500 Ferraris Raise €280,000 for Cancer Research during “Sport et Collection”


© 2016, Thomas Quintin

© 2016, Thomas Quintin

© 2016, Thomas Quintin

© 2016, Thomas Quintin

© 2016, Thomas Quintin

© 2016, Thomas Quintin

© 2016, Thomas Quintin

© 2016, Thomas Quintin

 

Early June 2016, about 500 Ferraris once again headed to the Val de Vienne circuit for the 22nd edition of “Sport et Collection”. The organizers were a nervous about the impact of two significant issues in the weeks leading up to the event. For one there was a strike in gasoline storage depots causing shortages at gas stations. Then weeks of persistent heavy rain resulting in floods throughout norther France. In particular, the highway from Paris to Val de Vienne was closed off, requiring 100 km detours of anyone want to attend.

However, it turns out that all this did little to deter most participants. On Saturday the paddock was completely full, with Ferrari parked everywhere possible.


© 2016, Thomas Quintin

Among the most remarkable cars present were the 166MM 014M loaned by “Le Mans Museum, the 212 Moto Spyder 0094E of Mr. Midy, and the 365 GTB/4 Michelotti 15965. A nice Michelotto line-up of 308 GTB 21071, 348 GTC/LM 97553, F430 GT2, and 458 GT3 were also on display in the paddock.

On the track side the 512M 1050 of M. Caveng and two 333 SP (022 and 034) were running the entire week-end. Other cars of interest were a Maserati A6 GCS, a F1 Alfa Romeo 179, two Alpine A441 and A442, a Porsche 910 and the Porsche 917 K/81.

As for the road cars, the usual, good cross-section of most of Maranello creations were represented in the paddock, ranging from a 250 GT SWB to the latest F12 TDF and 488 Spider. With exception of a 288 GTO, all the Supercars could be found.

This year, the exceptionally “Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic”, organized by the Ferrari owners’ club of Great Britain, was incorporated into the spectacle. Three races were being held during the weekend and were respectively won by Lee Moulden on a 355 Challenge, Gary Culver on a 328 GTB and Vance Kearney on another 355 Challenge.

As always, the proceeds will benefit cancer research at the Poitier hospital. Hopefully, many will return for the next year’s edition on 1-4 June 2017.

Report and Photos: Thomas Quintin