Third Annual Festivals of Speed on Amelia Island

Third Annual Festivals of Speed on Amelia IslandThe 3rd Annual Festivals of Speed will be held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort March 13-14, with a Hollywood Wheels Car Auction and a Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception in the Grand Ballroom.

There will be an incredible display of exotic cars, motorcycles and luxury brands on the fairway.

Tickets are on Sale Now at www.festivalsofspeed.com.

The Festival is now accepting car, motorcycle and unique vehicle registrations – including both vintage and contemporary models of any year.

This Festivals of Speed weekend is one of the largest gatherings of affluent car collectors on the east coast.

For vendor or sponsor displays contact Joe Sabatini at (352) 406-9325, or joe@festivalsofspeed.com.

Look what will be on display!
-Rolls-Royce Wraith
-Lamborghini Aventador
-Exotic Motorcycle display
-Porsche Display
-1936 Ford Custom” Bud Light” Street Rod by Boyd Coddington
-ALFA 4C
-Saturday afternoon Cigar lounge on the Fairway.
-1904 Thomas Flyer
-Ferrari display
-American Muscle Cars
-The Best Bourbons, Wines & Spirits at our Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception and in our VIP lounge overlooking the fairway!

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Bonhams Partners with Micah’s Place

Bonhams Partners with Micah's PlaceNew York – In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, it is timely to announce Bonhams’ support of Micah’s Place – a non-profit, certified domestic violence center serving the communities of Amelia Island and Nassau County in northeast Florida.

Micah’s Place, with its professional, full-time staff and a support base of nearly 300 dedicated volunteers, offers free emergency services, shelter and assistance to victims of abuse and their families.

With stories of domestic violence perpetrated by professional athletes dominating news headlines in America in recent weeks, this subject has never been more appropriate.

Bonhams is committed to supporting worthy causes and the communities in which it does business. And with the recent announcement of Bonhams’ Amelia Island collector car auction scheduled for next March, at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course, the premier international auction house is proud to partner with the municipality of Fernandina Beach and Micah’s Place.

This will be an additional automotive event to compliment the offerings of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island including the RM Auction held at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island March 12, 2015, the Concours d’Elegance Amelia Island held March 13 – 15, 2015, the Gooding and Company held March 13, 2015 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, and the Festivals of Speed held on the property of Omni Amelia Island March 13 – 14, 2015.

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Festivals of Speed Raised 50K for Communities in Schools

Festivals of Speed Raised 50K for Communities in SchoolsThe Festivals of Speed event returned to Amelia Island March 7-8, and resulted in $50,000 in much needed funding to Communities In Schools for additional services to more Nassau County children and teens.

“The Festivals of Speed kicked off with a luxury lifestyle event attended by 400, and featured a live and silent auction to benefit our children,” explained Susan Milana, CIS executive director. An upgraded MGB was the highlight of our charity auction and went home with a very happy bidder.”

“With this wonderful level of support from our community, the Omni Amelia Island, Hollywood Wheels and the Festivals of Speed, this event will be our most important and profitable fundraiser for years to come,” said Milana.

“We could not have been happier with the Festivals of Speed this year on Amelia Island, stated Joe Sabatini, Festivals of Speed President. “Attendance and car participants doubled from last year and we see further growth in 2015.”

Sabatini explained, “We could not have done it without the overwhelming support of the Amelia Island community, our charity, Communities In Schools, and the team at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Everyone came together in a grass roots effort to create a wonderful event for all to enjoy. Sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and every team member at the Omni are due a round of applause for their tireless efforts on behalf of this event.”

Festivals of Speed organizers emphasized that “we partnered with CIS because they provide much-needed services to thousands of children and teens right here in Nassau County, and many more across America.”

For more information about Communities In Schools, please visit www.cisnassau.org, or call Susan at 904-321-2000.

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Festivals of Speed Auction is Sold Out for 2013

Festivals of Speed Auction is Sold Out for 2013The Festivals of Speed is taking place at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, March 7-8, 2014

Breaking News! – Festivals of Speed Amelia Island Auction is sold out and they are are now taking consignments for the 2015 event.

Rare Bugatti Veyron to cross the block.

They are offering specially reduced pricing for registered auction bidders to attend the Friday Night LUXURY LIFESTYLE RECEPTION in the Grand Ballroom and all other events. Contact joe@festivalsofspeed.com for more informaton.

Vendor and sponsorship positions still available.

Friday Evening Luxury Lifestyle Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom Amelia Island Plantation, March 7th, from 8:00 to 11:00 PM. There will be over 40,000 sq ft of climate controlled space and home for the evening to exotic cars, motorcycles, a full open bar, themed food stations, Cigar Lounge, Music, Charity Auction and much more.

Saturday is a display of Exotics on the 9th Fairway of the Amelia Island Plantation, with the car auction set to begin at 2:00 PM in the Grand Ballroom.

Attention Car Dealers and Private owners: Are you displaying cars for sale at Festivals of Speed? Can you afford not to? Don’t attend this amazing weekend and watch from the sidelines as your competition takes your market share. Get in the game and sell cars at Festivals of Speed! Call Joe Sabatini at 352-385-9450 to register your car or motorcycle for display or sale.

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2014 Festivals of Speed Returns to Omni Amelia Island

2014 Festivals of Speed Returns to Omni Amelia IslandRegistration is now open for the 2014 Festivals of Speed at the AAA Four Diamond Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

March 5-8, 2014 are the show dates, so register your car, motorcycle, boat or aircraft today and join the fun. All years, makes & models are welcome. At Festivals of Speed it’s all about the experience and this year it is bigger! There has been a second Fairway add to the event to accommodate over 500 cars, motorcycles, boats, and more.

