Concours d'Elegance Suisse 2019
The Swiss Concours d'Elegance was founded in 2015 and was an instant success. Now, in the fourth year of its existence, it was our first time to attend, not exactly knowing what to expect from it. The weather forecast bode ill for the weekend, but we had brought an Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d' Este #915900, which is a closed Berlinetta, so there was a good chance that we would stay dry.
The location in Coppet near Geneva in the park of Coppet Castle is quite impressive (see pictures), and despite the weather forecast, there was bright sunshine for most of the weekend. With Swiss prudence, the organisation of the event had even provided the participants with thick plastic foil the size of a tent to prevent the cars from possible hail, but thankfully these proved to be unneccessary precautions.
Competition was tight with many unique and very outstanding cars. My personal favourite was a Bentley Mk VI with Metallon Body ( known for their the Facel-Vega coachwork), but there were so many excellent vehicles that it was hard to pick a winner. Best of show was finally a stunning Ferrari 250 Vignale Berlinetta.
The whole weekend started with a short tour of about 150 km through the beautiful Swiss landscape, and the rest of the weekend was packed with sunshine, music and good food. We will certainly be back for the 2020 event.
Almost forgot to mention that we finished first in our class. But to be fair, this was probably because another marvellous and unique 1942 6C 2500 SS on the lawn belonged to one of the judges and hence was not in the competition.