The display on the upper field had a great selection both of race and street cars including the brutish 412 MI
that raced the last days, the Norinder GTO from the same stable and a very rare 250 Monza. From the
collection of Leslie Wexner two racers in his favourite red paint scheme were present, the 500 Mondial Coupé
and the 225 S Vignale Spyder only separated by the yellow 750 Monza.
The street cars included a nice selection of different body styles on the Europa models ranging from the
typical PF design to the Vignale Prototype and the Speciale. On the long wheel base with the desirable
covered headlights was a duo of 250 GT LWB California Spyder, a duo of the so-called TdF and the white 250
The short chassis version did not see less than 3 Berlinettas and the renowned Baillon California Spyder that
had its last outing in unrestored condition before being brought back to former glory by Paul Russel. As
almost usual the two Best of Show cars were among the cars on the upper lawn with the 250 Monza of Dana
Mecum taking BoS GT and the 400 Superamerica Superfast II (as seen on the newest edition of the Cavallino
magazine) of Lee Herrington. After the car failed to win its class in Pebble Beach it finally got the recognition
its owner hoped for.
For the 25. Edition this years CC had a special with a superb line-up of former Best of Show winning cars of
the previous years. After having a single BoS for the first ten years the show finally separated the BoS in two
categories for road and racing cars. Of these 24 BoS winning cars no less than 22 were displayed including a
duo of 166 MM Touring Barchetta in addition to the 166 MM Touring Berlinettas that won the 1950 MM.
Compared to these tiny 2-litre engines the brutish 410 Sport in bright yellow drew attention to this small
Lined up were also several 250 S1 Cabriolets and Special Coupé as well as the 375 AM Agnelli car and the
last 375 MM coupé built. From the former stable of the Belgium royal family the 250 Europa GT car
represented its win a few years ago.
Oldest car on the field was the 1948 Ferrari 166 SC from the Collier-Collection.
Due to the extra display the 275 were relocated a few rows further down making the post-Enzo section slightly
smaller than usual. This and the fact that the required points for the platinum award was raised from 95 to 97
left more time during the final award ceremony in the ballroom as far less awards ha to presented in the
After a buffet dinner and a very relaxed atmosphere finally the two BoS were announced. For some owners
and their treasured cars the journey will lead home tomorrow whereas a few will stay for another day to display
their cars at the nearby Mar-a-Lago, the exclusive club on Donald Trump.
Report & images ... Peter Singhof