The 8th Annual Celebration Exotic Car Festival was held during a course of 4 days and raised approximately $180,000 for children with life threatening medical conditions. The weekend’s events include two thrilling days at Sebring International Raceway, where Ferrari Challenge cars take to the track for intense battles, a Concours style exotic car show in Downtown Celebration, Florida, a Jet Port Reception party at a private airport hangar, and a 111 mile Road Rally and lunch at Disney World’s Beach Club Resort.
The Celebration Exotic Car Festival is growing each and every year and since it’s inception in 2004 the event has raised over $600,000 for charity organizations. The event attracts some of the world’s rarest automobiles, movie cars, celebrities and famous chefs, and attendees have the opportunity to get up close and personal with everyone involved.
The two trackdays at Sebring are always fun. It’s very exciting to see “normal” cars out there flying around the corners and the Ferrari Challenge cars trading paint during a high energy 25 minute Ferrari Club Racing Association (FCRA) race around the famous 3.7 mile 12-Hour circuit. Anyone can register to track their car and passengers are even allowed to go out for some fun, so long as they sign a waiver and are wearing the proper equipment. Even our pro photographer Peter Tromboni had the opportunity to ride along for 4 laps in his dream car, a Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale. He told Exotics & Luxury that was the most incredible thing he’s ever done. Way to go, Peter!
Saturday morning is the car show with full judging and an awards ceremony. Over 250 exotic, movie, and race cars are on display for a free-of-charge show open to the public. This year drew over 125 Ferraris and many more smiles from people of all ages. The class winners have the pleasure of driving their cars onto the red carpet in front of thousands of guests and receive award trophies from Chris “Shooter McGavin” McDonald and Carl “Apollo Creed” Weathers.
The Jet Port Reception party on Saturday night, held inside a private airport hangar, is as good as it gets. Guests are treated to an amazing display of show cars out front and stunning airplanes in the sky. Many of the areas top restaurants and chefs are on hand providing food and drink in a very nice fashion. An aerialist show wows guests with high-flying acts and colorful lights, and the auction raised over $116,000, all for charity.
Sunday morning had participants meet back in Downtown Celebration for a quick breakfast and drivers’ meeting then it was off to the streets for the first half of a 111 mile Road Rally. Passengers were given a directions booklet with clues to look for along the way. A quick halfway break at a small pastry shop was a refreshing pit stop and drivers were then directed to hit the road again for the second half, finishing up at Disney’s Beach Club Resort for a catered lunch overlooking Disney’s BoardWalk and beautiful Crescent Lake.
For more information on how you can enter your car in the 2012 Celebration Exotic Car Festival or how you can make a monetary contribution to the charity organizations associated with the CECF please visit the official Celebration Exotic Car Festival website.
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