Festivals of Speed Sets Attendance Record in St. Petersburg

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Featured was an extremely rare, multi-million dollar display of automobiles, motorcycles and watercraft. Among the vehicles showcased, one that drew an enormous amount of attention was the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, which currently holds the record as the world’s fastest production car. Collectors and guests were able to enjoy an array of vintage and contemporary Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Audi, Jaguar, Porsche and an American Muscle car collection that was the largest in Festivals of Speed history. To add an even more in depth look into automotive appreciation, a demonstration of the only fully working replica of the first ever steam powered self-propelled vehicle from 1770 France, the Fardier de Cugnot, was performed courtesy of the Tampa Automobile Museum.

The 8th Annual Festivals of Speed St. Pete Presented by Bert Smith Porsche, returned to St. Petersburg, April 1-3, with the best in luxury lifestyle and an increased display of vintage & contemporary aircraft, exotic cars, custom-created motorcycles and high performance boats and yachts.

“The expansion of the event area to include a yacht hop, powerboat poker run as well as additional display areas for exotic vehicles was a great success. We hit attendance and car display numbers that far exceeded our prior events stated Joe Sabatini, the founder and CEO of the Festivals of Speed. “Once again, I would like to thank all of our sponsors and participants, as well as the City of St. Petersburg for their support year after year.”

The Festivals of Speed weekend once again began with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception Presented by Reeves Import Motorcars on Friday, April 1st. The evening, staged in an actual aircraft hangar, took place at the Tampa International Airport and showcased a display of the world’s finest aircraft, exotic cars, motorcycles, watercraft, luxury lifestyle displays as well as the finest culinary offerings and fine spirits.

The main event on Sunday, April 3, was held in beautiful North Straub Park and expanded into Spa Beach Park and The Renaissance Vinoy Marina in Downtown St. Petersburg. Featured was an extremely rare, multi-million dollar display of automobiles, motorcycles and watercraft. Among the vehicles showcased one that drew an enormous amount of attention was the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, which currently holds the record as the world’s fastest production car. Collectors and guests were able to enjoy an array of vintage and contemporary Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Audi, Jaguar, Porsche, and an American Muscle car collection that was the largest in Festivals of Speed history. To add an even more in depth look into automotive appreciation a demonstration of the only fully working replica of the first ever steam powered self-propelled vehicle from 1770 France, the Fardier de Cugnot, was performed courtesy of the Tampa Automobile Museum.

If you missed the event this year, Sabatini has promised that the Festivals of Speed will once again return to St. Petersburg in the Spring of 2012 with continued expansions of rare and unique vehicles. Before then, the next Festivals of Speed event will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes October 7-9, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.festivalsofspeed.com or by call 352-385-9450.

About Festivals of Speed
Headquartered in Eustis, Florida, Festivals of Speed was founded as the ultimate luxury lifestyle showcase for discerning enthusiasts with a passion for all forms of transportation. With a series of extremely special events scheduled throughout the year, Festivals of Speed joins the very best in automotive, aircraft, marine and motorcycle transportation with the finest culinary, wine, spirits and fashion for the ultimate luxury experience. For more information, please visit http://www.festivalsofspeed.com or telephone 352-385-9450.

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