by Vilmos Balla
Festivals of Speed, Florida’s largest annual car show returned to Vinoy Park on Sunday April 3rd, 2016 marking its 12th year. No other car event in Florida displays as many exotic and priceless antique automobiles all in one place. The founders created the event to bring together automotive enthusiasts and affluent collectors alike to enjoy the show or even purchase an exotic car from the selection for sale only in Florida at three or four shows a year.
The only part more massive than the featured cars in the show was the number of people who came from all over the state and country to enjoy this lavish event. Vendors and car dealers, preparing all year for the show, came out to promote products ranging from cigars and automotive cleaning supplies to the newest Porsches and motorcycles. All show cars were displayed by the water’s edge of Vinoy Park, giving the event a unique aspect. The cars were organized by the manufacturers and models, making the event easy to navigate for those with specific automotive interests. A highlighted feature was the award ceremony, where the best vehicles in each category were given an award, voted on by both viewers and show car owners. The event was family and pet friendly, making it a popular attraction for visitors with children as well.