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Moin, MINI: Electric driving fun on the North Sea coasts.

BMW:Moin, MINI: Electric driving fun on the North Sea coasts.

Munich. City traffic is really its forte but
sometimes the MINI simply has to get out and about. Enjoying some
fresh air, shaking off the everyday blues – a day’s excursion or a
weekend trip generally does the trick. In northern Germany, the MINI
is usually drawn to the coast, a region where “moin” is generally the
right greeting whatever the time of day. There’s almost always a
refreshing breeze, and large numbers of wind turbines are making a
significant contribution to the energy turnaround. In this landscape,
the first all-electric model from the British premium brand is
naturally enough a particularly good fit. And thanks to the latest
battery-cell technology, there’s no impediment to taking the new
MINI Cooper SE (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined
electricity consumption: 16.8 – 14.8 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) on the short trip from the Hanseatic
city of Hamburg to the island of Sylt in the North Sea.

In fact, with its range of between 235 and 270 kilometres, the new
MINI Cooper SE is absolutely ideal for getting out of town, and
enjoying local zero-emission driving fun through the surrounding
countryside. Powered by its 135 kW/184 hp electric motor, the car only
reaches its limit on fast-moving motorway stages at 150 km/h – an
artificial limit established for reasons of efficiency. The energy
required for this is provided by a high-voltage battery designed
specifically for this model and with the latest cell technology
delivering gross energy content of 32.6 kilowatt hours. It is made up
of twelve modules arranged in a T-shaped configuration deep in the
floor of the new MINI Cooper SE. The volume of the luggage compartment
of between 211 and 731 litres is consequently just as big as in the
conventionally powered MINI 3-door automobile.

The trip to Sylt, or “to the island”, as it is known by local people
from Hamburg, can commence with fully charged battery and comfortably
stowed weekend luggage. A journey of just under 200 kilometres takes
you from the Hamburg city limits to the holiday island located at the
top left-hand side of a map of Germany, although the all-electric MINI
will not have to do the last leg of the journey under its own steam.
In Niebüll, it is loaded onto the Sylt Shuttle run by German Rail. The
train rattles to its destination on the single-track causeway along
the Hindenburg Dam. The mud flats can be seen stretching for
kilometres on end to the right and left, while the remaining kilowatt
hours stored in the battery of the new MINI cooper SE can be saved for
an introductory foray across the island.

Naturally, enough electricity is also available on Sylt. And contrary
to a lot of other things, power is no more expensive than on the
mainland. The most valuable commodity here is time. Every minute on
Germany’s northernmost island deserves to be savoured. And the best
way to enjoy that time is to embark on an excursion among the
wonderful world of dunes. There are no electric sockets for miles and
miles but the energy generated by the waves and the wind is a very
real presence.

Anybody who wants to get to know Sylt needs to experience both sides
of the island. There is the dune landscape with kilometre after
kilometre of sandy beaches stretching from Hörnum in the south to the
“Elbow” spit beyond List in the north. Then there is the side of the
island bordering the mud flats with their lush green meadows, the
fashionable Hanseatic town of Keitum and picturesque harbours like
Munkmarsch. The busy streets of the island’s capital of Westerland,
the stylish bars and traditional restaurants in Kampen, and the
untouched natural world on the Morsum cliff are best explored on foot,
while the MINI Cooper SE is connected to the power grid to have its
batteries charged for the return journey. Three and a half hours
connected to a wall box are sufficient for a full charge – but nobody
wants to be in a hurry on Sylt. A conventional household electricity
socket is also sufficient. And if you happen to be in a tearing hurry,
the battery of the new MINI Cooper SE can be recharged to 80 percent
at a quick-charging station with power of up to 50 kW in just 35 minutes.

Most visitors can never get enough of the fresh air on the North Sea.
A diversion is therefore selected for the trip back home. From List, a
ferry takes visitors back to the mainland. It makes a stop on the
Danish island of Rømø. Insider information: A charging station has
been installed on board the “Sylt Express” and this allows the
MINI Cooper SE to recharge its high voltage battery with electricity
right “to the brim”. The crossing lasts 40 minutes and is quite long
enough. The additional charge of electricity is included in the price
of the crossing.

Recharged with new vigour, the MINI Cooper SE rolls along the
causeway that connects Rømø with the mainland and then travels south
across the border between Denmark and Germany. The all-electric car is
particularly economical in its GREEN+ drive mode. Additional range can
be gained with the accelerator response optimised for efficiency and
deactivated heating or air-conditioning. Just before the Dithmarscher
Geest motorway parking layby, a wonderfully long right-hand bend on a
slight ascent encourages a rather higher speed. Ultimately, the
vehicle’s low centre of gravity means that the MINI Cooper SE hugs the
road. Otherwise, it cruises along and on the descent from the bridge
over the canal between the North Sea and the Baltic, the batteries can
even undergo modest recuperation.

The car then continues its journey to the centre of Hamburg. A
multicoloured sea of light along the Reeperbahn entertainment mile
gives the impression that electricity is limitless. Conversely, it’s
about time the MINI Cooper SE was recharged. Fortunately, the
Hanseatic city has a relatively good supply of charging stations and
it’s easy to find a parking space with a charging point, with a bit of
luck near the harbour. You never know, maybe the driver would like to
breathe in a bit more bracing sea air.

In case of queries, please contact:
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Matthias Bode, Press Officer Production
Communications MINI
Phone: +49-89-382-61742

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Phone: +49-

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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Female Team Qualifier 2019.

BMW:BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Female Team Qualifier 2019.

Munich/Málaga. The BMW Motorrad International GS
Trophy Female Team Qualifier 2019 came to an exciting finish after
three days of adventure motorcycling competition near Málaga, Spain.
31 women representing 20 countries all over the world competed for one
of the six places on offer in what will be the seventh running of the
prestigious BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, to be held in New
Zealand in February 2020.

