Historic Festival's Honored Collectors B.Z. and Michael Schwartz
B.Z. and Michael Schwartz, of New York City have graciously agreed to be the honored collectors at this year's Historic Festival
The collection includes diverse and exceptional examples of the best of Post-War Italian GT and Dual-Purpose Sport Racers — Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Siatas (a 208 Coupe and a roadster), a Moretti Spyder, a Cisitalia Nuvolari Spyder, an Alfa Romeo TZ1 and a Duetto, and a Stanguellini sports racer with an interesting history that includes running the 12 hours of Sebring. This car is currently nearing completion of restoration and is expected to debut at Historic Festival 37.
"We are delighted to announce New York City’s B.Z. and Michael Schwartz as the honored collectors at this year's Historic Festival," said Kent Bain of Automotive Restorations Inc. administrator of Sunday in the Park. "They have been supporters over many years and their cars have found recognition and award at past Sundays in Lime Rock Park on several occasions. When we selected Italian Masterpieces as our theme for this year, we had hopes that Michael and B.Z. might play a role. Exceptional sporting and touring machines of post war Italian origin are the focus of the Schwartz collection. There could not be a better collection focus fit for this year’s main theme than this collection."
Michael has spent 40 years assembling the collection of drivable Post World War II Italian Etceterini (Etceterini is what the Italians call everything other than a Ferrari). Art in automotive form was a great influence as were Italian movies from the 1950s and 60s like La Dolce Vita. "I see these cars as movable sculptures," Michael noted, adding that he is not tied to one type of car, but finds beauty in everything from handmade small engines to GTs. The focus is not simply on the “biggest and fastest." Though this is represented in very Italian format by Lamborghini and Maserati, the Italian design art of doing “more with less” is represented by examples of Italy’s smaller, rarer masterpieces. Reference Cisitalia Nuvolari spyder, Moretti 750s, a pair of Siata 208s and a very special Stanguellini sports racer.
Skip Barber recently visited with Michael Schwartz. They are pictured above touring his car barn and visiting about the cars in the collection. Skip enjoyed the visit and this unique collection of car art, adding that "the Etceterini cars, such as the one-of-a-kind Stanguellini sports racer and the beautiful Cisitalia Nuvolare Spyder, particularly impressed me. The other half of the collection are cars, while equally wonderful, are the cars that you're more likely to recognize like the Lamborghini Miura and Countach plus a pair of Maserati."
The Maserati Mexico was the first car that the Schwartz’s acquired for the collection, followed by an Alfa Duetto. In researching those first two cars, the couple found automotive historian Raymond Milo. Ray assisted them in uncovering and acquiring other treasures that have been carefully restored to their exact original specifications. At the same time, all remain road-worthy and are enjoyed for the art of driving whenever possible.
Learn More about the HISTORIC FESTIVAL at Lime Rock Park.