Attention Car clubs: contact Festivals of Speed to host your club event within their event.

Multiple ballrooms, display lawns, and massive hotel room blocks are also available this year display your product or service. There will be more Memorabilia, Automotive Art, Wine, Collectables and other auction items in the massive 23,000 Sq Ft Ballrooms and display lawns. For many years to come you can display your product or service in a magnificent environment.

Want to show your product or service? contact joe@festivalsofspeed.com

-Cocktail Receptions
-Lifestyle Auctions
-Automotive Art Auctions
-Classic Car Drive Ins
-Rooftop Cocktail parties
-Wine & Spirit Tastings
-Cigars

Friday, March 7th 8:00-11:00pm
Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception in the Grand Ballroom. Over 22,000′ of magnificent ballroom space to host the ultimate cocktail reception. Inside, guests will enjoy displays of exotic cars, motorcycles, watercraft, luxury lifestyle companies, full open bar, wine tastings, cigar lounges, a live band, live & silent auction and much more.

Saturday, March 8th 10:00am-4:00pm
Display of Exotic Cars, Motorcycles, Watercraft & Luxury Lifestyle Companies on the 9th & 18th Fairways. Not one but TWO fairways will play host to over 400 of the worlds most exotic cars, motorcycles, watercraft & luxury lifestyle companies. In addition, guests will enjoy onsite cafes, full bars, cigar lounges, a cognac lounge, wine tastings, live jazz and more all placed directly on the fairways.

Need a room for the weekend while your displaying a car with us?
We have all the rooms you need at the AAA Four Diamond Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. This AAA, Four Diamond oceanfront resort is the ultimate in luxury. Every imaginable amenity is available for you and your family to enjoy. Located right on the ocean, your view is absolutely spectacular.

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Festivals of Speed Returns to Omni Amelia Island

Festivals of Speed Returns to Omni Amelia IslandFestivals of Speed is returning in 2014 to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort for two days!

Beginning Friday, March 7th, from 8:00-11:00pm, you are welcomed with a Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception in the Grand Ballroom, which has Over 22,000′ of magnificent ballroom space.

Inside, guests will enjoy displays of exotic cars, motorcycles, watercraft, luxury lifestyle companies, full open bar, wine tastings, cigar lounges, a live band, live & silent auction and much more.

Saturday, March 8th, from 10:00am-4:00pm

Come visit the display of exotic cars, motorcycles, watercraft & luxury lifestyle companies on the 9th & 18th fairways. That’s right, this year there are two fairways that will play host to over 400 exhibits. In addition, guests will enjoy onsite cafes, full bars, cigar lounges, a cognac lounge, wine tastings, live jazz and more all placed directly on the fairways.

Want to really top off your luxury weekend? Consider booking a room for the weekend at the AAA, Four Diamond, Omni Amelia Island Plantation oceanfront resort.

The setting for our exotic car display could not be more beautiful. Two perfectly manicured fairways to display the worlds most exotic vehicles. Located right on the ocean, your view is absolutely spectacular.

For vendor and sponsorship information contact Joe Sabatini joe@festivalsofspeed.com

Want to join the fun? Display your car or motorcycle with us.

Register online at www.festivalsofspeed.com We accept both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all types and Car Clubs are welcome!

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More Classic Cars Coming to The Amelia 2013

More Classic Cars Coming to The Amelia 2013As we approach the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, my in-box is filling up with updated information. What cars are coming, who has agreed to be a guest speaker, and information about a new, less expensive event, the Festivals of Speed, benefiting Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, for only $20.00 per ticket.

The Amelia now includes “Coffee and Cars,” on Saturday for FREE! The Festivals of Speed is Saturday for only $20.00 (though I saw a two-for-one Groupon somewhere), and of course, The Amelia takes place on Sunday with tickets going for only $75.00 each.

I don’t know what you are thinking, but apparently, NE Florida, namely Amelia Island, is the place to show off classic cars and the finer things in life!

Whether you attend one event or all of them, the money raised for Hospice of NE Florida by The Amelia, or for Spina Bifida by the Festivals of Speed, you are contributing to wonderful causes.

Here is one of the latest emails from The Amelia:

Amelia Island, FL – Edsel Ford’s “continental car”, a custom boattail speedster, will take its rightful place in the Sports Car Class of the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. In the shape of Edsel’s seminal speedster is the genesis of Ford’s legendary design department.

Edsel Ford was hardly “a chip off the old block”. The acorn fell well away from the mighty oak that was Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. Edsel was not just the President of Ford, he was a car guy to his core. His tastes and passions still resonate in the lines of Ford’s contemporary cars.

Edsel was enchanted by European sports cars. His trips to Europe, he called it “the continent”, triggered visions of Fords with “continental” styling. In 1934 what would become Ford’s in-house design department created his first “long, low and rakish continental car” (as Edsel described it to his designer and confederate E.T “Bob” Gregorie) on a ’32 Ford chassis.

His boattail speedster had Ford V-8 power and running gear wrapped in a sleek, all-aluminum boattail body made by Ford’s aircraft division. It was just what Edsel Ford wanted and had described. No running boards and a steeply raked split windshield that disguised Edsel’s continental car’s humble assembly line origins.

The Continental name stuck. Within the decade, the radical new Lincoln Continental was a stylish world class luxury contender. When the 1939 Lincoln Continental debuted, the world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright called it “the most beautiful car in the world”. All because Edsel Ford wanted a sports car when he came home from Europe.

When Edsel’s boattail speedster was resurrected and restored more than seven decades later, the new owners, Jim and Bonnie Gombos, spent five years returning it to Edsel’s original specifications. They even painted it “gunmetal gray”, Edsel’s favorite color.

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