Concorso d'Eleganza Kyoto is officially confirmed for 2020, on Saturday 28th of March it will be held once again in the stunning location of Nijo Castle, a former Imperial villa and one of Japan's most prominent World Cultural UNESCO Heritage Sites of Japan. On Sunday 29th of March Car Parade and Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto Award Ceremony will be, for the first time, at Heian Jingu, a wonderful Shrine built on the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of the capital’s foundation in Kyoto and dedicated to the spirits of the first and last emperors who reigned from the city, Emperor Kammu (737-806) and Emperor Komei (1831-1867). Heian is the former name of Kyoto.
Official dates are Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of March 2020... Save the date!
The 2019 Concorso, held on April 13th and 14th 2019, brought the philosophy and atmosphere of famous international concourses to the grounds of Nijo Castle. Here, 54 ultra-rare and legendary cars, selected by the Concorso Chairmain Mr. Corrado Lopresto, and all built between 1930 and 2018, had been sub-divided into 9 classes with a special focus on Zagato and Lamborghini Polo Storico, 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.
During the event, inside Nijo-jo Castle, the exhibition "The Counts of the Future" had been displayed, including drawings and skectches of Count Carlo Felice Trossi and of Count Mario Revelli di Beaumont. The displayed drawings came from "Archivio Collezione Lopresto".
Count Mario Revelli di Beaumont is considered the first free-lance designer; during his long carrer, his brilliant mind produced hundreds and hundreds of cars, trucks, motorcycles, yachts designs.
Count Carlo Felice Trossi, considered one of the first gentlemen drivers, became in 1933 one of the best pilots of his years; admitted in Scuderia Ferrari, with which he won 6 races, he became also a major financer and president of Scuderia Ferrari itself. He also had great success racing with Alfa Romeo. With some impressive skills as aeronautic pilot as well, he had been a patron and sponsor of the art of technology and design.
■ Event Dates: March 28th & 29th 2020
■ Event Schedule:
March 28th (Sat) 10:00 – 17:00 Exhibition of classic cars and special program exhibition
March 29th (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 on Sat. March 28th
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"
and Heian Jingu on Sun. March 29th
■ Special Featuring: coming soon
■ Event Highlight: Award Ceremony on Sunday March the 29th 2020
■ Organized by: Kyoto City and Executive Committee of Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto
■ Supported by: FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI)
■ Supporting Partner/Sponsor: coming soon
■ Founder and CEO: Hidetomo Kimura (Ambassador of International Tourism for Kyoto City / Art Aquarium Artist)
■ Chairman: Corrado Lopresto