While prior to the event BMW Motorrad had guaranteed places for three
women (one team) in the New Zealand competition, for the second time
in GS Trophy history the quality of the riders in this women’s
qualifier was of such a standard that a second team of three deserved
to be included. In the 2017 event this had been communicated at the
end of the competition, but this year it was announced ahead of the
third and final day, so each could do their utmost to qualify.

The final day’s super test did then see the leader board reshuffle,
bringing joy and heartbreak in equal measure. Finally, though, the
International GS Trophy 2020 has its six women competitors: Isabella
Londono Rivas from Colombia, Nikki van der Spek from the Netherlands,
Claire Bichard from France, Lisa Taylor from the USA, Andrea Box from
Australia and Klara Finkele from the United Kingdom.

It’s worth highlighting just how successful this event has become.
The first female qualifier, held in 2015, saw ten finalists picked
from over 100 applicants. In 2017, 23 competitors won their place in
the female final through their national/regional GS Trophy qualifiers.
This year, such has been the growth in interest from international GS
communities that 32 (including one last minute cancellation) women
qualified through to this final.

Unquestionably, this growth both in numbers and riding quality
reflects the continued worldwide rise in women’s interest in adventure
motorcycling. This year the newly participating countries were
Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands and
Norway. The presence of competitors from some of those countries
–reflects changing attitudes towards women participating in
recreational motorcycling.

Here’s a brief summary of the daily action in this year’s
International GS Trophy Female Team Qualifier:


Thursday 24 October

Málaga, 21ºC, sunny

After their phased arrival in Málaga over the preceding days
(allowing for long haul flights) and having completed registration on
the Wednesday afternoon, it was a 7:30am call for breakfast on the
first day of the International Female Team Qualifier 2019. By 8:30 am
the women had been assigned their BMW F 850 GSs and were riding out of
the Alhaurin Golf Resort headed for the Enduro Park Andalusia where
four tests awaited them.

The most significant challenge was the trials course which offered
the women a long loop over a hillside with special challenge
sub-sections which called for fine control and where crashes or course
digressions would attract extra penalties. These included a steep hill
climb (and descent) in pea shingle, a figure of eight and a prolonged
climb with turns and rock steps.

The next challenge would be a test of their fitness. A long run (yes,
on foot) along a rocky path in the bottom of a quarry brought the
competitors to their bike, whereupon they had to fit the dongle to
enable Enduro Pro mode, then fit the seat and ride the bike back along
the same rocky path. Naturally against the clock. And yes, there were
a few crashes as some of the women were prepared to take a risk or two
in the hope of a faster time.

Testing their mechanical aptitude was a challenge that involved
changing the front wheel on an
F 850 GS, this task being
conducted in pairs. The speediest wheel change involved teamwork both
in releasing and refitting the wheel as well in balancing the bike as
without the front wheel the bike would topple. Like all the day one
tests this was against the clock – and additionally the women had to
both run in and out of the test area (just to ensure a good heart rate!).

The day’s final test was probably the most simple, but also the most
difficult. Individually, the women would ride their bikes up a
straight course picking up and depositing traffic cones along the way.
Then at the end of the course they had to dismount and push their bike
backwards, weaving through the cones, to return to the start box. The
problem was the push backwards along the course was slightly uphill
and over loose gravel. In all, a very difficult challenge.

The day rounded out with a fun competition – a ride on a mechanical
rodeo bull! This was a lighthearted way of winding down from a tough
day in the Enduro Park and a great way to bring the women together socially.

The day’s challenges over, the women then rode to a wilderness camp,
La Fuente in Barranco Blanco (a nature park), where they were issued
with their camping equipment for the next two nights. Most were hard
pressed to pitch their tents and get cleaned up and settled before the
8:30pm call to dinner under a marquee.

When the day’s results were revealed it was Isabella Londono Rivas
from Colombia who held the lead, from the Netherlands’ Nikki van der
Spek and Claire Bichard from France. But as sportive director
Christoph Zimmerman explained, the top-10 were separated by only a
handful of points and with two days competition to go, and many more
tests to come, it was still wide open as to who would qualify for the
Int. GS Trophy in New Zealand in 2020.


Friday 25 October

Málaga, 22ºC, sunny

After a busy day one, and a first night camping, the 31 women of the
International Female Team Qualifier might have been forgiven for being
a bit fatigued on the second morning. But with a full day’s riding in
the offing, covering a 150km loop, with special tests along the way,
they were instead rather bright and certainly keen to improve on their
placings from day one – except Isabella Londono Rivas, of course, who
simply wanted to maintain her lead in the competition.

A single track (off-road trail) led the women out of La Fuente to the
first test situated in a pine forest still in the Barranco Blanco
nature park. Split into teams of three, the women were handed a

BMW Motorrad Navigator VI GPS unit together with the coordinates
for a first waypoint, to which they had to walk or (preferably) run
and once they’d reach that they’d find coordinates for the next, and
so on until they’d located the total of four waypoints before
returning to the finish – with photographic evidence of having found
each waypoint. Total time allowed: 20 minutes. The results were
entertaining, especially if the team failed to set their GPS to an
off-highway setting…

Having completed this challenge the women were back on their GS
motorcycles for a terrific ride over mixed sealed road, gravel road
and trails up into the hills where they found a trials course waiting.
As ever, this was a ride against the clock where ‘footing’, riding
outside the marked course and crashing all attracted time penalties.
The course followed and crossed the hill’s contours and offered
testing scenarios such as a turn on the steep camber of a bank, a rock
studded climb, turns in loose-ploughed soil and, near the end, a ride
through a quarry section. Speed played against accuracy, but all
enjoyed the opportunity to again demonstrate impressive off-road skills.

After a return ride back to Barranco Blanco the women started their
final test of the day – this a surprising eight hours after they had
set out that morning. This was a test of their stamina, for just when
they were in sight of the day’s finish – and fairly tired – they faced
a run up (and down) a 100-foot sand hill (almost cliff) – while
carrying a five-litre fuel can. While the ascent was grueling and
required climbing with hands as well as feet, the descent was pretty
hair-raising as the keenest competitors ran down at speed.

