For the past decade, the Celebration Exotic Car Festival has been a benchmark event for bringing together exotic cars and enthusiasts to benefit various children’s charities. Since its founding in 2004, the festival has donated more than $1 million to children in need through charities such as Make-a-Wish, Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital and the Special Olympics, all mentioned on the event’s website. Growing to become one of the largest and most widely-renowned exotic car events in the world, the festival attracts more than 250 of the world’s rarest exotics, race cars and Hollywood movie cars. Each festival can draw upwards of 40,000 spectators.
This year, the Celebration Exotic Car Festival occurred from April 10 to April 13. For the first two days of the event, guests with exotics were welcome to drive their cars on the famed Daytona International Speedway, which, as the website described, was specially reserved for the private use of festival attendees. Both evenings were finished off with dinners and the VIP Night of Comedy and Illusion.
Saturday, April 12, hosted the main event. Guests strolled through the Concours of Exotic Cars in Downtown Celebration, where over 200 exotic cars gleamed and preened in the sun, awaiting different awards and trophies for their respective classes. By nightfall, VIP ticket holders were invited to the Wolfgang Puck and House of Blues Concert with Styx.
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The festival concluded on Sunday with an exotic car rally, which was open to all cars participating in the concours.
A truly delightful way to indulge in automotive passion, we encourage you to check out T-Shen’s photos from the event and keep an eye open for information about next year’s festival.