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Classic cars at the 2019 Concorso d’Eleganza

Words by Rob Chilton

Artistry, mechanics and design were celebrated on the edge of the beautiful Lake Como in Italy at the 2019 Concorso d´Eleganza classic car show

If ever there was a location that suited a classic car show, Villa d’Este on Lake Como is it. In an area packed with mansions that make architects weep with joy, the 19th century house in exclusive Cernobbio is among the very best.

Villa d'Este on Lake Como was the setting for the Concorso d'Eleganza 2019

It was here in late May that the Concorso d’Eleganza festival of cars and motorcycles took place, with the top prize going to a 1937 Alfa Romeo. For the 90th edition of the prestigious event, owners gathered with their beloved vehicles to compete in eight categories. The overarching motto of the 2019 show was The Symphony of Engines.

Cars competed across eight categories

David Sydorick, a retired investment broker from America, took first prize for his stunning Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B; Sydorick previously won in 2015 with an Alfa Romeo Spider Zagato.

Winner of the Best of Show prize, a 1937 Alfa Romeo

As well as the admiration of his fellow competitors, Sydorick was rewarded with a one-off watch from Lange & Söhne. The watchmaker has presented a watch to the Best of Show winner since 2012. The back of the Lange 1 Time Zone Como Edition was hand-engraved with the event’s coat of arms and the dates ‘1929-2019’ to mark the 90th anniversary of the Concorso.

The winner received a one-off Lange & Sohne watch

Lange & Söhne CEO Wilhelm Schmid congratulated all the entrants and told them they were “preserving a piece of rich cultural heritage for the future. This event is all about making sure these works of art survive the test of time.”

Lange & Söhne CEO Wilhelm Schmid

For Schmid, cars and watches share common aims. “They embody the pursuit of ultimate precision and an aesthetic principle that follows the proportions of art,” he said. “The world of classic cars reflects our passion for sophisticated mechanics and thrilling design.”

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