5th Miami Concours Covers Design District with Red Carpet; Draws Thousands


 

Miami, February 2022

The Fifth Annual Miami Concours returned to post-Covid full strength taking place over the President’s Day weekend February 18-20 in Miami’s famous Design District.

The Miami Concours has become notable in recent years for covering the streets of the Design District with red carpet and showcasing some of the world’s most desirable and collectible cars in a remarkable display which have drawn upwards of 20,000 spectators to the tony shopping, fashion, design, dining and entertainment hub north of downtown Miami.

Despite predicted rains which threatened the event, the Magic City saw sunny skies (if not a bit warm) with only a passing rain shower Saturday evening to cool things off. Once again, Miami delivered Chamber of Commerce mid-February weather, highs in the low 80s with a pleasant breeze during the day.

The Miami Concours delivered yet again with a stunning wide array of cars from mainly local collectors on up to the fabulous new Paganis and Lamborghinis from Prestige Motors as well as a selection of vintage and modern collectible and investment level cars presented by Curated Investments.

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The 2022 version of the Miami Concours’ honored guest was Jim Glickenhaus of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. Glickenhaus, a long time presence at Curated events dating back to 2006 when P4/5 made its east coast debut at the Palm Beach International Polo Club, to this year where he brought six cars down from New York including Le Mans prototype SCG 007 along with models SCG 709, SCG Baja Boot, SCG Gold 004s, SCG 004c and SCG 003s. The event marked the U.S.unveiling of the SCG004s after making it’s world debut at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

Once again, Chief Judge duties were ably managed by Dr. Mark Moskowitz and a hand-picked all-star staff of racers, journalists, hobbyists, and notable experts in the field.

Among participating judges were Tommy Kendall, a four-time TransAm and five-time IMSA champion, and Luigi Chinetti Jr., a member of the United States first family of Ferrari, who respectively ascended the stage to award Pininfarina-designed trophies to the winners of the Competition and Ferrari 60/ 70s classes.

“Unique to the judged field was a nearly comprehensive display of the great rally cars of the late last century” Dr. Moskowitz states.
“Racer and collector/preservationist Pablo Campanc brought six highly original examples. His high winged Mercedes E190 EVO II captured the crowd but his extremely correct, rare and technically sophisticated Group B Ford RS 200 moved the judges to make it best in the Touring Class”.


The Leo Schigiel Best of Show Trophy

Named after the late Leo Schigiel, a regular Miami Concours participant, Best of Show winner, purveyor of an incredible collection of cars and motorcycles, notable businessman in the Miami area and friend to all in the hobby who sadly passed away at the age of 72 in September of 2021.

“I was touched that Miami Concours officials chose to award the Best of Show trophy in Leo’s honor” Moskowitz recollects.
“I have to say that his cars and his effusive personality raised the level of quality of the event.”

The inaugural Leo Schigiel trophy was awarded the hugely popular entrant, a great little 1973 Alpine Renault A110 Factory Groupe 4 of Alain de Graeve resplendent in French Racing Blue and in-period livery.

The plucky little French Racing Blue Alpine (Series #8372, Body #6387 and Type 1600VC) was a sensation with attending spectators the moment it drove into the Design District. And, while there may be one or two A110s in the U.S., this example was one of the factory original competition cars which challenged the World Rally Championship conjuring up memories of the cars with massive airliner headlamps showing the way through the African Sahara, the world’s deepest, darkest jungles and high altitude European roads.

This example was one of eight factory Groupe 4 cars produced in 1973 . A rare heavy chassis Morocco type for the most demanding rallies. A barn find in 2014, fully restored to 1974 spec as seen at the Press on Regardless rally in the U.S. along with a well documented history of events such as the Safari Rally, Morocco, Monte Carlo, etc. and subject of numerous historic photographs. This car was the last known major Alpine Groupe 4 barn find and the car is still registered in the name of the Alpine factory.

Competition Class

1957 AC Ace Bristol
Dirk de Groen

Bought new by Ed Rahal in 1957. Badly damaged in a racing accident in June 1958. Purchased in damaged condition by Jerry Lynch as a parts car. Too nice to be parted out, he restored the car in 2002 (45 years later) with parts he purchased from AC in the 1960s and entered it in many vintage races and rallies. Sold by Jerry to its Dirk de Groen, who is also notable for an incredible collection of BMWs in Miami.

The Ace Bristol has some racing modifications, fire suppression system, removable roll bar, racing windscreen Many SCCA races in 1957 and 1958. (EP), Monterey Historics, Sonoma, Steamboat, Colorado Grand with significant documented history since new.

Porsche 911 Class

2008 Porsche 997.1 GT2.
Christian Lund

The last generation of GT2, before being replaced by the GT2RS. One of about 1,200 made (194 for the U.S. market). The vehicle is completely per original spec. Ceramic brakes (PCCB), two-tone wheels, carbon bucket seats, yellow seatbelts and contrast stitching and no modifications.
The car has XPEL paint protection covering on all painted surfaces. This car is enjoyed on the road regularly, is kept in beautiful condition and has 9,500 miles.

