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For the eighth year in a row, the Festivals of Speed marked a culmination of luxury, performance and automotive design.
An amazing prize and an absurdly easy way to enter, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Along with the exotics and modified machines on display at the Festivals of Speed, for the hardened auto enthusiast the show also packed numerous rare gems – like the Panoz Roadster above.
Other oddities included an ultra-tiny Messerschmitt KR200 and what is believed to be the only 1953 DKW Meister Klasse in the US. As you may be able to see from the four rings on the rear of the car, DKW was part of the German Auto Union, including four automakers that eventually merged to become what is now known as Audi.
Other highlights included a Jeepster, a Nash-Healey, a Lamborghini Jalpa, a Triumph TR8, an Alfa Romeo GTV6 and a Harley Davidson powered two-seater, three-wheel motorcycle called the V13R.
Enjoy all the wild and wackiness of the Festivals of Speed below.
GALLERY: Festive of Speed Odd Cars
While the more obvious main attraction of the St. Petersburg Festivals of Speed is the collection of exotic cars, ranging from Lamborghini Aventadors to McLaren MP4-12Cs, a long list of modified cars makes a show like this full of surprises.
Case in point is the fully carbon fiber 1982 Porsche 911 SC (above). OK, so it’s mostly a wrap job (sorry to get your hopes up) but the hood is genuine carbon fiber and thanks to additional weight savings measures this track machine does weigh just 2,319 lbs.
Adding to the list of vehicles worth further investigation was a Lamborghini Diablo equipped with NOS, as well as an Audi R8 that’s been modified by Stasis Engineering, fitting a supercharger to the big V10 engine. And let’s not forget a custom widebody Lotus Esprit with 335 rear tires.
The Cobra replicars of Backdraft Racing also held numerous surprises. For starters, a black and blue model on display sported Ford’s new 5.0-liter V8 engine from the Mustang GT. The most extreme car, however, was a black and gold model rated at 605 hp at the wheels. There’s more to this story though with a company rep telling us that the engine being used is actually one of the official development motors used by Ford in the making of the 2013 Shelby GT500.
Check out all the photos below and be sure to visit out post on the exotic cars on display here.
GALLERY: Festivals of Speed Modified Cars
Almost a decade ago a small exotic car show in St. Petersburg, FL held its inaugural event, and nine years later the Festivals of Speed has ballooned into a celebration of go-fast goodies.
The main attraction is easily the supercars, and there was no shortage of rare, high-price hardware, including the Koenigsegg CCXR (above). Other highlights for the exotic car enthusiast include a Lamborghini Aventador, a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Performante, a Spyker, several McLaren MP4-12Cs, a Ferrari FF, a Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 and a long list of other Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and more.
Get a load of all the exotics in our extensive gallery below.
GALLERY: Exotic Cars
The 9th annual St. Petersburg Festivals of Speed kicked off last night across the bay in Tampa with an extravagant display of jets, boats, luxury goods and, of course, exotic cars.
As promised the list of hardware on display was outrageous, and included a Porsche GT2 RS, a Koenigsegg CCXR, a matte-white Ferrari FF, a matte-blue Maserati GranTurismo, a Lamborghini Aventador, McLaren MP4-12C and the requisite Bugatti Veyron. We even spied a modified Fisker Karma on 22-inch wheels. And of course there were numerous classics, custom bikes and even an open wheel race car.
Look for full coverage from the main event at the St. Petersburg waterfront on Sunday.
GALLERY: Festivals of Speed
The Festivals of Speed is set to return to St. Petersburg, FL for its 9th annual luxury lifestyle event and this year you could be a part of it, for free!
Festivals of Speed and AutoGuide.com are giving one lucky couple the opportunity to attend this three day event, with VIP passes, return airfare and three nights accommodations at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club.
Your weekend will begin with a Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception at the Tampa International Airport on March 30th. Set in an actual aircraft hangar, you’ll get up close to exotic cars and private planes while enjoying themed food stations, a premium brands open bar and live music. Guaranteed to make you feel like a millionaire, why not take home a souvenir and help out a good cause at the silent charity auction.
Use Saturday to recover and check out the awesome display as the Florida Powerboat Club takes off from the Vinoy Marina for their annual Tampa Bay Poker Run. Then enjoy the sunny afternoon behind the wheel of an exotic spots car during the Festivals of Speed VIP Ride and Drive. Treat your palette at the Wine Connoisseur’s reception but don’t over indulge, as you’ll want to be ready for the main event.
Sunday morning, April 1st, wake up early to watch the exotic supercars roll onto the waterfront lawn in downtown St. Petersburg and spend the day strolling past as many as 300 stunning vehicles from marques including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, BMW, Mercedes and McLaren. Plus, enjoy fine wines, cigars and be sure to visit luxury lifestyle displays featuring jewelry and timepieces.
To enter the contest, just “Like” AutoGuide.com on Facebook.
To purchase tickets, visit www.festivalsofspeed.com or call 352-385-9450
GALLERY: Festivals of Speed
Trust Mugen to build the CR-Z that Honda fans have been calling for. Revealed ahead of its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the team at Mugen Euro has bolted on a supercharger to the car’s 1.5-liter engine while retaining the factory Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system to produce 200-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. That’s up significantly from the 122-hp and 128 lb-ft of torque in the stock car.
Called a disappointment by Honda fanboys, the Mugen CR-Z should wipe clean any doubts with acceleration times that the Japanese tuner says are on par with the Civic Type R – somewhere around the mid 6 second range. Helping to achieve that time (and make the Mugen CR-Z a more notable track threat) is a weight reduction program that results in 110 lbs being shed. Light weight replacement parts include some featherweight Mugen alloy wheels and a carbon fiber hood. In addition, the Mugen CR-Z gets a reworked suspension, upgraded brakes and plenty of new aero bits.
Mugen also claims the car’s fuel economy has not been significantly compromised, with the three factory drive modes retained and the supercharger only really coming into its own in a “Mugen mode.”
Build by Mugen’s European division in the U.K., sadly this car is just a one off, but there is a strong possibility the supercharger system and many of the other parts could be offered. We’ll find our more when the car is officially revealed at Goodwood.