Classic Gala Schwetzingen 2018

The 14th edition of the traditional German Concours d’Elegance offered many unique automobiles to more than 22,000 visitors from Germany and neighboring countries.

In pleasant late summer weather, the Classic Automobile Event featured more than 160 classics from 1890 to about 1990 from 6 nations, making the jury panel of 24 experts rating according FIVA criteria a hard time.

The 1930 ALFA 6C1750 Zagato from Luxembourgish Albert Wetz finally won the coveted “Best of Show” award just ahead the unique Mercedes SS 710 with Corsica body and a 1938 Talbot T150 Cabriolet Chapron. Among the remarkable and well-kept exhibits were 25 Rolls Royce of the years of construction between 1913 and 1990. The silver-blue Rolls Royce 20/25 of British racing and record driver Sir Donald Campbell was also greeted with applause, as well as a 1913 Silver Ghost with a unique Double CoupĂ© body by the British specialists Vintage & Prestige or a Bentley R Type with Swiss graber body.

The enormous variety of rare automobiles has been supplemented by museums, clubs and collectors. Highlights included the Parade of Subcompacts and Rolls Royce sedans as well as the US Classic Car Concours, which provided an exciting overview of the American Way of Driving with Buick, Cadillac, Plymouth, Lincoln, Ford Mustang and major US cars Offered in 1950, accompanied with Elvis Presley shows and burgers.

More than 90 trophies and prizes were handed out to the various winners in the classes according to the FIVA regulations. Interestingly, the selection of the Audience Award by the users of the internet auction portal Catawiki: with the awarding of a 1931 BMW roadster with Ihle body following a Borgward Isabella Coupé and a Buick of the 50s showed the Internet community a surprisingly high level of competence.

The 15th ASC Classic Gala Schwetzingen from 30th August to 1st September 2019 will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the British brand Bentley. At the same time, the Centennario of the exclusive Italian car body company Zagato will be honored with displays worldwide. Other special topics will be Corvair and the Mercedes tailfin.