The most beautiful motorcycle classics will once again attract two-wheeler fans from all over the world to Cernobbio in Northern Italy between 24th and 26th May 2019. Once again, a unique collection of elite rare beauties from different eras of vehicle history will come together at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019 in the parkland of Villa Erba located on the shores of Lake Como. The Concorso di Motociclette is one of the spectacular attractions of the event for public spectators and contributes to the distinguished character of the show presenting rare classic vehicles. For the ninth time, it will be a fixed element of the exclusive beauty contest for historic vehicles that will this year celebrate its 90th anniversary.
BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este present motorcycle gems from all over the world +++ Concorso di Motociclette forms part of the beauty contest for historic vehicles on the shores of Lake Como for the ninth time +++ Four out of five award categories already defined for classic motorcycles, additional registrations are welcome +++ Owners and fans come together in Cernobbio, Northern Italy, from 24th to 25th May 2019.
This year’s weekend of classics is represented by the motto “The Symphony of Engines – 90 Years of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este & BMW Automobiles.” to match this and another anniversary. As the organisers, BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este present particularly sensational automobiles and two-wheeled chart toppers from all eras of vehicle history: motorcycles which are not only admirable as exhibition items but are also roadworthy in almost all cases. They demonstrate this on the Street Run when the participants parade in convoy on the Saturday from the parklands of Villa Erba through the streets of Cernobbio to the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este where all the motorcycles taking part in the competition are presented to the public on the shores of Lake Como. On the Sunday, the two-wheelers are the focus of attention at Villa Erba where they are presented to thousands of visitors.
In 2019, the Concorso di Motociclette also offers a fascinating overview of the history of motorised transport on two wheels. As usual, the Selecting Committee applies a great deal of care in choosing the rare gems from all over the world. The motorcycles permitted to line up on the starting grid here all need to have an impressive and exclusive history.
The rare gems on two wheels will compete in five award categories for the favour of the Jury. The Selecting Committee has already defined four vehicle classes for the contest:
50 Years Ago – Trendsetters for Future Success
This category harks back to the year 1969, which was a very special year in motorcycle manufacture. Big-bore machines with two, three and four cylinders fuelled the motorcycle boom during the 1960s even further. Brands like BMW, Honda, BSA, Kawasaki, Laverda, Moto Guzzi, Norton and Triumph were the key protagonists at the time.
Promenade Percy – Sportsman’s Wear in the 1950s
In the 1950s, motorcycle racing attracted hundreds of thousands of fans throughout Europe. Anyone with the necessary financial means could even have a racing machine built with a roadgoing license at their local dealership. Alongside the successful brands produced in the 1960s, manufacturers like FN, Gilera, Jawa and Velocette were also popular.
The King’s Guard – Two Wheel Escorts
Emperors, kings, heads of state – were always accompanied by motorcycle escorts when they came on a state visit – a ceremony recalled by this competition class. Manufacturers like BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Moto Guzzi and Triumph delivered specialist model versions with special equipment such as side panniers, radio equipment, pennant holders, and running boards instead of footrests.
Concept Bikes & Prototypes
Exceptional motorcycle studies have now become a tradition at Villa Erba. As in the last two years, there will also be a dedicated class for the most unusual and spectacular two-wheeled concepts from motorcycle manufacturers as well as from independent designers.
The definition of these four vehicle classes opens the nomination phase for the Concorso di Motociclette 2019. Owners of exceptional historic motorcycles are invited to apply for a place in the beauty contest – irrespective of whether or not their vehicle matches one of the categories already defined. The other categories in the contest will be announced later.
And Cars too!
BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este are presenting the world’s most exclusive and traditional beauty contest for historic cars and motorcycles from 24th to 26th May 2019 +++ The motto is: “The Symphony of Engines – 90 Years of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este & BMW Automobiles” +++ The Selecting Committee has defined the first three award classes for classic automobiles and is now accepting nominations.
The symphonious backdrop can certainly not be described as the “Sound of Silence” when the most beautiful and exclusive automobile classics parade on the shores of Lake Como. From 24th to 26th May 2019, the sound in Cernobbio, Northern Italy, will come out of the tailpipes of around 50 classic cars nominated for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. They will be competing for the favour of the Jury and the public spectators with their visual splendour and also their acoustic charms.
The beauty pageant for historic vehicles will once again be organised jointly by BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. This year’s motto: “The Symphony of Engines – 90 Years of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este & BMW Automobiles”. 1929 saw the premiere of this competition and the launch of the first series automobile from BMW – the 3 /15 PS.
The visitors to the anniversary event can look forward to an extended weekend packed with spectacular performances in the parkland of Villa d’Este and neighbouring Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como. However, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este presents not only the greatest hits in automobile history but also a glimpse of mobility in the future. The class of Concept Cars and Prototypes will feature the automobiles of the future rolling across the gravel catwalk at Villa d’Este.
Once more, the contest for Historic Cars has eight award classes in the anniversary year 2019. The entire bandwidth of automobile history will again be reflected in these categories – from pre-war vehicles to the cars of legendary music stars from the recent past. The spectrum of classic vehicles entering the competition will be drawn from all the major eras of vehicle and music history.
The first three automobile classes have already been defined and given a name:
DARING TO DREAM: CONCEPTS WHICH ROCKED THE MOTORING WORLD
BABY YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR: SINGING STARS’ CARS
GOODBYE ROARING TWENTIES: THE CLASS OF 1929
The blue-riband list of entrants in the field of competitors is one of the hallmarks of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The beauty pageant was held for the first time in 1929 and at that time it provided the sector with a forum for presenting new automobiles. Since 2005, the event has been jointly organised by BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, and today it is the world’s most exclusive and traditional beauty contest for historic vehicles.
The nomination phase has now begun for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019. The Selecting Committee is calling on the owners of outstanding classics from all the epochs of automobile and motorcycle history to register their vehicles for the beauty contest. The committee welcomes nominations for Historic Cars that can be allocated to the competition categories already defined and for other outstanding classics.
For online registration, you can go to the official website at http://concorsodeleganzavilladeste.com.
Entry tickets and visitor packages can also already be booked there now.
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