After the Special Edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was held in the autumn of 2021, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este will once again host one of the world’s most prestigious heritage events for historic vehicles from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd May 2022.
This traditional beauty contest for cars is organised jointly by BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. In 2022, around 50 classic cars with their own special history will once again compete for victory in their category as well as for the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este and the coveted Trofeo BMW Group for “Best of Show”.
Exceptionally beautiful and elegant cars were first presented as part of a competition on Grand Hotel Villa d’Este premises in 1929. However, the venue’s tradition goes back even further. The iconic Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on Lake Como was built as a cardinal residence in the 16th century. This stunning property was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1873, becoming a magical place celebrated all over the world.
In 2022, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este will enter its 150th season. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will celebrate this special anniversary with a separate vehicle category.
Under the motto “And the Winner Is…: A Celebration of Villa d’Este’s 150th Season”, vehicles that have been the winners of the prestigious and historical Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este or the coveted “Best of Show” since the first event in 1929 will be on exhibit.
The “The Carriage Becomes a Car” category is devoted to the exciting transformation that took place in the early years of the motorcar around 120 years ago. After all, the first motorised vehicles did not yet have any examples to look to except for the usual means of contemporary transport, like the horse-drawn carriage. In the first three decades, engineers worked hard, and at an ever increasing pace, to reach new milestones and achieve the best performance. This made design more and more challenging.
By the end of the 1920s, the car featured a growing number of functions and had become an impressively designed object that was shaping its time. Looking back on how this developed promises to be both remarkable and eye-opening.
With the technological foundation successfully laid out, designers in the following decade were able to specialise in their work and concentrate on new, distinct areas. The “Speed Shapes Form” category focuses on particularly sophisticated and aerodynamically-optimised body designs from 1930 to 1940.
Their lines became more and more streamlined and aimed at speed, a trend that was strongly influenced by aviation, an emerging sector at the time. With the futuristic style of these vehicles, the 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is also looking back on a decade of brilliant engineering.
The 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will be celebrating another anniversary with a special look at the Ferrari brand. This Italian car manufacturer will be celebrating its 75th anniversary. The extraordinary history of this brand will come to life with its own
competition category: “The Cavallino at 75: Eight Decades of Ferrari Represented in Eight Icons”. Each vehicle will thus represent the vision of its decade and the technological excellence behind its creation. In addition, special models from the recent past, each
bearing the legendary “Cavallino Rampante” (prancing horse) symbol, will be exhibited for the first time.
The third anniversary being celebrated at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is for a company that is intimately linked to motorsport. BMW Motorsport GmbH was in fact founded 50 years ago. Today, this BMW Group subsidiary is known as BMW M GmbH. Its first independently developed vehicle, named the BMW M1 and introduced in 1978, was a milestone in its history. BMW M GmbH continued its impressive history by then designing engines for Formula 1 and developing the most successful touring car in the history of motorsport, the BMW M3. The 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will chronicle this story with the competition category titled “Mean Machinery: 50 Years of BMW M”.
Speed has always had a magical effect on automotive aficionados. Since the invention of the motorcar, higher top speeds have always been regarded as a sign of technological progress and a key to success.
After having exceeded top speeds of 150 km/h relatively early, it took considerable engineering skill to reach and exceed 300 km/h.
These technological achievements were awarded with their own category under the title “Breaking the Speed Barrier! The First Machines to Cross the 300 kph Threshold” at the 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
With registration now open, the time for the nomination phase has come. Owners of extraordinary historic cars are called upon to register their vehicles for participation in the competition. This applies both to classics, which can compete in one of the six categories already created, as well as to other outstanding rarities.
Interested owners can register online at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este website:
2021 Design award goes to Automobili Pininfarina’s Battista –
Automobili Pininfarina’s pure-electric hyper GT Battista with Verde Paradiso paintwork. Photo credit – Eros Maggi
The prestigious Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award was awarded courtesy of votes by event guests. It is another laurel given to this pure-electric masterpiece. This is in addition to GC’s Electric Hypercar of the Year award, and Electrifying.com’s Electric Dream award under the Concept Cars & Prototypes category.
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