Saturday, February 25, 2017

Frankly Frankl - Miami Beach - New Audio Book - Frankly Frankl-life, luck, love and automobiles

Spent some time recently in Miami, to that it is a buzz would be an understatement. Certainly the party I’ve attended was a noisy affair

It was full of people who could have been my grandchildren! Still, it was interesting especially when I found the chef between some brake pads and some new racing wheels.

From what I understand the company called Curated have found some investors in there hope of buying some exotic cars and selling them at a huge profit n a booming market.

I wish them all the luck, as we all know markets have a habit of going up as well as down.

The yellow 360 Spider belonged to Juan Pablo Montoya. 5100 miles n the clock, 6 speed manual, going for 159 big ones. Must say it looked to be in mint condition.

There was also a 1991 Testarossa with 11 thousand miles n the clock with an asking price of 148 thousand dollars.

Must say the Ferrari sign was very cool, very Miami, I am to sure my wife would fully approve.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Frankly Frankl - Cavallino Classic - West Palm Beach - New Audio Book - Frankly Frankl-life, luck, love and automobiles

Andrew again has kindly asked me to do a guest blog on the wonderful Cavallino Classic Ferrari event at the Breakers Hotel in beautiful Palm Beach, Florida.

If you want nice weather, spectacular homes and a great car event, then the annual Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach Florida is a must. This year it was held January 25 through the 29 at the Breakers Resort Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. This year celebrated its 26th anniversary and the five-day even for Ferrari owners and enthusiasts saw participants and their 400 exotic and classic cars come from all over the United States and Europe.

The primary goal at the Cavallino Classic has always been to showcase Ferraris, displaying them in a unique and beautiful setting. The Breakers Hotel is the perfect setting like Pebble Beach. But even more important is to bring together as many Ferraris, and Friends of Ferrari as possible, to enjoy the cars and the comradery.
A two-day track meet at the Palm Beach International Raceway was the first event of this classic extravaganza with a select field of competition Ferraris, Maseratis, Alfa Romeos and Bugattis tracking the 11-turn, 2.043 mile race track. 

On Thursday, there was the traditional Jet Center event with over 150 Ferraris, some spectacular Jets, plus boats and women’s furs were on sale from Saks 5th Ave. 80-degree weather is a great time to buy furs.

Friday was another track day and then there was a Beach party at the Breakers and the guest of honor was Brian Redman.  Looking out at the Atlantic Ocean enjoying great food and talking about Ferraris is the perfect evening.

The high point of the Cavallino Classic was the Concorso d’Eleganza on the front lawn of the Breakers Resort Hotel, on Saturday. Featuring Dinos this year, the field of 150 Ferrari automobiles were judged for originality and elegance, all vying for Class Awards and the important Major Cups, along with the Cavallino Cup for Best in Show.

Saturday night was the awards dinner with Lobster and many fine foods and drink to enjoy. The Best of Show Competition at the Cavallino Classic 2017 was awarded to a 1994 Ferrari 348 Challenge owned by Chip Williams, while the Best of Show Gran Turismo Ferrari award was given to the 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Cabriolet Vignale owned by Peter Kalikow. It should be noted that most of the competition cars, i.e. 250 GTO, 412 MI, etc., were non-judged, exhibition-only entrants. Additionally, none of the other judged competition cars achieved the necessary ‘platinum’ status for Best of Show consideration. However, many Platinum awards were handed out among the many classes of Ferraris from 246 Dinos to Ferrari 512s.
The finale for the 2017 Cavallino Classic was ‘Classic Sports Sunday’ at Mar-a-Lago, the Marjorie Merriweather Post mansion in Palm Beach. The weather was not kind to this event as it rained. I was unable to attend as I was headed back to California. Overall it was a fun filled event and one everyone would really enjoy, I can’t wait until next year.

Randy Steyer - Guest Editor