Planning a trip to Switzerland in June? If you like classic cars – and who doesn't? – you probably should be. Reviving a Swiss tradition dating back to 1927, the Concours d'Elégance Suisse will once again take place on the grounds of the historic Château de Coppet on June 21–23.
Located 15 minutes from Geneva and 30 minutes from Lausanne, the stunning Chateau, which offers a panoramic view of Mont-Blanc's famed peak as well as Lake Geneva, becomes even more beautiful with the addition of scores of classic cars.
The event opens with a gentlemanly rally called the Tour d'Elegance where proper driving attire is key. Pro tip: pick up a pair of Christophe Fenwick driving gloves and you'll fit right in. That's followed by a gourmet luncheon and an inaugural party on the concours lawn.
Then the real action begins as the Concours displays a selection of "spectacular classic automobiles rarely seen in public", many of them owned by Swiss bankers and aristocrats, brought out from vaults and garages for the occasion.
Classic Ferraris are much in evidence, especially as they make extremely solid investments, but so are Porsches, Aston Martins, Maseratis, Jaguars and more. This year's event will highlight a "Future Classics" class built for from 1970 to 1985 for which the top example will be awarded a special trophy.
This year's edition will also celebrate two important automotive occasions, the 100th anniversary of Bentley and the 110th anniversary of Bugatti, of which several examples of both marques will be on display. And finally the Concours will also pay tribute to precision engineering with an "exceptional exhibition" of fine timepieces from Breitling.
You can also test drive some of the latest models from the top luxury marques – of you haven't managed to consume too much champagne during the course of the day, that is....