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Elegance reins at the 27th Cavallino Classic

January 28, 2018

New England in wintertime has always been synonymous with frigid temperatures, heaps of snow and hibernating classic cars that are eagerly awaiting warmer temperatures, and this year was no exception. Luckily there was an alternative, as the Cavallino Classic 27 formed a welcome reprieve to those seeker milder climates and automotive beauty in Palm Beach. 

 

Since 1992 the Cavallino Classic partnered with the equally iconic The Breakers hotel. Surrounded by oceanfront mansions, top restaurants and upscale boutiques, this Palm Beach resort oozes a luxury lifestyle that one can get accustomed to in January. Add to that hundreds of Ferrari's and one may think they arrived in heaven.

 

Hosted by Cavallino Magazine, the Cavallino Classic is not your typical concours, as it attracts and showcases some of the world's rarest Ferraris and is considered one of the must-attend events of the year by car aficionados. 

 

What makes it even more interesting is that owners of both modern and vintage GT's have the opportunity to put in several 2-mile laps at the Palm Beach International Raceway, negotiating the 11 turns and pushing their cars to the limit, while the Vintage Competition Class racers vie for podium spots and top honors.   

 

The #11 Le Mans winning 1959 Ferrari 250 GT TdF enjoyed roaring its laps at the Palm Beach Raceway. 

 

This Swiss-owned 250 SWB 2445 GT in Belgian Ecurie Francorchamps Livery was one of the many examples of flawless restoration, and equally proved its worth on the track. 

 

Awaiting it's turn on the parking lot, here is another look at the #59 car, which crashed on lap 35 at the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hours yet later restored by Piero Drogo.

 

Rise and shine! These stallions are eagerly awaiting to be started! 

 

After several days of racing, the cars retreated back to their resort at The Breakers for their Saturday display of elegance. Dozens of modern Ferrari's  joined the spectacular field of vintage 250 GTO's, 275 GTB's, 375 America and with the wind calming down, visitors were in for a treat! Those who arrived early in the morning could have seen the beautiful lineup on the driveway, as cars were awaiting their instructions to be placed on the field. 

 

As the day progressed, the small boutique show allowed for people to really take in all the magnificent details of the cars, all equally restored to perfection, yet some preserved in their original condition. Art lovers could equally rejoice at a custom painted F430 Challenge by London-based painter Ben Levy. Inspired by pop art, he morphed the Ferrari (photo in gallery below) during the 2015 Art Basil Miami Beach edition. 

 

While the spectators enjoyed the beauty and sipped on champagne, the judges had a difficult task of selecting the award winners from this incredible field of cars. The Best of Show award was given to a 1955 250GT Zagato, while the Competition award went to a 1951 212 Export Touring Barchetta. The finest GT award was handed to Lee Herrington's 1957 250 Speciale Pinin Farina Coupé.

 

Crowds are admiring the beauty, style and elegance at the 27th Cavallino Classic. 

 

Judges taking a serious look at all details, including what's under the hood! 

 

A wide variety of Ferrari's juxtaposed against the equally impressive facade of The Breakers.

 

This was my first Cavallino event, and I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised. From the welcoming organization and spectacular location to the unique and rare selection of cars, there was something to be seen for all. If you have never been to the Cavallino Classic, the event is most definitely worth adding to your list. From the racetrack days that are open to the public, to the tour and the concours, what more does one need? And what's not to like about 70F weather and Italian classics in January? Cavallino, a presto! 

 

More photos to be viewed in the album below.