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Cavallino Classic Modena 2022


Modena (I) , 31st May, 2022 

The curtain has just fallen on the second edition of the Cavallino Classic Modena, an event packed with splendid Ferraris and fantastic food, all perfectly set off by a beautiful location.

Casa Maria Luigia, the lovely home of chef Massimo Bottura, provided the perfect venue for the Modena show. This year’s guests were shown 31 classic Ferraris, including the 24 competing in the concours. Ranging from a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM to a 2010 Ferrari 599 GTO, these cars spanned sixty years.

These were six decades in which technology, and the world generally, changed almost beyond recognition, as indeed did the lines and technology of Ferrari cars.

Seeing them all lined up together, however, it was immediately clear that this remarkable evolution of tastes and technical requirements in no way diminished or altered the brand’s unique concept of beauty.

Luigi Orlandini, Chairman and CEO of Cavallino, was delighted with the event: “I am absolutely thrilled to be back here, one year on. After all, the first Cavallino Modena was conceived as a celebration of the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari, as well as a welcome return to a semblance of normality after the pandemic, and it was meant to be a one-off. But Cavallino Modena 2021 was such a resounding success that that I was “forced” to think again. We were flooded with requests from participants and, in the end, I had to agree to organize another and promise that this event would become a regular fixture for Ferrari enthusiasts. Being hosted by one of the world’s top chefs was a real plus, as the event became a kind of full immersion in Modenese tradition: "slow food" and fast cars. I would particularly like to thank our hostess, Lara Bottura, for letting us use her lawns. They were perfect for showing our cars.

The fact that the judges, led by Emiliano Torkar, struggled to decide on the winning cars shows that the level of the Ferraris exhibited was, overall, extremely high. My special thanks go to our “traveling companions” RM Sotheby’s, to Cantine Ferrari Trento, which provided the fizz, and to Blackfin for the sunglasses, specially designed for this event, which they gifted to the participants”.

The crowds were out in full for the parade on the Sunday afternoon, when the cars, escorted by Modena local police outriders, made their way, in convoy, to the city center, their route taking in the iconic places that had seen the young Enzo Ferrari discovering his passion for cars and, later, taking his first steps both as Director of his beloved Scuderia Ferrari, and as a car manufacturer. 

As always at Cavallino Classic events, Best of Show prizes were awarded in two classes: GT Ferraris and competition cars.

Scuderia Ferrari Cup (Best of Show Competition Ferrari)

Best of Show in the competition class went to a Ferrari 250 Interim, serial number 1461GT, built in 1959. That same year, this car, one of the only seven 250 Interims produced in total, came fourth overall and second in its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Having for many years sported a different color scheme, it is now fresh from a complete restoration that, among other things, gave it the exact configuration it had when it competed in that marathon race. Cavallino Classic Modena provided the stage for its official debut following its return to its historical look.

Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup (Best of Show GT Ferrari)

The judges’ pick as best GT Ferrari was a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Passo Corto, serial number 1953 GT, originally sold in Italy to Dr. Cesare Marchi of Florence. Although it has the entirely aluminum body seen on the racing versions, Marchi, an excellent Ferrari customer of the time, never used his car for racing and had actually specifically requested that it be equipped with the fenders and less powerful engine typical of the road cars.     

Having been assessed according to the precise rules of the International Advisory Council for the Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile (IAC/PFA), the following cars each received a coveted “Platinum Award”:

  • 1953 Ferrari 250 MM s/n 0312MM
  • 1957 Ferrari 250 Boano s/n 0645GT
  • 1959 Ferrari 250 Interim s/n 1461GT
  • 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Passo Corto s/n 1953GT
  • 1960 Ferrari 250 GT 2+2 s/n 2353GT
  • 1964 Ferrari 250 GTL s/n 5475GT
  • 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB s/n 07373
  • 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB s/n 08863
  • 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast s/n 8459SF
  • 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB4 s/n 12641
  • 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB4 s/n 13577
  • 1993 Ferrari 348 GTC LM s/n 97553
  • 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello s/n 121846
  • 2001 Ferrari 550 Maranello WSR s/n 122194
  • 2004 Ferrari 575M HGTC s/n 139317
  • 2007 Ferrari F430 GT s/n 2442
  • 2008 Ferrari F430 GT3 s/n 159322-SC 21
  • 2010 Ferrari 599 GTO s/n 175382

The special awards were assigned as follows

People’s Choice
1999 Ferrari F360 Challenge s/n 127264

The Ferrari Competition Award
1953 Ferrari 250 MM s/n 0312MM

The Ferrari Challenge Award
1993 Ferrari 348 GTC LM s/n 97553

The Ferrari Elegance Award
1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast s/n 8459SF

The Ferrari 250 Award
1964 Ferrari 250 GTL s/n 5475GT

The Ferrari Restoration Award
1969 Ferrari 365 GTB4 s/n 12641

The Ferrari Judges’ Award
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB s/n 07373

The Twelve Cylinder Ferrari Award
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB s/n 08863

RM Sotheby’s Spirit of Cavallino Classic Award
1964 Ferrari 250 GTL s/n 5475GT

Massimo Bottura Award
1950 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta s/n 0040M

The Chairman’s Award
1962 Ferrari 250 California s/n 3185GT

In line with Canossa Events’ tradition of supporting charitable causes, it was decided that Cavallino Classic Modena would this year make a donation to help Ukrainian refugee families living in Emilia Romagna, particularly to organizations offering psychological support for children. During the awards ceremony, a number of special items were auctioned and the proceeds will go to the same cause. These items include a very rare copy of the October 1978 issue of Cavallino magazine (the first ever) and a copy of the Cavallino Classic Modena 2022 poster featuring Enzo Naso’s drawings of all the cars present and signed by the owners and by Massimo Bottura.

In addition to the concours cars, several prototypes and models representing Ferrari production were shown, purely for exhibition purposes.

For two decades, the 1980s and 90s, the FIAT Nuova Campagnola firefighter was a trackside feature at the Fiorano circuit, and the model was a charming guest of honor at Cavallino Classic Modena 2022.

The Tuesday saw an emotional tribute, when the cars filed past the entrance to the historic Ferrari factory in Maranello. They then made for the old heart of the town, before heading off for a drive on the roads of the Emilian Apennines, which in the past were used by the company's test drivers to test both production and racing cars.

Their final destination was Casa Canossa, headquarters of Canossa Events.

Images Peter Singhof