What was a surprise for all those travelling to Palm Beach out of the colder regions of the USA or even
Europe was the weather that was not what one would expect from the winter domicile of the rich and famous
as it rained all day. Many owners of the top cars had to make the decision early in the morning whether they
want to bring their prices possessions to the wet lawn behind the main building, even more so the open sports
racers as those of the featured marque Maserati. The famous streamline Birdcage was brought over by
restorer Paul Russell, who borrowed a fisherman suit the get there at least partly dry. One does not see too
often a jacket and tie under these sort of heavy rain gear.
First car on the lawn was the fabulous Delage from the Patterson collection, a former Pebble Beach winning
car in all white and those who missed the arrival of the car never had a detailed look at the car as it was
covered all day although nobody would blame the detailer to avoid a tough cleaning job after a whole day of
One after the other the cars arrived and took their spot at the green but it became clear quit early that the
number of cars to be seen this day might be a little bit smaller than intended. Just a few of the older Ferrari
from the previous day at the Breakers were lined-up and the owners disappeared under the umbrellas at the
pool house for a well-deserved coffee. The judges took a short round to look at the cars but as at least the
Ferrari were well known from the day before the judging was done rather quick before the “crowd” went to the
ballroom for the lunch and the prize giving.
During the lunch break just a few interested guests from the county club had a look at the cars but due to the
rain coming and going nobody lasted too long outside.
Once the prizes were given the owners came back with a lot of silverware to store in the cars and to leave to
the nearby trailers or back to the hotel for a final farewell until coming back next year for the 27th edition of
the annual Ferrari Meeting.
Remains the duty to announce todays winning car, the 2017 Mar-a-Lago Best of Show: as expected by many
in advance it was the sensational 1933 Delage D8S Roadster by De Villars from the Patterson Collection
restored to perfection by RM Restorations prior to its win at the Pebble Beach Concours 2010.
With this small preview gallery from today’s Classic Sports Sunday we want to conclude our “live
coverage” of the CC26, more detailed galleries will follow the next days
Report & images … Peter Singhof
Cavallino Classic 26 ... Started at the Palm Beach International Raceway and ending the day with the Jet
Aviation Center Party
Cavallino Classic 26 ... Dark clouds over the former Moroso raceway
Cavallino Classic 26 ... Concours at the Breakers ... Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Best of Show