Travel: Braving Bad Weather At Italy’s Newest Concours

Braving Bad Weather At Italy’s Newest Concours

By Jacopo Villa
June 26, 2015

Photography by Federico Bajetti

A Concours d’Elegance is an often wonderful event, held with gorgeous cars in a breathtaking location, filled with sharply-dressed attendees. The smells of a concours are wonderful, to: gasoline and, usually, pure tobacco. The sights? Bright shades of color coming from the cars and their surroundings, mixing up with the wonderful light of the sun as the day goes on.

The atmosphere is one that smells like passion, knowledge of classics, and relaxation—unless it rains for a day, and the cars look like they just ended a rally stage!

But should one be intimidated by just water falling from the sky? Absolutely not. If a car gets dirty, there is always the time to clean it. Do you remember the Ferrari 166 Touring Barchetta that won Villa d’Este a couple of weeks ago? If so, picture it with mud sprayed all over its lower bodywork, with drops of water slowly damaging its paint job!

Remember, also, some of the cars participating at Pininfarina’s 85th anniversary celebrations? Same deal as the 166. At the first Concours d’Elegance held at the Reggia di Venaria, no car was spared from the rain and mud.

Did these two things ruin the event? Not at all.

The sight at the entrance was quite breathtaking, as Pagani cars from the yearly Vanishing Point Tour were parked in the square right in front of the grounds’ main residence. Are classics the only cars able to tell a story with their unique appearance? I thought so, until I first saw a Pagani: they’re so special.

Right after the entrance to the event, there was the real treat: more than 100 cars, all parked in the wonderful wet gardens of the Reggia di Venaria. I could spend countless words describing each one of them, but I’ll let Federico’s pictures speak for me instead.

The Concorso at the Reggia di Venaria was well worth it, even if it did rain all day, and we ended up soaking wet—when do you see cars like this braving the elements?





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Ardail Smith
Ardail Smith
9 years ago
9 years ago
Reply to  Ardail Smith

My best guess is that this is a Fiat 508 “Balilla” with a custom mascot representing an Italian boy hero who threw stones at an Austrian soldier in 1746 and whose name was used for marketing purposes in the 1920s both by Fiat and by the Italian fascist party.

Great, by the way to see the picture of the early model Fiat 128 – especially as my personal experience was that these dissolve in water!

Frank Anigbo
9 years ago

I was in Connecticut yesterday for the annual Concorso Ferrari & Friends event. It rained all day, sometimes torrentially, but that did not deter the attendance of over 120 cars, including the pace-setting 1957 Mille Miglia Ferrari 335S — the one driving by Peter Collins with navigator Louis Klementaski (whose onboard photo most of you have seen).comment image

Also in attendance were a couple of late ’30s open top Alfa Romeos, Ferraris from the ’60s through 2 Enzos and a LaFerrari, a Pagani Huayra, assorted Lamborghinis, Alfas, Maseratis, etc., all in support of The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. No amount of rain could have dampened this amazing annual event.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
9 years ago

When do you see cars like these exposed to the elements ? Unless you’re attending the Colorado Grand hardly ever ! I’m kind of shocked 80\% of the owners didn’t high tail it out of there once the rain hit : and a huge two thumbs up to them all that they didn’t

As far as Pagani [ especially the Zonda ] is concerned – Special – is an understatement . In my opinion Horatio Pagani has out Ferrari’d Ferrari and out Lamborghini’d Lamborghini [ AudiGhini ] hands down and is now the only true Italian exotic car still in existence . And if you think the cars themselves are special , pay Pagani a visit , meet the man himself , and then see how they’re made [ its a bonafide Atelier not a factory ] and how they treat their customers . Then get them to let you drive or at least take you for a spin in one . Cause Jacopo mi amico … until you have .. you aint seen nothing yet .. guaranteed

As for the smells at events like this methinks you’re missing one or two . Gasoline – Alcohol – Tobacco and Money . Usually lots and lots of very old and musty money [ sometime read Hunter S. Thompson’s ” The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved ” and tell me the essay doesn’t apply fairly accurately to a lot of automotive concours etc as well ]

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