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JUL-AUG 2018

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"Hollywood on the Lake" was the theme of the 2018 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, held from the 25th to the 27th of May on the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d'Este, and the nearby gardens belonging to the Villa Erba on Italy's Lake Como. BMW Group Classic has hosted the world's most exclusive beauty competition for historic motor vehicles in partnership with the storied hotel since 2005. Divided among eight classes, the vehicles chosen for competition were selected based on their enduring impression on the road and also as performers in feature films. "Movie Cars and Bikes," a special exhibition presented by BMW Group Classic in the Padiglione Centrale of Villa Erba, showcased vehicles that played a leading role in famous screen successes, including the classic Mini driven by Mister Bean and original vehicles from James Bond films and the Mission Impossible series. e event encompassed a closed exhibition and parade at the Villa d'Este on Saturday for participants, media and invited guests, and a second parade open to the public at Villa Erba on Sunday. A jury of experts, led by President Lorenzo Ramaciotti—an Italian car designer who worked for Pininfarina for more than three decades and is now head of design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles—awarded Best of Show to a 1958 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti, owned by Austrian pharmaceuticals magnate Andreas Mohringer. Besting 50 distinguished automobiles, the front-engined sportscar is the youngest of only four cars of this type ever built. Known as the "wandering Ferrari," in 1963 the car was bailed out of a U.S. Customs warehouse in New York by a Maryland car dealer for a measly $1,000; after a succession of international owners, Mohringer purchased it 2013 for $21.5 million in a private sale. e car's 4.0-liter V-12, which delivers close to 400 horsepower, was quite a powerhouse in its time, and it enabled the 335S to become the first car to set an average speed in excess of 124mph in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1957. Albert Spiess of Switzerland picked up two Best of Show awards as voted by the public, for his 1968 Alfa Romeo 33/2 Stradale Coupé Scaglietti. Just 18 examples of the mid-engined sports car were built between 1967-1969, and not all made it into private ownership. e "Stradale" designation is often used by Italian manufacturers to indicate the vehicle is a street-legal version of a racing car; in this case it is based on the Tipo 33 sports prototype. sl For a complete list of winners, visit concorsodeleganzavilladeste.com. ITALIAN JOB For the fih year in a row, a vehicle made in Italy takes top honors at the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este Written by Andre James 54 slmag.net

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