Villa d´Este 2018: It´s Not About the Building

One of the best Hotels in Europe, a setting at the banks of Lake Como, well-dressed guests and carefully confected delicacies. The renowned Concorso d´Eleganza in Italy is a tie of prestige and sophistication. But the selection of classic cars and motorcycles easily outstrips this obvious luxury, and – I have to say – does it by miles.

It´s been the first time that I attended this happening, most probably the overall highlight in any classic car enthusiast´s calendar. And it immediately blew me away! Because where do you see the prototype of Bertone´s Stratos along with a 6-wheeled Tyrrell, pre-war Bugatti-awesomeness, the latest BMW Motorrad concept and an Alfa 33 Stradale? Within 2 minutes. And in motion. The 2018 Concorso was so eclectic that Ferrari GTOs and 212s became something of a standard. Concorso d´Eleganza – that´s car porn overkill, guaranteed.

Big thanks to BMW Group Classic for the invitation and my buddy Ulf, who helped me keeping in touch with reality. More stories from our trip through Germany, Italy and France will follow soon…