The venue, weather and bikes were perfect! Threats of rain in the forecast had me a bit worried, but alas the entire weekend was absolutely wonderful. The Monday after the show was a different story with rain of biblical proportions coming down on my drive back to Munich (snow on the pass to Garmisch!).
Held in the picturesque town of Cernobbio on the southwestern shore of Lake Como, the Concorso is the premier vintage motorcycle event in Europe. Sponsored by BMW, who do a fantastic job, the show runs the entire weekend. Cars are shown at the Villa d'Este, while motorcycles are on display just down the street at Villa Erba. The motorcycles are accessible to the public on Saturday, while the Saturday car event is invitation only (due to size restrictions). On Sunday cars and motorcycles alike are on display at the Villa Erba with the afternoon capped off by a parade of cars and bikes being presented and awards handed out.
|This is how Europeans enjoy a car and motorcycle show! We have much to learn here in the states!!|
|The parade of cars on Sunday at the Villa Erba.|
|The appropriately named "Majestic" is an art deco masterpiece. One of many rare and exotic machines on display.|
|As this year is the 100th anniversary of BMW, they had on hand a number of bikes. Here is a nice cross section of post-war models.|
Even though BMW is the main sponsor, they don't dominate or overwhelm the show, which is quite refreshing to see from a corporate sponsor. Aside from the small display above, only one BMW owned machine was included in the "show", the rare ex-Frank Pratt R5SS. Another private entry was a wonderful, un-restored R5 owned by Joachim Schreyer.
|Wonderful, unrestored R5.|
|Sebastian Gutsch and his R5 racer.|
|Contrary to some BMW enthusiasts beliefs, the marque from Munich was not the only one to employ a horizontally opposed boxer motor. Note the above beautiful Gnome et Rhone, complete with sidecar.|