The two Touring Berlinettas on the 8C 2900 B chassis seen the day before at the Breakers were joined by
another long chassis Touring bodied car, this time a Spider. Furthermore the smaller capacity engined 2300
saw two Zagato bodied car aside the MM Touring Spider as raced on the Palm Beach International Raceway
to days earlier. But not only pre-war Alfa Romeos were present but also a spectacular T33 Periscopica, a SZ
and even a very rare TZ2 were parked near the pool.
The two Touring Berlinettas were split by no less than this years Pebble Beach winning Isotta Fraschini Tipo
8A with Ramseier body again brought by the Patterson Collection to Palm Beach and one could just imagine
the agony of choice for the jury to decide for Best of Show with two former PB winner, the immaculate
example of the Collier Collection and the Spider of former PB winner Sam Mann. At the end it was Jim
Patterson leaving the ballroom after the awards lunch with the biggest trophy of the day giving this car another
BoS just within a few months.
But not only had the pre-war classics drawn much attention as two examples old and new were surrounded by
the public all day. Especially the light green metallic Fiat 8V Supersonic was not only admired by the petrol
heads but also by a lot of women who enjoyed the stylish lines of the Ghia design. Its contemporary
counterpart was the Ferrari F60 that is intended in a special edition of only ten examples standing just next to
The field was rounded off by a good selection of Mercedes Benz 300 SL, several Jaguar from the XK and
E-Type series and some Porsche ranging from the 356 to the 1980s supercar, the 959.
As usual the Sunday show ended early after the lunch when the first cars left the green so the owners could
enjoy a cold sunny afternoon either at the hotel or at home.
As mentioned was this Cavallino Classic very remarkable for several reasons. On one side might be the
weather but more important the superb selection of cars over all the days. Some might say that the track
days do not see as many cars as they saw years ago when they were part of the Ferrari Challenge and many
of the cars are regulars to the former Moroso race track but one should not forget that one rarely sees 3 250
GTO, 2 250 TR, 375 MM and even the Mille Miglia winning 290 MM at the same venue racing against each
The special display of the former Best of Show winning cars at the Breakers showed the diversity of the cars
with the prancing horse as well as the quality of the concours as some of the cars on display could be easily
ranked within the most important designs in the history of Ferrari.
Certainly the 25th edition will be hard to top in near future but as the event is as popular as ever before
attracting visitors from all around the globe one could certainly look forward to next years edition.
For the moment we have some preview galleries from all the four days of Cavallino Classic 25, more extended
galleries will follow in a few days when the busy week with the auctions in Scottsdale and the following
Retromobile in Paris leave enough time to sort all the pictures. Especially the Retromobile sale of Artcurial will
be of particular interest for all Ferraristi when the 335 S of Wolfgang Berghe von Trips will be sold, a car that
would certainly suit Cavallino Classic 26 as flagship.
Report & images ... Peter Singhof