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Palazzo di Varignana has announced the return of the Concorso d'Eleganza Varignana 1705, set to take place between 27-29 September 2024 – showcasing a carefully curated line-up of cars with a rich history and stunning design.

Following the success of its inaugural event in 2023, this year's Concorso promises to be even more spectacular, attracting classic car enthusiasts and renowned collectors to the heart of Italy's Motor Valley. Once again hosted and organised at the prestigious Palazzo di Varignana resort, this exclusive Concorso celebrates the finest motor cars built before 1973, showcasing icons of style and elegance against the backdrop of the Bolognese hills.  

Continuing its tradition of excellence, the Varignana 1705 Concours d'Elegance is pleased to announce the members of the jury for the next edition. A very important task is entrusted to their experience, judging the most outstanding cars based on qualitative and aesthetics:

  • Stefano Pasini – President of the Jury and renowned author of over 30 automotive books
  • Stephen Bayley – Architect, Writer and contributor to Octane magazine
  • Alessandra Giorgetti – Vice President of Registro Internazionale Touring Superleggera
  • François Melcion – Director of Retromobile Paris
  • Gianni Mercatali – Legendary luxury communications and business leader 
  • Lorenzo Ramaciotti – Former Group Chief of Design at Fiat Group Automobiles, overseeing design for all the Fiat Group brands
  • Peter Read - Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club's Motoring Committee

Stefano Pasini, President of the Jury, said: “I am thrilled to unveil the esteemed panel joining us for the Concorso d'Eleganza Varignana 1705 this year. Our prestigious event promises not only to showcase timeless elegance but also to celebrate the pinnacle of automotive craftsmanship. With our new jury members, we're poised to elevate the standards of excellence even higher, ensuring an unforgettable experience for enthusiasts and aficionados alike.”

Following the success of last year’s event, the 2024 edition of Concorso d'Eleganza Varignana 1705 will again be offering a three-day itinerary, as the ultimate season finale for classic car enthusiasts. With a full program the event is poised to captivate attendees throughout the entire weekend.

In 2023, the Concorso crowned its first Best of Show, honouring the 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S Berlinetta Touring from the Lopresto Collection. This year, with a diverse line-up of 30 extraordinary classic cars divided into six classes, the Concorso promises even more excitement and prestige.

Carlo Gherardi, Founder of Palazzo di Varignana, said: “I am immensely proud of the resounding success of our 2023 Concorso d'Eleganza Varignana. The passion and dedication exhibited by participants and attendees alike truly encapsulated the spirit of automotive excellence. Looking ahead to 2024, I am filled with anticipation as we prepare to build upon this success and create another unforgettable event. With each passing year, we continue to raise the bar, cementing our position as the epitome of exclusivity and sophistication in the world of automotive elegance.” 

Palazzo di Varignana, with its rich history and stunning surroundings, provides the perfect setting for this prestigious event. The resort offers luxurious accommodations, world-class dining experiences, and state-of-the-art facilities, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all guests.

With the list of 30 cars still being curated, Concorso d'Eleganza Varignana 1705 invites any collectors, enthusiasts, and aficionados with pre-1973 classic cars to contact them for consideration in the final line-up, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or via the event website. This full final list of entrants will be released in June.