Ferrari/Maserati Historics race at Cavallino Classic
The 2002 North American Shell Ferrari/Maserati Historic Challenge opened this weekend at the Cavallino Classic, a major Ferrari meeting in Palm Beach, Florida. The Shell Historics raced at the Moroso Motorsports Park, a 2.25 road circuit.
The Drum Brake grid saw several entries new to the series, including the rare Maserati 4C-1100 of Martin Sucari, and the Alfa Romeo P3s of Jon Shirley and Greg Whitten, all in the pre-war Class 1. Lawrence Stroll had little opposition, though, winning overall and in Class 3 with his 250 Testa Rossa; his margin of victory over Ed Davies' 375 MM Pinin Farina Spyder was almost ten seconds. Peter Giddings won Class 1 in his Alfa Romeo 8C2300 Monza over Shirley's Alfa, and Jim Fuchs (166 MM/53) was runner-up to Davies in Class 2. Leslie Davies and Syd Silverman in a pair of 250 GT TdFs finished behind Stroll in Class 3.
Ed Davies' revenge came in the Disc Brake race. He was untouchable in his 512 M, winning by over 30 seconds on his home track over Charlie Arnott in a newly acquired 512 S Spyder; the pair finished one-two in Class Six.
A record-high eight 512 BB/LMs competed in Class 6A, with former Champion and Masters Award winner Todd Morici taking the class win (and third overall). Lawrence Stroll and Rich Liebhaber filled out the class podium. Other class winners were Nick Incantalupo in a 206 SP, Bill Noon in an ex-NART Competition Daytona over Richard Rothenberger in an identical car, and Peter Sachs in his 250 GTO over Allie Ash's 250 SWB/Comp 61.
A special highlight of the event was a "250 GTO Race," celebrating the 40th anniversary of the car. Leslie Davies took a hard-fought win, giving the Davies family two of the three "Trofeo di Florida" awards presented to the overall winners. Lawrence Stroll, Peter Sachs, Jon Shirley and Greg Whitten finished out the GTO field.
The next event in the Shell Ferrari/Maserati Historic Challenge will be at Virginia International Raceway, on April 26-28.