Incredibly, after the three challenges, the top three placed
competitors remained the same. Only now it was Nikki van der Spek
leading from Isabella Londono Rivas – the position swap came on
account of a small crash Isabella sustained at the end of the trial
test. That left Claire Bichard still third. With the announcement in
the evening that there would be six women going to New Zealand, those
holding the remaining Int. GS Trophy places going into the final day
were Lisa Taylor (USA), Klara Finkele (GBR) and Chantel Blake (RSA).
However, barely 100 points split sixth from 10th (1180-1289) and with
the super final (day three) to follow, those precious places were
still anyone’s game.


Saturday 26 October

Málaga, 23ºC, sunny

Fatigue and a cold second night under canvas saw a slightly weary
start to day three, although the competitors soon warmed up in the sun
as they made their way back to the Enduro Park Andalusia for the super final.

The super final constituted a full lap of the quarry with a
succession of challenges along the way. This started in a parkour area
with a slalom, followed by a figure of eight, then a succession of
angled railway sleepers to ride lengthways, before finally a ride
between narrowly-spaced parallel telegraph poles. The competitors
would then ride out of the parkour’s area where they needed to
initiate a rear wheel skid to knock over a traffic cone. Then came a
zig-zag through deep shingle. Next was a fearsome climb of about 30
meters, something that could barely be climbed on foot and would need
a fair charge in second gear followed by judicious throttle feathering
over the near-vertical last meters if it was to be scaled
successfully. Finally the competitors would return back down through
the quarry following a rocky path to the finish.

As expected the super final brought a few changes to the standings.
Spectacularly, leader Nikki van der Spek crashed off the very last
turn and forfeited the overall win to Isabella Londono Rivas –
although both were safely into the Int. GS Trophy Female Team by then.
But as expected could happen, it was in the lower leader board where a
shuffle of the pack created most sensation. Australian Andrea Box
(returning for her second IFT qualifier), in seventh coming into the
super final put in a great lap, going clean in several sections and
riding at a good pace, while both Klara Finkele (GBR) and Chantel
Blake (RSA) suffered falls in the parcours. Consequently Andrea jumped
up to fifth in the final standings, Klara held on to make sixth, just,
while the unfortunate Chantel dropping to seventh missed her chance to
ride in New Zealand.

It is in the nature of competition that there has to be winners and
losers and in the
International GS Trophy Female Team Qualifier
this holds true. However, it is to the credit of the women in this
event that the competition does not override the camaraderie and
friendships that are formed. The GS Trophy is also a place where East
meets West, North meets South, and the women competitors have again
shown that we are all more alike than we are different. It’s been said
before: one world, one GS! It’s been an inspiring event and now the
sensational six will join the male teams in New Zealand in February
for an adventure of a lifetime.

BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Female Team Qualifier 2019

Final standings:

  • Isabella Londono Rivas (COL) 1342
  • Nikki van der Spek (NLD) 1348
  • Claire Bichard (FRA)1385
  • Lisa Taylor (USA) 1396
  • Andrea Box (AUS) 1471
  • Klara Finkele (GBR) 1477
  • Chantel Blake (RSA)1501
  • Petra Kroon (NLD)1510
  • Christelle van der Meulen (RSA)1549
  • Laura Valerie Perez del Campo Calderon (MEX) 1573
  • Kandi Marie Spangler (USA) 1576
  • Caroline MacLean (GBR) 1593
  • Yifei Xu (CHN) 1627
  • Adele Innocenti (ITA) 1657
  • Teresita Rodriguez Rivas (CRI) 1802
  • Maya Mufti (JOR) 1829
  • Grece Kassab (LBN) 1896
  • Virginia Guidetti (ARG) 1970
  • Vanessa Ruzanowsky Grillo Rezende (BRA) 2007
  • Stephanie Schinkel (MEX) 2070
  • Khaizatul Akmar Zabadin (MYS) 2073
  • Yizhen Zhou (CHN) 2139
  • Sylvie Soltges ep. Urbain (FRA) 2172
  • Elis Suriani Johari (MYS) 2430
  • Mieko Yoshida (JPN) 2598
  • Cinthia Morales (BRA) 2611
  • Ai Mizutani (JPN) 2685
  • Siham Loudghiri (MAR) 2709
  • Ananyalan Wattananupong (THA) 2969
  • Kate Wilhemsen (NOR) 3160
  • Ibtissam Eleuldj (MAR) 3259



Statements from the winning riders:


Isabella Londono Rivas (COL):

“This is an unexpected feeling (to have won), I didn’t come here
anticipating this, I came here to ride this bike and have a great
experience – but here I am, number one! Right now I can’t imagine
going to New Zealand, I can’t believe it. Probably when I wake up in
the morning I’ll think about it, it’ll be more real.”

Nikki van der Spek (NLD):

“This is unbelievable, New Zealand has been on my bucket list for so
long, so to be going now with the GS Trophy is amazing, really! I
didn’t expect to finish so high. And I’m lucky to be here, I’ve seen
the GS Trophy in the press and online, but this year is the first time
Holland is participating, so I thought it’s now or never, just do it –
and here I am!”

Claire Bichard (FRA):

“I am very proud to be here as I only started to ride off-road one
year ago. I love going off-road and being in the nature and going
where I want to go on my
F 800 GS. People told me to get a
smaller moto, but I said no, I want to learn on this moto, I love her.
Being here I have felt what it is like to be a part of the GS family,
this is a competition but between all the women here there is a link,
a bond.”


Lisa Taylor (USA):

“This is incredible and I’m in disbelief, thrilled to bits and
excited – and now looking forward to New Zealand. I never thought I’d
get here, I really didn’t see myself even being here, so this whole
thing is quite a surprise. And it’s my first time travelling outside
of the USA; I absolutely love it and this has given me the gumption to
travel internationally some more and get immersed in different
cultures and peoples. But for now I have to prepare for New Zealand so
I’m just going to keep on riding – make life a ride, for sure!”

