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A weekend with family, friends, classic cars and a lot of FUN.
Today I want to try and bring some of the Italian flair across, to invite you into the magic of historic racing and find some passion in classic cars.
If you are interested in classic cars you have most probably already heard about the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. It takes place in Cernobbio, where the two villa’ are located. Cernobbio can be found approximately 5km north from Como at Lago di Como. Not only are these villages beautiful with their tiny little Italian roads, also the lake is one of the nicest northern Italy has to offer. If you have never been to Lago di Como, definitely plan stops at Bellagio (the centre bit from the two “legs”) and my all time favourite village Lecco.
This year we had the pleasure to attend the Villa Erba event and the RM Sothebys auction on saturday evening. Not only were over 66 cars and motorbikes on display for sale but also a few prototypes.
The link below will lead you to the results of the auction according to the lot numbers: Erzielte Verkaufspreise der Lot-Nummern
The beautiful Villa Erba is a stunning resort and creates a great ambiance for these historical beauties and rare cars.
Before moving on to the next event, Bergamo Gran Prix, which happened on sunday, I want to show you some impressions of the Villa as well as the beautiful cars which were in display:
After this beautiful day we spent the evening in Como, explored the town centre and enjoyed some good food. An early night, after our drive back, was calling as everyone was super excited for the next day – race day! :)
Finally, the day we have all been waiting for had arrived – the historic Bergamo Gran Prix. The race takes place in the old town part called Città Alta, along the historic wall. This part of Bergamo is located on top of the hill/mountain and therefore the view from above is stunning.
The circuit is defined from the street on/next the wall all around the old city part, as you can see below. Especially the many curves and the width of the street itself can be challenging.
All of us agreed, that the best about the whole event is, that you are literally standing on the track, being able to “touch” the cars and therefore be fully involved in the race. Also the boxen stop is located right on a big “plaza” so everyone is able to get involved, speak to the drivers and owners and share the passion amongst other crazy people.
Below you can find the program which took place, also an orientation for next years programme if you are inspired enough :)
09,00 Punzonature in Piazza della Cittadella delle Auto e Moto
10,00 – 10,30 1° Manche MOTO GP Circuito delle Mura
10,30 – 11,00 2° Manche GTS Circuito delle Mura
11,30 – 12,00 3° Manche F1 Circuito delle Mura
12,00 – 14,30 Brunch e Premiazioni BHGP
15,00 – 15,30 4° Manche MOTO GP Circuito delle Mura
15,30 – 16,00 5° Manche F1 Circuito delle Mura
16,30 – 17,00 6° Manche GTS Circuito delle Mura
I think I have talked enough for now and hope that the pictures will talk more and enough. We tried to capture the impressions in the best possible way and hope that next year we see a few of you attend as well :)
Veni. Vidi. Vici.
Italy is just a beautiful country, amazing food, super friendly people, family, culture, history and a lot of charm. It is my second home, my family home and my happy place.
