Palm Beach Cavallino Classic 26 – Concorso d’Eleganza

Keith Bluemel Words by Keith Bluemel

The 26th annual Cavallino Classic gathering ran between the 25th and 29th of January 2017, drawing a wonderful selection of Ferrari models to Palm Beach, and more importantly the host The Breakers Hotel, for the highlight concours on the Saturday. The event followed its tried and tested format of track days at Palm Beach International Raceway on the weekdays of the event, with social functions in the evenings, namely the Jet Reception at Jet Aviation’s facility at Palm Beach International Airport on the Thursday evening, the track awards reception at the Beach Club at The Breakers on the Friday, and the concours awards reception and dinner at The Breakers the next day.

The beauty of the 212 Export Vignale Cabriolet under setting sun
Ferrari SP275rw Competizione, inspired by the 275 GTB/C "Speciale" '65 Le Mans racer

The major Ferrari concours on the Saturday was held under predominantly bright blue skies, with only an occasional wisp of light cloud and very comfortable ambient temperatures throughout the day. The croquet lawn fronting The Breakers always features the rarer examples of the marque, and this year featured two “Speciales” as the central display. One of these was a 1967 330 GTC, chassis # 08753, with a host of special features that differentiated it from the standard model, looking very elegant in pale metallic green with a full red leather interior with complimenting removable green cloth seat centres. The other car was the SP275RW Competizione, which had made its debut on the concours lawn at the Finali Mondiali at Daytona in December 2016. This is the latest car to come out of Ferrari’s Special Projects division, and is F12 based, chassis # 223542, which is a modern tribute to the 275 GTB/C Speciale, chassis # 06885, and is resplendent in metallic yellow with blue carbon fibre accents, with a contrasting blue leather interior with yellow and blue carbon fibre accents, making an interesting display and comparison of “ancient and modern” one-off special designs. Amongst the other cars on display on this lawn was a pair of 212 Cabriolets, a 342 America PF Coupe, a 340 America Ghia Coupe, a 250 MM Vignale Spider, a pair of 250 GT “TdF” Berlinettas and a quartet of 250 GT SWB Berlinettas.

Ex-Babara Hershey 250 GT SWB California Spider that won The Excellence Cup
Delightful 342 PF Coupe from 1952

The featured model for 2017 was the Dino, with a fine selection of examples on display, including an early 206 GT, chassis # 00136, through 246 GT and 246 GTS examples in one class, and 308 GT4s in another, which included the first production example, chassis # 07202, which won the award for the finest 8 cylinder car. Within the thirteen classes there were a number of “display only” cars, including a 412 MI Spider Scaglietti, a 250 GTO, a Dino 206 S and a 365 GTB4/C, but the one which attracted the most attention was a “barn find” 275 GTS. This was not only because of its “distressed” condition, but also because a local fox decided that underneath it was a good place to shelter from the sun! Eventually the car was cordoned off, and the local police turned up for guard duty lest it should try and attack someone, until the animal welfare people turned up to catch it, which it wasn’t very happy about. It was released back where it started later in the day, as apparently it had been on guard duty for a vixen and cubs that were found to be nesting nearby, but it made for an interesting aside to the day.

"Dinos Galore"
The early Dino 206 GT, chassis #00136

The results of the concours are held back until the awards dinner on the Saturday evening, where to many people’s surprise the Best of Show Competition Car award went to a 348 Challenge car, chassis # 98159, which probably surprised the owner, Chip Williams, even more, as he had already left the dinner prior to the major awards presentation, after collecting his class platinum award! However, as previously mentioned the majority of the competition cars present were “display only” and thus not eligible for the overall major awards, for which it was necessary to have obtained a class platinum award. The overall Best of Show GT Car award was far less contentious, as it went to the magnificently presented, and freshly restored, 212 Export Vignale Cabriolet, chassis # 0110 E, of Peter Kalikow from New York.

The 1958 412 MI took the Ferrari Spirit Cup
One of two 250 GT "TdF" Berlinettas
 Major Concours Awards

The Scuderia Ferrari Cup – Best of Show for the Finest Competition Ferrari
1994 348 Challenge 98159 Chip Williams

The Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup – Best of Show for the Finest GT Ferrari
1951 212 Export Vignale Cabriolet 0110 E Peter Kalikow

La Coppa per Dodici Cilindri – Finest 12-cylinder Ferrari
1967 330 GTC “Speciale” 08753 Lee Herrington

La Coppa per Otto Cilindri – Finest 8-cylinder Ferrari
1973 Dino 308 GT4 07202 Al Lerardi

La Coppa per Sei Cilindri – Finest 6-cylinder Ferrari
1972 Dino 246 GT 03326 Leo Schigiel

The Dino GT Cup – Finest GT Dino Ferrari
1973 Dino 246 GT 05518 Randall Johnson

The Elegance Cup – for the Finest coach built Ferrari
1952 342 America PF Coupe 0246 AL Bruce Vanyo

The “Supercar” Cup – for the Finest 288 GTO, F40, F50, or FXX
1990 F40 86602 Dr Rick Workman

The Excellence Cup –Recognition of Overall Excellence by the Chief Class Judges
1961 250 GT SWB California Spider 2903 GT Michael Cantanucci

The Wayne Obry Memorial Cup – for the Ferrari Representing Excellence in Restoration Quality
1960 250 GT PF Cabriolet Series II 2135 GT Joseph Shlessinger

The Gerald Roush Memorial Cup – for the Ferrari Requiring the Most Research to Preserve or Restore
1966 330 GTC 08843 Robert Smalley Jr.

The Preservation Cups – for Ferraris at least 30 Years Old
Vintage Cup –


365 GTS4 “Daytona” Spider 15283 Peter Klutt
Classic Cup –


Testarossa 66465 Wael Aljishi

The Ferrari Classiche Cup – Finest Ferrari Classiche Certified Ferrari
1965 275 GTB 08011 Therese & Jeff Lotman

The Chief Judge Emeritus Cup – for the Finest Judged Ferrari Selected by the Honorable Ed Gilbertson
1951 212 Export Vignale Cabriolet 0110 E Peter Kalikow

The Honorary Judges’ Cup – for the Finest Judged Ferrari Selected by the Honorary Judges
1960 250 GT SWB Berlinetta 2243 GT David MacNeil

The Ferrari Spirit Cup – for the Owner Best Representing the Spirit of Track and Concours
1958 412 MI 0744 Chris Cox


The one and only Wild'n'Wonderful Ferrari Daytona Shooting Brake built by Panther Westwinds
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