The Ferrari Club of America’s Southwest Region (FCA SW) will host the Concorso Ferrari 2011 in Pasadena, California on May 22nd. Approximately 140 of the finest classic and contemporary Ferraris will line Colorado Boulevard during the event, headlined by the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta by Zagato, s/n 0515 GT.
“This will be our third year hosting the Concorso Ferrari at this wonderful site,” explained Marv Landon, event organizer of the Concorso Ferrari and board member of FCA SW. “The event is the ultimate convergence of classic and contemporary cars from Cavallino. We look forward to a day of exquisite European cars set in this charming locale.”
Those in attendance will have the opportunity to catch a rare glimpse of a sensational Zagato-built Ferrari. Originally a request of Vladimior Galluzzi of Milan, s/n 0515 GT was built in a little over two months in 1956. Constructed on a V12-powered 250 GT long wheel base Berlinetta Ferrari, the car was turned into a piece of rolling sculpture with its spectacular double-bubble roof, a well-known trademark of Zagato. Through the years, the car traded hands with some of Europe and North America’s leading collectors, including Los Angeles Ferrari collector Ed Niles, who bought and sold the car five times between the mid-‘60s and mid-‘80s.
The Zagato took home multiple awards with its first owner at prestigious events, including the Cortina d’Ampezzo and Campione d’Italia. Through the years, the Ferrari also placed first in many races, such as the 1957 Garessio-San Bernardo Hillclimb and the 1958 Molino-Cocconato Hillclimb. In 1996, the Ferrari was the feature car for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance poster and program honoring Zagato. The car now resides in the Southern California collection of David Sydorick.
Sydorick entered the Ferrari in the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic XII at the Breakers in 2003. There, it won a Platinum Award in Class 12 for Limited/Speciale cars and also won the impressive Coppa per Dodici Cilindri for the Most Outstanding 12-cylinder Ferrari. That same year, Sydorick returned the Ferrari to Italy and entered the vehicle into the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, where it won the notable Corrado Millanta Press Award. Sydorick then drove the Ferrari to a successful finish in the historic Mille Miglia. At the Cavallino Classic XX in January 2011, the car won the Best in Class Ferrari Competition honors.
“This Ferrari is a timeless example of Zagato’s beautiful work,” noted Landon. “We’re honored to have this special car from David’s wonderful collection of Zagato vehicles. This Ferrari will take your breath away the minute you lay eyes on it.”
The Concorso Ferrari was started by the FCA SW in 2008. The event allows Ferrari members to compete in special categories and show off some of the finest prancing horses on the West Coast. This year, the event will again support the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. With nearly 10,000 enthusiasts in attendance last year, the event is open to the public.
Ferraris from 1999 and earlier are eligible for judging. Vehicles will be judged based on FCA National guidelines IAC/PFA (International Advisory Council for the Preservation of Ferrari Automobiles). Awards will be presented in 10 classes based on the engine, model or year. A panel of 30 Ferrari experts will judge the best in each class. Awards are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. PST.
“We invite all Ferrari owners to participate in this exciting day,” added Landon. “Our event is a ‘show within a show.’ We will have exhibitor and sponsors on-site, as well as some of the most beautiful prancing horses from across the country.”
Spaces are limited for this traditional event. Those interested in registering their Ferrari should contact Wally Clark at [email protected] Entry forms can be found online at www.fca-sw.org.