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The world's most acclaimed concours car: The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta

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This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
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This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick: In taking out the most prestigious concours events in both America and Europe, plus the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best award in Paris in February (2019), the car has achieved the equivalent of a Tennis Grand Slam
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This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick: In taking out the most prestigious concours events in both America and Europe, plus the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best award in Paris in February (2019), the car has achieved the equivalent of a Tennis Grand Slam
This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
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This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
The owner of the Alfa Romeo is no stranger to Villa d'Este, having won the Best in Show award in 2015 with another Alfa Romeo from his collection
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The owner of the Alfa Romeo is no stranger to Villa d'Este, having won the Best in Show award in 2015 with another Alfa Romeo from his collection
This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick
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This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick
Just to emphasize the visually arresting nature of the Touring-styled Alfa Romeo Berlinetta, the car was voted Best in Show by the public last Saturday, and then voted Best in Show by the judges on Sunday, completing a clean sweep
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Just to emphasize the visually arresting nature of the Touring-styled Alfa Romeo Berlinetta, the car was voted Best in Show by the public last Saturday, and then voted Best in Show by the judges on Sunday, completing a clean sweep
This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
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This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta at Villa d’Este 2019
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This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta at Villa d’Este 2019
This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
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This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
"I have won a lot of prizes with my automobiles, but this vehicle really fulfils all my desires. The Best of Show here at Villa d'Este is like receiving a knighthood," said  David Sydorick at the award ceremony
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"I have won a lot of prizes with my automobiles, but this vehicle really fulfils all my desires. The Best of Show here at Villa d'Este is like receiving a knighthood," said  David Sydorick at the award ceremony
The award winning 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick
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The award winning 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick
The Best In Show Award at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was won by the 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick.
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The Best In Show Award at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was won by the 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick.
A sketch artist capturing the beauty of the 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta at Villa d’Este 
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A sketch artist capturing the beauty of the 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta at Villa d’Este 
This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
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This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
The chassis of the immensely successful racing cars run by Scuderia Ferrari in the pre-WW2 period provided the platform for this car, and it is one of just five cars built on a long wheelbase and clothed in Superleggera coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring
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The chassis of the immensely successful racing cars run by Scuderia Ferrari in the pre-WW2 period provided the platform for this car, and it is one of just five cars built on a long wheelbase and clothed in Superleggera coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring
This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
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This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
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This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
The chassis of the immensely successful racing cars run by Scuderia Ferrari in the pre-WW2 period provided the platform for this car, and it is one of just five cars built on a long wheelbase and clothed in Superleggera coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring
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The chassis of the immensely successful racing cars run by Scuderia Ferrari in the pre-WW2 period provided the platform for this car, and it is one of just five cars built on a long wheelbase and clothed in Superleggera coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring
David Sydorick explains the finer points of his 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta to the judges
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David Sydorick explains the finer points of his 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta to the judges
Fitted with double overhead camshafts and twin superchargers, the car produces 180 hp and was one of the fastest cars in the world prior to WW2
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Fitted with double overhead camshafts and twin superchargers, the car produces 180 hp and was one of the fastest cars in the world prior to WW2
This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
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This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
In February, 2019, David Sydorick's 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta won the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best award
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In February, 2019, David Sydorick's 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta won the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best award
In August, 2018, David Sydorick's 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta won the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
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In August, 2018, David Sydorick's 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta won the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

The last 12 months has been spectacular for the Alfa Romeo marque, re-entering the World Formula One Championship it won twice in the 1950s and reclaiming some of its formidable racing heritage, topping the prestigious Retromobile auction cluster when a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Touring Berlinetta sold for €16,745,600 ($18,968,675), winning the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best award, and now winning the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

Remarkably, three of those five major triumphs have been due to one car – David Sydorick's 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta.

This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.

In taking out the most prestigious concours events in both America and Europe, plus the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best award in Paris in February (2019), the car has achieved the equivalent of a Tennis Grand Slam – the only difference is that the tennis feat has been achieved many times, and never before has a car won so many globally prestigious concours events.

Just to emphasize the visually arresting nature of the Touring-styled Alfa Romeo Berlinetta, the car was voted Best in Show by the public last Saturday, and then voted Best in Show by the judges on Sunday, completing a clean sweep.

The owner of the Alfa Romeo is no stranger to Villa d'Este, having won the Best in Show award in 2015 with another Alfa Romeo from his collection.

The Best In Show Award at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was won by the 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick.
The Best In Show Award at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was won by the 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick.

"I have won a lot of prizes with my automobiles, but this vehicle really fulfils all my desires. The Best of Show here at Villa d'Este is like receiving a knighthood," said the delighted winner at the award ceremony. "My wife and I would like to express our heartfelt thanks for this award."

The chassis of the immensely successful racing cars run by Scuderia Ferrari in the pre-WW2 period provided the platform for this car, and it is one of just five cars built on a long wheelbase and clothed in Superleggera coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring.

Similarly, the inline all-alloy eight-cylinder engine was derived from the racing engines.

Fitted with double overhead camshafts and twin superchargers, the car produces 180 hp and was one of the fastest cars in the world prior to WW2
Fitted with double overhead camshafts and twin superchargers, the car produces 180 hp and was one of the fastest cars in the world prior to WW2

Fitted with double overhead camshafts and twin superchargers, the car produces 180 hp and was one of the fastest cars in the world prior to WW2.

This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.
This 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick won the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este (awarded  to the “Best of Show” voted by public referendum) and the Trofeo BMW Group awarded  to the “Best of Show” by the Jury.

We'll have a full pictorial of the world's most traditional heritage beauty contest for historic vehicles tomorrow, this year held under the motto "The Symphony of Engines – 90 Years of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este & BMW Automobiles".

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Tony Morris
No pictures of the interior, dash or controls?