Cernobbio, 20 December, 2019
The class “From Swinging Sixties to Awesome Eighties: Two Decades of Endurance Racing” brings the
heyday of 12 and 24 hour races to life again. This was an era when spectacular prototypes and custom
sports cars specially designed for marathon competitions battled against and around the clock in a fierce
contest. Today, these racing cars continue to exert fascination with their shapes designed entirely for the
functionality of endurance racing and the crescendo of sound roaring from their muscular engines.
The appearance of the motor-sport legends will further extend the diversity of the field of participants at the
beauty contest staged jointly by BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. A total of some 50
rare gems from across all eras of automobile history will be appraised by the expert Jury and the public at
Cernobbio in northern Italy as they compete for one of the highly coveted trophies.
Three award classes had been previously defined by the Selecting Committee. Open-top sports cars from
the early days of the automobile will compete in the category of “Pre-war Roadsters”. The class “Cops and
Robbers – Fast Cars from Both Sides of the Law” focuses on vehicles with a history of spectacular car
chases on screen or in reality. Then exceptional automobiles from the last decade of the previous century
are presented for the first time in the category “Hypercars of the 1990s”. Other classes in the contest will be
announced shortly. The Selecting Committee is continuing to accept nominations – for the vehicle classes
already defined and for different vehicles. Owners of outstanding classic cars can register their vehicles
online at the event website www.concorsodeleganzavilladeste.com.
After the major success at its premiere last year, the organisers are inviting all the entrants in the contest
to launch the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020 by going on an outing together. The Villa d’Este
Prelude Tour will take the nominated automobiles and their owners on a tour through the scenic heartland
around Cernobbio and further into the countryside bordering Lake Como on Thursday 21 May 2020. The
carefully selected itinerary and a stop with culinary highlights will contribute to an atmospheric start to the
weekend of classic cars.
Alongside vehicle owners and fans of classic cars from all over the world, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa
d’Este 2020 will also be hosting media representatives from many different countries. Once again, a media
centre will be available to support them in their work at the event venue. Press accreditations to the
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020 are now being accepted online at the event website. The
corresponding registration phase for journalists begins at the end of January 2020.