For the 2023 Lonville Classic we are back in Lugano and Como, one of Europe’s most beautiful regions.

Just like the 2022 rally in Tuscany, the 2023 edition is all about “La Dolce Vita”.

Participants will experience some of the Swiss Italian lake region’s iconic scenery, narrow country roads and exceptional food and wine.

We will introduce you to local wine makers, Michelin stared chefs, as well as those impossible to find ‘home made’ restaurants.

Lonville off-sets the carbon emissions of the full event by investing in United Nations approved Sustainability Goal (SDG) projects – we believe this makes for a more responsible way to enjoy our shared passion and protect automotive heritage.

Most importantly, the Lonville Classic is all about a glorious time away with a group of old and new friends.

Ladies & Gentlemen, start your engines.

Classic 2021 car

Driving program

Each day will feature three stages interrupted by lunch and (wine tasting) visits in unique locations.

Participants are guided by a road book across different stages of the rally. The majority of stages feature a regulatory component with time checks along the road.

The road book navigation is largely based on ball-and-arrow (tulip) instructions. This well known method requires no specific previous rally experience — and will be explained in more detail during the driver briefing.

We take pride in finding unique roads, small country side passages and wonderful scenery. Some of the stages also feature ‘special’ trials and in the past this has ranged from wine tasting to painting your car on a canvas right inside the glorious landscapes that we visit.

We take time for the good things in life so this means relaxed coffee stops and glorious lunches.  We will return to the hotel around 4-5pm each afternoon to allow time to relax and recover prior to  cocktails, wine and dinner.

Italian cuisine…and wine

We take our food and wine rather serious and take pleasure in making participants taste the local specialties, ranging from Michelin star chefs to impossible to find hidden restaurants in the lake region’s incredible country side.

Accommodation

The rally runs for 4 nights and 3 rally days. We will use one hotel — Villa Principe Leopoldo — for the four nights of the rally. Villa Principe Leopoldo is one of Lugano’s historic hotels with an incredible view, a celebrated Michelin star restaurant and the right level of intimacy and charm for out 10th anniversary rally.

Dress to match your car

We encourage period dressing throughout the rally (i.e. dress to match the era your car was produced in). One one of the rally days your period dress is actually part of the competition and that has given us both beautiful and hilarious times in the past! Take a look at the pictures of past editions and you see what we mean.

Registration & Cost

All cars older than 25 years are eligible and previous participants get priority registration during January. The rally is limited to approx. 20 cars.

For questions please contact us on register@lonville.com

A CHF 1000,- deposit is required as part of the registration process – this secures your entry. Please follow the instructions by clicking the register button, or click here.

Participation cost for four hotel nights, exceptional dinners, lunches, wine tasting, technical assistance, roadbook, shields and all other event services is €6250 per car with two participants based on double occupancy. There is an option to upgrade from the Delux Junior Suite (garden view) to either the One Bedroom Suites with garden view (+ CHF 250) or the One Bedroom Suite with lake view (+ CHF 450). The latter is highly recommended!

Take a look at the pictures of the 2018 Lonville classic by clicking here and 2022 here.

Program outline

Sunday 17 Sept

18.00 Driver briefing, cocktails and light dinner

Monday 18 Sept

09.00 – 12.30 Stages 1 and 2
12.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Stage 3
19.30+ Wine tasting & Dinner in or near hotel

Tuesday 19 Sept

09.00 – 12.30 Stages 1 and 2
12.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Stage 3
19.30+ Wine & Time  (watches, wine and dinner)

Wednesday 20 Sept

09.00 – 12.30 Stages 1 and 2
12.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Stage 3
19.30+ Dinner & Prize giving

Thursday 21 Sept

09.00 – 12.30 Breakfast and individual departures

Carbon neutral

Lonville Classic Lonville has decided to off-set the carbon emissions of the entire rally. By working with tools of the MyClimate.org non-profit organization in Switzerland the carbon emissions of the event have been estimated, at approx. 30 tonnes of CO2.

Subsequently Lonville has invested, in the equivalent carbon offset projects that contribute to the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs).

We believe classic cars are a fundamental part of our heritage and should be enjoyed and seen by as many people as possible, especially future generations.  We can’t make our beautiful cars emission free, but this investment allows us to share this passion in a more responsible way.

Included in the carbon calculations is the distance covered by all participants and crew cars. As well as the carbon effects of hotel stays, dinners, lunches, drinking water, a ‘modest’ quantity of wine, roadbook paper and printing, energy usage and waste created.

With this we also want to send a constructive message to our fellow event organisers and classic car enthusiasts that a carbon offset philosophy should become part of how we do things.

The Lonville classic was born in 2009 from our passion for classic cars as well as the pleasure to show new and old friends the remarkable places (including food and wine) that we have the pleasure to call ‘our back yard’.

Each year is different but the most important ingredient is a diverse and fun group of participants that share their passion of classic cars in some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery. And yes, we do like our watches too!

We are looking forward to seeing you in September in Lugano and Como.

Joost, Matt and the Lonville Crew.

Poster Lonville Classic 2009
Poster Lonville Classic 2010
Poster Lonville Classic 2011
Poster Lonville Classic 2013
Poster Lonville Classic 2015
Poster Lonville classic 2016
Rallyposter classic 2017
Poster Lonville Classic 2018

Small Print

Entering the event means you agree with the following

Application & Confirmation

All applications must be received latest by March 2023. With approx. 20 places available we urge you to book your participation early. Confirmation of acceptance will be issued by the organisers in written from, latest 2 weeks after application.

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. Any disputes will be resolved according to Swiss law.