The last day of the June was held in Sinaia, Romania 8th edition of Concours d’Elégance. On the Peleș Castle, former summer residence of Romanian kings, displayed 28 classic cars. Vehicles were divided into 6 categories. In pre-war group were two categories, Limousines and Cabriolets. The international jury decided that the most interesting pre-war limousine was Fiat 520 from 1928.
The restoration of this car was finished by the occasion of a 90-year commemorative edition of the San Remo Rallye accompanied by Romanians drivers 1928 on the same model. Not only the most beautiful car of the pre-war cabrio, but Award The Best of the Show earned Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet A 1937. The car is from the Tiriac Collection, the biggest collection of historic vehicles in Romania. In the group of post-war vehicles were three categories; Cabriolets, Coupé and Limousines. As the winner of the post-war limousines was Citroën 11 CV. The production of this 4-door saloon started before the second war and finished in 1957. Ford Thunderbird 1964 – great body, nice slick paint, great chrome, was the winner of post-war coupé. Ghia 450 SS 1967 Cabriolet was produced by world-renowned automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro during his association with Carrozzeria Ghia in the mid-1960s. This rare vehicle earned 1st place in category post-war cabriolet.
Commendable is that organizer created also the category vehicles Made in Romania. In spite of the fact that Romania does not have a long history of the automobile industry, we saw 4 typical representatives of Romania. For the jury, it was not easy to work because all were nice. But finally, the jury decided that the winner of this category is Dacia 1300 from 1970.
The tradition of Concours d’Elégance vehicles began in Sinai, Romania, in 1934. The following year, the competition of elegance took place within the so-called Week of cars organized by the Royal Automobile Club of Romania. Short tradition has interrupted war events and then was no support in the post-war new political system in Romania. In 2011, event reestablished the tradition and Retromobil Club Romania (FIVA ANF) began to organize Concourse d’Elégance in the same place as the 1930s.
Concours d’Elégance Sinaia was the 4th time in FIVA calendar as an international event and all participating classic cars had a valid FIVA ID Cards. Experienced organizer, good organization with local government support and a beautiful surrounding is a guarantee for high levels of future events.
Report: Valentin Zbynovsky
Pictures: Dragos Savu.