The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este (Cernobbio, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy) and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (Monterey, California, USA) are renowned as competitions of automotive magnificence. Concorso d'Eleganza Kyoto 2019, on April 13th and 14th 2019, brought the philosophy and atmosphere of these two competitions to the grounds of Nijo Castle, a former Imperial villa and one of Japan's most prominent World Cultural UNESCO Heritage Sites.
Here, 54 ultra-rare and legendary cars, selected by the Concorso Chairmain Mr. Corrado Lopresto, all built between 1930 and 2018, had been sub-divided into 9 classes with a special focus on Zagato and Lamborghini, and examined by a prestigious International Jury Committee
Their great artistic and historical value had been presented for all to see and the event officially ended with the Award Ceremony, in which a variety of honors and awards had been assigned to the best ones.
The “Best of Show” award of the Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto 2019 went to the Lamborghini 350 GT Zagato, by unanimous vote of the International Jury Committee. The car, owned by Mr. William Pop, an important American collector, had to win its class (Race and Prototypes) before being eligible for “Best of Show”. The rarity of the car, along with the impeccable condition in which it was presented, enabled it to achieve not only the “Best of Show” but also the “Best Zagato” Trophy, since the event organizer was celebrating also the 100th Anniversary of Carrozzeria Zagato in Milan.
The “Best Lamborghini” Trophy went to the 1971 amazing Miura SV, in Verde Miura with mustard yellow interior, owned by a Japanese collector. Another bull from Sant’Agata Bolognese has been awarded with the “CHAPAL Desirable to drive”: Japanese-owned orange 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 with black interior.
A red 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato from Luxembourg won the “People Choice” trophy, and another Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato of 1931 from Belgium won the “Best Alfa Romeo” and “FIVA” Awards. The “Elegant closed” trophy has been assigned to a silver Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato from 1966, part of a Japanese collection. The “Elegant open” trophy went to a blue Belgian-owned 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S.
■ Event Dates: April 13th & 14th 2019
■ Event Schedule:
April 13th (Sat) 10:00 – 17:00 Exhibition of classic cars and special program exhibition
April 14th (Sun) 10:00 – 17:00 Exhibition of classic cars and Award Ceremony (15:00 – 16:30 Award Ceremony)
Note: Last admission to Nijo Castle is 16:00 and to the event site is 16:30.
■ Event Site: World Heritage Site Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo) in the city of Kyoto, Japan
541 Nijo-jocho Nijodo-ri Horikawanishihairu, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8301
"The Courtyard of Ninomaru Palace, the Front Garden of the Kitchen, and the Kitchen which are normally closed to the public"
■ Special Featuring Program Partner/Sponsor: “Zagato 100th Anniversary” and "Lamborghini Polo Storico"
■ Event Highlight: Award Ceremony on Sunday April the 14th 2019
■ Organized by: Kyoto City and Executive Committee of Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto 2019
■ Supported by: FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI)
■ Supporting Partner/Sponsor: Alfa Romeo, Chopard, CHAPAL, AUTOGLYM, Car Wash Sommelier
■ Chief Executive Producer: Hidetomo Kimura (Ambassador of International Tourism for Kyoto City / Art Aquarium Artist)
■ Chairman: Corrado Lopresto
Here you can watch the 2018 second edition of Concorso d'Eleganza Kyoto video... the 2019 Concorso d'Eleganza video will be available soon...