Andrea Box (AUS):

“To weeks ago I got married, seven days ago we bought our first house
and today I’ve qualified for a GS Trophy Female Team – it’s been a
massive month, I’m so excited! This has been three or four years in
the making, I’ve been aspiring to it, every ride it’s been in the back
of my mind, ‘this will make good practice for the GS Trophy’ so to
have been given a second chance and to have made it is phenomenal. So
I must thank my family and my husband Dan – who’s waiting for his
honeymoon to start!”

Klara Finkele (GBR):

“I came here thinking a nice midfield position would be good because
I’ve been doing trials for about two years and I’m always coming last
and I do cry with the frustration. So when at the end of the first day
they called the results and they’d got to the top ten without calling
my name I honestly thought they’d forgotten me. When they said I was
fourth my jaw dropped. This last day I made mistakes and I knew it
would be tight, I was biting my nails. I’m over the moon. Three months
ago when I took my Beemer for a ride and entered the UK GS Trophy
qualifier I could not have imagined it would lead to this!”

Additional statements:

Svenia Ohlsen, BMW Motorrad, Head of Brand Experience:

“I’m so proud to now have our six female Int. GS Trophy riders from
six different nations, and also to have seen the improvement the
competitors here have shown in riding skills over previous years, it
shows we are going in the right direction. It’s amazing and a
wonderful feeling – and a relief that everything has gone so well.
These ladies here have shown it’s never too late to change your life,
never too late to create something new, to be different, to think
differently. I’m very proud about what we’ve achieved!”

Christoph Zimmerman, Enduro Park Andalusia, Int. GS Trophy
Sportive Director:
“The women have really impressed
me. They are passionate about their riding and you can see the tiger
in them. At first I thought each would fight for herself because she
wants to win, to go to New Zealand. But I quickly saw how they help
each other and how quick they build a community and start working
together. So I think it´s fantastic to have these six ladies onboard
for the Int. GS Trophy, making a beautiful mix. If we went to New
Zealand with only men it would be different, more strength, more
force, more pushing. But this is not what we want. You want to have a
community, to enjoy the ride together. All of the finalists – men and
women – have won already, they’ve won this big adventure, so I’m
telling them enjoy the ride and truly see New Zealand, it is beautiful!”

For more information on the Int. GS Trophy please go to

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rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub at

In case of queries please contact:

Liane Drews, BMW Motorrad Communication

Telephone: +49 89 382-60964,  

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communication BMW Motorrad

Telephone: +49 89 382 -57505,



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BMW Ladies Championship 2019: Hana Jang wins prestigious tournament in South Korea after thrilling play-off.

BMW:BMW Ladies Championship 2019: Hana Jang wins prestigious tournament in South Korea after thrilling play-off.

  • Home victory for Hana Jang: the South Korean golfer wins the
    only LPGA Tour tournament to take place in her home country on the
    third extra hole.
  • The victor is rewarded with 300,000 US dollars, out of a
    total prize fund of two million US dollars

  • 70,394 spectators attend the premium event at the
    LPGA International Busan.
  • Kristen Gillman (USA) hits a hole-in-one to win a BMW 7 Series.


Busan. A birdie at the third extra hole saw South Korea’s
Hana Jang start the celebrations by claiming a home win in the
BMW Ladies Championship at the

LPGA International Busan. The 27-year-old had 269 strokes
(-19) on her scorecard after four rounds, which put her level with
Danielle Kang (USA). Jang took home a total of 300,000 US dollars in
prize money for her fifth title on the LPGA Tour.

Kristen Gillman
produced the shot of the tournament.
The American golfer hit a hole-in-one on the second round to
win one of three BMW Hole-in-One Awards, a BMW 7Series Sedan.

“Congratulations on Hana Jang’s winning at the only one LPGA
tournament in Korea,” said Dr. Wolfgang Hacker, Head of Brand
Management of BMW Group Korea. “I would also like to express my
sincere gratitude to the galleries for their big support and applause
for coming to the BMW Ladies Championship. BMW will continue to invest
and contribute to the development of the Korean golf sports industry.”

Jang (-7) and Kang (-8) produced by far the best performances on the
final day and both deserved to reach the play-off. They both recorded
par twice on the 18th before heading the third extra hole, the 10th.
Kang scored par once again, while her South Korean opponent went one
better, securing the greatest success of her career to date with a birdie.

Kristen Gillman provoked wild celebrations during the second round.
The 13th hole (par 3) certainly proved to be a lucky one for the US
golfer, who is playing her first season on the LPGA Tour. The
22-year-old chalked up a hole-in-one from 164 metres with a 4-hybrid
to win a BMW 7er Series Sedan.

“It was nice to finally have my first hole-in-one because it’s kind
of been a running joke between me and my friends that I’ve holed out a
lot of shots on par 4s and par 5s but never on a par 3,” Gillman said.
“I didn’t even look at the BMW 7 Series because I didn’t even know I
made a hole-in-one. When I asked my caddie, he said: ‘It’s the nicest
one. That’s the one you want.’”

However, no-one else claimed the two other BMW Hole-in-One-Awards, a
BMW 8 series (hole 6) and the new BMW X7 (hole 16).

Original Press Release

BMW Motorsport News – Issue 39/2019.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 39/2019.

Whether in the DTM, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship, or countless other championships: Week after
week BMW teams and drivers around the world do battle for points,
victories and titles. Away from the track too, members of the
large BMW Motorsport family around the world are also creating
headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” allows us to regularly
summarise all the action for you in a compact and informative
manner. This way, you are always up to speed.

VLN: Fübrich/Griessner are the new VLN champions.

