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Festivals of Speed to Continue 2012 Automotive Event Series with Return to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando
Orlando, FL (MMD Newswire) July 31, 2012 -- Festivals of Speed has concluded their 2012 Spring event schedule with successful completion of the 9th Annual Festivals of Speed St. Petersburg and 2nd Annual Festivals of Speed at the Mission Inn Resort and Club. The event series will continue November 30th through December 2nd with the 7th Annual Festivals of Speed at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes to benefit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Festivals of Speed started off 2012 with a return to St. Petersburg, marking the 9th year of bringing the world's most exotic automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, watercraft, and the best in luxury lifestyle to the Tampa Bay area. Throughout this anticipated weekend, a rare showcase of vintage and contemporary automotive design, custom-created motorcycles, and high performance boats and yachts were set amongst lavish receptions, fine wine and spirits tastings, and world class entertainment, leading up to the large-scale main event on the beautiful St. Petersburg waterfront on Sunday, April 1st. Following a huge showing in 2011, Festivals of Speed expanded the St. Petersburg event this year and drew attendance numbers in the tens of thousands. Attendees experienced incredible vehicles by Koenigsegg, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Porsche, Aston-Martin, BMW, Mercedes, McLaren, and more. Included in this collection was the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, Fisker Karma, Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, a 1955 1956 and 1957 serial number one Corvette Collection, Koenigsegg CCXR, and many other unique collector vehicles to make for a very rare and diverse showing of automotive design.

The weekend of May 5th and May 6th 2012, Festivals of Speed once again held a Motorsports Gathering & Luxury Lifestyle Display at the Mission Inn Resort and Club to benefit the Alliance Healthcare Foundation. During this unique event weekend, the spectacular rolling countryside surrounding this Northwest Orlando resort played host to the world's finest vintage and contemporary vehicles set for display on the plush fairway of the Mission Inn Resort & Club's Championship Golf Course. Enthusiasts came out in the masses for the opportunity to appreciate automotive masterpieces of design and engineering in a setting that was both festive and elegant.

The return of the Festivals of Speed at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes will begin with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception on November 30, 2012. Guests will enjoy vibrant cocktails from a premium brands open bar and indulge in sumptuous, themed food displays while experiencing the world's most exotic vehicles in an actual aircraft hangar at Orlando International Airport. As for entertainment, a one-of-a kind, high-energy jazz orchestra will perform featuring some of the best entertainers and musicians the industry has to offer. A live and silent auction and poker tournament will benefit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

On Saturday, December 1st, Festivals of Speed will host an exclusive Wine Connoisseurs' Dinner & Louis XIII de Remy Martin tasting experience. This culinary event is to be held at the nationally known, Norman's restaurant located at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, which will be closed to all but Festivals of Speed guests for this very special evening.

The weekend concludes on Sunday December 2nd, with the Motorsports Collection Display of over 300 exotic cars, motorcycles, boats and aircraft. Guests will view the rarest in vintage and contemporary vehicles all amongst the splendor and hospitality of the beautiful Grande Lakes property.

Tickets for the Festivals of Speed Jet Port Reception, Wine Connoisseurs' Dinner and Sunday main event VIP pavilion can be purchased in advance at www.festivalsofspeed.com or by calling 305-814-2367. Main event general admission tickets, are available either online or onsite at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes on Sunday, December 2. More information on the Festivals of Speed Orlando and the room block at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is available by contacting Lyndsay Edelstein at Festivals of Speed office at LE@festivalsofspeed.com or 305-814-2367.

About Festivals of Speed

Headquartered in Eustis, Florida, "Festivals of Speed" was founded as the ultimate luxury lifestyle showcase for discerning enthusiasts with a passion for all forms of transportation. With a series of extremely special events scheduled throughout the year, "Festivalsof Speed" joins the very best in automotive, aircraft, marine and motorcycle transportation with the finest culinary, wine, spirits, and fashion for the ultimate luxury experience.

For more information, please visit www.festivalsofspeed.com, www.facebook.com/festivalsofspeed

Media Contact:
Lyndsay Edelstein

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