Celebrating its 20th anniversary in Palm Beach this week, the Cavallino Classic Ferrari convention has again brought dozens of Ferarri and Maserati owners, and about 400 of their cars, to The Breakers, where the main event the annual Concorso d’Eleganza judged display will take place Saturday.
The six-day conference is considered the premier Ferrari event in the nation, according to organizer John W. Barnes Jr., who also publishes Boca Raton-based Cavallino magazine, the conference’s sponsor and “the journal of Ferrari history.”
Registration continues at The Breakers Thursday, and the schedule includes lectures about the Italian sports cars along with related exhibits of merchandise and services.
Events benefit the Children’s Wish Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club, Best Buddies, the American Council of the Blind Scholarship Fund and the Dreyfoos School of the Arts.
Most of the events are private, but general-admission tickets are available for Saturday’s car display on the grounds of the resort. Here are highlights of the event schedule:
■ Thursday: The annual “Grand Driving Ferrari Tour” of Palm Beach will send as many as 80 drivers in vintage and classic Ferraris from The Breakers through Palm Beach and along the Atlantic coastal roads. Stops include The Mar-a-Lago Club and The Chesterfield hotel. Their final destination is the Jet Aviation hangar at the Palm Beach International Airport for the 11th annual “La Bella Macchina,” a private reception featuring 150 cars — along with charter jets, motorcycles and personal watercraft — that culminates in the presentation of the Jet Aviation Cup for the Ferrari voted the “People’s Choice.”
■ Thursday and Friday: An 8 a.m.-4 p.m. track meet at Palm Beach International Raceway, 17041 Bee Line Highway west of Jupiter, will feature competition-class Ferraris in racing events, competing for the Florida Trophy. There also will be displays of Ferrari memorabilia and accessories. Tickets are $30 for spectators.
■ Friday: A private “Showboats Yacht Hop” will take place at the Rybovich Marina in West Palm Beach.
■ Saturday: Open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Concorso d’Eleganza on the lawn at The Breakers will feature pristine Ferrari automobiles of all models and years, with class awards and major cups presented, along with The Cavallino Cup for “Best in Show.” Tickets are $50, available at the gate.
■ Sunday: A private Classics Sports Sunday at The Mar-a-Lago Club will include pre-war and post-war to 1975 classic sports cars on display with a charity brunch and awards presentation in the club’s ballroom. Tickets are $250, available in advance through Friday in The Breakers’ Gold Ballroom.
Written by Michael Del Gigante