It seems BMW, owner of the Villa d'Este concours on the shores of Lake Como, is feeling more secure regarding the suitability and success of their motorcycle event, and has for the first time sent a press release announcing the 2014 dates. The release seems a veiled invitation for motorcycle participants to enter, although no avenue for entering is yet provided; the 'somewhat of a secret' remains! I was unable to attend/judge this year's Concorso, but included a report on The Vintagent (click here). See you there May 23-25, 2014?
From BMW (including all photos):
The preparations for what is set to be another rather special motorcycle meeting are now in full swing. This is the fourth time that motorcycle riders are being invited to take part in the ‚Concorso di Motociclette‘. Owners of all brands of motorcycle from any period – whether from the days of the pioneers to current designer models – are being urged to register their participation at www.concorsodeleganzavilladeste.com. Several applications have already been received from Italy, Switzerland, France, German Austria, and the USA.
Riders don‘t just need to prepare their motorcycles to be presented on the podium and assessed by a jury of recognised experts from different countries, but they should also have to ready their steeds for a joint ride, under police motorcycle escort.
Not only that, but participants can look forward to an attractive programme of side attractions, including the exclusive hotel itself where the participants will be staying as well as receptions and evening events. One particularly important aspect is the opportunity that participants have to meet with motorcycling friends from other countries and with other interests, such as private collectors from all over the world, delegates from museums, or employees from the motorcycle industry.
The selection of 36 motorcycles from all of the registrations received is made by a committee, who assesses and divides them into corresponding groups. A catalogue yearbook is compiled especially for the event, containing information on the motorcycles taking part in the competition. The members of the jury then have a chance to discuss further details with the owners of the motorcycles during the assessment phase.
Until now, the ‚Concorso di Motociclette‘ at Lake Como has been somewhat of a secret among both participants and visitors. Yet the weekend at Lake Como has set new standards in specialist circles regarding the selection and presentation of participating motorcycles. It is certainly worth visiting if only for the unique flair of the Villa Erba and the quality of the support programme, which also includes a number of special exhibitions.