Swiss classic car enthusiast and ace collector Fritz Burkard is set to showcase a remarkable selection of vehicles from his renowned Pearl Collection at this year’s Concours of Elegance event. Held at the prestigious Hampton Court Palace near London, UK, from September 1st to 3rd, 2023, the event will feature a diverse lineup spanning from the early days of motoring to contemporary hypercars.
Designated as ‘The Collector’ for this year’s event, Burkard will bring a selection from his Pearl Collection that comprises an array of historic Grand Prix machines, unique 1960s cars, and cutting-edge 21st-century hypercars, making it a fascinating display for car enthusiasts. Burkard is deeply passionate about his collection, considering himself more of a custodian than a mere collector. He cherishes the emotional connection with his cars, appreciating their history and heritage, and actively engages them, racing and using them instead of keeping them static.
Among the remarkable exhibits from Burkard’s collection is the 1897 Prinetti & Stucchi Tricycle, where the journey of famed automaker Ettore Bugatti began. This innovative vehicle marked Bugatti’s early steps toward automotive excellence.
Moving forward in time, the collection features the 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C Monza, equipped with a powerful 2866cc straight-eight engine and designed by the legendary Vittorio Jano. Registered to Scuderia Ferrari, it achieved significant racing success, including winning the Swedish GP.
The 1934 Bugatti Type 59, another gem from Burkard’s collection, was Bugatti’s response to growing competition from Alfa Romeo and Mercedes-Benz. With its unique design and impressive performance, it stands as a masterpiece of pre-war motorsport engineering.
Also, the 1939 Maserati 4CL Monoposto holds a significant place in the collection. As the prototype of the 4CL model, it saw action in various races and eventually found its way into the Pearl Collection, following a storied post-war career.
The collection further boasts the 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental, an elegant British car featuring Streamlined Saloon coachwork from Park Ward. Its sophisticated design and high-performance engine earned it a place of honour at the 1934 Olympia Motor Show.
Additional highlights include the 1936 Bugatti T57S Atalante, the rare and aerodynamic Abarth 1000 record car ‘La Principessa’ from the 1960s, and the modern limited-edition 2022 Bugatti Centodieci, celebrating 110 years of Bugatti’s legacy.
The event will host classic car enthusiasts and automotive history lovers from around the world, celebrating the rich heritage of British and European automobiles. Aside from the impressive automotive displays, the Concours of Elegance 2023 promises an opulent experience with champagne from Charles Heidsieck, picnics by Fortnum & Mason, and captivating displays of art, jewellery, and fashion. Watch enthusiasts can also look forward to A. Lange & Söhne showcasing their intricate timepieces.