EVENT: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2012

By Jessica Dufresne

While Memorial Day Weekend in the States was all about beaches and BBQ, overseas the weekend was celebrated a little differently. Car (and motorcycle) lovers galore had a high time in Italy at the annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Held along Lake Como in Cernobbio, the Concorso was the hot spot as nearly 6,000 car enthusiasts from around the world gathered to witness a spectacular fleet of classic and concept cars, along with cutting-edge motorcycles, all competing for public- and jury-selected awards.

“We experienced a high-calibre event with a unique field of competitors,” said Karl Baumer, president of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and director of BMW Group Classic.

Top honors went to the 1933 Alfa Romeo, 6C 1750 GS in the classics category, and the Alfa Romeo 4C in the concept division. Meanwhile, the motorcycle competition’s Trofeo (trophy) was bestowed upon the Italian Gilera 500 Rondine from the Museo Piaggio.

We’re sure they didn’t let bar-b-que anywhere near these babies.


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