Within the automotive culture of the West, a century-long history of evaluating and appreciating the artistic qualities of automobiles exists and cars are recognized in much the same way as traditional handicrafts and works of art such as paintings and sculptures are. That history exists because the automobile has transcended its initial status as a vehicle merely for satisfying the desire to move, becoming the ultimate crystallization of technology and design in numerous fields, including engineering and body design.
The culture of holding competitions around this craftsmanship and celebrating the most outstanding creations lives on in the automotive world today. This culture is one of splendor and tradition, and it provides the meaning behind the name Concorso d'Eleganza: Competition of Elegance.
After the great success of 2016 and 2018 editions, Concorso d'Eleganza Kyoto has been held again, in the same precious and unique location of Nijo Castle, on April 13th and 14th 2019, obtaining official FIVA approval (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), and becoming the most important Concorso in Asia.
Legendary vintage cars, Award winners of many concours events throughout the world, and precious cars which might only be seen once in a lifetime, have been exhibited at the Nijo Castle (Kyoto, Japan), a special location with more than 400 years of history, designated as World Heritage Site patrimony, by UNESCO in 1994. This Exhibition of Concours has taken place in the areas of the Nijo Castle including the Courtyard of Ninomaru Palace, the Front Garden of the Kitchen, and the Kitchen; all these areas are normally closed to the public, but have been exceptionally opened on the occasion of this exclusive event.
the Organization Team of 2021 edition of Concorso d'Eleganza Kyoto was already working hard to prepare a wonderful event, but unfortunately the Covid19 pandemic situation is still affecting the entire world in a sadly unpredictable way, with severe restrictions on events organization, logistics for traveling and cars shipping. The variables and uncertainties involved still are and will be, also in 2021, too many and, for this reason, I have taken the sad decision to postpone again the Concorso d'Eleganza Kyoto.
I can now officially communicate that the next edition of Concorso d'Eleganza Kyoto will be held in 2022 and I am already working on it.
I will keep you informed and updated, as soon as more details will be available, and I look forward to welcoming you in wonderful Kyoto in 2022 for our very special and unique event.
Hidetomo Kimura - Founder and CEO of Concorso d'Eleganza Kyoto"