Ferraris invade Palm Beach
By Keith Bluemel
2011 marked the 20th anniversary of the annual Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach, Florida. Every year it attracts a truly wonderful selection of predominantly classic Ferraris to the lawns of the exclusive Breakers Hotel on Florida’s Atlantic coast. The high esteem in which the gathering is held can be gauged by the fact that Marco Arrighi and Andrea Rastrelli from the Ferrari Classiche division were in attendance, as were Andrea Zagato and Paolo Di Taranto from Zagato.
The gathering followed its popular tried and tested format, starting with two private track days at Palm Beach International Raceway, followed by general track days on the Thursday and Friday, which included two races for classic Ferrari models. The social side was catered for on the Thursday evening by a reception at Jet Aviation’s hangars at Palm Beach International Airport, where the mix of Ferraris and executive jets on the tarmac is always a great occasion. Here there is a People’s Choice Award, The Jet Aviation Cup, for the Ferrari that attendees would most like to take home, which was won by the elegant 375 America PF Coupé, s/n 0293 AL, of Jaime Muldoon. Friday evening was the Show Boats Yacht Hop at the Rybovitch Yacht Club on the Intracoastal Waterway. Here the Ferraris rub shoulders with multi million dollar motor and sailing yachts. This gathering featured a further People’s Choice Award, the Showboats Cup, which was won by the 212 Europa PF Coupé, s/n 0263 EU, of Helen Frazer.
Saturday is concours day at The Breakers, followed by the final major social event, the gala awards reception and dinner at The Breakers on the Saturday evening, where the winners of the Concours d’Elegance were announced. As the results are kept a closely guarded secret until the after dinner announcements, there is obviously trepidation and anticipation amongst entrants as to who is going to take the major honours. The Scuderia Cup for The Best of Show Competition Ferrari went to the 212 Export Vignale Coupé, s/n 0092 E, of Peter Mc Coy, with the Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup for Best of Show GT Ferrari going to the pale blue 250 GT PF Coupé “Speciale”, s/n 0853 GT, of Lee Herrington.
The gathering came to a close on the Sunday with a multi marque concours and lunch in the ballroom at Donald Trump’s renowned Mar-A-Lago Club on Palm Beach shores. Here, together with a number of Ferraris from the previous day, there was a fine selection of other automobiles, including a fine display of Cunninghams which were the featured marque for 2011.
Keith Bluemel is a renowned British Ferrari historian and the author of several books on the marque
Photos courtesy Keith Bluemel and Massini AG