Palm Beach, 25th of January, 2015
This year’s Cavallino Classic is already history. After four superb
days both at the track and on the lawn the final curtain fell today
with the multi-marque concours at the exclusive Mar-a-Lago club
some miles south of the Breakers. Whereas the last three days
were characterized by the prancing horse this last concours day
is open for interesting cars from different eras and marques with a
special feature depending on the sponsor. After Aston Martin in
the past this year was dedicated to the work of Ettore Bugatti
with several T57 and GP Bugatti lined up down at the pool area.
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Whereas the day before was mainly overcast with some light
showers this day started with a beautiful sunrise over the club
house after a chilly night to welcome the first cars entering the
field in wonderful morning light.
The volunteers were busy to get all the cars on the right spot as
the narrow ground in front of the main building does not give much
room to arrange the cars and both arrival and departure has to
follow a more or less specific order to fit all cars. As mentioned
the pool area was reserved for the racing and late street Bugatti
and beside the small open wheeled Type 35 there was also a trio
of Type 57 Atalante and Stelvio in addition to the superb Type 55
Roadster from West Florida, from the Collier Collection in Naples.
Aside the Bugatti were a couple of pre-war cars including a
fantastic Talbot-Lago T150 C Figoni&Falaschi Roadster that was
also awarded with the Best in Show award later during the lunch
and award ceremony.
Just going up the hill were the competition models of the Ferrari
range with several race cars as seen the day before on the top
lawn in front of the Breakers. Certainly not all of the entrants join
in on both days as many of them were already on their way home
but beside yesterday’s BoS winning 1965 Dino 166/206 P the
Pebble Beach winning Ferrari 375 MM Speciale and one of the
375 MM Spyder were joined by the Blue-yellow 250 GTO and a
Further up the hill under the large palm trees was the reserved
spot for the street Ferrari including 250 GT Spyders in either
Series I, Series II and California Spyder body style in addition to
several Lusso, 275 GTB and also the BoS winning 250 Europa GT
Vignale from the previous day.
Traditionally the British marques are presented around the putting
green as several Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Jaguar were
Other cars of particular interest were without doubt a Maserati A6
2000 Zagato, a very early pre-production 300 SL Gullwing together
with its rival from Bavaria, the BMW 507.
On the other side of the lawn the newer cars were lined up
including several Bugatti Veyron, a Maserati MC12 Corsa and a
Ferrari Supercar trio including 288 GTO, 288 GTO Evoluzione and
After the morning coffee and a quick look around the visitors
made their way to the ballroom for the lunch break and the
following award ceremony to give away even more silverware to
some of the entrants who already took a trophy the day before.
During this quiet hour usually the “normal” club members have a
look at the cars taking a lot of cell phone images and having a
curious look at some of the mascots of rather unknown marques.
After the lunch break the cars normally leave very swift as some
of their owners might have been keen to get an earlier flight home
to avoid the blizzard that is expected to hit the New York area
Unfortunately the four days were again over way to fast but during
the next days we will update our galleries with even some more
images after this first impressions to summarize the entire event
from the racing to the concours activities.
By that time also a full winners list should be released by
Cavallino including the numerous platinum and class awards.
Report & images … Peter Singhof