A line-up of dream cars and beautiful models framed the seventh edition of Poltu Quatu Classic, the most glamorous Concours d’Elegance of the summer taking place in the picturesque setting of Costa Smeralda and Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu.
The jury, composed of sixteen influential representatives from the international classic car scene, awarded as Best of Show the Eminence-livered 1983 Lancia Rally 037 owned by Érik and Raffaella Comas. The “007th Edition” of Poltu Quatu Classic honored the long and intense relationship between Sardinia and the world of rally awarding with the prestigious Best of Show prize the Eminence-livered 1983 Lancia Rally 037 which, almost 40 years ago, raced on the Sardinian roads during the Rally of Costa Smeralda and, in the same year, finished 3rd overall the Tour de France Automobile. A tribute that worths even more, as the responsible for bringing this stunning 037 back to Costa Smeralda — this time as a winner — is none other than Érik Comas, former Formula 1 driver and European classic rally car champion.
“Beauty evolves — and will save the world, as Dostoevsky once said — and all the cars from 1980s, 90s and 00s were, are and will always be beautiful. Let’s say that Poltu Quatu Classic is a truly special event, moved by a unique soul, and so also the beauty and the elegance we award here are something special”, stated President of the jury Paolo Tumminelli during the prize giving ceremony where Érik and Raffaella Comas’ Lancia Rally 037 starred.
The Lancia Rally 037, chassis #133, which triumphed at Poltu Quatu Classic, attended four races in the 1983 season, culminating with a 3rd place achieved by Bernard Darniche and Alain Mahé at the Tour de France Automobile as well as two 3rd places in 1985, and finished 1st overall at the Critérium International Jurassien one year later. The jury of sixteen members coming from seven different countries — Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, United States, Japan — and leading members of the international classic car scene, also assigned class awards and special prizes to the winning cars amongst the 52 entrants in Concours. La ‘Dolce Vita’ class has been won by an authentic icon of the Italian post-World War II economic boom: the 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24 Convertibile, presented by Fabio Di Pasquale. The car has been the former star of the 1962 cult movie “Il Sorpasso” directed by Dino Risi featuring Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Spaak and Jean-Louis Trintignant. The B24 Convertibile also received the ‘Most glamorous car’ award by Larusmiani, the the oldest tailor shop-ready to wear boutique on Milan’s Via Monte Napoleone, which celebrates its centenary this year and dressed Simone Bertolero — the godfather of Poltu Quatu Classic — with a fantastic suit during the Concours ceremony.
In this class, two other cars caught the jury’s attention: the 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce by Giulio Massara, which won the FIVA award presented by FIVA president Tiddo Bresters, and the 1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1 by Ron van Gerwen which, for its very rare emerald green paint job, received the “Made in Italy” volume by photographer Piotr Degler. The ‘Peace and Love’ class was literally dominated by the small 1967 Innocenti Coupe presented at Poltu Quatu Classic by German collector Christopher Michaelsen. In the same class, the Gianluca Maggiore’s 1963 Volkswagen Maggiolino won the premio ASI while the Fiat 500 Art Car — hand-painted by South African artist Esther Mahalangu for the 2007 exhibition “Why Africa” — presented by its owner, Daniele Ferrua, received the GoodWool award for ‘the paint job that deserves the best protection’. ‘Sex on the Beach’, the bizarre class for spiaggine cars, has been won by the Bruseghini 750 Joker, brought to Costa Smeralda by the Turin-based restoration workshop Sherwood Garage: a typical holiday car produced in less than twenty units in the late 1970s and based on the glorious Fiat 600. In the ‘Ferrarissima 75’ class, celebrating Ferrari’s 75th anniversary, a 1958 250 GT Tour de France — presented by American collector Adrian Labi — emerged as Best in Class, closely followed by the Dutch Metropole Museum’s 1952 Ferrari 212 Vignale which received the Museo Nazionale dell’Auto prize by MAUTO director Mariella Mengozzi. Still in this class, a special recognition went to the 1989 Ferrari F40 of Raul Marchisio, who also received Piotr Degler’s “Made in Italy” coffe-table book.
The RUF CTR Anniversary prototype, brought to Poltu Quatu Classic by Alois Ruf himself, has been voted Best in Class in the ‘Supercar’ category. In the ‘Rally Queen’ class, where the Best of Show car was hiding, the jury declared Alessandro Pasquale’s 1994 ex-works Toyota Celica for the win. The Pirelli prize — the famous wind tunnel/tire-shaped trophy that usually awards the Formula 1 drivers for their pole position — went to Giorgio Schön and his 1975 Ferrari 308 GT4 he competed the 2019 Beijing-Paris with. Last but not least, in the ‘Something Special’ class, reserved to restomod cars, the 1982 Porsche 911 of Oscar Bellina got the better of competitors. As tradition dictates, also Poltu Quatu Classic “007th Edition” drove participants to Costa Smeralda’s most enchanting locations: from the cozy piazza of San Pantaleo for the opening aperitivo to the worldwide-known Phi Beach Club, from a lunch at Li Neil Country Club and a drink at Larusmiani’s Porto Cervo boutique to the turquoise Capriccioli beach where James Bond’s Lotus Esprit emerged from the waters in the 1977 movie “The Spy Who Loved Me”. In addition to the official Concours’ trophies, made by Turin-based artist Maurizio Maletti, the Best of Show winner was gifted with a Locman Montecristo timepiece and a Dolce & Gabbana limited edition jeroboam bottle by Donnafugata winery. Each class winner also got a Locman Ducati watch.
All participants received the event polo shirt made of 100% Tuscan linen and signed by Giovanni Pasquini’s Italian Gesture — the same sportswear brand used, amongst others, by Alfa Romeo Heritage, Brembo Racing F1 and Aprilia Racing in MotoGP — and a precious leather keychain exclusively handmade for Poltu Quatu Classic by K&Y FOB. A well-deserved note goes to the original outfits worn by all models at Poltu Quatu Classic: they were all created by fashion designer Costante Neri aka Croky, who brought to Costa Smeralda his new capsule collection called #MakeLaVitaDolceAgain. While crossing the Sardinian hot and twisty roads, during this “007th Edition” of Poltu Quatu Classic Concours d’Elegance, all cars were escorted by 1 of 2 ever made Lamborghini Huracán belonging to Polizia di Stato, testifying the level of importance gained in few years by this small, big, unrivaled and unique event.
Summary ● BEST OF SHOW: Lancia Rally 037 Eminence (1983) Best in class ● PEACE & LOVE: Innocenti Coupé (1967); ● SEX ON THE BEACH: Bruseghini 750 Joker (1978); ● FERRARISSIMA 75: Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France (1958); ● SUPERCAR: RUF CTR Anniversary (2019); ● RALLY QUEEN: Toyota Celica (1994); ● SOMETHING SPECIAL: Porsche 911 restomod (1982); ● LA DOLCE VITA: Lancia Aurelia B24 “Il Sorpasso” (1956). Special awards ● Spirit of FIVA: Alfa Romeo 1750 spider veloce (1968); ● Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile di Torino award: Ferrari 212 Vignale (1952); ● ASI award: Volkswagen Maggiolino 113 (1963); ● Larusmiani award for the most glamorous car: Lancia Aurelia B24 “Il Sorpasso” (1956); ● Pirelli Trophy: Ferrari 308 GT4 Peking-Paris (1975); ● GoodWool award: Fiat 500 Art Car by Esther Mahlangu (2008).