July in Florida typically means a slump in our monthly attendance. With 100 percent humidity and a temperature that bottoms out at 80 degrees, it takes rugged enthusiasm to get up early on a muggy Saturday morning.
(Featured image by: Third Axis Photography)
We have a few dedicated groups that never miss a show, and like clockwork they arrive in quick succession. First on scene is usually Tampa Bay Camaros, then Tampa Bay Vettes. Next up was Darkside Empire with their legion of modified imports. Our friends at Forgotten Fiberglass brought a Californian Sports Special for display in the showroom.
William Hensler participated in the Great Race 2014, and his 1935 Ford Phaeton was on display next to our tent.
Local dealers provide monthly support and usually bring out the heavy hitters from their inventory. Mercedes-Benz of Tampa delivered a new white S550 at the show, while McLaren Tampa Bay brought a new 650S Spider for display. First Impression Detailing left Sarasota at 5 am in a Tesla Model S to showcase GTechniq detailing products.
Nikola Tesla’s 158th Birthday was July 10, so the Tesla Motors Club was fully charged with 9 Model S’ in attendance.
Lamborghini Sarasota brought a new Gallardo and Aventador, and they were answering numerous questions about Huracán availability. Other dealers in attendance included Crown Eurocars, Reeves Import Motorcars and Dimmitt Automotive.
Just as all the usual dealers were in place, we noticed a Ferrari 512M followed by an Enzo. We made a few moves and placed our F12 nose to nose. These brothers made for a great photo opportunity.
We quickly realized they were both from our long-time dealer Exotic Motors Midwest, who is opening a new facility here in St. Petersburg, so stay tuned for updates.
July turned out to be a one of the best shows we’ve had here at our Headquarters. The overflow parking next door was gridlocked, meaning we’re in the early stages of searching for a local venue with more space. We hope to see you next month on Aug. 16 for another great show.
Be sure to check out the gallery of the event below, including images by Third Axis Photography.