Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Wins Best of Show at Concorso d’Eleganza

The premier automotive event at Lake Como has concluded, announcing the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2024 winners.

  • May 27, 2024

Nestled by the idyllic Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on the scenic banks of Lake Como, this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este edition unfolded with a captivating display of automotive excellence. Widely regarded as the world’s most exclusive and venerable heritage festival for automobiles, the event drew many visitors from 24th to 26th May. The Jury meticulously selected the ultimate standout winner from a prestigious lineup of participants across eight glamorous classes.

An Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, styled in the coachwork design of a spider by Figoni from the 1930s, won the contest. On Sunday, the proud owner of the HM Collection from Belgium received the prestigious winner’s prize Trofeo BMW Group – Best of Show. It was presented by Helmut Käs, Head of BMW Group Classic and President of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa dEste, and Wilhelm Schmid, CEO of A. Lange und Söhne.

Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300. Photo credit: BMW AG

This year’s winner of the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este selected by Public Referendum was the McLaren F1 from the year 1995. A supremely successful supercar in the form of the racing car presented by Tony Vassilopoulos from Great Britain gained the highest number of votes from visitors to the event.

This year, the official program started with the presentation of the 20th BMW Art Car, designed by Julie Mehretu. For the start of a festive first night, BMW kicked things off with two stunning world premieres: the BMW Concept Skytop, influenced by its historic ancestors, the BMW Z8 and BMW 503, and the BMW R 20 concept, a daring homage to the Big Boxer Roadster by BMW Motorrad.

BMW Art Julie Mehretu
BMW Art Car designed by Julie Mehretu. Photo credit: BMW AG

Rolls-Royce not only celebrated the 120th anniversary of the brand with a historic class at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este but also presented the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Series II, a bold evolution of the world’s pre-eminent super-luxury SUV.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Series II
Rolls-Royce Cullinan Series II. Photo credit: BMW AG

BMW Group Classic captivated a diverse public audience on both Public Days. At Wheels & Weisswürscht —Amici & Automobili, held on Saturday, a large number of BMW automobile clubs and clubs from other marques in North and Central Europe celebrated the automobile diversity of different brands from the 1930s to the present day. They joined together to salute over 150 models from this period.

Simon Kidston
Simon Kidston & Porsche Ruf CTR ‘Yellowbird’. Photo credit: BMW AG

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Public Day – il Festival and its numerous highlights attracted an audience of nearly 12,000 visitors and were already sold out in the early afternoon. The exhibition in the Rotunda set in the park of Villa Erba featured the 20th BMW Art Car styled by Julie Mehretu, alongside additional iconic BMW Art Cars with Le Mans racing history.

Photo credit: BMW AG

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