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The Ferrari Cavallino Classic Middle East (Abu Dhabi) Opens for a 3-Day Event November 24-26, 2023

November 24, 2023 @ 10:00 am - November 26, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Ferrari Cavallino Classic Middle East (Abu Dhabi)

The Ferrari Cavallino Classic Middle East (Abu Dhabi) will open November 24-26, 2023, and once again celebrate the legacy and rich heritage of Ferrari automobiles.

Drawing in hundreds of car aficionados and car collectors, Cavallino Classic Abu Dhabi is a tribute to the enduring legacy of Enzo Ferrari. The event is strategically timed to coincide with the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix occurring within the same week.

The last day of the Classic will feature ey popping collector car-themed activities at the picturesque Yas Links Golf Course in conjunction with the Formula 1 Grand Prix. All Cavallino Classic events will take place from November 24 to 26 at a VIP space called “Casa Ferrari” from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event promises to blend Ferrari’s history, culture, heritage, and Grand Prix racing motorsport festivities.

The 2023 Cavallino Classic Middle East Ferraris at the car show

The 2023 Cavallino Classic Middle East will feature over fifty of the most iconic Ferraris in Abu Dhabi on the rolling, picturesque greens of the Yas Links Golf Course for three days.

This year, Concorso d’Eleganza is one of the world’s greatest celebrations and carries the tradition of Italian culture combined with the elegance and glamour of the United Arab Emirates.

The mission of the Cavallino Classic Abu Dhabi is to celebrate the history of the Ferrari brand and award the most beautiful vintage Ferraris in the Middle East. The event is a concentrated three-day celebration of design, history, culture, and passion for Ferrari in one of the most beautiful locations in the Middle East.

Last year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Abu Dhabi saw 28 high-end Ferraris on display, divided into six classes. A further 13 hyper-rare Ferraris were showcased but did not participate in the competition. Two Concorso awards were presented, one for the best Ferrari Gran Turismo car and the other for the best in the Competition category.

Cavallino Classic Middle East Opening on the Yas Links in Abu Dhabi

Opening on the Arabian Gulf, Yas Links in the heart of Abu Dhabi is the first true links golf course in the Middle East and the new home to the Ferrari Cavallino Classic Middle East as well as the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship – a Rolex Series event on the DP World Tour.


From the 2022 Concorso competition, “The Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup” went to the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT/L owned by Giacomo Mattioli of Italy. The 1962 Ferrari was originally produced for the German market and carries serial number 5477. Moreover, this rare thoroughbred is one of only 351 produced in total.

The second car to win an award for “The Competition Ferrari Cup” went to a 1951 Ferrari 340 America. The car is owned by former Formula 1 race car driver Kevin Cogan from the United States of America. The car is stamped with the number 004/0116 and sports a Barchetta body built by Carrozzeria Touring.

Additional awards were presented to the following:

  • A 2007 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti owned by Rajai Kayal of Hong Kong won “The Ferrari Elegance Award.”
  • A 2011 Ferrari SA Aperta owned by Rajai Kayal from Hong Kong won the “Coppa Dodici Cilindri” Award.
  • A 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia owned by a private collector won the “Coppa Otto Cilindri” Award.
  • Lastly, a 2004 575 M Maranello owned by Zaher Samman won the Ferrari Judges’ Award.
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Among the awards, the star of the show was a 1947 Ferrari 125 S. The 125 is best known as the first Ferrari ever built by Enzo Ferrari back in 1947 in Modena, Italy.

Enzo Ferrari and the iconic Ferrari marque started with an innovative 1947 Ferrari 125 C/125 S race car built with a V-12 engine that displaced just 1.5 liters.

Only two 125S cars were ever produced and only one is known to exist. It was equipped with a 1.5-liter engine and was designed by both Enzo Ferrari and Gioacchino Colombo. The 125 S was quickly followed up by the Ferrari 159 S (1947). Top estimates that if a 125 S comes on the market, it would sell for well over ten million dollars.

After a maiden race failure, on May 20 1947, race car driver Franco Cortese drove the Ferrari 125 S to victory in the Rome Grand Prix with a top speed of 135mph. Enzo Ferrari later dubbed the maiden race “a promising failure”

Join Cavallino Classic in the United Arab Emirates on the Yas Links, where Cavallino shares the Arabesque Architecture of this beautiful venue with “Casa Ferrari”.

Hosted by Canossa Events at Casa Ferrari, the Cavallino Classic Middle East marked the conclusion of the 2022 Cavallino Classic series. Situated a short distance from the circuit, this event followed earlier iterations in January (Cavallino Concours Palm Beach, Florida), May (Cavallino Concours Modena, Italy), and a special edition on Fisher Island, Florida.

Join the Cavallino Classic in the United Arab Emirates on November 24-26, 2023, as it gathers and awards the most beautiful vintage Ferraris in the Middle East. At this event, you will experience an amazing three-day journey through Italian beauty, history, culture, and passion from the legacy that Enzo Ferrari left for us all to enjoy.

Abu Dhabi Skyline

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf.


Abu Dhabi, a place where modernity meets tradition, offers a perfect stage for the Ferrari Cavallino Classic Middle East event. As the capital of the United Arab Emirates, it embodies a rich blend of cultural heritage and contemporary sophistication, rendering it a hub of luxury and elegance. The city’s architectural marvels, like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, juxtapose the timeless desert landscapes, offering a blend of historical richness and modern-day opulence. (Source:

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ABOUT Cavallino / Canossa

Cavallino Rampante is the prancing horse. The symbol was adopted by Enzo Ferrari for his racing team after being encouraged to do so by the mother of Count Francesco Baracca, Italy’s top fighter ace in WWI. The coat of arms of Baracca family included a black prancing stallion, which Francesco wore as his emblem on the two sides of his aircraft.

Cavallino, Inc. was founded in 1978 and quickly became the publisher of the most important, reputable and interesting magazine about Ferrari history.

In 1992 Cavallino started The Classic, the Concorso d’Eleganza entirely dedicated to the prancing horse.

We can certainly say: “that over five decades Cavallino has grown and protected Enzo Ferrari’s legacy by preserving its authenticity and originality.”

In 2020, Canossa, the Italian company leader in automotive events, acquired Cavallino with the aim of bringing it into the future while preserving its fundamental assets and its tradition of excellence. John Barnes is still part of the team and has been appointed President Emeritus of Cavallino.

Contact Cavallino, Inc.
PO Box 1000 Palm Beach, FL 33480 USA

Info US:
Phone: +1 (561) 994-1345
E-mail: [email protected]
Info Europe and Middle East:
Phone: +39 0522 421096
E-mail: [email protected]

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