Report on the 6th Balatonfüred Concours d’Elegance 2019

The 6th Balatonfüred Concours d’Elegance 2019 was held between 3-5 May, on the shores of the Balaton Lake at the wonderful Tagore Promenade in Balatonfüred, Hungary. For five years straight CEAutoclassic has been supporting the event and it is one of its organizers.

This year a Dutch collector, Tony Paalmann came with his 1904 Aster – it was our oldest car this year. To show the diversity of cars, we also had a 1963 Syrena from Poland and a 2010 Japanese-only Toyota Century!

As it happened previously, some of the participants revisited Balatonfüred with a different automobile. We had the pleasure to meet our friends again from Veteran Arena Olomouc, Oldtimer Museum Kopřivnice, Mustang and American Car Club from Bratislava and many others.

One of our many favourites was the Invicta 12/100, one of probably three built in 1932-1933. The sound of the engine just cannot be written in words (imagine listening to AC/DC perhaps). It is very special, you don’t even need to pay a masseur, only petrol as the seat is kind of massaging you due to the engine reverberating.

Invicta 12/100

Despite the weather, on Saturday we had a lot of visitors who came to see the Concours. There were more than a dozen categories, including “Brass Era Cars”, “Family Favourites”, “Cars Made Behind the Iron Curtain”, “Sports Cars”, “Extraordinary Luxury” and more.

Despite torrential rain, the owner of the Invicta felt that the typical British weather warranted a tour.
One-off-bodied Tatra 52 from 1931
American family cars from the late 1920s: Pontiac Big Six and Ford Model A

There were some 1950s American cars as well.

This year the winner was Pavel Beran with his 1907 Lorraine-Dietrich. To prevent the car getting wet, it was placed on the stage.

Lorraine-Dietrich VVM/CI 1907

We would like to express our special thanks to Marie and Pavel Beran. When they have been told it will be raining, their reaction was: “OK, we don’t care about the weather, we are here!”

That’s life!

And They won the Best of Show !

Best of Show: Lorraine-Dietrich VVM/CI, 1907
Category award: Czehoslovakia 1919-1939: Tatra 52, 1932
Category award: Auto industry behind the Iron Curtain: Škoda Spartak 440, 1957
Category award: The Brass Era: FN 1950, 1914
Category award: Pearls of Italy: Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint Pinin Farina Coupe, 1951
Category award: 100 years of Citroën: Citroën SM, 1971
Category award: Extraordinary Luxury: Cadillac Fleetwood, 1959
Category award: British Sportscars: Invicta, 1932
Category award: Sportscars: Volvo P1800S, 1963
Category award: Family favourites, Europe: Opel Olympia Rekord P1, 1960
Category award: Family favourites, America: Chevrolet Impala 1960
Category award: Youngtimer: BMW Z1, 1990
Category award: Extra cars: Volvo 245Transfer, 1983
Ceautoclassic Award: Ghia 450SS, 1967
Balatonfüred Award: BMW M635CSI, 1988
Audience Award – Gents: Ghia 450SS, 1967
Audience Award – Ladies: Syrena 102, 1963
Special Award for the Car Which Arrived from the Farthest Distance: Aster 16/20 PS, 1904
Special Award for the Oldest Car: Aster 16/20 PS, 1904
VGT Capital Award: Chevrolet Corvette, 1979
Katti Zoób Fashionhouse Award: Citroën SM, 1971
MKB Bank Award: Falcon Competition, 1959
BMW Award: Lamborghini Espada, 1973
Veuve Clicquot Award: Ferrari 308 GTB 1985
Flohr Design Award: Lamborghini Espada, 1973
Mavamsz Award: Tschaika 13, 1976
Totalcar Magazin Award: Alfa Romeo 1900C Sprint Coupe Pinin Farina, 1951
FIVA Award: Syrena 102, 1963
AustroClassic Award: Ford Capri, 1971
Future Classic Award: Toyota Century, 2010
Organizers award: Dixi DA-4, 1931
Best preserved award: Škoda 1000MB, 1966
Next generation award: Ford Model T Speedster, 1915
Perseverance Award: Volkswagen T1 Pickup, 1967
MTI Award: Riley RME, 1954
BYC Award: Citroen 5CV, 1924
Bátor Tábor Award: Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, 1959
Alfa Digital Award: Tatra 603, 1973

Until We meet again!

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