St. Moritz – Como – Barolo – Liguria/Tuscany
“The Road Trip”
For the seventh year, The Lonville Classic will bring old and new friends together for a magical long week-end where we enjoy our shared passion for classic cars, watches, and foremost: La Dolce Vita.
The 2018 edition of our unique rally will be our most ambitious yet. We have decided to combine some of the best lonville moments of previous editions, all connected into a multi-day road trip!
La dolce vita! You will travel through old Swiss villages, along winding lake-side roads near Como, visit Italian pallazo’s, cross breathtaking mountain passes near St Moritz, glowing Barolo lined hills, all the way to the Liguria coast and Tuscany sea side. That’s right: Alps, Lakes, Vinyards and Sea – the big four!
On Sunday participants have the opportunity to ‘dress to match your car’ – all part of the fun and competition. The Lonville classic is our passion, not our living. This means an enthusiastic event crew that drives with you and an overindulgence in fantastic local food, great locations and the feeling of a group of friends!
Welcome to the world of Lonville.
Gentlemen, start your engines!
The 2018 edition will be the 7th Lonville Classic
Whilst the rally has improved every year, what has not been lost is the feeling of spending a long week-end with a group of friends in some of Europe’s most glorious locations.
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Sunday 23 September 2018
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Tuscany and Liguria
For pictures and video
of past Lonville Classics
Although the Lonville Classic is about fantastic driving, the event is also about enjoying cars with good company. Each of the navigated stages will feature some (mild) competitive elements to both amuse and confuse participants and onlookers.
The Lonville Classic is a regularity event, all stages use public roads. You will be guided by a roadbook and various road-side instructions from the support team.
To reward your work behind the wheel, and in true Italian style, we will make time for important things: espresso, long lunches, good dinners, fine wine and chefs that make a difference!
For the 2018 ‘road trip’ event we are travelling from the Swiss Alps all the way via the Swiss-Italian lakes to Piemonte and ultimately the Ligurian/Tuscan coast. We will use 3 or 4 hotels throughout the rally. It goes without saying that your luggage will be moved by our crew between hotels, and there will be a technical support crew available at all times.
A word on qualifying cars: we are vintage/classic car enthusiasts and that means all cars older than 20 years are welcome. Of course we make exceptions too!
Click here for pictures or videos of previous Lonville Classics, and here is what classic car magazine thought!
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Individual departures Monday morning 24 September
DRESS TO IMPRESS
Following last year’s fun, we encourage participants to dress to fit your car (i.e. vintage style clothing) for at least the Sunday stage. Needless to say there will be a special recognition for this! Everyday special dress is even better…
Throughout the road trip we will stay in exceptional hotels, just like in previous years. Most certainly we are returning to Hotel Villa d’Amelia. This small luxury hotel is located at the heart of the Langhe region, near Alba, on top of a hill with beautiful views over the Alps and Barolo Vineyards. Obviously we will be tasting the delight’s of Villa d’Amelia’s michelin starred restaurant, matched with great local wines.
All other hotels and restaurants will be of similar standard, and, as participants have gotten used to, the Lonville Classic only stops for special locations. Further updated will be provided in due course.
Participants are kindly requested to arrive at the Hotel near St Moritz on Wednesday 19 September 18.00 for registration and collection of final program, maps and instructions. The 2018 Lonville Classic ends in our hotel in Liguria/Tuscany on Sunday 23 September around 15.00. Accommodation for Sunday night is included and participants should plan their individual departures in the morning of 24 September.
Cars and drivers (!) should be in good working order. We recommend a good functioning cooling system to deal with the South European climate. Participants and co-drivers do not need to have previous experience with navigation. Other than a watch (and we can probably help you with that), no formal timing devices are required.
Recovery and Support
A classic car specialist will provide permanent support and emergency recovery if needed. Any repair and parts outside emergency assistance are at cost for the participants.
The participation cost of €2450 (vat included) per person covers 5 nights hotel (wed, thu, fri, sat, sun), welcome cocktails, four special lunches, coffee stops, five wonderful dinners, wine tasting, visits, transfers to dinner location, event documentation and all other event services offered.
Entering the event means you agree with the following
Application & Confirmation
All applications must be received latest by May 2018. Confirmation of acceptance will be issued by the organisers in written from, latest 2 weeks after application
The cost for the entire event are €2450 per person. And cover the following items: 5 Hotel Nights, breakfast, welcome cocktails, lunches, 5 dinners, coffee stops en-route, event documentation, rally shields, polo and all other services offered. Taxes and VAT are included. Hotel extras are excluded and must be paid upon departure.
Payment for the Lonville Classic must be made in full 10 days upon confirmation of acceptance by the organisers. Cancellations before July 2018 are subject to a 40% cancellation charge, later cancelations are non-refundable – sorry!
Responsibilities & Disputes
By participating the participants exonerate the organisers of the Lonville Classic from all responsibility for any damage incurred, either directly or indirectly, before, during or after the Lonville Classic.
Lonville is the official time keeper
of the Lonville Classic
Lonville Virage, Kind of Blue
The Lonville Virage brings Lonville back to the world of luxury watch making after more than 50 years of absence. The 137 year old Swiss brand was founded in 1873 by Johann Kottman, and produced wonderfully decorated pocket watches and wrist watches in small series.
During the mid-1950s manufacture of Lonville diminished and Lonville gradually went silent… until now. After ‘discovering’ Lonville in 2007 a small group of watch enthusiasts decided to breath new life into this historic brand, staying true to the concepts of great watch making, small series and understated elegance.
Our design inspiration is taken from vintage Lonville timepieces and from our beloved world of classic cars.
To the left, the 40mm diameter case is hand-finished 18ct white gold. It features a polished case front and back, while the central part of the case is manually brushed. The contrast is remarkable and has been repeated for the finish of the white gold deployant closure.
The Virage is powered by the Lonville LV1 micro-rotor movement. This individually COSC certified movement is uniquely finished with a blued rotor, blued screws and blue engraving, and thus perfectly complements the exterior of the watch. Each movement is designed and created in and around La Chaux de Fonds, the heart of the swiss watch making valley.
Each of the 18 pieces of Virage that we will produce is made to order for its future keeper. This includes the owner’s name engraved under the case back sapphire glass, and the actual watch number x/18 showing which number of 18 this specific model is.
To the right, Lonville’s win at the 24 hours of le mans on the wrist of Gabriele Gardel of Larbre Competition. In 2015 Lonville has introduced a limited series of 24 pieces to celebrate this win.
…it is hard to get used to the daily routine again! Again thanks to all of you for your efforts and hopefully see you for the next event. We are already looking forward to it…
1962 Austin Healey 3000, Netherlands