Festivals of Speed Combines Elegance and Horsepower at the Mission Inn Resort & Club

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Featured at this prestigious event, among other unique vehicles, was a beautifully restored 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica that captured the coveted Festivals of Speed Best of Show trophy; a Jaguar XK 150, currently noted as the most decorated Jaguar in the US; a Ferrari 599 GTO; a 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC; an exquisite 1936 Packard Duel Cowl Phaeton Super 12; and the famous 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS that claimed first prize in the original Cannonball run.

The Festivals of Speed expanded its event circuit in March 2011 to include a Motorsports Gathering & Luxury Lifestyle Display at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL. This inaugural showing included exotic and vintage vehicles that drew aficionados and enthusiasts from across Florida, Lake County, and the surrounding areas.

Festivals of Speed events have successful annual operations in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Four Diamond Renaissance Vinoy Hotel & Resort, in Orlando at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, and at the Epic Hotel in Downtown Miami. Bringing together this ever changing display of the world’s most exotic vintage and contemporary automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft and watercraft at the award-winning Mission Inn Resort & Club was the first of many expansions Festivals of Speed has planned.

This unique new event weekend featured luxury receptions and a one of a kind automotive gathering. Attendees had a rare opportunity to appreciate automotive masterpieces of design and engineering in a setting that was both festive and elegant. Featured at this prestigious event among other unique vehicles was a beautifully restored 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica that captured the coveted Festivals of Speed Best of Show trophy; a Jaguar XK 150, currently noted as the most decorated Jaguar in the US; a Ferrari 599 GTO; a 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC; an exquisite 1936 Packard Duel Cowl Phaeton Super 12; and the famous 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS that claimed first prize in the original Cannonball run. The Ferrari 410 that took Best of Show, previously owned by the Shah of Iran, took three years to build and was personally overseen by Enzo Ferrari himself.

On Sunday, March 6th, these prized vehicles were all set for display on the plush fairway of the Mission Inn Resort & Club’s Championship Golf Course that has been revered as one of Florida’s finest. Guests and participants enjoyed exclusive culinary offerings, fine wines, smooth jazz, fashion, ‘VIP’ cafes, awards presentations, cigar smokes, scotch tastings and much more.

The Inaugural Festivals of Speed at the Mission Inn Resort & Club drew a crowd of well over 5000 attendees, and a wide variety of display vehicles and sponsors. If you missed this event, Festivals of Speed will be back at the Mission Inn Resort and Club in the Spring of 2012. Before then, Festivals of Speed will continue their tour with an enhanced showing at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Sunday October 9, 2011. For more information on the 6th Annual Festivals of Speed Orlando, Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, please visit Festivals of Speed online at http://www.festivalsofspeed.com or 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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