P.S. for everyone who is interested in the winners of the
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
The Concours winners:
- Trofeo BMW Group (Best in Show by the Jury): Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo, Coupé, Bertone, 1957, Corrado Lopresto (IT)
- Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (Best of Show by Public Referendum at Villa d’Este): Lurani Nibbio, Open Single-Seater, Riva, 1935, Federico Göttsche Bebert (IT)
- Trofeo BMW Group Italia (By Public Referendum at Villa Erba): Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo, Coupé, Bertone, 1957, Corrado Lopresto (IT)
- Trofeo BMW Group Ragazzi (By Young People’s Referendum (up to the age of 16)): Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Turismo, Cabriolet, Castagna, 1932, Alain Lecocq (ES)
- Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes (By Public Referendum at Villa Erba): Renault Trezor, Two-Seater Coupé, 2016, Renault (F)
- Class Winners and Mention of Honor
- CLASS A: SPEED DEMONS: ENDURANCE PIONEERS OF THE GOLDEN AGE
- Class Winner: Ballot 3/8 LC, Open Two-Seater, Ballot, 1920, Alexander Schaufler (AT)
- Mention of Honor: Lurani Nibbio, Open Single-Seater, Riva, 1935, Federico Göttsche Bebert (IT)
- CLASS B: TRAVELLING IN STYLE: AROUND THE WORLD IN 40 YEARS
- Class Winner: Duesenberg J Convertible Berline, Convertible Sedan, Murphy, 1930, Ion Tiriac (RO)
- Mention of Honor: Lancia Dilambda, Torpedo Sport, Viotti, 1932, Albert Kaliminian (US)
- CLASS C: GOODBYE JAZZ, HELLO RADIO: FULL SPEED INTO THE 1930S
- Class Winner: Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Turismo, Cabriolet, Castagna, 1932, Alain Lecocq (ES)
- Mention of Honor: Tatra 77, Streamline Saloon, Tatra, 1934, Tomas Hoferek (CZ)
- CLASS D: FASTER, QUIETER, SMOOTHER: HEROES OF THE JET AGE
- Class Winner: Fiat 8V Supersonic, Coupé, Ghia, 1953, Lennart Schouwenburg (NL)
- Mention of Honor: Bentley MK VI, Drophead Coupé, H. J. Mulliner, 1947, Norbert Seeger (LI)
- CLASS E: THE GRAND TOUR CONTINUES: THE NEXT 40 YEARS
- Class Winner: Ferrari 250 Europa GT Speciale, Coupé, Pinin Farina, 1955, Audrey & Martin Gruss (US)
- Mention of Honor: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, Coupé, Mercedes-Benz, 1955, Andries Meuzelaar (BE)
- CLASS F: FAST AND FLAMBOYANT: PLAYBOYS’ TOYS
- Class Winner: Lamborghini Miura P 400, Coupé, Bertone, 1968, Jean-Pierre Slavic (CH)
- Mention of Honor: Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California Prototipo, Spider, Pinin Farina, 1957, Robert Bishop (US)
- CLASS G: SUPERGIOIELLO: LITTLE TOYS FOR BIG BOYS
- Class Winner: Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo, Coupé, Bertone, 1957, Corrado Lopresto (IT)
- Mention of Honor: Fiat 8V, Berlinetta, Vignale, 1955, Jan de Reu (BE)
- CLASS H: SHAPED BY SPEED: RACING THROUGH THE DECADES
- Class Winner: Maserati 300 S, Open Two-Seater, Fantuzzi, 1958, Andreas Mohringer (AT)
- Mention of Honor: Abarth 1000 Bialbero Record, Closed Monoposto, Pinin Farina, 1960, Luca Bertolero (IT)
- CLASS A: SPEED DEMONS: ENDURANCE PIONEERS OF THE GOLDEN AGE
- Special Prizes
- Trofeo FIVA for the best preserved pre-war car: Hispano-Suiza, T 49, Weymann Sport Saloon, H. J. Muliner, 1927, Marco Gastaldi IT
- Trofeo ASI for the best preserved post-war car: Abarth, 1000 Bialbero Record, Closed Monoposto, Pinin Farina, 1960, Luca Bertolero, (IT)
- Special Prizes by the Jury Trofeo BMW Group Classic for the most sensitive restoration: Bentley, MK VI Cresta, Coupé, Pinin Farina, 1948, Fred Kriz (MC)
- Trofeo Rolls-Royce for the most elegant Rolls-Royce: Rolls-Royce, Phantom I, Brougham de Ville, Charles Clark, 1926, Chris Meany (AU)
- Trofeo Vranken Pommery for the best iconic car: Ferrari, 250 GT Berlinetta SWB Competizione, Berlinetta, Pinin Farina, 1960, Destriero Collection (MC)
- Trofeo Julius Baer for the car which showcases exceptional craftsmanship from its time: Ghia, L 6.4, Coupé, Ghia, 1962, Jack Braam-Ruben (NL)
- Trofeo Foglizzo for the best interior design: Tatra, 77, Streamlined Saloon, Tatra, 1934, Tomáš Hoferek (CZ)
- Trofeo Auto & Design for the most exciting design: Shelby, Cobra 427, Roadster, AC, 1966, Brendan M. Finn (US)
- Trofeo Automobile Club di Como for the car driven from farthest away: Lagonda, Rapide, Four-Door Saloon, Touring, 1962, Edouard Mignon (CH)