Any endeavour that is the fruit of human ingenuity deserves to be preserved. The automobile, for the use we make of it, is destined to be subjected to wear and tear that may also be accompanied by aesthetic and technical alterations throughout its life that alter its original state.
When the cars we are talking about are valuable for reasons of rarity, looks or performance, this risk increases. In the United States, Ferrari has always been an aspirational marque. However, sometimes the value of a correct and meticulous preservation is overlooked. To save the small Italian brand from the loss of its precious heritage, John Barnes created a scrupulous magazine, called Cavallino, which provides highly accurate data on the various Ferrari models, as well as organizing the highly educational annual Cavallino Classic event in Florida. In fact, since the first appointment in 1992, the rules that judges are asked to follow when awarding prizes have followed a criterion of absolute rigour that has become the standard for large international competitions. Today, Ferrari is extremely grateful to John Barnes for what he did and Enzo Ferrari himself sensed the opportunity when the project was first submitted to him. More on the interesting and enlightening story in The Key 2020. But there’s more, just yesterday it was announced that the Cavallino magazine and the Cavallino Classic Concours d’Elegance are returning to Italian hands. Luigi Orlandini of Canossa Events, who organises a number of events for Ferrari, has acquired control of this precious heritage of culture and experience.