“Beauty is a very welcome guest”, goes the saying. We say: That’s right! Especially if it comes in the form of such spectacular vehicles like those at the Concorso d‘Eleganza.
From 20–22 May 2016 the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and the Villa Erba in Cernobbio on Lake Como will again be converted into a unique and exclusive stage for the most beautiful historic valuables from the last decades. But the future is also moving forward: Visitors have the opportunity to take a look into the future of automobiles with exciting concept cars and prototypes. Excited anticipation is guaranteed!
All good things come in threes? Yes, but beautiful things come in nines!
This year, historic vehicles from a total of nine classes will be presented. It is no surprise then that the Concorso d’Eleganza is among the most prestigious concourses in the world, alongside the Pebble Beach Concorsi d‘Elegance in California. For us it is even THE Concorso (the BMW Group has been the organiser of the Concorso d’Eleganza since 2005, together with the Grand Hotel).
The following classes will appear for the exhibition in 2016:
- Pre-war decadence – Flights of automotive fantasy.
Eyes up, mouth closed - marvel at vehicles with the luxury of the 1920s and 1930s.
- Pre-war supercars – The Fast and the Flamboyant.
Quickly now - everything turns on striving for the highest performance and speed.
- Cars of the stars – From the silver screen to the studio lot.
Film on, motor running – enjoy vehicles whose history is closely linked to the history of cinema.
- Rally cars – Heroes of the special stage, 1955–1985.
There to win - competition vehicles from three decades of rallying await you.
- Daring to be different – Designs that pushed the envelope.
Experience the future – learn about innovations in design and technology.
- Sur mesure et haute couture – One-offs for the connoisseur.
Custom design – here everything turns around unique objects which were produced by renowned manufacturers or coach-makers in the 1920s to the 1950s for especially demanding customers.
- GT Man is back – The golden era of sports car design, 1950–1975.
On a long journey – enjoy the exciting representatives of the vehicle category Gran Turismo.
- Driven by excess – Cars of the Studio 54 era, 1975–1986.
Yes Sir, they can boogie – the Concorso presents automobiles shaped by the technology and design of the disco age.
Aaah! Oooh! The presentation of prizes drives the ambience and pulse into overdrive. They cannot of course be missing from the Concorso d’Eleganza. For this reason the important “Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este” will be awarded at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, and a special prize will be awarded for historic vehicles. Two genuine highlights! There will also be awards in the Villa Erba: On Sunday evening the BMW Group Trophy and “Best of Show by the Jury” will be presented here.
Besides the presentation of prizes, the Villa Erba is also an exclusive setting for the special exhibition “Back to the future. The journey continues” – an exciting collection of hommage cars, concept cars and motor bikes from BMW and MINI. The special feature of this exhibition is that both brands will be presented in historic pairs. An additional highlight is the motor bike concourse, which will be held at the Villa Erba, and has had its fixed starting position at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este since 2011.
So what are you waiting for? Lake Como is calling!