Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 – Results and Photos

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 took place May 20-22 on the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba on Lake Como in Cernobbio, Italy.

The Trofeo BMW Group, awarded “Best of Show” by the judges at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 went to a 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale owned by Clive Joy, while the historic Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este – Best of Show by Public Referendum at Villa d’Este was awarded to the 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS of Corrado Lopresto. In the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for concept cars and prototypes, the public voted for the Aston Martin V12 Zagato celebrating its world premiere.

For the first time the cars were joined by motorcycles competing for class and overall victory in a competition of their own, as fans of two-wheeled classics headed to the Villa Erba for Saturday’s motorcycle concours. Another new feature of the Concorso was the sale held by RM Auctions on Saturday evening, which tempted collectors with a line-up of 32 cars.

“Our aim was to take this long-established event into new territory while preserving its character,” said Karl Baumer, President of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and Director of BMW Group Classic, outlining the reasons behind the changes. “The main initiative we introduced to give people extra opportunity to visit the Concorso was the addition of a second Public Day,” continued Baumer. Dr Jean-Marc Droulers, President of Villa d’Este S.p.A., also declared himself pleased with the weekend: “We’ve seen cars and motorcycles which made our hearts beat a little faster – both within the small, exclusive environs of the Villa d’Este and together with the wider public at the Villa Erba.”

The Trofeo BMW Group in the first Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este for motorcycles was won by an American Pierce Four from 1910. After presenting the award, General Director of BMW Motorrad Hendrik von Kuenheim shifted the spotlight to plans for the years ahead, “We are looking to develop this concours into a meeting point for all enthusiasts of motorcycle design. That fits in with both the tradition of the BMW motorcycle brand and the passion for bikes here in Italy.”

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 – Winners

Class A: Closed for Comfort
Class Winner, Talbot-Lago, T23, Coupe Royal, Figoni & Falaschi, 1938, Joseph Cantore, USA
Mention of Honor, Delage, D8 105 S, Coupe, Autobineau, 1935, Alex Vazeos,GR

Class B: Open Sky
Class Winner, Delage, D8 S, Roadster, de Villars, 1933, James Patterson, USA
Mention of Honor, Mercedes-Benz, 380 K W22, Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz, 1934, Berthold Albrecht, D

Class C: Fifties Chic – Cars for the Jet Set
Class Winner, Ferrari, 212 Export, Berlinetta, Vignale, 1951, Peter McCoy, USA
Mention of Honor, Lancia, Aurelia B24 S ‘America’, Spider, Pinin Farina, 1955, Efisio Carutti, I

Class D: New Dawn – Small Car, Big Performance
Class Winner, Siata, 400 F, Berlinetta, Balbo, 1953, Jan De Reu, B
Mention of Honor, Siata, 208 S, Spider, Motto, 1953, Robert Davis, USA

Class E: Swinging Sixties Style
Class Winner, Ferrari, 250 GT SWB California, Spider, Scaglietti, 1963, Jean-Pierre Slavic, CH
Mention of Honor, Lamborghini, 400 GT, Coupe, Touring, 1966, Dietmar Gotz, D

Class F: The Birth of the Supercar
Class Winner, Alfa Romeo, 33 Stradale, Berlinetta, Scaglione, 1968, Clive Joy, UK
Mention of Honor, Lamborghini, Miura S, Berlinetta, Bertone, 1970, Konstantin Ioannidis, CH

Class G: Masters of Creativity
Class Winner, BMW, 2000 CS, Coupe, Karmann, 1966, Michael Ulbig, D
Mention of Honor, Glas, 3000 V8, Coupe, Frua, 1967, Christoph Schnyder, CH

Class H: Colour and Speed – Post-War Racing Icons
Class Winner, Ferrari, 375 MM, Spider, Pinin Farina, 1953, Andreas Mohringer, A
Mention of Honor, Jaguar, E-Type Lightweight, Low Drag Coupe, Jaguar, 1963, Peter Neumark, UK

Trofeo Rolls-Royce – To the most elegant Rolls-Royce by the Jury
Rolls-Royce, Phantom II, Special Town Car, Brewster, 1933, Norbert Seeger, FL

Trofeo FIVA – To the best preserved pre-war car by the Jury
Rolls-Royce, Phantom II, Special Town Car, Brewster, 1933, Norbert Seeger, FL

Trofeo ASI – To the best preserved post-war car by the Jury
Mercedes-Benz, 300 SL, Roadster, Mercedes-Benz, 1962, Heiko Seekamp, D

Trofeo Automobile Club di Como – To the car driven from farthest away
Bugatti 57 Ventoux, Coach, 1937, Andrea Capra, CH

Trofeo BMW Group Classic – For the most sensitive restoration by the Jury
Aston Martin, DB5, Convertible, Touring, 1965, Jim Utaski, USA

Trofeo Rolls-Royce – To the most elegant Rolls-Royce by the Jury
Rolls-Royce, Phantom II, Special Town Car, Brewster, 1933, Norbert Seeger, FL

Trofeo Vranken Pommery – To the best iconic car by the Jury
Jaguar, E-Type, Coupe, Jaguar, 1961, Christian J. Jenny, CH

Trofeo Foglizzo – The best interior design by the Jury
Fiat, 8V, Berlinetta, Rapi, 1953, Martin Gruss, USA

Trofeo Auto & Design – To the most exciting design by the Jury
Ford, GT40 MkII, Coupe, FAV, 1965, Claude Nahum, CH

Photographer Tim Scott documented Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011, offering the following 350 stunning images that not only capture the selection of cars, but also the wonderful Lake Como setting. To see more from Tim, visit fluidimages.co.uk.

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 – Photo Gallery (Click image for larger picture and description)

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[Source: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este; photo credit: Tim Scott / Fluid Images]