The 4th Balatonfüred Concours d’Elegance was held between 5-7 May, on the shores of the Balaton Lake at the wonderful Tagore Promenade in Balatonfüred. For three years straight CEAutoclassic has been participating in the organisation of the event.
Participants started arriving from different Central European countries on a rainy Friday afternoon.
This year there were participants from Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and for the first time from Romania as well.
More than 50 cars, half of them built before the War lined up on Saturday early morning in excellent weather conditions, forecasting a nice relaxing weekend with beauty, horsepower and elegance merged together for all the participants and visitors.
As last year, many participants revisited Balatonfüred with a different automobile. We had the pleasure to meet our friends from Veteran Arena Olomouc again with a Wikov 35 (1931) and a Wikow 7/28 Sport (1930). Also Mr. Telecky and his colleague visited us from Olomouc region to show us the beauty of Praga cars with a Baby and a Piccolo (cabriolet Kellner) from 1931 for first time in Balatonfüred. Last but not least, prewar Czechoslovakian cars were represented by Aero S 1000 with Plachy body – from 4 pieces only this only one was saved.
Thankfully to our main sponsor BMW we had the chance to see many different BMW and Mini cars, including brand new models, youngtimers and oldtimers.
Every year in Balatonfüred we can see different Bugatti’s that are presented to us, this year they represented the brand with four cars (T44, 49, T40 and an Atlantic replica). Additionally this year the K&K Bugatti Register book was presented which deals with the story of the brand in the CEE region.
Enthusiasts of sport cars were not forgotten. There were three Ferraris to celebrate the 70th birthday of the brand, a Maserati Mistral, a Jaguar E-type, an MG TC, an early Chevrolet Corvette and more. Racing cars were shown in the form of replicas (Skoda RS130 replica, a replica of Niki Lauda’s Opel Rekord racer etc.), complemented by the brand new Hoffmann&Novague R200.
American automobiles were represented quite well, starting with the best of show winner Chrysler Airflow, Ford Mustang GT and so on.
We cannot forgot about oldest car on the show, a Unic L3 from 1925. The CEAutoClassic Award was given to a 1931 Mercedes Nürburg.
Late afternoon cars went back for a rest to the garage, to get ready for the Sunday’s award ceremony and participants had a wonderful gala dinner evening in Hotel Anna Grand.
Sunday’s ceremony on red carpet with thousands of visitors was on the way. No one went home empty-handed. Please find below the list of winners and our photogallery.
We hope to meet you next year for another wonderful event!
Best of Show – Chrysler Airflow 1934
FIVA Award – Praga Piccolo 1931
BMW Award – Chevrolet Corvette 1954
MKB Bank Award – Praga Baby 1934
Balatonfüred Award – BMW 315 Roadster 1936
Most Beautiful American Car – Chevrolet Corvette 1954
Most Beautiful BMW – BMW 635 CSI M power 1985
Most Beautiful British Car – Rolls-Royce Sylver wraith 1954
Best Classic Limousine – Mercedes 300S 1954
Best Classic Open – MG TC 1949
Most beautiful Czechoslovak car – Wikow 35 1931
Most Elegant French Car – Bugatti T44 1929
Best GT car – Mercedes 450 SLC 1973
Best Mercedes – Mercedes 230 SL 1964
Most Beautiful German Car – Mercedes 290S 1936
Most Beautiful Italian Car – Ferrari 328 1989
Most Beautiful Sports Racing Car – Jaguar XK120 1954
Most Beautiful Sports Racing Car – Wikov 7/28 sport 1930
Best Vintage Open – Bugatti T40 1926
Best Vintage Sports – Wikov 7/28 sport 1930
Most Beautiful Youngtimer – BMW M3 Cecotto edition 1989
Anna Grand Award – BMW 628 CSI 1981
Austro Classic Award – Hillman Minx 1959
Ceautoclassic Award – Mercedes Nürburg 1931
Katti Zoób Fashionhouse Award – Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 1954
Flohr Design Award – Chrysler Airflow 1934
VGT Capital Award – Bugatti T49 1930
Shell Award – Mercedes 190 SL 1956
Mavamsz Award – Mini Van 1968
Veuve Clicquot Award – Rolls-Royce Phantom 1970
Organizer’s Award – Hoffman Novague R200 2015
Totalcar Magazin Award – Maserati Mistral 1964
Audience Award – Gents – Bugatti 57 Atlantic Replica
Audience Award – Ladies – Mercedes 290S 1936
Most Original car – Mercedes 500 SEL 1981
Special Award for the Car Which Arrived from the Farthest Distance – Daimler DS420 1976
Special Award for the Oldest Car – Unic L3 1925
Aero S 1000 1935
Rolls-Royce Corniche 1975
Mercedes Benz 220 SEB Cabrio 1966
Ferrari 308 GTS 1983
Ford Mustang 1966
Mercedes 170V 1939
Porsche 912 1968
Mercedes SL 1985
Ferrari Mondial 1993
Fiat 124 Spider 1976
Skoda 130 RS Replica
BMW Ulrich 2002 1978
Citroen DS 1970
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud 3 1964
Jaguar XJS 1989
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud 3 1963
Mini Pickup 1974
Mini Innocenti 1974
Mini Cooper S Replica 1964