Cavallino 30: Saturday Concours

The 30th edition of the Cavallino Classic took place under beautiful spring weather at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, FL.  Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, owner participation and public attendance were limited, but we still managed to see over 100 amazing cars thanks to those dedicated and enthused US-based owners that would not be deterred! 

Every year it is very difficult for me to pick a favorite car, I love the GTO (and this year there were two), but I can’t always go with the GTO, especially when so many other magnificent cars show up.  So, having looked at the field, I have to say that my favorite car this year was a 1957 250 Testa Rossa that has remained unrestored since it’s birth.  The patina on this car was incredible and the hard work to maintain it as a ‘preservation example’ was evident.  While the car did not win an award, it was remarkable to see such a raw example of one of Ferrari’s most beautiful and sought after models of all time.

As is the case every year, the main lawn was full of beautiful Ferraris from a gone-by era. It seems that with each passing year the cars become more and more quintessential. This year we saw beautiful examples ranging from the 250 GT Lusso and 250 GT SWB, to the 275 GTB and wonderful Vignale-bodied cars. Additionally, we were treated to the appearance of 2 GTOs (as mentioned before) as well as a very rare – albeit modern Ferrari – the Sergio by Pininfarina.

One would want all the cars that show up to Cavallino to win an award, they are all magnificent in their own special way. The awards that the show bestows however, are meant to distinguish those cars that are truly exceptional from the rest of the field. This year, the best of show honors went to a 1957 250 GT TDF #0619 GT, which took home The Scuderia Ferrari Cup, and a 1952 212 Inter Cabriolet Pinin Farina #0235 EU, which took home The Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup. Well deserved!

As anyone who attended the show will tell you, there is always something for everyone. If vintage Ferraris are not your thing, this year’s show greeted you with a collection of limited series Ferraris from two private collections. One included Michael Schumacher’s former F2001b, the other a beautiful Monza SP2.

As I walked further down I reached a row of exquisite 288 GTOs and F40s.  Renowned Ferrari collector Tom Cabrerizo won The Chief Judge Emeritus Cup with his 1985 288 GTO SN #56643 and also took home The Preservation Classic Cup with his 1990 F40 SN #85788.  If that wasn’t enough, he also won a Platino award with his 575 Superamerica.

The rest of the show field was filled with many other great examples of cars taking home well-deserved awards. Below is a listing of the awards presented this year as well as a gallery of select winners and other participating cars.

-The Coppa Dodici Cilindri, for the best 12-cylinder Ferrari:
Ferrari 342 America Cabriolet Vignale, 1952, chassis #0232 AL

– The Coppa Otto Cilindri, for the best 8-cylinder Ferrari:
Ferrari 328 GTS, 1989, chassis #81932

– The Coppa Sei Cilindri, for the best 6-cylinder Ferrari:
Dino 246 GT, 1979, chassis #01016

-The Preservation Vintage Cup (pre-1975):
Ferrari 512 BBi, 1984, chassis #49893
Ferrari 365 GT/4 BB, 1974, chassis #18385

-The Preservation Classic Cup (1976-1990):
Ferrari F40, 1990, chassis #85788
Ferrari 328 GTS, 1989, chassis #81580

-The 330 GTC/GTS Cup:
Ferrari 330 GTS, 1968, chassis #10999

-The Flat 12 Cup:
Ferrari 512 BBi, 1984, chassis #51723

-The Robert Tallgren Memorial Elegance Cup (for the finest coachbuilt Ferrari):
Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupè Pinin Farina, 1959, chassis #1305 SA
Ferrari 342 America Cabriolet Vignale, 1952, chassis #0232 AL

-The Wayne Obry Commemorative Cup (for the car best representing excellence in restoration):
Ferrari 275 GTB/4, 1967, chassis #09925

-The Ferrari Spirit Cup (for the car best representing the spirit of track and Concorso events):
Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet Pinin Farina, 1952, chassis #0235 EU

-The Ferrari Supercar Cup (for the finest among 288 GTO, F40, F50, Enzo or FXX):
Ferrari F40, 1992, chassis #92936

-The Honorary Judges’ Cup (for the car selected by the Honorary Judges):
Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupè Pinin Farina, 1959, chassis #1305 SA

-The Chief Judge Emeritus Cup (for the car chosen by Chief Judge Emeritus Ed Gilbertson):
Ferrari 288 GTO, 1985, chassis #56643

Stay tuned for the report on Classic Sports Sunday to close out another great year of Cavallino!

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