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Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2013

Greg Emmerson
May 7, 2013

The annula concours d'elegance at the historic façade of the Grand Hotel Villa d'Este on Lake Como will see two special exhibitions this year: "90 years of BMW Motorrad" and "60 Years of the Corvette".

The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este has been held at the same location since 1929 and ranks as the most traditional events for historic cars and motorcycles. The magnificent parkland in Cernobbio on the shores of Lake Como is also the venue for the premier concours for concept cars and prototypes.

For automotive fans from around the world, it affords a rare opportunity to study models that represent the future of automotive design. As such, these vehicles also span more than 80 years of motoring history to the present and into the future, embodying the spirit of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

This year, the BMW Group will have two- and four-wheeled prototypes and concepts and, to mark the anniversary of "90 years of BMW Motorrad", there will be milestones from the company's motorcycle history held in the grounds of Villa Erba, along with the "60 years of the Corvette" display.

While most awards for classic cars are presented by an international jury, Saturday will see the public to vote for the winner of the Coppa d'Oro Villa d'Este, with the BMW Group Italia Trophy on Sunday.

The most beautiful concept car will also be chosen by the public for the Concorso d'Eleganza Design Award. The contenders in this year's concours were introduced by Dr Ralf Rodepeter from BMW at a press conference in Milan. Among others, this year's event will see the following models eligible for awards:

Alfa Romeo Zagato Stradale TZ3

The version of this coupé on display at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2013 is the last of a run of nine cars from the Carrozzeria Zagato design studio. The first example was presented in 2010 to mark "100 years of Alfa Romeo Racing". The latest variant features a carbon body, an aerodynamically optimised rear modelled on the legendary 1930s designs of German engineer Wunibald Kamm, and a 10-cylinder engine (SRT Viper) with 8.4 liters displacement and output of around 600hp.

Pininfarina Sergio.

Following its world premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Pininfarina Sergio sports car study can now be admired at leasure on Lake Como. This open two-seater measuring 4.55 meters in length is a contemporary take on a two-seater Barchetta and at the same time a homage to Sergio Pininfarina, founder of the eponymous Italian coachbuilders, who died in 2012. The individual design of the concept car is principally defined by its rudimentary roof that extends from the rear to just over the seats, along with the absence of a windscreen and side windows. When opened, its doors swing diagonally upwards. The technology behind the Pininfarina Sergio hails from the Ferrari 458 Spider, with power provided by a V8 engine with a displacement of 4.5 liters and 570hp.

BMW Group Classic at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este is among the world's most important and tradition-swathed beauty contests for cars and motorcycles. Marking its debut at this location in 1929, the event has since 1999 been held in the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d'Este and Villa Erba each May under the patronage of the BMW Group. This year's Classic Weekend on Lake Como begins on Friday, 24 May 2013, with the arrival of participants. The public days on Saturday and Sunday give all car and motorcycle enthusiasts a chance to admire some exceptional rarities within a stunning setting. This year will once again witness the Concorso di Motociclette, which was launched to great acclaim in 2011 and takes place at midday on Sunday in the parkland of Villa Erba, not far from the Grand Hotel Villa d'Este in Cernobbio. Participants will have made the journey to the exhibition area there on the previous day, dressed in appropriate historic garb and accompanied by a local police escort.

By Greg Emmerson
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