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The 2022 Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza

The 2022 Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza 27th May 2022

Once again, the shores of Lake Como rang to clink of ice in glasses of Aperol Spritz, the loose rattle of a vintage Rolex on an expensively tanned wrist, the rustle of Loro Piana and the squeak of highly polished Tod’s. MC Simon Kidston’s multilingual commentary was delivered in his usual well-informed style and, every now again, the bark of an unsilenced racing engine broke the tranquil lakeside air. Yes, last weekend was the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

The winner – ‘Top Dog’ in this case, perhaps – of the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (Best of Show by public referendum) was Philip Sarofim’s one-off Aston Martin Bulldog (pictured, top).

Prize for the best-preserved post-war car (Trofeo ASI) went to Ulrich Schumacher’s Maserati A6 GCS, while Stefan Näf won the Trofeo BMW in his 1993 Ferrari F40 LM (above). Final winner – of the Trofeo FIVA for best-preserved pre-War car – was Fritz Burkard and his ex-King Leopold Bugatti Type 59, a car he picked up at the Gooding auction at Hampton Court in 2020.

Pull up a chair, pour yourself a long drink and enjoy some of the photos taken by ace photographer Tim Scott at the event.