeeded in achieving this double coup in 2018 – also an Alfa Romeo. Nevertheless, this car presented a completely different format in its focused sporty nature. The Alfa Romeo 33/2 Stradale built in 1968 and owned by Swiss aficionado Albert Spiess was the undisputed winner two years ago. In 2017, the Jury awarded the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo built in 1957 the Best of Show, while the Coppa d’Oro unexpectedly went to the Lurani Nibbio from the year 1935, a spectacular small, open-top and single-seater sports car.

Similarly in 2016, two very different vehicles won the two most important prizes. The Jury elected a Lancia Astura Berlinetta (1933) as the Best of Show. Meanwhile, the aficionado public opted for a Lamborghini Miura P400SV built in 1971 – both of them highly athletic Italian cars from different eras. Their age difference of 38 years emerged as an exciting difference.
This brief review demonstrates the diversity of the lively and inspiring fields of entrants that redefine the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este anew each year. Some exceptionally rare models are also featured annually that astonish even seasoned experts and automobile historians.

Once again, this will undoubtedly be the case from 16th to 18th October 2020, when participants and guests travel to this unusual diary date in the autumn. If you would like to indulge in the past during the run-up to the real thing: The webpage www.concorsodeleganzavilladeste.com showcases all the participants and winners since 2005. Have a very enjoyable time as you browse through our majestic archive!

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