Rare Ferraris Compete at Important Pebble Beach Concours
After the four classes of Ferrari at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which highlighted Ferraris 70th anniversary, the two classes of Ferrari this year may seem small, but as in every year, the ten cars in each of the two classes were absolutely choice. Getting into Pebble Beach is an honor in itself because the cars have to be unique, rare and correct. And the owners here go for the gold - each car is at least 99 points and the judges have to go from there and determine first, second and third in each class, by mere fractions of points.
First in the Ferrari Competition class this year was Tom Peck’s beautifully restored by Bob Smith Coachworks 500 Mondial Scaglietti Spyder, a beautiful car especially when presented here in its correct original colors of black and red. This car’s presentation proved to be the most correct of all. In Second Place was the Chris Cox 250 TR restored by Ferrari Classiche. This car was a worthy opponent with a great history and it looked resplendent in its signature Ferrari Corsa red. It also won the Enzo Ferrari Award for the Best Ferrari on the Field. Third Place was the old war horse Bryan Ross (the car not Brian) 250 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta, still with its racing number from its competition days.
In the Ferrari Grand Touring Class, First was won by Bill and Cheryl Swanson’s lovely 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series 1, restored by Paul Russell and Company. This is an extremely difficult class because none of these cars had to go through the rigors of competition life. Even so they usually suffered the ravages of old age and neglect and it’s always great to see them come back fully restored to correct and original configuration. Second in class and Third in class were both cousins to the Pinin Farina Cabriolet - the short wheelbase California from Oscar Davis and the long wheel base California from David MacNeil.
The full list of the Pebble Beach Ferrari entrants, with chassis numbers, will be in the October 1 issue of Cavallino, #227. We will also have lists of the Ferrari entrants at Concours on the Avenue, The Quail, Concorso Italiano, Casa Ferrari, and Laguna Seca, all with chassis numbers. Subscribe today!
The 500 Mondial of Tom Peck will be the subject of a full feature article with salon photos in the next Cavallino, #227. In the issue after that will be a feature article on the Chris Cox 250 TR. Subscribe today!