The 2019 VLN champions drive a BMW M240i Racing: in the final race of
the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring (GER), Yannick Fübrich
(GER) and David Griessner (AUT) claimed victory in the BMW M240i
Racing Cup class with the #650 car, a result that also secured first
place in the VLN overall standings. This is the first VLN triumph for
both drivers. Success for Fübrich and Griessner represented the second
VLN overall victory in a row for the Pixum Team Adrenalin Motorsport
and team principal Matthias Unger (GER). Last year, Danny Brink,
Philipp Leisen and Christopher Rink (all GER) had triumphed in their
BMW 325i. The three were in with a chance of repeating this success
until the very end before their team-mates claimed glory. Brink,
Leisen and Rink did cross the finish line first in their V4 class,
however, and won the production car trophy. In the overall standings
for the 44th DMV Münsterlandpokal, Christian Krognes (NOR),
David Pittard and Jody Fannin (both GBR) finished third in the
Walkenhorst Motorport #34 BMW M6 GT3. BMW teams celebrated a total of
five class wins at the VLN season finale.

BMW M240i Racing Cup: Fübrich/Griessner defend their title.

Yannick Fübrich and David Griessner did not just claim the VLN
championship at the Nürburgring VLN season finale, but also defended
their title in the BMW M240i Racing Cup. The duo from Pixum Team
Adrenalin Motorsport went into the final race with a 46-point lead in
the drivers’ standings. They recorded their seventh class win in nine
races to move even further ahead and underline their dominance of the
season’s proceedings. The year before, Fübrich and Griessner had
already proved unbeatable. Second place in the drivers’ standings, and
victory in the Junior championship, went to Nico Otto and Lars Peucker
(both GER) from the Scheid-Honert Motorsport team. At the season
finale, they were joined by Florian Naumann (GER) in the #666
‘Eifelblitz’ as they claimed second place in the CUP5 class. Third
place went to Ben Bünnagel (GER) and Francesco Merlini (ITA) from
Pixum Team Adrenalin Motorsport, which had already been confirmed as
Team Champion in the BMW M240i Racing Cup ahead of the final race.
First place in the Gentlemen’s standings went to Stefan Kruse (GER),
also representing Pixum Team Adrenalin Motorsport. A total of 16 BMW
M240i Racings were on the starting grid for the 44th DMV Münsterlandpokal.

3 questions for … Yannick Fübrich and David Griessner.

You came close to securing the VLN title last year and it
worked out this time. How relieved are you?

David Griessner: “It is a massive relief and I am delighted. That is
the greatest success of my career. My final stint in the race seemed
to go on for ever. It feels like a dream to have done it – and I think
that we really earned this title win.”

You also defended your title in the BMW M240i Racing Cup. How
did you experience the season?

Yannick Fübrich: “Our season was nearly perfect. Today’s race was the
icing on the cake. We had to win to become VLN champions and to defend
our Cup title and we managed to prevail in an unbelievably tight race.
We can be very proud of that.”

How important was the contribution made by the Pixum Team
Adrenalin Motorsport to winning this highly competitive class?

Fübrich: “We can only express our admiration for the great work
performed by this team. Everything works well and our pit stops are
fantastic. We just want to say how grateful we are; it really is a
fantastic team.”

Griessner: “I agree totally with Yannick. I am so happy to be driving
for such a great team. The atmosphere within the team is also superb.
Many thanks to everyone involved in this success!”

Original Press Release

Strong debut season for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team comes to a difficult conclusion in Qatar.

BMW:Strong debut season for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team comes to a difficult conclusion in Qatar.

Doha. The debut season for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and
the new BMW S 1000 RR in the FIM Superbike World Championship
(WorldSBK) has come to an end. On Saturday, the two final races of
the year took place at the ‘Losail International Circuit’, near Doha
(QAT). The finale did not go quite according to plan. Tom Sykes
(GBR) recorded two twelfth-place finishes, while his team-mate
Markus Reiterberger (GER) reached 15th and
14th positions.


Reiterberger’s side of the garage had high hopes for another
successful day after Saturday’s afternoon warm-up session.
Reiterberger was in the top three for a long  time with his RR and
threatened to chalk up a fastest lap before finishing the session in
fourth place. However, the tables turned in the Superpole race, which
started at 16:00 local time. Sykes began from fourth place but fell
back through the field as the race progressed and crossed the line in
twelfth position. Reiterberger suffered a similar fate, finishing
15th after starting from ninth place. This meant that Sykes
began the main race on Saturday evening from tenth, with Reiterberger
in eleventh place.

Sykes and Reiterberger both enjoyed good starts. Sykes was in ninth
place for some time but lost several positions as the race progressed
before crossing the line in twelfth place. Reiterberger had to avoid
another rider on the first turn and fell some way back as a result. He
was, however, able to make up some positions in the closing phase,
finishing the race in 14th place.

Overall, it was a positive debut season for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team. The team claimed four podiums, one pole position and numerous
top six finishes. Sykes finished the season eighth in the riders’
standings (223 points). Reiterberger claimed 14th place
overall (83 points).

As one season ends, the next one begins when on Tuesday
5th November, a press conference at the EICMA motorcycle
show in Milan (ITA) will focus on the involvement of BMW Motorrad
Motorsport in the WorldSBK. The main subjects will be a look back at
the 2019 season and a preview of 2020. More details to follow.

Quotes after race two at Doha.


Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “Of
course, that was not quite how we had hoped to round off the season.
However, we continue to struggle to adapt to changing conditions, as
we saw in these fluctuating temperatures. That is one of the areas
that we will have to work on. We were able to collect more valuable
information during this weekend in Qatar, which we will be able to use
during the winter break as we prepare for next season. Overall, we
feel positive about how it went. From the start, we viewed 2019 as a
year for learning and we did record four podiums, one pole position
and many top six finishes. That is something to be pleased about and
we can build on this next season. I would like to thank the entire BMW
Motorrad WorldSBK Team and our riders Tom Sykes and Markus
Reiterberger. Everyone has been working hard since the project got
going. No-one gave up after any setbacks and that ensured that this
was a successful debut season. Thanks to everyone for that. Markus is
now bidding farewell to the team – I would like to wish him all the
best for the future.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
“It was a tough day today. We didn’t make much progress
from the first day on track on Thursday and has been a difficult
weekend ever since. We felt we had some momentum from Magny Cours
going into Argentina, which didn’t turn out positively, and that has
followed us really into Qatar where we have been chasing a set-up.
Markus on paper looked like he was having a good weekend, he had good
pace in race one and into the Superpole race but unfortunately could
not convert that into strong positions today. Tom couldn’t find the
balance nor momentum so sadly we are signing off in Qatar not where we
hoped to be. However, on a whole we have achieved our targets of 2019
in what has been a successful first development season so onwards and
upwards for 2020.”

