For the sixth straight year, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort hosted the Festivals of Speed over the weekend of March 9-11. The festivities began Friday evening with an auction of 50 of some of the most spectacular automobiles imaginable. From a pristine 1990 Lamborghini LM002 SUV to a 1934 Rolls Royce 20/25 Drop Head Coupe, the vehicles run the gamut from vintage class to modern day performance. Vehicles are on display around the lobby of, and within, the main ballroom at the resort, available for the inspection of bidders and spectators alike.
Following the auction, there’s the VIP “Luxury Lifestyle” cocktail reception. It’s not an inexpensive evening ($125 per ticket), but it features an open bar, carved prime rib, grits and “mix-ins”, fresh salmon and a dessert station with the freshest ice cream you’ll ever have (they make it in front of you). There’s also live music, gaming tables, and various exhibitors to lure you into the “luxury lifestyle.”
The true essence of the weekend, however, is encompassed on the 17th fairway of the resort’s golf course. Some 100 vehicles were on hand, displayed along the water. Vehicles of all shape and form are on display and, for only $20 per ticket, offers an inexpensive way to see some truly amazing cars; the rare, the exotic and the unusual.
An event like this is one which, for any car enthusiast, simply shouldn’t be missed. Opportunities to see automobiles such as these are just too rare.
The Amelia Island Festivals of Speed takes place every March at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. You can find more information at www.festivalsofspeed.com