Coronavirus strikes again.
The Concorso D’Eleganza Villa d’Este is a gala automotive event that occurs every May on the shores of Lake Como in Italy’s Lombardy region. With Italy struck particularly hard by coronavirus this year, the show was postponed until October. Now, we’re getting word that the long-running event has been canceled completely for 2020.
The show’s official website still lists the event as taking place October 16-18, but a report from the Italian motorcycle website Motociclismo reports that organizers have chosen to cancel 2020’s event completely. The report cites a press release allegedly sent by the organizers, which talks about the challenges facing the event.
Because it attracts a global audience with automaker participation, various aspects of the organization and planning need to happen in different places. The spread of and recovery from COVID-19 isn’t uniform around the world, making it difficult to predict what might happen in two months, never mind this fall.
Gallery: Concorso d'Eleganza Villa Erba 2018
Based in the town of Cernobbio, the Concorso D’Eleganza Villa d’Este held its first event in 1929. BMW has played a large organizing role in recent years, and the event typically draws a wide array of manufacturer concept cars both old and new. The show also sees an impressive range of classic European cars from all eras, not to mention special categories for motorcycles. This year’s show was slated to have eight special categories, including a celebration of the iconic Italian design studio Pininfarina, a celebration of 1990s hypercars, and the birth of the supercar.
With the cancellation of the 2020 event, the Concorso D’Eleganza Villa d’Este will now look towards 2021. The show’s date is already set for May 28 through May 30.