Tom Sykes: “It’s not the way I would have liked to
end the season given the results that we have had previously. We have
arrived at a circuit where you are in the corner for a long time which
is an area on the bike that we need to work on, so overall a very
disappointing weekend to end 2019. On the whole, the new project
finishing eighth in the championship is relatively good considering
there are six factory bikes from different manufacturers with a lot
more experience. We have had some very strong showings, we have shown
the potential of the BMW S 1000 RR and the relationship with the new
team has worked well. Going into the winter I would like to think that
the information the team gathered can be put into development and
ultimately a better starting point for next season.”

Markus Reiterberger: “We did adjust the bike a little
for the warm-up and the session went really well for me. I was in
third place for a long time and finished the session in fourth place.
That felt fantastic. However, the first turn in both races put paid to
my hopes a bit, although I had started well both times. In the main
race, I got trapped between two riders on turn one. I had to take
evasive action, which forced me to go extremely wide and cost me a few
places. After that, it was a pretty lonely race for me, but in the
closing stages I did manage to overtake three riders and score some
points in the end. At least had some renewed impetus on my final
weekend with the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, which helps me to feel a
bit better before the break. We had a great time and I would like to
thank everyone for giving me this opportunity. I wish the project
every success and I hope to be able to contribute something to it
again in the future.”

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team experiences a Friday with highs and lows in the Qatari desert.

BMW:BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team experiences a Friday with highs and lows in the Qatari desert.

Doha. The first day of racing at the 2019 FIM Superbike World
Championship (WorldSBK) season finale at the ‘Losail International
Circuit’ in Qatar had highs and lows for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team. Markus Reiterberger (GER) secured eighth place in the first
main race on his BMW S 1000 RR after having finished the Superpole
within the top ten. Tom Sykes (GBR) had started the race from fourth
on the grid but retired after a crash on lap two.


Superpole was held in the early evening at 5 p.m. local time, already
under floodlights. Sykes managed to make good use of the faster
qualifying tyre and he secured fourth place on the second row in the
final stages of the session. Reiterberger continued the positive trend
from the practice sessions and qualified ninth on the third row.

When the race was started at 8 p.m. local time, the air temperature
was still a humid 31 degrees Celsius. Sykes stormed towards the front,
into second place, but then slightly dropped back again. Entering the
second lap, however, he crashed while battling and had to retire.
Reiterberger also had a stunning start but lost positions in the first
corner. Soon, however, he had worked his way back into the top ten.
From there, he progressed further forwards, and after 17 laps he
crossed the line in eighth place, directly behind a group of three
that was fighting for fifth position.

Quotes after race one at Doha.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “We
are happy with Markus’ performance, in any case. It was great to see
that he was able to fight behind the group in the midfield. In the
second half of the race, he was nearly as fast as the front riders in
the two middle sectors. That is really pleasing, and one can see a
kind of relief on his side of the garage. Tom had a mega start.
Unfortunately he had a contact with another rider when entering the
second lap and could not stop the bike anymore. That’s a pity but can
happen in races. Overall, we have a good base for tomorrow and we will
attack once more.”

Markus Reiterberger: “Today was really good. I am
satisfied, even if I did not fully exploit to 100 per cent what was
possible. We made another step for Superpole and I was even able to do
a 1:57.7 with race tyres that brought me to sixth place. It was a
great lap and my feeling was really good. My lap with the qualifying
tyre was also great but not perfect and this already makes the
difference between a few positions. But ninth place on the third row
still was good. I had a great start, until the first corner. I was
already in fifth place but then I shifted down one gear too few and
was in third gear. This resulted in the loss of positions but soon I
overtook several others and worked my way back towards the front. From
then on, I kept my pace to the finish line. The fact that I was able
to close the gap to the group of three in front of me at the very end
confirms that we are heading in the right direction. I hope that we
will make another step tomorrow, especially with the front tyre. Then
I think that I can catch those three that were in front of me, at
least that’s my goal. I hope to bring home two more strong results.”

Tom Sykes: “I think we maximised our performance in
Superpole and got the best out of our BMW S 1000 RR. We were happy to
start on the second row. We then made a couple of changes for the
race. We had a good start and unfortunately then going into T1 on the
second lap, it happened. I wanted to pull it down but there was
another rider, so I had to pick it up and there was another rider
there so unfortunately I made contact and down I went. So I am
obviously very disappointed. I felt we had the set-up to put on a
decent result today. We had the capability to come out with a good
result today but sometimes these things happen and obviously we just
look to have a strong showing tomorrow.”

Original Press Release

BMW Group as official partner of Art D’Égypte in Cairo. Third edition explores “Reimagined Narratives”.

BMW:BMW Group as official partner of Art D’Égypte in Cairo. Third edition explores “Reimagined Narratives”.

Cairo/Munich. The BMW Group has been partnering with
Art D’Égypte since its second edition in 2018. This
year’s exhibitions run under the theme “Reimagined Narratives” and
take place at the site of Historic Cairo between October 17 and
November 9, 2019. Art D’Egypte is held under the auspices of the
Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and under the patronage of UNESCO.

Since 2017, Art D’Égypte has organised annual exhibitions with
the long-term view of promoting Egyptian contemporary art. The aim is
to support young and emerging artists as well as to call attention to
Egypt’s modern and contemporary art scene. While linking the event to
the country’s cultural and historic heritage, Art D’Égypte wants to
highlight the diversity and richness of Egyptian art over the
centuries. The exhibition features some of the region’s leading
galleries and uses sustainable development initiatives. A strong
program of educational events, free public key-note speaker lectures,
as well as collateral exhibitions has been created to frame this
year’s Art D’Égypte.

