Munich/Cernobbio. Beauty belongs on the catwalk. The
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is the dream setting on Lake Como for
the world’s most exclusive pageant for outstanding historic vehicles.
The BMW Group Classic continues its more than 20-year partnership with
the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este as organiser of this unique Concours with
undiminished passion and commitment.
The organiser, in close consultation with the Grand Hotel Villa
d’Este, constantly reconsiders the scope of the Concorso d’Eleganza
Villa d’Este to ensure an event format appropriate to the times and
circumstances is offered every time. For this reason, the Concorso di
Motociclette will continue to be suspended for the time being.
A new and unique facet will be integrated into the weekend in
Cernobbio for the general public: the BMW Group Classic looks forward
to inviting you to their “Wheels & Weisswürscht Lake Como” event
at Villa Erba on Sunday, 22 May. The new event on the grounds at
walking distance from the Villa d’Este will be kept very relaxed under
the theme of “Casually Celebrating Cars”. “Wheels & Weisswürscht
Lake Como” welcomes international BMW, Mini and car clubs across
all brands with the authentic Bavarian flavours from the organiser’s
home region. Many automobile enthusiasts will make their treasured
collections accessible to visitors on the grounds of Villa Erba. A
separate area will be reserved for automotive stars from the history
of BMW M. Three of the legendary BMW M RingTaxis from the Nürburgring
will be among these stars.
Around fifty automotive beauties from almost one hundred years of
vehicle history will present themselves at the Concorso d’Eleganza
Villa d’Este 2022 in seven classes, with designations reflecting the
anniversaries and superlatives of this year’s competition:
Class A – The golden age of elegance: the art deco era of motor car design
Class B – Kompressor! The supercharged Mercedes-Benz
Class C – Celebrating 150 seasons at Villa d’Este: how grand
entrances were once made
Class D – The Cavallino at 75: eight decades of Ferrari represented
in eight icons
Class E – Born for the racetrack: “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday”
Class F – 50 years of mean machinery: BMW M cars and their ancestors
Class G – Breaking the speed barrier: pioneers that pursued the magic
BMW Motorsport GmbH was founded 50 years ago as a subsidiary of BMW
AG. Known as BMW M GmbH since 1993 and having long-since achieved
legendary status, BMW M has an impressive history of racing cars and
high-performance vehicles. Its own “50 years of mean machinery – BMW M
cars and their ancestors” judging class will be documenting and
honouring this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
50 years of BMW M also marks the occasion when many BMW Group Classic
collection vehicles representing this history are brought to Lake Como
in May to be exhibited. Historic BMW racing cars will be present as
well as BMW M series vehicles and stunning historic eye-catchers from
the BMW 7 Series.
The BMW Group Classic bridges the past, present and future of
mobility by presenting historic and current collection vehicles. The
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2022 will focus on the pinnacle of
luxury, elegance and sportiness.
Two premieres of exceptional BMW automobiles point the way to the
future: the eagerly anticipated BMW M4 CSL (Combined Fuel consumption:
10.1 – 9.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 227 – 222 g/km according
to WLTP) will be making its world debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza,
while the new BMW i7 (BMW i7 xDrive60, combined consumption according
to WLTP: 19.6 – 18.4 kWh/100 km, combined consumption according to
NEFZ: – , provisional data) – the first all-electric BMW 7 Series –
will be making its Concorso d’Eleganza debut.
Based on the radical Supersports bike M 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad is
presenting a special anniversary edition that will appear together
with the BMW M4 CSL.
Yet another highlight is the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail. Over a four-year
project period, three highly unique automobiles have been designed for
individual Rolls-Royce customers. The next chapter of the Boat Tail
will be shown at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza.
The 75th anniversary of the Italian car manufacturer Ferrari will
also be honoured with its own competition category: “The Cavallino at
75: eight decades of Ferrari represented in eight icons” brings the
extraordinary history of the brand to life in a special class.
2022 is a very special year for the iconic Villa d’Este. Originally
designed as a private residence for the Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio in the
16th century and transformed into one of world’s finest hotels in
1873, Villa d’Este celebrates its 150th hotel season this year. It is
impossible not to be swept up in the silent glamour and history of
Villa d’Este, with the grande dame having played host to some of the
greatest names in cinema, art, literature, politics and business over
the past 150 seasons. The legendary hotel has withstood the test of
time and evolved gracefully, and this anniversary year will honour the
traditions for which Villa d’Este is famed and adored, whilst also
celebrating the continued innovations which affirms the hotel as an
evolving icon within the industry. This anniversary merits a separate
Concorso d’Eleganza vehicle class: “Celebrating 150 seasons at Villa
d’Este: how grand entrances were once made” presents vehicles that
have gone down in the annals of the Concours as winners of the Coppa
d’Oro Villa d’Este or the “Best of Show” trophy since the first ever
event in 1929.
The Prelude Tour is already a great tradition and for the first time
this year starts in nearby Milan. The exclusive starting line-up of
unique historic cars will take a carefully selected route to the
Concorso d’Eleganza on Lake Como on the Thursday before the main
event, arriving in Cernobbio in the afternoon.
The general public also have the opportunity to admire the vehicles
at various locations in the centre of Milan. The grand vehicle parade
of all participants will take place on Saturday at Villa d’Este. This
day the exclusive and coveted Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este will be
assigned by Public Referendum to the most beautiful car.
The weekend will culminate on Sunday, when the top-placed
participating vehicles and concept cars will be exhibited on the
grounds of Villa d’Este and the class winners will be awarded prizes.
This time, the “BMW Group Trophy – Best of Show” will already have
been awarded in the afternoon.
For ten years now, the watch manufacturer A. Lange & Söhne has
been a valued partner of the Concorso d’Eleganza. This year, the “Best
of Show” winner will be awarded a one-of-a-kind 1815 CHRONOGRAPH model
in white gold, with which A. Lange & Söhne commemorates the
historic connection between motor sport and timekeeping.
The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este expresses its sincere thanks to
its long-standing partners A. Lange & Söhne and Vranken Pommery
for their well-established, excellent cooperation.
Further information for the public, in particular on purchasing
tickets, can be found on the event website: https://www.concorsodeleganzavilladeste.com/packages-tickets/.
Pictures and videos from the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2022
will be available from 21 May at: www.bmwgroupclassic-downloads.com