BMW might have used the annual Concours d’Elegance at Villa d’Este in Italy to unveil its concept 8 Series, but the event is not so much about future models as it is about history. It is also about the social scene — people with huge numbers of zeros in their bank accounts hanging out with the public and journos alike hoping that no one scratches their pride and joy. There were 52 cars invited to take part in the event and they came from all four corners of the globe. Some owners got into the spirit of things — in particular Peter Briggs and his wife from Australia, who were in full period overalls and regalia to match their 1922 Bentley 3 Litre. There was even a little piece of SA in the concours, or rather ZA. Wandering between these amazing examples of automotive history, I was surprised to see a ZA country plate on the back of one. It adorned a 1930 Duisenberg J convertible Berline that belongs to Ion Tiriac, former professional tennis player and coach to Boris Becker. He did co...

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