3rd Balatonfüred Concours d’Elegance

The 3rd Balatonfüred Concours d’Elegance was held between 13-15 May on the shores of the Balaton Lake in Hungary. ceautoclassic was an integral part of the organisation committee. Here’s our insider’s report on this terrific weekend.


Last year I was asked by Viktor Valker and Katti Zoób to join their team which set out to create an internationally recognised Concours d’Elegance in Hungary. I am very happy to say that in 2016 with support from BMW we have reached that goal.

The event was sanctioned by FIVA and was certified as an UNESCO Patronage event

Oldtimer Magazin in the Czech Republic became our official media partner and their efforts paid off. We also received assistance from Karel Kupka, editor of the Czech Motor Journal and the editors of Veteran.sk. Special thanks goes to Pavol Skala, who convinced several Slovakian collectors to join us. Libor Kiss and his brother kept in touch with the Czech and Slovak collectors conducting hundreds of phone calls and emails. So it was a team effort, which led to 54 cars which gathered together at Balatonfüred, on the shores of the Balaton Lake on 13 May.

Tatra 75 Bohemia Roadster, 1936
Tatra 75 Bohemia Roadster, 1936

Two cars from the Czech Veteran Arena, a Tatra 75 Bohemia Roadster and a 1936 Wikov were driven directly from Olomuc. Several other cars, including two Bugatti cars and a Rolls-Royce drove from Győr in convoy to Balatonfüred. A Tatra 603 which had mechanical problems, joined us at the last minute – the family started their journey Saturday at around 4 AM and arrived to the Balaton Lake on time. Three cars arrived from the BMW Museum, a 315/1 roadster, a 507 and a Z8. The 507 became a favourite by the public.

Weather was not really ideal, but this did not deter the participants. Visitors also braved the weather. The sun came out during Saturday afternoon, which resulted in a new wave of visitors.

On Saturday several fashion shows were held by the Katti Zoób fashion house, inspired by 100 years of BMW.

Sunday was cloudy again, but the awards’ ceremony was well-attended. This year’s Jury included Denis Baudouin, Managing Director of BMW Group Hungary, Daniel Tomičić, orgaizer of the Zagreb Design Week, Milan Sikora, Editor of Oldtimer Magazin in the Czech Republic, László Tomcsányi, Vice President Events of FIVA, János Flohr, Viktor Valker and yours truly.

Here’s the list of winners:
Best of Show: Talbot T23, 1938
Special Prize from FIVA: Rolls-Royce Phantom I 17 EX, 1928
Special Prize from BMW: Rolls-Royce Phantom I 17 EX, 1928
Special Prize from the City of Balatonfüred: Bucciali-Cord, 1932
Special prize from Hotel Anna Grand: BMW 628 CSI, 1986
Special prize from Ceautoclassic: Tatra 75 Bohemia, 1936
Special Prize from Katti Zooób: Bugatti T43, 1927
Special Prize from Flohr Design: Skoda Popular Monte Carlo, 1937
Special Prize from MKB bank: Bugatti T40, 1926
Special Prize from Uniqa: BMW B11 4.0 Alpina
Special Prize from Oldtimer Magazin: Maserati 8CM, 1934
Special Prize from MAVAMSz: Mercedes 220S, 1958
Special Prize from Mechatronik: Opel 6/16 PS, cca 1911
Special Prize from Totalcar: Mercedes W111, 1971
Special Prize by the participants: BMW 507, 1958
Most beautiful American car: Duesenberg J, 1929
Most beautiful British car: Bentley 4 1/4 liter, 1938
Most beautiful closed car, classic category: Tatra T600 Tatraplan, 1949
Most beautiful open car, classic category: Alfa Romeo 2000 Touring Spider, 1959
Most beautiful sports car, classic category: Maserati 3500 GT, 1959
Most beautiful Czechoslovak car: Wikov 40 Cabriolet, 1935
Most beautiful French car: Hispano-Suiza H6B, 1926
Most beautiful German car. BMW 3200 CS Bertone, 1965
Most beautiful Italian car: Alfa Romeo Montreal, 1971
Most beautiful open car: Jaguar SS100, 1936
Most beautiful sports car: Skoda Popular Monte Carlo, 1937
Most beautiful COMECOn car: Tatra 603, 1973
Most beautiful closed car, vintage category: Farman A6B, 1926
Most beautiful open car, vintage category: Rolls-Royce Phantom I 17 EX, 1928
Most beautiful youngtimer: BMW Z1, 1990
Most beautiful closed car: Lea-Francis 14 HP, 1954
Most innovative car: Citroen DS, 1971
Public’s award – men: BMW 315/1, 1934
Public’s award – women: Rolls-Royce Phantom I 17 EX, 1928
Special prize to the car arriving from the farthest distance: Maserati 8CM, 1934

Report by Pál Négyesi

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