Update: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

Update: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este


Update: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

In our last newsletter, we presented the Jury President of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to you. Today, you will find out about the work of the jurors. What do these experts look for? What do they want to see and what is not to their liking? What should the perfect Concorso candidate have? What turns a candidate into a winner?

In our section “Did you know . . .?” you can now find other organisational details and useful information about this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

We hope that you have an enjoyable read.

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este: Jury assessment

Villa d’Este. Around 50 automobiles and more than 30 historic motorcycles will line up at the start this year. All of them are rarities and classic beauties. The strict preselection carried out by the Selecting Committee in itself guarantees that standard. The stringent criteria mean that every owner who is entitled to line up with their rare treasure has a right to be truly proud of their vehicle. The privilege of joining the line-up at the start of the competition alone represents the equivalent of a knighthood in automobile history. But what exactly does the Jury look for?

Important aspects are as follows: “Cars shall be selected on the basis of their historic, technical, and aesthetic interest, their rarity and authenticity, as well as the elegance and sophistication of their styling.” Classic virtues like style, uniqueness and craftsmanship are important. And features such as: “Matching numbers for the engine, chassis and body, harmony of the colour schemes, elegance of the upholstery and fittings, elegance and conformity of the accessories, mechanical efficiency and conformity of the engine bay.”

Beauty, elegance and aura are important aspects. Details such as tyres, spark plugs and battery – if they are not original – should be as close as possible to the original parts. Overly free interpretation of classic features is not necessarily a guarantee of victory: “Highly unusual colour schemes and non-original chrome, nickel, cadmium or other metal plating.”

The Jury works together in groups of three. These teams are responsible for different vehicle classes. Each group of three arrives at a joint score for every participant. The candidates with the highest number of points in each class win the corresponding class. An overall winner is selected from all the class victors – The Best of Show. All the jurors are responsible for this final selection.

What characteristics then should the perfect Concorso candidate have? How can a vehicle progress to being a competitor in this beauty pageant? What attributes do victorious types possess?

The FIVA Identity Card is an important assessment criterion. This authorised vehicle passport is issued by the world association for classic cars (Fédération Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) and it provides a verification of authenticity for classic cars that are at least 30 years old. The previous categories such as “original”, “contemporary” or “replica” and the system of allocating vehicles to various preservation groups have been replaced by maximally precise detailed descriptions. This document therefore contains all the important technical data alongside the vehicle history. Any modifications carried out are also entered in the document. The passport is therefore a birth certificate, curriculum vitae and clearance document all at the same time.

And a vehicle needs to be rare. Being a rarity is sometimes even more important among these attributes than unalloyed beauty. An important factor is how many models are still in existence across the world. What the vehicle has experienced. Who its previous owners were, how well the vehicle is preserved or how true to the original it is after having been restored.

Happily perfection does not take precedence over everything else. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este also rewards the exceptions that confirm the rule. The Selecting Committee and the Jury are also passionate about “genuine types”. Classic cars that have a story to tell. The more unique their story, the greater the chance of success at the world’s most important beauty contest for classic vehicles.

Did you know…


Is there a catalogue with the vehicles taking part?

Two yearbooks will be available in the grounds of Villa Erba. They will present pictures of all participants together with a description. Prices: Automobile Yearbook 35 euros, Motorcycle Yearbook 25 euros.
How close will I be able to get to the cars and motorcycles?

Very close, the vehicles are not cordoned off. However, visitors are asked not to touch the vehicles.
Will the exhibited automobiles and motorcycles also be taken out on public roads?

On Saturday afternoon, a dedicated Motorcycle Street Run will take place through Cernobbio. On Sunday, the automobiles will go on a short outing from Villa d’Este, through Cernobbio to Villa Erba.
Where can I park?

There are lots of opportunities for parking in the grounds of Villa Erba. Signage will indicate where it is possible to park at the venue.

Is food and drink available in the grounds?

Yes, hot and cold food, drinks and ice creams are available at sales stands.
Are children allowed to come to the exhibition at Villa Erba?

Yes, children are also warmly welcome.
Are dogs allowed in the grounds?

No, dogs are not allowed in the grounds of Villa Erba on event days.
Do I have to observe a dress code?

No, you do not have to wear smart clothes or appear in contemporary clothing from the era of Jules Verne. But it is also not forbidden.
Can I cast a vote to choose the winners?

Yes, there are several awards that are conferred on the basis of a public referendum.

BMW AG | BMW Group Classic | AK-52 – Concorso d‘Eleganza Villa d‘Este | Petuelring 130 D-80788 Munich, Germany | Court of Registration: Local Munich; Registration Number: HRB 42243; Value Added Tax number pursuant to Article § 27 a Value Added Tax Act: DE 129273398

The legal representatives of Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft are the members of the management board (Harald Krüger – Chairman, Milagros Caiña Carreiro-Andree, Markus Duesmann, Klaus Fröhlich, Ian Robertson, Nicolaus Peter, Peter Schwarzenbauer, Oliver Zipse). Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Norbert Reithofer

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