The 2014 Orlando Festival of Speed was held on December 7th once again at the Ritz Carlton and even though the day got off to a rocky start with a slight drizzle the sun finally made a showing and the rest of the day was perfect for strolling though the awesome collection of cars. The past few shows seemed to be dominated by dealers displays but this year didn't have that same feel as there were some very rare cars not seen before at this show. I've seen a Mclaren P1 before but it was cool to see three at the show and in different colors. All looked so good I couldn't pick a favorite. The Pagani Huayra returned from last year and was just as stunning. This time I was able to capture it on video as it drove in and got some nice pictures of it leaving. John Hennessey was on hand with his Venom GT and was more than happy to tell you about the car. I got some pictures of it being driven off the grounds and the sound was just plain evil. I'd love to hear it fly by at full speed. There was also a new BMW i8 that I hadn't seen before and the same for the Alfa Romeoo 4C. A white C7 Corvette Z06 fit right in with all the exotics costing three times as much. One of the rarest cars on dislay was a 1967 Ferrari NART Spyder. NART stands for " North America Race Team ". This car was one of only 10 made with one of those recently selling at auction for a cool $27.5 million.
These cars are rarely seen in public so it was a real treat to get to see and photograph it at the show. The red Ferrari California Spyder that came with it wasn't to shabby either. Pro golfer Ian Poulter drove up in his Ferrari Enzo, parked in front of the Ritz and then checked out the cars in the show. Ian has been building quite the car collection of his own including the four Ferrari super cars and will be adding a LaFerrari next March. I hope he considers showing some of his cars some day and its exciting to know that a LaFerrari will live not too far away. Throw in the Ferrari 333SP race car, Bat Man's Tumbler and the Ferrari Dino that Jack May drove coast to coast to win the 1975 Cannonball Run and you have a car show with a little something for everyone. There are several car shows held throughout the year in central Florida and the Festival of Speed continues to hold a great event with its own distinctive feel due to the combination of the venue location, the car selection and the fine people that put it all together and make it happen.