Sardinia, Italy – From 5 to 7 July, the Costa Smeralda – Sardinia’s pearl of landscape and tourism – hosted the fourth edition of “Poltu Quatu Classic”, an elegance competition for historic cars organized by Auto Classic and Between with the patronage of FIVA, ASI and the Sardinia Region. A new format, conceived and developed by Simone Bertolero, which for next year already includes some interesting news. “Poltu Quatu Classic”, in fact, is just one of the three competitions set up in 2019 – to which a fourth could be added in December, in a truly unusual and certainly more… cold setting: soon we will discover if the initiative will be able to materialize – and in 2020 a sort of “circuit of elegance in stages” could be born, with a grand finale among the best of show cars and class winners in the individual competitions. These, to date, are “Alassio Classic”, “Parco Valentino Classic” and the last held on the island of the Four Moors.
The formula used so far in each event provides for the participation of a maximum of 30 cars divided into 6 categories, using as a base a hotel or a prestigious location (the Grand Hotel of Alassio, the Castello del Valentino in Turin and the Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu) and then combine short excursions to discover the excellence of the territory. In Sardinia, for example, the participants had a wonderful experience with visits to historic villages (San Pantaleo and Porto Cervo), wine tastings in the vineyards of the Surrau Wineries and days on the beach, driving their vintage cars along the breathtaking scenery of the Costa Smeralda. The most daring, moreover, have experienced the thrill of high speed at sea thanks to the “Off Shore Experience” with the five-time World Champion of Motorboating Aaron Ciantar at the helm of his spectacular Chaudron G Edition.
The Costa Smeralda saw the arrival of 24 high-level cars – built between 1915 and 2015 – examined by the jury chaired by car historian Paolo Tumminelli, assisted by designer Fabrizio Giugiaro, who brought his latest electric showcar, the GFG Kangaroo, and Luciano Bertolero, founder of Auto Classic and Ferrari expert; with them, Afshin Behnia, CEO & Founder of the online platform Petrolicious, Shinichi Ekko, president of Maserati Club Japan, Carlo Di Giusto, deputy director of Ruoteclassiche, and Luca Gastaldi, press office manager for ASI.
The precious Best of Show Trophy created by the GFG Style of Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro (a sculpture of composite materials that changes only in colour in the other elegance competitions organised by Auto Classic and Between) was awarded to the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB 4, an aluminium bodywork by Pininfarina, brought in by the well-known collector Ugo Gussali Beretta. The ASI Special Prize, reserved for the most representative Italian car, went to the 1952 Ferrari 212 Coupé entered by Giorgio Vinai: a model built in 18 examples that marked the beginning of the fruitful collaboration between the Maranello-based company and the Pininfarina atelier.
THE AWARD-WINNING CARS
BEST OF SHOW
Ferrari 275 GTB 4 (1966)
Ugo Gussali Beretta
SPECIAL PRIZE ASI
Ferrari 212 Coupe (1952)
“GOLDEN AGE: THE CARS THAT MADE HISTORY” CATEGORY.
Lancia Theta Sport (1915)
CATEGORY “MALES VERSUS FEMALES: COUPÉ VS. CABRIOLET”
Fiat 1100 Vistotal Cabriolet Chestnut (1950)
CATEGORY “THE SWEET LIFE: A SPIDER FOR THE SUMMER”
ASA 1000 GT Spider (1964)
“SUMMER ON: THE WIND IN YOUR HAIR” CATEGORY
Alvis TE 21 Super Convertible (1965)
CATEGORY “DAUGHTERS OF WOODSTOCK: THE REVOLUTION OF STYLE”
Ferrari 308 Vetroresina (1977)
CATEGORY “INSTANT CLASSICS: THE MODERN ONES THAT WILL MAKE HISTORY”
Lamborghini Aventador SV (2015)