News of the Concours d’Elégance Suisse 2018

Concours d’Elégance Suisse Returns

Reviving a Swiss tradition dating back to 1927 in Geneva, the Concours d’Elégance Suisse will celebrate the Automobile Heritage and the art of mechanical engineering from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June 2018 in the elegant setting of the grounds of the Château de Coppet, historic home of Madame de Staël, offering a panoramic view of the Mont-Blanc and Lake Geneva. The Concours d’Elégance Suisse will display a selection of spectacular classic automobiles rarely seen in public.

This year, thanks to two new partnerships with Julius Baer Private Bank and Breitling, the high-end timepiece company, the Concours d’Elégance will be expanding its activities, and inviting its audience to a preview at the forthcoming Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) 2018. The Concours d’Elégance Suisse is honored to have been selected by both new companies. Julius Baer Private Bank.

Celebrating expertise, passion and constant quest for innovation

In discussing these new partnerships, Gabriele Odone, Head Private Banking Geneva at Julius Baer, commented, “The Concours d’Elégance Suisse celebrates the expertise, passion and constant quest for innovation that has existed since the time of the automobile trailblazers. Julius Baer is delighted to support this event with which we share a certain vision of excellence and attachment to this heritage, the foundation of all future progress.”

And, Georges Kern, CEO Breitling, also shared his ideas for the partnership: “We are proud to be the official partner of the Concours d’Elegance Suisse, which celebrates – with unrivaled passion – the legacy of the golden age of automobiles. It’s an ideal partnership: like Breitling’s timepieces, every car displayed at the Concours tells a truly unique story.”

Building on the same DNA, the three partners plan a significant exhibition for the CES 2018, in terms of technical excellence as well as the complex screening and selection process. Organized in accordance with the official rules of the major international competitions, the Concours d’Elégance Suisse will welcome vintage cars from Switzerland, Europe and overseas to the bucolic setting of the Château de Coppet.

Supporting the preservation of the heritage

Mathias Doutreleau, founder of the Concours d’Elégance Suisse, explained his vision for the Concours: “We have decided to subject the cars in the Competition to the stringent rules established by the ICJAG (International Chief Judges Advisory Group) as we adhere to its objectives supporting the preservation of the heritage and original expertise found in the motoring world. To celebrate this exceptional heritage appropriately, it is essential that we present cars that reflect the spirit and imagination of their creators. Our Jury therefore calls on the skills of passionate individuals who share this vision of preservation and who, thanks to their knowledge and experience, are able to assess the originality or authenticity of a car with integrity.” This vision will promulgate the most consistent automobile judging possible.

Featured at Geneva International Motor Show

Finally, the Concours d’Elégance Suisse will be featured at the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS), an event featuring in the world’s top five auto shows, that attracts some 700,000 visitors annually. On this occasion, from March 8th to 18th 2018, the competition will present the magnificent 1935 Avions-Voisin C25 Aérodyne, Best of Show winner at the 2017 Concours d’Elégance Suisse. Fans of vintage cars will be able to visit the CES booth to meet the visionary founder, discover the 2018 program, and discuss the values and passion that drive them.


Dates of Event: Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June 2018

Susan Kime

Susan Kime’s career combines travel/adventure writing, blogging, and editing, both print and virtual. She was the Destination Club/Fractional Update for Elite Traveler, and senior club news correspondent for Robb Report’s Vacation Homes. She has published in Stratos, Luxury Living, European CEO, The London Telegraph, and ARDA Developments. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Travel Connoisseur, and the senior Luxury journalist for Luxist/ She also wrote 95% of architecture/design articles for Urban Arches, a high-end arch/design website. She has written for, Pursuitist, JamesEdition, Joe’s Daily,, Caviar Affair, and DestinationLuxury. She has a B.A. in English/Humanities and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with two additional psychology certifications. She has taught Program Evaluation and Research Design at Chapman University, and has written extensively on affluence research. When not traveling, she resides with her Canadian husband and peaceful Beagle in northern Utah.

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