The first Ferrari ever built, chassis no:
01C, will make its first-ever western United
States appearance in Palm Springs during the
inaugural Desert Classic Concours
d'Elegance, set for March 1.
Ferrari ever built, chassis number 01C, will make its
first-ever western United States appearance in Palm
Springs during the inaugural Desert Classic Concours
d'Elegance, set for March 1, 2008 at the historic
O'Donnell Golf Club.
"This is the
first time in 20 years this pristine automobile has made a
public appearance," said event organizer, Paul Merrigan.
"Ferrari has a unique history in Palm Springs, by recording
its first western U.S. win here in 1951. We're bringing
Ferrari excitement back by displaying this rare race car -
the first built by Ferrari!"
Event organizer, Paul Merrigan, a first-prize winner at the
world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1998 in the
Post-war GT Italian Coachwork class, expects only the
world's finest automobiles to attend this event. The
featured marquee is Maserati, with participants from
Ferrari, Austin-Healey and Alfa Romeo clubs, the Classic Car
Club of America, as well as Maserati and Packard clubs.
Another entry of significance is a custom-designed Howard
"Dutch" Darrin Packard. One of just a limited few built,
this automobile is considered to be a perfect match for the
event, because of its association with Darrin, who crafted
many of his cars for the same celebrities that brought
worldwide notoriety to Palm Springs in the early 1940s. "Our
event will focus attention to the unique history Palm
Springs has in relation to these historically significant
cars, as well as the celebrities and drivers that made them
famous," Merrigan stated.
Promising to be a spectacle unlike anything seen before in
Palm Springs, the event kicks-off on Friday, February 29,
with the Tour Classique. At 11 a.m., the Tour Classique will
begin at the O'Donnell Golf Course, with a 30-mile tour of
the first thirty qualifying automobiles in the inaugural
event. Spectators are invited to catch a glimpse of these
rarely seen automobiles as they parade the streets of Palm
Springs before returning for a private, preview gathering at
the O'Donnell Golf Course.
On Saturday, March 1 the gates to the O'Donnell Golf Course
open to the public from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. This is a rare
opportunity for car aficionados to see some of the world?s
rarest, elegant and most beautiful automobiles.