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  • Writer's pictureSusan Sabet

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

Last May, one of the most prestigious classic cars events in the world, The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este brought together classic car and motorcycle collectors and fans from around the globe. The 3-day, BMW owned event, held under the motto “The Symphony of Engines – 90 Years of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este & BMW Automobiles” showcased over 100 classic cars and classic motorcycles. Through this event BMW pays homage to its patrimony and history and its records of innovation from the very beginning when the company launched with aircraft engines back in 1916 and released its first car, the BMW Dixie in 1929. The pioneering and innovative history of BMW cars continued throughout the last 7 decades. Among the events highlights, the unveiling of the recreation of the BMW Garmisch, a classic concept car that was designed by Marcello Gandini for Bertone and vanished after its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1970. With the newly created car, BMW pays respect to one of Italy’s most influential car designers and adds an exciting chapter to the company’s history. After a fabulous opening cocktail and dinner that kicked off the weekend, guests and an independent jury of 10 judges set out on Saturday to inspect the cars that ranged from 1920s to 1980s models. On Sunday the cars were showcased and paraded at nearby Villa Erba to the public who also had a chance to vote., This year’s winner of the Coppa d’Oro (“Best in Show” by public referendum) and Trofeo BMW Group (“Best in Show” by the Jury) at Villa d’Este was the stylishly captivating and technically sophisticated two-door coupé from the year 1937 , the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B owned by American David Sydorick.

David Sydorick receiving the Trofeo BMW Group.

The stunning grounds of Hotel Villa d’Este on Lake Como.

The 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B owned by American David Sydorick at the parade at Villa Erba.​

The classic cars display on the grounds of Villa d’Este.

The recreation of the BMW Garmisch.

The single-seater, two-wheeled Gyro-X was devised in 1967 by the Ford designer Alex Tremulis as a solution to modern traffic.

Phillip Sarofim from Los Angeles with Egyptian roots, earned a Mention of Honour in the very same CLASS H, for his space like Vivant 77, Roadster, “The Beatles of Troy, Michigan”, 1965.

No Concorso d’Eleganza with out “The best dressed” award, which went to Emma Beanland from Monaco who and her fabulous turquoise 1938 Delahaye 135M were all glam and quite a show-stopper.

The display of classic motorcycles at Villa Erba.

Rolls-Royce presented the Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII, part of a special group of 50 of its kind made by the Goodwood, England-based automaker.

Among the priceless cares, from left to right: 1953 Siata 300 BC, Jurgen Maes (BE), 1953 Abarth 205 Sport 1100 Ghia, Bradley Calkins (US), 1954 Maserati A6G / 2000, Roland D’leteren (BE).

Here the complete list of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019 – Award Winners:

Trofeo BMW Group Best of Show by the Jury Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, Berlinetta, Touring, 1937, David Sydorick (US)

1929 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Three-Position Cabriolet, Norbert Seeger (LI)


Class Winner Vauxhall 30 / 98 Type OE, Boattail Tourer, Vauxhall, 1925, Peter Goodwin (US)

Mention of Honour Lancia Lambda Serie VIII, Four-Seater Torpedo, Lancia, 1928, Anthony MacLean (CH) ____________ CLASS B: FAST FORWARD: A QUARTER CENTURY OF PROGRESS

Class Winner Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, Berlinetta, Touring, 1937, David Sydorick (US)

Mention of Honour Bugatti 57 S, Four-Seater Sports Tourer, Vanden Plas, 1937, Robert Kauffman (US) ____________ CLASS C: SMALL AND PERFECTLY FORMED: THE COACHBUILDER’S ART IN MINIATURE

Class Winner Fiat Abarth Monomille GT, Coupé, Sibona-Basano, 1963, Shiro Kosaka, (JP)

Mention of Honour Abarth 205 Sport 1100, Berlinetta, Ghia, 1953, Bradley Calkins (US) ____________ CLASS D: A NEW DAWN: INTO THE ROCK’N’ROLL ERA

Class Winner Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, Coupé, Mercedes-Benz, 1954, Matthias Bonczkowitz (DE)

Mention of Honour Siata 208 S, Spider, Motto, 1953, Jan de Reu (BE) ____________ CLASS E: SWINGING SIXTIES: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

Class Winner Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB, Spider, Pininfarina, 1961, Tony Vassilopoulos (GB)

Mention of Honour Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB Competizione, Berlinetta, Pininfarina, 1960, William Loughan (GB) ____________ CLASS F: BABY YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR: MUSICAL STARS’ CARS

Class Winner Lamborghini Miura P 400 S, Coupé, Bertone, 1971, Luca Taino (IT)

Mention of Honour Porsche 959, Coupé, Porsche, 1988, Giovanni Andrea Innocenti (CH) ____________ CLASS G: SPEEDING AGAINST THE CLOCK: ENDURANCE RACING LEGENDS

Class Winner Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia, Barchetta, Touring, 1949, Brian Ross (US)

Mention of Honour OSCA MT4 1450, Barchetta, Frua, 1953, Hidetomo Kimura (JP) ____________ CLASS H: DARING TO DREAM: CONCEPTS WHICH ROCKED THE MOTORING WORLD

Class Winner Lamborghini Marzal, Four-Seater Coupé, Bertone, 1967, Albert Spiess (CH)

Mention of Honour Vivant 77, Roadster, “The Beatles of Troy, Michigan”, 1965, Phillip Sarofim (US)

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