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Le Vigeant, 5-7 June 2009

The 15th edition of “Sport & Collection” event was held last June on the track of Le Vigeant, near Poitiers, France.

Over the years, this event has become the biggest Ferrari meeting in France. This year, the slogan “500 Ferrari contre le cancer” (“500 Ferraris against cancer”) was validated by the presence of around 530 Ferrari from all eras, making it probably the biggest Ferrari meeting in the world in 2009! The reason behind the name: Every year all earnings from this event are donated to Poitiers hospital, which a team dedicated to Cancer research. In July a cheque for the this year's proceeds of € 260,000 was sent to the research team.

Despite pitiful weather, it didn't damper the enthusiasm for the exceptional quality of the gathering, with cars going from a 1953 250 Europa coupe S/N 0303EU to the latest 16M Scuderia spider model, of which 2 examples were present.

On the oldtimers side, there was a fantastic 340 MM spider by Vignale (S/N 0280AM), owned by Mr Camellini, the incredible original 250 GT LWB Tour de France owned by Mr Bajol (0763 GT), 3 250 GT Lusso, 8 different 275 of all models and an amazing gathering of 14 Daytonas, coupes and spiders ! The presence of David Piper was obvious with his “Piper” green cars, this year including a 365 P2 (S/N 0836) and a 250 LM (S/N 8165) !

The supercars enthusiasts were satisfied by the presence of all Ferrari supercars from the 288 GTO to a nice gathering of 5 Ferrari Enzo.

For the first time, this event hosted the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge. Few cars were present, but there were some very interesting ones like 250 GT LWB Tour de France S/N  0897GT and 1401GT of Matthias Ficht and Plinio Haas respectively, 3 models of 512 BB/LM and, for the first year, 2 F40 LM.

F1 clienti were also present, but with only 3 Formula 1 cars, a 643 ex Prost (S/N 128), a F300 ex Schumacher (S/N 183) and a recent 248 F1 (S/N 256).

To round off all the action around the Ferraris, there was a nice concours organized for the 40th birthday of Dinos 206/246, which resulted in a huge number of 206/246 GT (22!), but also of GT4 (9) displayed on the paddock.

Ferrari was not the only marque present at this nice event. Thousands of other classic and sports cars were displayed or raced. Among them, it was possible to catch a glimpse of an extra rare Howmet, powered by a turbine and that raced at Le Mans 24 hours in 1968, the recent Tesla sport car, powered by an electrical engine and several Pagani including the exclusive Pagani Zonda R.

On Saturday, a nice touristic rally was organized for several hundreds of classic and sports cars, with cars as different as 250 GT SWB to modern F430 or Triumph roadsters !

Next year, like every year, the event will be held on the first week- end of June (from the 4th to the 6th). Don't forget to mark that week-end in your calendar and book your travel arrangements!

Olivier Bidaud.


Ferrari of interest
303EU 250 Europa
763GT 250 GT LWB TDF
897GT 250 GT LWB Single Louvre
1173GT 250 GT PF coupé
1401GT 250 GT LWB Single Louvre
2321GT 250 GT SWB Berl. Comp.
2731GT 250 GT SWB
2983GT 250 GTE
4549GT 250 GT Lusso
4567GT 250 GT Lusso
5245GT 250 GT Lusso
6999 275 GTS
7473 275 GTB
7541 275 GTS
7595 330 GT 2+2
8061 275 GTB
8151 275 GTB
8165 250 LM
8249 275 GTB
8507 275 GTB
9477 330 GT 2+2 série II
10427 275 GTB/4
10777 275 GTB/4
10797 330 GTS
13351 365 GTB/4 spider conversion
13407 365 GTB/4
13549 365 GTB/4
14039 365 GTB/4
14131 365 GTB/4
14151 365 GTB/4
15221 365 GTB/4
15295 365 GTB/4
15595 365 GTB/4
16267 365 GTC/4
16357 365 GTB/4
16409 365 GTB/4
16651 365 GTB/4
16717 365 GTB/4 Competition
17397 365 GT4
17489 365 GT4 2+2
17859 365 GT4/BB
18919 365 GT4 2+2
28601 512 BB/LM
30559 512 BB/LM
32129 512 BB/LM
55179 288 GTO
78533 F40
79988 F40
80022 F40
80711 F40
80768 F40
83125 F40
83498 F40
84004 F40
87803 F40
88101 F40
88951 F40
89693 F40
91687 F40
95448 F40 LM
97881 F40 LM
105053 F50
106825 F50
135882 Enzo
136060 Enzo assy# 56089
136081 Enzo assy# 55252
136520 Enzo assy# 53639
138650 Enzo assy# 56012
166126 16M Scuderia spider
167759 16M Scuderia spider

00374 206 GT
00536 246 GT
00580 246 GT
01644 246 GT
01934 246 GT
02934 246 GT
03344 246 GT
03402 246 GT
03552 246 GT
04210 246 GT
04428 246 GTS
05576 246 GT
06014 246 GTS
06066 246 GT
06760 246 GTS
06972 246 GT
07034 246 GTS
07110 246 GTS
07426 246 GT
08596 308 GT4
09450 308 GT4
09708 308 GT4
09726 308 GT4
09736 308 GT4
12850 308 GT4
12892 308 GT4
14088 308 GT4
14430 308 GT4

280AM 340 MM
610MDTR 500 TR
612MDTR 625 LM
836 365 P2 spider Scaglietti
1016 512 S
29 333 SP
34 333 SP
128 643
183 F300 F1
256 248


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