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Concorso d'Eleganza Varignana 1705: Rewriting History, Riding History

The 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S Berlinetta Touring, owned by Corrado and Elena Lopresto, won the first Concorso d'Eleganza Varignana 1705 as the "Best of Show." However, the true champions of the event were Italian automotive culture and fans of timeless automotive craftsmanship.

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    Marko Knab
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    Concorso d'Eleganza Varignana 1705

One might think that time machines have not yet been invented, but that's incorrect – because they appear before us time and again. Just like during the second weekend of October, in the form of 23 carefully selected vehicles, at the inaugural Concorso d'Eleganza Varignana 1705 in the Emilia-Romagna region. During this event, not only did they impress the jury, but they also transported numerous attendees back to the eras when Art Déco, Coke Bottle Shape, and Italian car body manufacturers defined the shape of mobility.

The winner of the event was the 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S Berlinetta Touring owned by Corrado and Elena Lopresto. The jury praised the elegant car for its unique design, rich history, and meticulous restoration. The presence of the original registration document and its first license plate further added to its appeal.

Other class winners included iconic vehicles such as another Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS from 1929, a 1950 FIAT 1100 E Vistotal, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTL, a 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider, and a 1972 BMW 3.0 CSi that once again made a statement in 1972. All of this took place in the courtyards of the Palazzo di Varignana, not far from Bologna, which delighted guests with its hospitality and culinary excellence.

Alessandro Maccaferris received the "Spirit of Varignana" special award with his Porsche 964 Speedster, as the jury believed his unique character aligned best with the ethos and lifestyle reflected by the Palazzo di Varignana.

The highlight of the event was the Saturday evening award ceremony, which took place during an exclusive dinner in the halls of the Palazzo Bentivoglio. Winner Lopresto expressed his gratitude for the award and the invitation to this exclusive event: "Winning the Best of Show is a dream for all of us. I'm thrilled to have participated in the inaugural edition of an event, and I hope the Concours becomes a permanent fixture on the international automotive calendar."

As we look back at the event and its time machines, it's easy to envision the future. After such a successful start, the future can only be promising. See you again in the Motor Valley from September 27 to 29, 2024.

Further Information:

palazzodivarignana.com

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