It hardly seems possible, but it has been a year since the last Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, an annual event held in the grounds of the magnificent Grand Hotel Villa d’Este along the shores of Lake Como. Now in its eightieth year, just fifty examples of the most beautifully stylish automobiles built between the nineteen twenties and the nineteen seventies are invited to display in this tranquil setting in the beautiful region of Lombardy, northern Italy.
As a professional photographer, it is the colours and shapes mostly of the classic cars of the 1950/1960s, that inspire me. My absolute favourites are the Lancias and Alfas so when I saw the Alfa Romeo Sportiva, this was a special moment for me. In front of the Sportiva were five ’new’ cars representing the modern form of the best Italian coachbuilder traditions. One of these is the Spada TS Codatronca.