PALM BEACH, FLA – The 31st edition of the Cavallino Classic, the annual Ferrari festival, returned to its customary January dates in 2022, from the 20th to the 23rd, following postponement of the event in 2021 to the month of April – a first in the history of the Classic.
Italian-based Canossa Events, with Cavallino magazine, presented four exhilarating days honouring the automotive world’s grandest and most-renowned marque. Along with a track competition day (Thursday), a touring day (Friday) and a weekend culmination with a social gathering at Mar-A-Lago (Sunday), the highlight of the Classic is the Concorso d’Eleganza held on the Saturday on the sprawling lawn of the historic The Breakers Hotel.
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With a difficult 2021 behind us, for obvious reasons, enthusiasts were more than excited and eager to gather in south Florida for a proper celebration once again! And the team at Canossa rose to the occasion, gathering a collection of some of the finest thoroughbreds to come from the Italian stable, highlighting some milestones along the way!
The 31st Cavallino Classic held special meaning on several fronts:
It was the first edition under the new ownership of Canossa Events, having acquired the Classic and the publisher of Cavallino magazine, in circulation since 1978.
For the marque, 2022 presented a couple of special anniversaries – 75 years since the company’s founding by Enzo Ferrari in 1947, and the 60th anniversary of the creation of the most iconic and revered Ferrari model, the 250 GTO!
With this incredible history in mind, Canossa pulled out all the stops in creating a memorable and veritable “walk through memory lane” as it showcased an unbelievable collection of 75 Ferraris, each representing a year in the marque’s existence! From a 1947 specimen to the latest 2022 production models provided by Ferrari Automobili, it was a veritable feast for the eyes!
Throughout the weekend, Canossa brought their usual Italian flavour and flair to the table, both figuratively and literally! As such, to showcase Italy’s talents not only on the road, but on the culinary front as well, they presented a chef of particular distinction: Chef William – grandson of Cesira Fosatti, Enzo Ferrari’s personal cook in the 50s. He presented a special menu of local Modenese delicacies to add to the Ferrari experience!
With a more-than-successful premiere behind them, the team at Canossa Events are already looking ahead to the 32nd edition in 2023. And with what they offered this time around, there is no doubt that next year will further titillate the senses!
Cavallino 31 by the numbers:
- Over 2000 attendees over four days of events.
- 147 cars on display at the Concorso d’Eleganza, including the 75th anniversary line-up.
- An estimated almost 300 cars displayed over the four days amounted to an app. value of 740$ million.
- Funds raised for local, national and international charities amounted to 103 450$ plus a further 20 000$ raised at auction.
Words and photos by Paolo Pedicelli