Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2012: classic weekend on the shores of Lake Como
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| The vehicles are hand-picked, the number of participants is strictly limited, the backdrop is simply unique: the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este is regarded as one of the most exclusive events in the world of classic automobiles and motorcycles. 'Our aim is to preserve this exclusive ambience while at the same time welcoming further enthusiasts who are keen to experience the Concorso,' says Karl Baumer, President of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este and Director of BMW Group Classic, outlining the target for the years ahead. 'That's why we want to extend the public day into a classic weekend.' Dott. Jean-Marc Droulers firmly corroborates this aim on behalf of the Grand Hotel Villa d'Este: 'We would like to share our enthusiasm for the Concorso with more people.' Whereas in the past the grounds of Villa Erba in Cernobbio were only open to the public on the Sunday for a viewing of the Concorso's historic automotive gems, last year saw its gates unlocked on the Saturday as well. This year the Concorso will open up even earlier, namely on Friday evening, allowing visitors to enjoy an Italian festival and open-air cinema.
Multisensory experience: Concorso di Motociclette
The motorcycle Concorso, which had its debut last year, enters its second round in 2012. A total of 30 two-wheelers, along with a special exhibition of design studies, will undergo the judges' scrutiny in this second edition of the Concorso di Motociclette. A new feature this year is a ride from Tremezzo to Cernobbio.
Then everyone will ride together to the exhibition in the grounds of Villa Erba, where the jury will assess the motorcycles for the first time. The motorcycle Concorso itself will not take place on Saturday but on Sunday morning so as to avoid clashing with the automobile Concorso at Villa d'Este. Another change from last year is that the motorcycles will not merely be displayed in stationary mode, but – following the example of the cars – some of their owners will ride them along the red carpet. That way visitors will be able to experience the cherished two-wheelers with all their senses.