The annual Festivals of Speed of St. Petersburg, Florida was held over the weekend on one of the more perfect days we have had in the area. The event was held at the Vinoy Park, which became filled with supercars, exotic cars, classic cars, and even some incredibly rare race cars. When I entered, I noticed a crowd that was substantially larger than last years event, and last year had a great turn out.
Dealerships from all around the state of Florida showed up with some incredible inventory. Ferrari of Tampa Bay showed up with a trailer full of gorgeous Ferraris, including one of the most attractive Ferrari 458‘s I have seen and an Ariel Atom, a personal favorite. . The Dimmit Automotive Group showed up with a tent full of luxurious cars, giving the masses a place to escape the Florida sun and look at some of the finest automobiles. Also, sitting right outside their tent was a unique Aston Martin GT4 artcar.
As I walked around the event, I knew where the notable cars were because they were surrounded by crowds of people. One of the most intriguing cars I found was a 1930 Pierce-Arrow that broke land speed records on the beaches of Daytona. This car was was actually uncovered on the American Pickers TV show in 2011, and the owner says that this was the first show it has ever been to. It also happened to win a well deserved reward as well.
Another rare car that I spotted was a Porsche Rush, a modified Porsche Cayman that was created by Anibal Automotive Design. It happened to be the first Porsche Rush in the United States. Also, be sure to look out for the Porsche Attack, a recently unveiled car created by Anibal Automotive Design.
One thing that I noticed about this year’s show that differed from last year’s, was the influx of race cars. These included GT cars, and even some LMP race cars. One of my favorites had to have been the 1969 Lola T70 Mk3B race car, a collector’s item considering that the company went under last year.
If you ever get a chance to visit a Festivals of Speed event, do yourself a favor and go. There are tons of rare cars on display, giving the event-goers a one in a lifetime chance to see millions of dollars worth of cars all in one place.
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