Spirit of the Concours Class

1959 Jaguar Mk 1X.
Guy Lewis

Ultra-rare top of the line 1959 Jaguar luxury saloon. Powered by the venerable 3.8 liter straight six boasting 220BHP and a top speed of 120MPH. This 30,000 mile all original example was located in a parking garage on Miami Beach, having sat dormant for nearly a decade. It was treated to a full restoration and has been recognized as one of the finest examples in the country with AACA National Junior and AACA Post War National awards.

Sports & GT Class

1967 Maserati 4000 Mistral Spyder.
Juan Manuel Fayen

Originally imported to the U.S. as new to Trident Imported Motors of Rosemont, Pennsylvania which confirmed the order as being in Rosso Capannelle with black leather interior. Chassis number 109.SA1.673 with matching engine number. The car remains resplendent in its original color combination and a stunning addition to the Miami Concours field.

Touring Class

1985 Ford RS200.
Pablo Perez

Its lightweight Ghia-style fiberglass drop-shells covered a unique platform designed by former Formula 1 engineers, and a mid-mount turbocharged I-4 engine was built in conjunction with Ford partner Cosworth. Arguably the most interesting performance Ford ever and one of the great Group B Rally cars of the era.

Other Classes

Notable among the other classes were:

  • 60s & ‘70s Ferraris: Matthew Ivanhoe,1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4.
  • People’s Choice: Rafael Pons, 2004 Porsche Carrera GT.
  • Supercars: Leon Ojalvo, Lexus LF-A.

The specialized trophies were once again designed and executed by the noted Italian design house, Pininfarina from their Miami offices. The Pininfarina Award for best Pininfarina designed car was presented to Jorge Ruiz for his beautiful Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale by Pininfarina CEO Silvio Pietro Angori who was in Miami for the event.

Line-Up of Judges

Dr. Moskowitz, now in his fourth year as Miami Concours Chief Judge assembled a stellar line up of expert judges which included:

  • Steve Ahlgrim (Assistant Chief Judge)
  • Glenn Butler
  • Luigi Chinetti
  • Stuart Field
  • David Hobbs
  • Tommy Kendall
  • Mel Mann
  • Larry Printz
  • Jay Quail
  • Ira Shapiro
  • Bob Squier
  • Kip Wasenko
  • Jason Wenig

“The crowds were everywhere. Attendees were lined up outside stores!” Moskowitz enthuses. “There were concentric rings around the Glickenhaus cars. It was elbow to elbow on 39th Street where the super and hyper cars were displayed. Where else could you see that many Paganis in a row?”

Display by Curated Investments

Presenting sponsor and event organizers, Curated Investments had an incredible display of cars from their downtown Miami showroom lined up on the red carpet once again which included:

  • 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS
  • 1988 Ferrari F40 (ex-Nigel Mansell)
  • 1995 Ferrari F50
  • 1994 Jaguar XJ220
  • 1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Series III (Monaco Grand Prix)
  • 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV
  • 1987 Lamborghini LM002 Dakar
  • 2000 Lamborghini Diablo GT
  • 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago SV

Notably among the selection of Curated’s cars is the Ferrari F40 which was originally delivered to 1992 Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell on his signing with Scuderia Ferrari in 1988 shortly before the death of company founder Enzo Ferrari. Next to the F40 has to be the Ferrari F50 which was the first customer delivered example, known as #001. The car is also notable as it was completely restored by Curated Restorations and appears regularly in major events across the U.S.

The Lamborghini Countach LP400 Series III Low Body which was one of three such cars that served as an Intervention Car at Monaco Formula One Grand Prix weekends from 1981 through 1983. The car also has Patrick Mimran & Jean-Claude Mimran (owners of the Lamborghini brand from 1984 through 1987) provenance.

Lamborghini LM002, the “Rambo Lambo” which was a military grade off-road vehicle produced by Lamborghini from 1986 to 1993. This one was converted to compete in the grueling Granada-Dakar “Desert Raid” event designated as number 246. The LM002 Dakar was lightened as much as possible to accommodate the 211 gallon fuel tank with all mechanical aspects being reinforced for the beating that the vehicle would take on the route. Still resplendent in its Dakar livery, the LM002 resides at Curated Restorations while receiving a full mechanical and cosmetic restoration. The LM002 Dakar has also appeared at the 2021 Countach Rally in Monterey, California.

Lamborghini Miura SV. The holy grail for Lamborghini collectors, the Miura SV was the final iteration of the model featuring a transversely mounted V12 engine which sits directly behind the cockpit and futuristic styling which set the standard for all modern supercars.
This example is one of two which left the factory with chrome bumpers also fitted with an SVJ style external fuel filler and unique vents replacing the standard front grilles prior to leaving the Lamborghini factory in August of 1971.
The car was imported to the U.S. in the late 1970s and was restored by former Lamborghini engineer Claudio Zampolli. In 2006, Miura SV #4920 won Best in Class at the Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance and shows only 2,203 miles on the odometer.

Next Year's Encore!

The Miami Concours will return to Design District again February 16-19, 2023.

Text and Images by Barton H. Workman
Exclusive to Curated and the Miami Concours