“This is not the first time we aim to merge contemporary art and
ancient history,” founder of Art D’Égypte Nadine Abdel
said, “In our first show ‘Eternal Light: A Night of
Art at the Egyptian Museum’, works of some of Egypt’s foremost
contemporary artists were displayed against the timeless backdrop of
ancient artefacts at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Our aim was to show
the world that Egypt has continued to play a central role in the
contemporary art and cultural landscape. Last year, we organised
‘Nothing Vanishes, Everything Transforms’, the second in our
successful series of exhibitions. It put on view a collection of
artworks by 28 contemporary artists at the Manial Palace Museum in
Cairo, who’s Andalusian, Arab and Ottoman halls speak of the diversity
of Egyptian culture and arts.”

This year’s edition of Art D’Égypte will bring together 28
acclaimed and award-winning Egyptian contemporary artists who will
display a unique collection of their works. Contemporary artists being
on display this year are: Ahmed Askalany, Ahmed El Shaer, Ahmed Farid,
Ahmed Karaly, Ahmed Keshta, Amir Youssef, Diaa El Din Daoud, Farida El
Gazzar, Fathi Hassan, Ghada Amer, Hany Rashed, Heba Y. Amin, Huda
Lutfi, Ibrahim Ahmed, Ibrahim El Dessouki, Ibrahim Khatab, Islam
Shabana, Karim El Hayawan, Marianne Fahmy, Marwan Elgamal, Medhat
Shafik, Moaaz El Dmasy, Mohamed Monaiseer, Mohamed Shoukry, Mohamed
Banawy, Sherin Guirguis, Tarek Naga and Yasmine El Meleegy.

The exhibition will be attended by renowned curators,
collectors, archaeologists, ministers as well as historians. All of
them have the common interest of ensuring that the Egyptian art
landscape gets more attention on a global scale through sustainable
cultural development initiatives such as Art D’Égypte.

For further questions please contact:
Prof Dr
Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49-89-382-24753


Nour Hassan
Art D’Egypte
Telephone: +20-111-200-0356

About Art D’Egypte
In its first two years of
exhibitions Art D’Égypte, has drawn over 10,000 visitors, including a
significant increase of tourist visits to Nothing Vanishes. Everything
Transforms. In-kind donations valued at LE7.5 million where
facilitated in order to preserve and upgrade historic sites where the
shows take place, including integrated lighting systems. Nothing
Vanishes. Everything Transforms saw the first collection of art pieces
to be covered by SMARTIFY in the Arab region, opening the door for the
use of digitizing art.
Eternal Light saw international and local
press coverage including Reuters, BBC, AFP, AP, France24 as well as
publications such as Art Daily, Orient, Express, Le Point, La Croix.

Nothing Vanishes. Everything Transforms gained international and
local press coverage by Reuters, Art Daily, Associated Press,
Associated French Press, L’Express, La Croix, Harper’s Bazaar, Le
Point, Daily Mail, Global Times, Vietnam News, L’Orient Le Jour, CNN,
BBC, Enigma, Egypt Independent, Arab News, Al Masry Al Youm as well as
other industry publications.

This year Art D’Egypte is under the UNESCO patronage thanks to
its efforts in promoting sustainable development initiatives, cultural
development through educational collateral programs and lectures, and
heritage preservation through private-public partnerships. Reimagined
Narratives is Art D’Egypte’s biggest exhibition to date held at El
Mu’iz street in Historic Cairo under the auspices of the Egyptian
Ministry of Antiquities.

About BMW Group Cultural Engagement
For almost
50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in over 100
cultural cooperations worldwide. The company places the main focus of
its long-term commitment on contemporary and mod- ern art, classical
music and jazz as well as architecture and design. In 1972, three
large-scale paintings were created by the artist Gerhard Richter
specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s Munich headquarters.
Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim,
Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. In
2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John
Baldessari created the next two vehicles for the BMW Art Car
Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, the BMW Art
Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich, Moscow and
London, the company also partners with leading museums and art fairs
as well as orchestras and opera houses around the world. As part of
its art programme “Muse”, Rolls-Royce partners for the initiative “The
Dream Commission” with two internationally esteemed art institutions.
Together with Fondation Beyeler and Serpentine Galleries, emerging and
established artists are invited to submit a moving-image work that
delivers an immersive sensory experience. The artists are nominated
and chosen by renowned personalities of the art world like Daniel,
Birnbaum, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Cao Fei, and Theodora Vischer. BMW Group
takes absolute creative freedom in all its cultural activities for
granted – as this initiative is as essential for producing
groundbreaking artistic work as it is for major innovations in a
successful business.
Further information:


The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI,
Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading
premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides
premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production
network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 15
countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles
and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 134,682 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.


Original Press Release

BMW Ladies Championship 2019: In full throttle to successfully host the premium championship.

BMW:BMW Ladies Championship 2019: In full throttle to successfully host the premium championship.

BMW Group Korea is hosting the BMW Ladies Championship 2019 at
the LPGA International Busan for 4 days from October 24th
to 27th, 2019. The preparations to deliver the highest
level of premium services to players and spectators are complete,
gearing up to make the tournament the ultimate championship in the world.

The BMW Ladies Championship 2019 is the only LPGA Tour tournament
held in South Korea, with world class top players competing for the
300,000 dollar prize money based on the 72-hole stroke-play format.
The total purse is 2 million dollars. The championship will be
broadcast live to more than 170 countries. Over 60,000 spectators
nationwide are likely to attend, with additional interest from golf
fans around the globe.

The world’s first ever ladies golf tournament organized by the BMW
Group and BMW Group Korea, the BMW Ladies Championship 2019, will be
providing premium services and prizes. On top of the significant prize
monies for players, BMW luxury class vehicles including the new BMW 8
series, the new 7 series, and the new X7 will be awarded as
hole-in-one prizes at the 6th, 13th, and
16th hole.

