Concours d'Elegance

Gérard Larrousse and the 917 still win today

Photo credit: @degler_studio, Elena Vinokurova @instaemotion

Collectors from all over the world have suffered from the lack of Concourse d’Elegance events and couldn’t wait to get their pearls out of their garages. Pretty much all 2020 events have been cancelled or postponed, but luckily for car enthusiasts the hope is not lost forever. Poltu Quatu Classic returns to the scene of major international events with the fifth edition of one of the most glamorous Concours dElegance of the summer.

Ferrari beats Porsche: in the special ranking that united the two famous brands, this magnificent 857S Scaglietti dominated

On 10th, 11th and 12th July, authentic four-wheeled jewels from the most important Italian and European collections of vintage cars paraded through the streets of the Emerald Coast. The Jury of the Concorso was chaired for the third year in a row by Paolo Tumminelli, the well-known automotive historian who has created and refined in recent years an almost infallible evaluation system.

The O.S.C.A. 1500 from 1954 in the unusual colour blue France that still carries the number 542 with which it competed in the 1955 Mille Miglia

Among the prestigious members of the jury, there was also the well-known designers Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro who designed the Best in Show” trophy, which was awarded to the spectacular Porsche 917LH, the car with the “psychedelic” livery that arrived second at Le Mans in 1970, driven by Gérard Larrousse and Willi Kauhsen, behind Richard Attwood’s 917K.

The celebrated designer Giorgetto Giugiaro as a judge at the Costa Smeralda event

At the wheel of the Porsche 917 LH was the French driver who in the seventies brought it to the podium, going down in history for the first unforgettable victories of the Stuttgart Horse on the Circuit de la Sarthe: Larrousse triumphed with his car among the applause of the public in the night parade in the small square of the Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu.

The Poltu Quatu Classic could not go without the Dolcevita category that was won by this beautiful Lancia B52 Spider Vignale

The Concorso d’Eleganza organised by Simone Bertolero brought along the streets of the Costa Smeralda a parterre of forty extraordinary cars, with visits to the village of San Pantaleo, Olbia, and the beach of Capriccioli, the set for the filming of the film by 007, at the time Roger Moore, “The Spy Who Loved Me” in 1976, with the famous submersible version of the white Lotus Esprit. The San Pantaleo stop was also the occasion for the debut of the new electric boat Dora Bandini, a prototype designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Hyper3, a start-up that will operate in the luxury market to enhance the revival and development of historic Italian brands.

Two cultures, two eras: the 1957 Ferrari 857S and the 1970 Porsche 917 LH, Best of Show