A Quarter Century of Celebrating the Ferrari
The Cavallino Classic had its 25th anniversary this year in Palm Beach Florida. Ferrari owners, enthusiasts, dealers and Ferrari S.p.A. itself all made their annual migration to “the island.” Premier’s Vice President of Sales Doug Ewing, and Chris Warren, our Southeast Sales Manager, were no different; both attended the 5-day event as part of Premier Financial Services’ annual sponsorship and support of the Classic.
Neither Rain Nor Wind…
The weather was a major factor again this year for Cavallino. There was rain in the days before the weekend Concours events. Even the track days, hosted at The Palm Beach International Raceway, were held in cloud cover and rain. The brave souls who took their chances with the elements and went racing found conditions to be challenging on the 2 mile-11 turn circuit. Sadly, a 1956 Ferrari 290MM found itself in a spin and hit the wall. The driver emerged safe but the car will require a restoration. For context, in 2015 RM auctioned a 1956 290 MM for $28,000,000.00.
Nor Fallen Branch Can Stay These Vintage Ferraris
The Breakers hosted the Saturday Concours in style as always. The rain had left but winds were gusting all day at 30 mph or more. There was also a report that a very heavy palm frond blown off a tree by the winds narrowly missed two immaculate Ferraris on the lawn. Luckily, the weather couldn’t the dampen spirits of the vendors and spectators who braved the blustery conditions to enjoy the display of over 150 wonderful cars.
The last event of the week was hosted at the Mar-A-Lago, a truly iconic American castle and featured the Romance of Alfa Romeo. The grandeur of this estate is a fitting cherry on top of the Cavallino Classic. The collectors and presenters showed their prized possessions on the sweeping lawn overlooking the water; the view was magnificent. The Best of Show in the Competition class was awarded to Dana Mecum’s 1954 Ferrari 250 Monza PF Spider. The Best of Show Gran Turismo Ferrari went to the 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Superfast II owned by Lee Harrington and this year’s overall Best of Show was awarded to Jim Patterson’s 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A F. Cabriolet. We look forward to 2017’s show and hope Mother Nature is more kind.
Financing a Ferrari with Premier Financial
It is through events like Cavallino that the Premier Team is able to share their passion for Ferrari and other great marques. We have earned the distinction of being the nation’s leading lessor of exotic, and vintage motorcars through our knowledge of the industry, simply great customer service, transparent lease terms, and options tailored to the needs of our clients. If you are looking for financing on that perfect Ferrari for the concours circuit, contact Premier to see how leasing a Ferrari is an attractive and smart financial decision.
Written by Chris Warren,
Southeast Sales Manager
at Premier Financial Services.