October Chattanooga Festival to Feature Rare Ferrari Collection

1948 166 Spider Corsa set to appear in the Gathering is the very first Ferrari race car imported to the U.S. Peter Harholdt photo

The 2021 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival October 15-17 will feature a collection of vintage Ferraris in the “Gathering of the Greats – Ferrari Edition.”

The first Ferrari-branded sports car was unveiled in 1947, and the marque known for its “Prancing Horse” logo will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2022. In advance of the anniversary, the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival will present a world-class assortment of iconic Ferrari GT and race cars — many rarely seen in a public display — curated to wow spectators at the 2021 event.

This 100-point-scoring 1954 250 Monza, a purpose-built race car, represents if not defines the golden era of Ferraris. Mecum Auctions photo

Ferrari of Atlanta has joined the Festival this year as the Official Ferrari Dealership of the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival. “We are so excited to partner with the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival for the first time this year, and plan on showcasing some of our newest, most revolutionary Prancing Horses and race cars that are rarely seen up close. We look forward to sharing our passion and enthusiasm with everyone involved in this fantastic event, and we will be counting down the days until October,” says Will Campbell, General Manager of Ferrari of Atlanta.

Ferrari Festival host Steve Ahlgrim notes, “It’s difficult to underestimate the influence Ferrari has had on the automobile world. The Gathering’s display will allow spectators to see examples of famous Ferraris that they will talk about the rest of their lives.”

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider is one of the most valuable cars in the world. Only 10 were built. Rare Wheels Collection photo

The 14-car Ferrari display will include such historic greats as a 1948 Ferrari 166 Spider Corsa (photo above), a 1954 Ferrari 250 Monza, a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider, and a 1985 288 GTO.

The 2021 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival’s feature events include a Concours d’Elegance; two editions of the scenic and challenging West Village Road Rallye; and vintage race cars competing in the Pace Grand Prix at the Bend.

One of the most beautiful Ferraris ever, the 1985 288 GTO ushered in the era of Ferrari Supercars. A lightweight composite body mixed with twin-turbo power produced speed and handling found only in pure race cars before the 288 arrived. Ferrari S.p.A. photo

Proceeds from the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival will support neuroscience research through Fifty Plus Foundation, Inc.

The 2021 Festival’s feature events include the elegant cars of the Concours d’Elegance, two editions of the scenic and challenging West Village Road Rallye, and vintage race cars competing in the Pace Grand Prix at the Bend.

The Festival specializes in fun for both children and adults, offering games, simulators, Automobilia, Car Club gatherings, special displays, celebrities, special guests, panel discussions, and much more. “There will be entertainment available for all from the time the gates open each day,” added Bogo.

The 2021 Festival features the Concours d’Elegance, West Village Road Rallye, Mecum Auctions and The Pace Grand Prix at the Bend. Other family-friendly events will be scheduled and announced later. Additional information may be found at chattanoogamotorcar.com.

Festival tickets will be digital and are available online or purchased at the entry gates the days of the events in West Village, at the Pace Grand Prix at the Bend, and at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The transaction at the gate will be cashless, and there will be an additional charge of $10 per ticket.