Cavallino Classic Middle East—2022
Images: Canossa Events, Prince John Orpia, Muhammad Amaan Ali Khan & Mohammed Luqman Ali Khan
The doors of Casa Ferrari opened once again for the Cavallino Classic Middle East, after a successful inaugural edition in 2021. This year the concours d’elegance celebrated the 75th anniversary of Ferrari with an extraordinary lineup of cars ranging from the post-war era up until the latest supercars.
The event took place from 18th–20th November 2022 in the UAE. The Concours was held at the picturesque Yas Links Golf Course, and was organized by the renowned Canossa Events which started out in 2011. They also joined forces with Motorsport Network back in 2019, improving their range of services and also growing globally.
The event was also backed by Al Tayer Motors which was established in 1982 and now represents major American and European Automobile manufacturers; namely Ferrari, Ford, Maserati, Jaguar, Lincoln and Land Rover. Ferrari Middle East played a pivotal role in the success of this event.
“This was an incredibly successful second edition. We ended our celebration of Ferrari’s 75th anniversary with a great lineup of cars from all decades, starting from the factory reconstruction of the 125 S. Huge thanks to Ferrari Middle East, to Al Tayer Motors, and to all the collectors and Ferrari dealers in the Gulf region for their fantastic support,” said Luigi Orlandini, President & CEO of Canossa Events and Cavallino.
He added, “With this edition of Cavallino Classic, we have seen something very new: the 1951 340 America #004/0116 has now won the Best of Show, both here in Abu Dhabi and at the Cavallino Classic in Modena. It’s the first Ferrari ever to take the top Cavallino Classic award in two continents and it gives us the green light to launch a new, prestigious award. That will be announced soon, so stay tuned.”
Having lived 12 years in the UAE, Ferraris have become a common sight for me. Although the assembly of Ferraris at the event left me amazed, the one that impressed me the most was the 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta. Project name F-150, launched to mark the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, it was flawlessly engineered with a V12 engine that can produce a top speed of 350 kmph, accelerating from 0 to 200 in 7.1 seconds. Ferrari’s main objective with this car was to provide the consumer with an experience of open top driving as well as blistering performance.
The lineup featured 28 cars divided into 6 classes, with a further 13 Ferraris displayed outside the competition. Legendary Ferrari models such as the F-40 and the F-50 graced the lawns. The Ferrari F-40 was produced from 1987 to 1992. Designed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ferrari, it was followed by the F-50 that was manufactured from 1995 to 1997.
It featured a 7 Litre naturally aspirated 60-valve V12 engine that was developed from the 3.5 Litre V12 used in the 1990 Ferrari 641 Formula 1 car. The F-50 is the kind of Ferrari that most people will never see in real life, let alone get the chance to drive it. It is the one of the rarest Italian sports cars ever made, with some 349 examples produced; it is even rarer than the Enzo (400 produced). It was made to celebrate the Ferrari’s 50th anniversary and was the closest thing to a road-going Formula 1 car that the company had ever built.
However, the Best of Show award was secured by the alluring 1951 Ferrari 350 LeMans special, which is owned by Kevin Cogan who has won the coveted award for two consecutive years now. This Ferrari was fitted with a 4.1 litre V12 engine which produces almost 220 horsepower. This was enough to give the car a top speed of nearly 150 mph.
The event took place next to the Yas Marina Circuit where Max Verstappen claimed a consecutive dominant victory at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, to sign off his glittering 2022 title-winning season in style.
The other prizes awarded were as follows:
'The Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup', awarded by the Judges to the most iconic road Ferrari, went to the1962 Ferrari 250 GT/L (#5477 GT) owned by Giacomo Mattioli (ITA)
'The Competition Ferrari Cup' awarded by the Judges to the most iconic competition Ferrari, was won by the 1951 Ferrari 340 America (#004/0116) from the Cogan Collection (USA)
The Ferrari Elegance Award: 2007 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, #168911, owned by Rajai Kayal (HK)
The 'CoppaDodiciCilindri,' for the best 12-cylinder engine Ferrari: 2011 Ferrari SA Aperta, #179812, owned by Rajai Kayal (HK)
The 'Coppa Otto Cilindri,' for the best 8-cylinder engine Ferrari: 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia, #164246, owned by a private collector (KSA)
Ferrari Judges’ Award: 2004 575 M Maranello, #134935, owned by Zaher Samman (UAE)
Ferrari Restoration Award: 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, #55233, owned by a private collector (UAE)
RM-Sotheby’s Spirit Award: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe, #1533, owned by a private collector (OMN)
The Chairman Cup: 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe, #1169 GT, owned by Jan Sandmann (D)
Platinum Award winners
1951 Ferrari 340 America Barchetta Touring, #004/0116
1962 Ferrari 250 GT/L, #5477 GT
1983 Ferrari 512 BBi, #44543
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, #55233
1996 Ferrari F512 M, #103325
2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina, #124325
2004 Ferrari 575 M Maranello, #134935
2004 Ferrari Challenge Stradale, #139048
2007 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, #168911
2008 Ferrari 599 GTB, #165083
2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia, #164246
2011 Ferrari 599 GTO, #182093
2011 Ferrari SA Aperta, #179812
Ferraristi Award, Platinum: 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, #55233, owned by a private collector(UAE)
Ferraristi Award, Gold: 1951 Ferrari 340 America, #004/0116, from the Cogan Collection (USA)
Ferraristi Award, Silver: 2004575 M Maranello, #134935, owned by Zaher Samman (UAE)
I was very thrilled to have attended the event with my family. The Italian hospitality was sumptuous and for an automobile enthusiast such as myself, before this event I could only dream of seeing such exquisite cars up-close—an experience worth remembering for a lifetime.
For more information, visit www.cavallino.com
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