Valentino, as you may have realized by now, is often busy abroad visiting friends, car events and taking care of Lamborghinis. This time around he attended the first edition of the new Concours d’Elegance Suisse, and not just as a visitor: he was in fact part of the Jury that would judge, on the basis of strict criteria, the best car for each category of the concours.
This first edition of the new Concours d’Elegance Suisse was inspired by the 1927 Swiss edition of the Concours, an event that at the time tried to differentiate from the more famous The Quail, Villa d’Este, Chantilly, and London concourses. In fact, the intent of the creator of the new edition of the event, Mathias Doutreleau, was to create a concours with a fresh and modern look, maintaining a classy and distinct atmosphere, and capable of recreating the 20’s and 30’s vibe. And the result of this combination was a true success: the car crews wore elegant clothes as well as most of the men and women who visited the event, children played on the lawn and the judges wandered among the incredible selection of cars on display, easily recognized by their white hats.
Valentino himself was part of the jury, alongside with other big names of the business like Adolfo Orsi, Antonie Prunet e François Melcion. In the end the star of the show was a beautiful red Miura SV: the car owned by a known Swiss collector won both the Best in Class and the Best in Show award, a perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Miura! The winning car is one of the most beautiful exemplars of Miura SV out there, and Valentino personally took care of the mechanics of the car: the car is also 100% original, and this is a key element to compete at a high level event like the Concours.
Valentino said about the event: “I think it was a great first time! I mean, the first time is never perfect and you can only improve from there, I’m sure next year the event will grow and be even better, I gained a lot of experience from being a judge here this year.” And about the winning car: “Of course being the 50th anniversary of the Miura they wanted to have a good representation of the model with 4 cars on display, and the car that won is truly in great shape for being 100% original. That counts a lot!” So, what’s next then? “I will visit a client in Montecarlo and then head to U.S.A. for my summer tour”. Truly the best job in the world.