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The 2021 Cavallino Concorso di Modena July 2nd - 4th, 2021

By Lilo Kistler - Photos by Henry T. Kistler

Volume 46 Issue 16

Jul 31, 2021

The Cavallino Classic goes international. Lilo and Henry Kistler go to Concorso di Modena. Extraordinary cars in the home of Ferrari made the inaugural event a success.

    This year, the year of its 30th anniversary, the Cavallino Classic crossed the Atlantic for a special tribute edition celebrating Modena, the city of Enzo Ferrari’s birth.


    The “Concorso di Modena” made a spectacular debut, bringing together some of the world’s most important Ferraris.


    The Cavallino Classic is the most important Concorso d’Eleganza focusing exclusively on Ferraris and, for the first time in over thirty years, is doubling up and becoming international.


    An extraordinary edition called the “Concorso di Modena” was held at Casa Maria Luigia, Modena, from the 2nd to the 4th of July with the specific intention of paying tribute to Enzo Ferrari’s hometown.


    Created by Cavallino magazine in 1992, the Cavallino Classic is a Concorso d’Eleganza held each year in Palm Beach, Florida. It is the world’s most important event dedicated to vintage Ferraris, and one of the leading concourses of elegance worldwide.


    Each year, its winner participates in a “super competition” called the Peninsula Classic Best of the Best. The 2020 Palm Beach Cavallino Classic winner actually won this prize.



    Along with John Barnes, the founder of Cavallino Classic, the new owner, Luigi Orlandini, has been nursing the idea of bringing the Concorso d’Eleganza to Modena for some time now, as it is the center of the motoring world in Italy.


    After finding the ideal venue, they needed to set the date. “It seemed the right time to go ahead now, lighting a beacon of optimism for a pandemic-free future at a time when many people are still wondering whether we will ever get back to living our normal lives and relationships, and being able to spend time with friends and family,” commented Mr. Orlandini.


    We are confident we made the right choice because of the amount of enthusiasm that greeted the Concorso di Modena among the top Ferrari collectors around the world, all of whom were delighted to have a valid excuse to return to Italy after being obliged to stay away for so many months.



    The Concorso participants came from four different continents, naturally in full compliance with COVID regulations, whilst the standard of the cars attending speaks for itself; 31 extraordinary cars entered in the Concorso, almost all of which have been restored in Modena, or within the Motor Valley area.


    Some will be going on public display for the first time in decades. 31 cars altogether worth in excess of 250 million US dollars.


    Friday afternoon was reserved to drop off the cars at the Casa Maria Luigia and display them on the lawn.


    Beautiful sunshine greeted us early Saturday morning at the concours fields. Eleven judges were already busy looking at cars, presented in five different classes.


    A shuttle service transported the participants to the Europa 92, the favorite restaurant of Luciano Pavarotti. After lunch the Casa Pavarotti could be visited.


    At 5:00 pm there was a parade through the most iconic landmarks of Modena.


    Crowds of people turned out for the parade, which saw the cars, ably escorted by Modena’s Police outriders, heading in convoy for the city center of Modena.


    After some parade laps in downtown Modena on the “Circuito di Modena”, a temporary special street circuit in the Parco Novi Sad, they continued to the Piazza Roma in the middle of old town Modena.


    The enthusiastic crowd on the Piazza Roma enjoyed the beautiful Ferraris before the Modena Police escorted them back through the town center to the Casa Maria Luigia.


    The event was also attended by John Barnes, founder and now Honorary President of Cavallino and Cavallino Classic, who was thrilled to see how his creations are developing internationally under the new ownership.


    As per tradition at the Cavallino Classic, two separate Best of Show prizes were awarded, one for the road car category and the other for the best competition car.


        Scuderia Ferrari Cup

    (Best of Show Competition Ferrari)


    Top prize in the Competition Class went to the 1951 340 America, equipped with Barchetta bodywork by Carrozzeria Touring Milano, S/N 0116A, that competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1951 (driven by Louis Dreyfus and Louis Chiron) and again in 1952 (driven by Louis Dreyfus and René Dreyfus). It spent a number of years, from 1964 to 1973, in Frenchman Pierre Bardinon’s collection.



        Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup

    (Best of Show GT Ferrari)


    The GT Class winner was the 1954 250 Europa, S/N 0303EU, dressed in a Pinin Farina Coupé body, that was exhibited at the Brussels Motor Show of 1954. The car, wearing a distinctive combination of Arctic Green over green interiors, was originally sold in Ascoli Piceno in March 1954. In the same year, its first owner, a Mr. Giuseppe Bianchi, entered it in the Venice Rally where it came fourth overall.


    After being judged according to the precise rules established by the International Advisory Council for the Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile (IAC/PFA) 15 cars received a Platinum Award.


    Listed below are the prestigious category awards assigned by the judges.


        Coppa Dodici Cilindri (outstanding 12-cylinder)


    1959 410 Superamerica, S/N 1265 SA



        Coppa Otto Cilindri (outstanding 8-cylinder)


    1989 F40, S/N 83234



        Classic Preservation Cup


    (outstanding preserved condition 1976-2004)


    1996 F50, S/N 105193



        Vintage Preservation Cup


    (outstanding preserved condition pre-1975)


    1972 365 GTB/4, S/N 16037



        Excellence Cup (outstanding restoration quality)


    Platinum Award


    1966 275 GTS, S/N 08653 (ex-Steve McQueen)



        Competizione Cup (outstanding racing Ferrari)


    1956 250 GT Berlinetta, S/N 0507 GT



        Elegance Cup (outstanding coachbuilt Ferrari)


    1957 250 GT Cabriolet, S/N 0735 GT



        Judges Cup


   (Ferrari most deserving as selected by judges)


    1948 166 MM, S/N 0048 M



    Finally, two special prizes were awarded; one to a car chosen by Massimo Bottura and the other to Luigi Orlandini’s pick.


    Massimo Bottura, top chef of Casa Maria Luigia, assigned his award to the car whose history most impressed him: the 1951 340 America, S/N 0116 A.


    Luigi Orlandini, Chairman of Cavallino and of Canossa Events, instead chose a 1963 250/275P, S/N 0816 for its incredible sporting history; it is the only Ferrari to have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice.


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