Festivals of Speed Comes to St. Pete March 25

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A dazzling array of power and steel comes to town for one spectacular day   

St. Pete’s waterfront will be the center of attention on Sunday, March 25, when the 15th annual Festivals of Speed presented by Bert Smith Porsche takes over Vinoy Park.  Once again, the picturesque venue will be filled with hundreds of sleek, exotic cars, custom motorcycles, and enthusiasts who gather every year for this special motorsports event.

The Festivals of Speed show field has become known for its unique diversity, showcasing both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models.  Attendees can expect to be dazzled by rare, vintage and modern autos including Porsche, Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, BMW, Mercedes, Tesla, McLaren and other rare cars. The day is an opportunity for many car collectors and  local car clubs to join for a weekend of fun and ogling.

Along with the starring cars and motorcycles, attendees can sample from local restaurants, check out automotive art, chill to smooth jazz at a cigar lounge, and visit with owners, collectors and dealers. “This year we will have a special Porsche race car theme area that we are very excited about,” said Festivals of Speed founder Joe Sabatini.  The event is extremely popular with Tampa Bay car clubs, he adds, and most will be in attendance. Nearly every luxury and exotic line has a club – be it large or small – from the  Corvettes to Lamborghinis, Porsches and Ferraris. The vintage and contemporary motorcycle display continues to grow as well, he added.

Located directly on the show field and overlooking the water, the exclusive VIP section will feature  a selection of gourmet food, premium brand open bar with rare scotch, bourbon and spirit tastings, and contemporary lounge furniture. The VIP section offers an exclusive enclave to relax in with VIP credentials.

At the conclusion of the day, an awards presentation takes place.  Entrants whose vehicles have been chosen by the team of judges to receive an award are presented  crystal trophies. 

 Festivals of Speed was founded by Sabatini in 2004 as a traveling luxury showcase for automotive, aircraft, marine and motorcycle transportation alongside the finest luxury brands. Other festivals are held in Orlando, Miami,  Atlanta and Amelia Island. A portion of event proceeds will go to  Friends of Strays animal shelter.

  • Marcia Biggs

FESTIVALS OF SPEED
Sunday, March 25
10 am to 4 pm
Vinoy Park
501 Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg
General admission $20, children 12 and under free
VIP section $85; advance purchase only
 www.festivalsofspeed.com
 (352) 406-9325