Within the automotive culture of the West, a century-long history of evaluating and appreciating the artistic qualities of automobiles exists and cars are recognized in much the same way as traditional handicrafts and works of art such as paintings and sculptures are. That history exists because the automobile has transcended its initial status as a vehicle merely for satisfying the desire to move, becoming the ultimate crystallization of technology and design in numerous fields, including engineering and body design.
The culture of holding competitions around this craftsmanship and celebrating the most outstanding creations lives on in the automotive world today. This culture is one of splendor and tradition, and it provides the meaning behind the name Concorso d'Eleganza: Competition of Elegance.
After the great success of 2016 and 2018 editions, Concorso d'Eleganza Kyoto has been held again, in the same precious and unique location of Nijo Castle, on April 13th and 14th 2019, obtaining official FIVA approval (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), and becoming the most important Concorso in Asia.
Legendary vintage cars, Award winners of many concours events throughout the world, and precious cars which might only be seen once in a lifetime, have been exhibited at the Nijo Castle (Kyoto, Japan), a special location with more than 400 years of history, designated as World Heritage Site patrimony, by UNESCO in 1994. This Exhibition of Concours has taken place in the areas of the Nijo Castle including the Courtyard of Ninomaru Palace, the Front Garden of the Kitchen, and the Kitchen; all these areas are normally closed to the public, but have been exceptionally opened on the occasion of this exclusive event.
while Covid-19 is unfortunately still spreading around the world and the event and transportation industries are still subject to severe limitations, I and the Organizing Committee of Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto are working to prepare the restart of this memorable event.
Even if some events are slowly happening again and the world itself is starting to move, as usual, we have decided anyway to postpone again our event: the next edition of Concorso d''Eleganza Kyoto will be in 2023. Taking this decision has been for me very hard and bitter. We will dedicate the year 2022 to the preparation and organization of a wonderful event, fully committed to satisfy your highest expectations.
Details for 2023 will be communicated on this website and our social networks, as soon as they will be ready.
I truly hope, with all my soul, to meet you all in Kyoto, shaking everyone's hands, when this wonderful event will be finally able to take place again, walking toward a bright future.
Hidetomo Kimura - Founder and CEO of Concorso d'Eleganza Kyoto"