ACCA, Ascona Classic Car Award 2017

On the 23rd and 24th of September the second Ascona Classic Car Award took place in the most beautiful late summer weather. More than 50 exquisite classics gathered in the park of the Hotel Castello del Sole in Ascona on Saturday afternoon. There they were judged by a competent jury and the numerous present hotel guests offered a wonderful picture of elegant and partly unique automobiles from 1915 to 1980. The range ranged from the small Berkeley racer with motorcycle engine over various Ferraris to the 5.3 liter eight-cylinder giants of Packard. The owners of the precious automobiles were able to enjoy the undisturbed and relaxed atmosphere, get to know each other and talk shop. Many of the exhibited classics have never been shown at a concours and are almost never seen in traffic anyway. Lots of material for interesting discussions was definitely available.

On Saturday evening, attendees met for a gala dinner at Hotel Eden Roc, where they were briefed by a representative from Bonhams Auction House about the current state of the market for classic automobiles.

On Sunday morning, the convoy set off on a 50-minute tour around Ascona, before the cars arrived in Piazza Motta, Ascona, where they presented themselves to the critical eye of hundreds of spectators and guests. As usual, the audience had the choice to choose a favorite. This year, this honor was granted to a Porsche 356 with a bodywork produced by the Zagato company in Milan. At 14 o’clock then the award of the most beautiful vehicles in the different categories took place. A special prize is awarded each year to the most outstanding vehicle, still in its original and unrestored condition. The importance of this category is rewarded with a beautiful Longines wristwatch offered by Les Ambassadeurs, and the owner of a magnificent Cadillac Deville from 1968 was visibly surprised and delighted. The car, which had been forgotten for over 40 years in a garage in Ascona, once belonged to a German industrialist who had been forcibly killed in Ticino at the beginning of the seventies.

The winner of the “Best of Show ACCA 2017” is another absolute highlight: a Fiat 8V, carved in 1953 by Vignale based on a design by Michelotti. The ACCA 2017 was a worthy conclusion to this wonderfully elegant automobile and it is already clear that the organizers Christoph Lehmann and Beat Walti are planning the next edition of the ACCA on 22nd and 23rd September 2018.