Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
Since 1929 the Villa d'Este in Cernobbio, Italy, on the banks of "Lago di Como" has played host to the Concorso d'Eleganza. As has been the case with several other high profile automotive events, the Concorso has recently added motorcycles to the venue. 2012 was the second year that motorcycles have been shown and displayed in tandem with the cars.
This years event, held Friday May 25th through Sunday May 27th, was a smashing success. The Concorso's main sponsor is BMW, and they spared no expense to make sure that the event was top notch.
|View of the dock at Cernobbio exiting from the water taxi.|
|Villa Erba as viewed from Lago di Como.|
|The special motorcycle exhibition erected by BMW for the event at Villa Erba.|
Inside the exhibition hall on the grounds of the Villa Erba was a special exhibition of BMW racing cars and motorcycles. The bikes on display included an RS54 Rennsport Gespann, Butler and Smith R90S, R5SS and landspeed record winning Kompressor. Less vintage, though still interesting, was the Marco Melandri S1000RR world superbike and the BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR.
|R90S Butler and Smith Superbike|
|RS54 Short Stroke Sidecar|
|1937 500cc 100hp World Record Machine piloted by Ernst Henne|
|Marco Melandri S1000RR World Superbike|
|BMW Italia S1000RR|
The motorcycle exhibition of invited machines was held outdoors in a beautiful pavillion. In true BMW style, everything was professionally laid out. The bikes were all represented by plaques indicating the make and model. In typical German fashion, representatives from BMW Classic spaced out the motorcycles using a tape measure! A red velvet rope kept curious onlookers from getting too close to these exceptional machines. (This was especially important as the MV Agusta in the concepts and prototypes category was a lifesize clay rendering.)
Accompanying the show was a wonderfully illustrated hard cover book outlining the themes of the various classes as envisioned by motorcycle enthusiast and author Stefan Knittel.
|Sebastian Gutsch from the BMW Classic team stands by in his togs as he gets ready to ride the Kompressor from Villa Erba to Villa d'Este.|