The HVA at Monterey in 2011

Find out who took home the top FIVA trophies awarded at Pebble and the Quail last month in this report by Mark Gessler, Technical Vice President at FIVA.

The FIVA Trophy is a preservation award for exceptionally rare historic vehicles that retain much, if not all, of their original mechanical components, body, interior, paint and other finishes. These vehicles are recognized and celebrated by the HVA and FIVA as important cultural artifacts of our industrial past. Four of these prestigious trophies were awarded by the HVA last month during Monterey Week.

Karl-Heinz Rehkopf’s 1894 Benz Victoria Vis à Vis

This year the Pebble Beach Concours celebrated Mercedes-Benz and 125 years of the automobile. Fittingly, the FIVA Trophy for the Most Well Preserved Prewar Car was awarded to Karl-Heinz Rehkopf (Einbeck, Germany) for his 1894 Benz Victoria Vis à Vis. The Benz was the oldest vehicle on the lawn and was presented in amazingly well-preserved condition.

Roger Hofmann’s 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Mark II Roadster

The FIVA Trophy for the Most Well Preserved Postwar Car went to Roger Hofmann (Point Reyes Station, CA) for his 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Mark II Roadster (s/n 2509). The car has traveled just 26,000 miles from new and has been a California car since it was first registered in 1965. Mr. Hofmann is a former FIVA Trophy winner and connoisseur of well preserved sports cars and motorcycles.


Chris LaPorte’s 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series II Coupe.  FIVA President, Horst Brüning (right) and Chief Conservator at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Malcolm Collum (left), led the FIVA Trophy judging team at the Quail Motorsports Gathering. 

The FIVA Trophy at The Quail Motorsports Gathering was awarded to Chris LaPorte (Chicago, IL) for his 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series II Coupe (s/n 0715 SA). This time-warp specimen is considered as one of the world’s most well preserved 1950’s Ferraris. The Superamerica has been pampered by the LaPortes since 1969, had been driven just under 19,000 miles since new, and by the end of the weekend had a new owner. It was lot 135 at the Gooding & Company auction and sold for $3 million.  Click here to check out a video of Wayne Carini chatting with LaPorte about this rare and near original supercar.
Scott and Brent Henningsen’s 1903 Knox.

The final FIVA Trophy was awarded at the Museum of Monterey to Scott and Brent Henningsen (Salinas, CA) for their 1903 Knox (s/n 482). The car was purchased in San Francisco by the Wilder family in 1903 and was the first gasoline powered car in Santa Cruz, California. The Henningsen brothers became only the second owners of the car when they purchased it in 2005. The car is all original except for the driver’s seat, which was repaired and still carries its original 1903 California registration plate number 1278. The Knox was part of the week-long “Cars, Collectables and Cinema” exhibit curated by Greg Berkin at the Museum of Monterey. The exhibit also featured a 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder (550-090) and 1908 Indian Torpedo Tank – Factory Racer (s/n T1338), which were both FIVA Trophy winners at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours.

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