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The 2022 Classic-Gala Concours d’Elegance celebrates 110 years of Carrozzeria Bertone

Classic-Gala Concours d'Elegance in Schwetzingen: a traditional event

The ASC-Classic-Gala Schwetzingen which made the unique baroque park of the Schwetzingen Palace famous in the automotive scene, is the only independent international Concours d’Elegance in Germany. Each participant vehicle is grouped per category and construction year and is then judged by the 25-member international jury experts according to FIVA criteria. The name Classic-Gala stands for selected exhibits, solid elegance, culinary delights and an exclusive experience for the whole family in one of the most beautiful palace park in the world.

110 years of Carrozzeria Bertone

Considered by many, the most controversial italian coachbuilder, this year Classic-Gala pays homage to the company founded in November in 1912 by Giovanni Bertone. For this occasion, Classic-Gala has introduced a dedicated category for the concours and a exhibition with some of Bertone‘s creations:

BMW 3200 CS Bertone
Ferrari 308 GTB4
Lancia Stratos
Fiat Dino Coupé
Lamborghini Espada and Miura
Fiat 850 T Visitor Bus
Mazda RX 81 Aria

As classic car enthusiasts and italian coachbuilder lover, make sure you don’t miss this unique event!

Many more attractions

Worth noting is also the Röhr Automobile exhibition (for the first time in 50 years) and the celebration of the 120 years of the american luxury brand Cadillac!

The Classic-Gala 2022 will take place from 2nd to the 4th September in Schwetzingen. Tickets are already available. More info here.

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Paolo Pininfarina

On April 9, 2024, the automotive world lost one of its iconic figures as Paolo Pininfarina, President of the Pininfarina Group, passed away in Turin at the age of 65. His passing leaves behind a legacy of innovation, dedication, and excellence that has deeply impacted both the automotive industry and the wider design world.

Paolo Pininfarina’s journey with the Pininfarina Group was one of unwavering commitment and passion. Born in Turin on August 28, 1958, he graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino. His professional career began in 1982 when he joined Pininfarina, following stints at renowned companies such as Cadillac, Honda, and General Motors.

Throughout his tenure, Paolo played a pivotal role in steering the Pininfarina Group towards new horizons. Under his leadership, the company embarked on a diversification journey in the 1980s, expanding its scope beyond automotive design to become a benchmark in various design fields, from industrial design to architecture, nautical, and aeronautical design.

In 1987, Paolo assumed the role of President and CEO of Pininfarina Extra S.r.l., a subsidiary specializing in industrial design, furniture, architecture, yachting, and aviation. His visionary approach and innovative mindset propelled Pininfarina Extra to new heights, solidifying its reputation as a leader in design innovation.

His contributions to the automotive world are equally remarkable. Paolo Pininfarina oversaw the creation of several iconic vehicles, including the concept car Sergio, a tribute to his late father, Senator for life Sergio Pininfarina, and the Automobili Pininfarina Battista, an electric hypercar unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Beyond his professional achievements, Paolo Pininfarina will be remembered for his humility, kindness, and accessibility. Those who had the privilege of meeting him attest to his genuine warmth and willingness to engage with others, traits that endeared him to colleagues and industry peers alike.

“Paolo Pininfarina was an immensely significant figure, not only in his professional capacity but also on a personal level. Having had the honor of knowing him personally, I cherish memories of his kindness and approachability. I deeply appreciate his willingness to engage and his valuable contributions to our projects, notably the video endeavor showcasing the Ferrari Sergio.”
Andreas Scheidl, Founder of carrozzieri-italiani.com.

As we mourn the loss of Paolo Pininfarina, we also celebrate his enduring legacy. His indelible mark on the world of design and automotive innovation will continue to inspire future generations. Let us honor his memory by embracing his spirit of creativity, passion, and excellence in all our endeavors.

In remembrance of Paolo Pininfarina, a visionary leader and a true gentleman.