BARNES Suisse was once again at the heart of this prestigious event celebrating automobile heritage and the art of mechanical engineering.
Following the success of the first edition of this contest, which revived a 90-year-old Geneva tradition, forgotten since 1955, the Concours d’Elégance Suisse will take up residence from 23rd to 25th June 2017 in the grounds of the Château de Coppet, historic home of Madame de Staël. BARNES Suisse was once again pleased to support this event, highly representative of a lifestyle that its clients covet and appreciate. These beautiful cars, like the majestic setting of the Chateau de Coppet, transmit powerful symbols, such as history, expertise, attention to the tiniest detail, the dream, the exceptional and the rare. These values are common to luxury real-estate and it is not by chance that cars such as those exhibited during the event can be found in the garages of properties sold by BARNES.
In this open-air museum, no less than 39 brands were represented, with 101 vehicles, twice as many as last year. The oldest vehicle, a magnificent Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost with Barker coachwork, came from England and won the first prize for sports cars before 1930. This year the Juke Box era was particularly celebrated with a large number of cars ranging from 1945 to 1960 including an impressive 1953 Cadillac Cabriolet Series 62 from a Swiss collector.
The Satin Doll Sisters group in their period outfits reinforced this atmosphere of another era. The 2,300 visitors who came to celebrate this automotive heritage shared their passion with collectors in a particularly friendly atmosphere. They also appreciated the meticulous work of the jury, Adolfo Orsi Chief judge (jury member of the Concours d’Elegance Villa d’Este) and Ed Gilbertson, president of the Honorary judging committee (honorary Chief Judge of the Concours d’Elegance Pebble Beach).
The Swiss Concours d’Elegance is organised in strict compliance with the official rules of the most prestigious contests, seeking to highlight the original state of the car and its history. The prestigious Best in Show Trophy was awarded to the 1935 Voisin Aerodyne of the Swiss Hervé Foundation Collection in Aigle. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President of Chopard featured on the cover of the latest BARNES magazine, was present at the awards ceremony. The 2018 edition of this magnificent event will take place from 22 to 24 June. Mark your agendas !