There aren’t many moments we feel as proud as when we see a car we curated being used as intended, especially when the car in question is an old Ferrari. You can then imagine that showing up at this year’s Ferrari Cavalcade and seeing four cars very close to our hearts eating up the miles in Italy was almost tear moving. Four very special Ferrari’s we found new caretakers for were back in their birth country, and they didn’t skip a beat while driving up the dolomites.
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este: the beautiful, the weird, and the fantastic
Rainy or not, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will always be a must-attend event for us. It is the event where you discover cars you’ve never known existed before, enjoy their history, the quality of their restoration, their weird and beautiful design elements, and of course, it is an event where you get to meet people from all over the world, united by this fascination for the exotic and the rare automobiles from all possible decades.
We loved every car at the venue in Villa d’Este, and in Villa Erba as well. Present at the venue were four Le Mans winners, such as the 250 Testa Rossa Fantuzzi from 1959 and the 1968 Ford GT40 in Gulf colors. The winners were announced one after the other, with the winner of Class A (Pre-War high speed luxury) being the Chrysler Custom Imperial CL, and the winner of Class B (Pre-war Weekend Racers) being the Delahaye 145 Coupe Chapron. The Duesenberg SJ Speedster took both Best of Class of this year’s Class C (Incredible India) and Best of Show award. The Ruf-restaured Porsche 901 Prototyp finished in the iconic color of “Quickblau” was the judges’ favourite in the Porsche Class (Class D). The weird yet stunning Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale took the title of Best in Class in the Grantursimo Class (Experimenting with the post-war European GT). The gorgeous Maserati A6G/54 took a well-deserved win in the “Made in Italy” class, just in front of the Ferrari 212 Export Berlinetta Vignale. The MacNeil-owned 250 GTO, freshly restored, won the Best in Class award in the Class G (A century of the 24 Hours of Le Mans). The stunning Ferrari 250 GT California from Hong Kong won bon the Coppa D’Oro and the Best in Class in “Here comes the Sun: “Topless” done differently!”.
Congratulations to all the owners and to BMW Classic for organizing one of the top events of the year. We’re counting the days until next year’s edition!