Hot wheels: our highlights of the 2015 Concorso d'Eleganza in Villa d'Este
Simply put, the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, on the shores of Italy's Lake Como, is the world's most exclusive automotive beauty pageant. The basic ingredients are thus: 50 or so of the rarest cars ever built, 30 of the most authentic and impressive motorbikes, and about half a dozen brand-new concept cars (plus a few immaculate villa lawns). Once arranged, invite a special jury and the show-going public over for the weekend, and let them declare their favourites.
It's a recipe that dates back to the show's inception in 1929, but one that has been enhanced over the last two decades by modern-day patronage from the BMW Group, which takes the opportunity to unveil a new – but normally classic-inspired – concept car and motorbike at the show each year. For the 2015 event it revealed the pumped-up 3.0 CSL Hommage and US road-trip-ready Concept 101 bike, plus a choice exhibition of BMW's famous art car collection, featuring work by Lichtenstein, Stella and Warhol.
And in case you had the funds to buy rather than just look, RM Auctions also held a special event at Villa d'Este's sister venue Villa Erba – a pleasant five-minute boat ride away – to sell a few dozen ultra-exclusive and expensive classics (ten of which sold for more than a million Euros each).