Unfortunately, I won’t be makin it down for this. St. Pete is my home town and I was to be making a trip down to Sebring this weekend for the 12hrs… then in 2 weeks to St. Pete for the races.. I would really like to shoot at this event but owell. Might get my brothers to go take some shots. Dying to see the R8 in person!
ST PETERSBURG, FL — A fabulous collection of exotic cars, motorcycles and watercraft is set for display at the Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. The Festivals of Speed takes place over two days, Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th. Friday evening will see a “Jet Port Reception” and Saturday will feature a display of 150+ exotic automobiles, motorcycles and watercraft displayed throughout beautiful Vinoy park. The charity is the Children’s Dream Fund.
Collectors of these rare machines are referring to the gathering as the ultimate lifestyle event. In addition to the display of rare and exotic machines, examples of the finer things in life are also on site. Products include fine wines & spirits, cigars, jewelry, confections, artwork, luxury real estate offerings, crystal and other luxury items.
The festival starts with a “Jet Port Reception” on Friday evening presented by the Grand Bohemian Hotel & Residences of St. Petersburg. The theme will be “James Bond-Shaken not stirred”. It takes place in a massive aircraft hanger amidst a surreal display of luxury aircraft, fine automobiles, custom motorcycles and stylish race boats. Aircraft scheduled to attend include everything from contemporary jets to vintage WW II fighter plane. In addition to the display of exotics guests will enjoy a premium brands open bar, themed food stations, a special display of the AUDI R10 race car and R8 street car, a silent auction to benefit the Children Dream Fund, DUCATI fashion show, displays of fine jewelry and other related items, smooth jazz and more.
Saturday will see a fantastic display of 150+ exotic cars combined with motorcycles and watercraft. Manufacturers product scheduled for display include Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Jaguar, Ducati, as well as many others. Vehicles will be placed for display amidst the waterside setting of Vinoy Park. Attendees will have the ability to stroll throughout the property while enjoying fine wines and sumptuous offerings from the onsite cafes while taking in the beauty of the “rolling sculptures”. Vehicles from the American Le Mans Series & the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be on display as well.
According to festival founders, The 2007 Festivals of Speed series will be a must see for any true enthusiast of speed. “With this being our Fourth year in St. Petersburg and the addition of our Orlando event at the Ritz-Carlton we could not be more excited, this year we have decided to cap the car count to just the ‘Best of the Best’.” Organizers feel this will guarantee a fantastic display of both raw power and elegant coachwork displayed by some of the finest manufacturers.
While at the show, attendees will visit with a Varity of lifestyle companies to see the latest and greatest luxury items. Names include Mont Blanc, Tag Heuer, Xellent Vodka, Cohiba and many others. The luxury salon display was conceived to form the ultimate complement to the magnificent display of exotic vehicles. Smooth jazz and fashion displays will also add to the excitement. The day will end with an awards presentation to recognize those vehicles that receive awards. “Best of Show” will receive a crystal award from the Paris based company, Lalique as well as an elegant timepiece.
The festival is expected to attract a capacity turnout much the same as the companies other events do in Orlando and Manhattan. Ticket information is available online.
Where: St. Petersburg, Vinoy Park.
When: Jet Port Reception, Friday, March 23rd 7:30pm-10:00pm.
Vinoy Park display of exotics. Saturday, March 24th. 10:00am-4:00pm
Or visit www.FestivalsOfSpeed.com