A weekend of motoring passion, compelling stories and breathtaking design has just ended, but the excitement and moments that made the first Concorso d'Eleganza Varignana 1705 so iconic continue to run unstoppable in our minds. In the front row, along with many experts and enthusiasts from all over the world, we witnessed an authentic parade of “works of art on four wheels”, in an irresistible combination of historical value and timeless design, for the first time in Italy's Motor Valley.
In the prestigious setting of Palazzo di Varignana and its natural surroundings, each vehicle told a story, rightly enhanced by a jury of experts, composed of prominent personalities in the automotive world. Among the many marvels, it was Corrado and Elena Lopresto's 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S Berlinetta Touring that won the Best of Show award. A masterpiece with a history that oozes prestige, a masterfully executed conservative restoration and period documentation revealing former illustrious owners, such as Prince Caetani. But there is more: the award took on a double value in the history of the Concorso, being the 300th award won by Corrado Lopresto, a name that shines among collectors worldwide.
Next to the big winner, five other gems were awarded: the 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS presented by Luca Patron, first in the “Heroic Races” class; Silvia Nicolis' 1950 FIAT 1100 E Vistotal from the Nicolis Museum in Verona in the “Italian Fine Gems” class; and Andrea Baroni's 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso won the “Great Class Sports Car” trophy. For the fifth category, named “Grit & Style”, the 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider brought by Gianmarco Rossi won; finally, for “German Icons”, the grand prize went to Lorenzo Matteucci's 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL.
We too have enhanced the exclusivity of an event of international scope through the refined style that has always distinguished The Outlierman: our skilled artisans have woven with distinct Italian craftsmanship a collector's tie and scarf dedicated to the Concorso, as a gift for all the judges and collectors who attended the event. “Parading” on 100% Italian fine silk - establishing a fil rouge with the event - are iconic vintage cars such as the Bugatti Type 35, Ferrari California Spider 250 GT and Mercedes 300SL Gullwing. And making these creations distinctive are the colors that recall those of the Concorso and the key pattern of the Varignana 1705 logo, echoed in their design: the checkered flag.
In the total celebration of beauty, elegance and passion for motors, Palazzo di Varignana has confirmed itself as a place where truly Italian hospitality and food & wine are expressed at their highest levels, holding true to a “Heritage of Italian Lifestyle” that derives from the synthesis of out-of-the-ordinary elements, to the point of inspiring a special race category: the “Spirit of Varignana” award, given to Alessandro Maccaferri's 1993 Porsche 964 Speedster.
The history of the Concorso d'Eleganza Varignana is just at its opening chapter: see you now in September 2024 for new unforgettable pages!