In the main courtyard of the Parc de Bagetelle a display with six cars around
the theme “Art & Automobiles” was presented. These included the 1967 Matra
that was done by Sonia Delauney through 3 Le Mans competitors respectively
a 1995 McLaren F1 done by César, a 1977 BMW 320i done by Roy
Lichtenstein and the “Psychedelic” Porsche 917 LH that competed in the 1970
Le Mans 24 Hour race.
The prototype display showed the biggest contrast one could imagine with the
neighboring 1894 Benz Victoria. Wild and flashy prototypes were shown
almost as operational business cards for the designers. Personally, the most
interesting exhibit was the Maserati Buran designed by the Californian studio
of Italdesign. A very luxurious, high class MPV, equipped with a 3,2 liter, 370
horsepower engine is about the wildest thing we could image to come from
the Modena factory. Let’s see what the future will bring.
Two colorful Ferraris were entered in class 5, the Berlinetta’s, the previously
mentioned 212 Inter Vignale Coupé that won the prize for public’s favorite, and
a 250 GT LWB Interim Berlinetta, s/n 1509GT. This Scaglietti bodied car
wears the Madagascar race colors of its first owner, Jo Schlesser, and was
driven in the Tour Auto by its current owner at the beginning of this year.
The Competition class presented a 166 MM Fantuzzi Spider s/n 0264M,
recently restored in the style of a Touring Barchetta, a 500 Testa Rossa s/n
0638MDTR bodied by Scaglietti, and Brandon Wang’s 250 GT California
Spider, 2383GT, that was painted dark grey metallic earlier this year, and is
raced in the Shell Historic Ferrari Maserati Challenge series.
Two grand Ferraris were presented in the Grand Tourismo class. A fine dark
red 365 GTB/4, better known as the “Daytona” and the 500 Superfast of
Schermerhorn’s ISC collection, that had been awarded “Best of Show” in
Apeldoorn, Holland a week earlier.
To be perfectly honest, I personally prefer to see the Ferraris racing. Nothing
can beat standing at trackside, enjoying the 12 cylinder symphonies, smelling
the warm rubber, tarmac and burned fuel. But Ferrari would never have
become the legend they are today, if they had not been selling cars for normal
street usage, to the rich and famous since the earliest days of the marque. In
that respect, the Louis Vuitton Classic is the perfect event to enjoy these cars
in a mixture of wealth and fame of the past and present.