Also, there will be a wide variety of promotions and prizes for the
gallery. At the tournament’s official booth, the Gallery Plaza, the
tournament is operating the BMW Owner’s Lounge in which catering
service and gifts will be offered to spectators. The BMW Brand Center
will be located inside the Gallery Plaza to hold events and promote
the BMW Korea Future Fund, BMW Lifestyle & Parts, and BMW Driving
Center. Prizes for the gallery include various BMW Lifestyle products
such as BMW Golf Sports Bag, BMW Bike, and BMW City Scooter.

The BMW Korea Future Fund will be running experience programmes for
children such as car-building, transportation safety training, snag
golf and more. Fundraising event hosted by golf putting challenge will
also be prepared.

The BMW Luxury Class Lounge will be set up on the 18th
hole green where the champion will be determined. Buffet service, BMW
ball markers made by Swarovski, and tournament memorabilia as well as
premium concierge service with 120 BMW cars will be available for
spectators who purchase the BMW Luxury Class Package.

Dr. Wolfgang Hacker, Head of Brand Management at BMW Group Korea,
says “With the BMW Ladies Championship joining the LPGA Tour, we are
working hard to provide premium services to players and spectators
that are commensurate to the new elevated stature. We are committed to
making this tournament the best in the world through meticulous preparations.”

There are three types of admissions tickets available: Regular
Ticket, BMW Premium Package providing access to the BMW Owners’
Lounge, catering service and gifts, and BMW Luxury Class Package
providing access to the BMW Luxury Class Lounge located on the
18th green, VIP pass, buffet service, separate VIP parking
and the new BMW 7 Series shuttle service.

Besides the BMW Ladies Championship, the BMW Group currently also
hosts the BMW International Open and is title sponsor of the BMW PGA
Championship and the BMW Championship. It furthermore hosts the
world’s largest amateur tournament series, the BMW Golf Cup International.

Original Press Release

Registration for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020 opened.

BMW:Registration for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020 opened.

Munich/Cernobbio. Priceless rare gems presented
against a stunning backdrop – owners and fans of historic cars and
motorcycles are already looking forward to this spectacle. They will
have to be patient for nearly seven months before the most beautiful
classic vehicles on two and four wheels come together at the Concorso
d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020 in Cernobbio, Northern Italy. On the
weekend from 22 to 24 May 2020, BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel
Villa d’Este will present the world’s most exclusive and traditional
beauty contest for classic vehicles. Behind the scenes, preparations
have been under way for some time, and they are now entering the
public phase. Registration is now open and this signals the start of
the selection procedure when decisions are taken on which rare gems
will be on show during the last weekend of May 2020.

The Selecting Committee of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020
calls on the owners of extraordinary classic vehicles from all eras of
automobile history to register their vehicles for the beauty contest.
On the event’s website at,
you can now register yourself and your vehicle online. Once again in
2020, a total of around 50 classic automobiles with an exceptional
history will compete for victory in their individual award class and
their owners will be in contention to win the coveted Trofeo BMW Group
for the “Best of Show”. An equally illustrious field of historic
motorcycles will compete in the Concorso di Motociclette, which is
being held for the tenth time, and be presented to the expert Jury and
to the public audience.

In parallel with opening the registration procedure, the Selecting
Committee has already defined the first three award classes for
historic cars. Once more, the framing of the categories highlights the
exceptionally broad spectrum of classic cars that traditionally
represent all the eras from automobile history at the Concorso
d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. In 2020, this spectrum is bigger than ever before.

Exceptional automobiles from the 1990s will be presented at the
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020 for the first time. This era
started some three decades ago and the focus is on super sports cars
the likes of which have not been seen in any other period. The
category of “Hypercars of the 1990s” is dedicated to extreme models
that broke through all previously defined boundaries for design,
technology and power, and were consequently an expression of boundless
enthusiasm for innovations, extravagance and targeted provocations.
Irrespective of their comparatively young age, these vehicles have
already achieved the status of legends. The fascinating history of
their creation and their exceptional level of exclusivity enables them
to blend seamlessly into the field of participants at the Concorso
d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

The award class of “Pre-war Roadsters” returns down memory lane to
the pre-war era of the automobile, recalling the genre of lightweight,
open-top sports cars that immediately attained popularity. This class
will also honour the 90th anniversary of BMW roadsters. In 1930 – just
a few months after the company started up automobile production – the
BMW 3/15 PS DA3 Type Wartburg was presented. It was the brand’s first
sports car, an open-top two-seater that was an instant success in
motor sport from a standing start. This automobile was named after the
iconic landmark of Eisenach, the city where the first BMW automobiles
were produced.

Another award class for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020
bears the title “Cops and Robbers – Fast Cars from Both Sides of the
Law”. This class will feature automobiles that symbolise the age-old
tussle between miscreants and police officers as featured in numerous
films and in real life. Unique episodes from criminal history,
spectacular car chases from famous feature films, and the vehicles
that played a starring role are likely to create a sensation at the
classic show on the shores of Lake Como.

Registrations can already be made for automobiles that can be
assigned to one of these three competition classes and for other
outstanding classic cars. The Selecting Committee will also shortly
define and announce the first award classes for the Concorso di
Motociclette. Entry tickets and visitor packages can also now be
booked on the official website of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

A new video
with highlights from the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019 can be
viewed on the YouTube channel of BMW Group Classic under the category
“Our Passion. Our Adventures” to recall fond memories of the beauty
contest and make the waiting time seem shorter. Alongside impressions
from the parkland of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and the adjoining
park of Villa Erba, the parade of valuable classic vehicles and the
winners’ award ceremony, the entertaining video also features
conversations with vehicle owners and with Jurors of the automobile
and motorcycle competitions. They talk about the special attraction of
the exclusive beauty contest and the unique atmosphere of the event
that will once more make the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este an
unforgettable experience in 2020.

Original Press Release