The preparations for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este are well advanced, and the motto for this year’s event on the shores of Lake Como is “Hollywood on the Lake”.
Let’s have a fascinating look at the past.
Many winning automobiles from years gone by were eminently equipped for film stardom.
Take the Maserati 450S for example that played a leading role in a “Whodunnit” winning “Best of Show” at the Trofeo BMW Group in 2014. This was a vehicle that once played an important role in a criminal case. In 1956, the factory delivered the car to a certain Tony Parravano in California but he soon disappeared from sight in Mexico. The American tax authorities requisitioned his Maserati and auctioned the car in 1959 for $3000.
The history of the victor in 2015 is another unusual story. The American collector David Sydorick from Beverly Hills entered with an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 from 1932. However, the Italian sports car penned by Zagato was in fact a “car on loan” at the time since Sydorik had already sold it. The condition of the sale was that he would be allowed to enter the automobile for the Concorso on Lake Como before handing it over.
In 2016, the most prestigious award went to an “adopted” rare treasure, 1 of 4 Maserati A6 GCS automobiles ever built.
Originally Aldo Brovarone had designed the coupé for Cisitalia in 1952. But the company went bankrupt and the designer applied to Battista “Pinin” Farina with his design. Shortly afterwards, Farina used the body for a Maserati and presented the vehicle at the Paris Motor Show in 1954.
Last year, an automobile from Italian production won the competition on Lake Como for the 4th year in succession in the form of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo.
The winning vehicle for the year 2017 triumphed exactly 60 years after it was produced. In 1957, Franco Scaglione was the Chief Stylist at Italian coachwork supremo Bertone and he developed the coupé. The prototype with the streamlined lightweight alloy body remained a unique special.
The highlights from 2017
Did you know that the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este is regularly renovated and upgraded during the winter months?
The latest program of refinements kept 142 employees and trades people busy for 115 days.
The measures involved
laying 5500 square metres of carpet
restoring and cleaning 510 square metres of mosaics from the 16th Century with more than 2.5-M mosaic tiles
full renovation of 25 hotel rooms
all 167 hotel rooms were freshly painted and refined
5 new plane trees were planted on the terrace in front of the swimming pool where the 500 year old plane tree had stood until 2016.
Over the coming weeks and months, 8 gardeners at Villa d’Este will additionally be planting 32,000 new flowers in the 10 hectares of Parkland.
This Grand Hotel is extremely well prepared for your next visit.
The Selecting Committee has already identified more than 50% of the vehicles that will participate in the contest in 2018.
And the nomination list for the Concorso di Motociclette is steadily filling up.
There are still places waiting to be taken up in the classes for automobiles and motorcycles.
Entry tickets can also be reserved on the event website. “Friends of Concorso” packages can also be booked, although there are a limited number left. These VIP Packages give you access to all the exclusive areas.
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