Concours d’Élégance: Dozens Of Lovingly Restored Classics Parade Through Balatonfüred
Ferenc Sullivan 2015.05.19.
Close to fifty expertly restored classic cars worth billions of forints have paraded through the resort town of Balatonfüred on the shore of Lake Balaton.
The Concours d’Élégance meeting of European classic car lovers was organised in the town for the second time this year, next to the famous harbour and the Tagore promenade. The town’s main square was lined with 43, beautifully restored classics made both before and after the Second World War, including long-forgotten brands.
Both the main prize and the award granted by the audience were awarded to a 1922 Hispano Suiza 6B luxury vehicle, powered by a six-cylinder, four-stroke 6500 ccm engine. The majestic Spanish-Swiss vehicle was owned by the late American movie star Charles Bronson before arriving to Europe and winning several similar events. The prize awarded by the town of Balatonfüred went to a 1949 Vauxhall model, its deep black colour typical of the elite’s tastes at the time.
The jamboree also saw several other curiosities hitting the roads of the lakeside town, including an American, six-litre La Salle 34 5B from the Thirties. This was the model used by the legendary gangster Al Capone.
Chief organiser Viktor Varga told HVG.hu that the prizes were awarded in three categories – classic, vintage and microcars – this year. The full list, along with pictures from the show, will soon be available on the event’s website. This year’s event was sponsored by BMW, which was evident from the large number of Bavarian vehicles both old and new.