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Feb 22, 2013
Dave Walter
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History Lesson: Who Built the First American Car?

Nope, not Henry Ford. He invented the assembly line.

If you’re into classic cars, you might be tempted to say that it was the Duryea brothers, but that’s wrong too. The first working car to be designed and constructed in America was built by a man named John Lambert, all the way back in 1891.

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Jan 30, 2013
Dave Walter
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Festivals Of Speed Returns To St. Petersburg For Tenth Year

Only a few days after announcing their first event of 2013, the Festivals of Speed announced their second event of the new year. This is good news for those of us outside of the Jacksonville area.

April 5th, the Festivals of Speed returns to St. Petersburg for the tenth year. The weekend’s events begin that Friday with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception in an actual hangar at the Tampa International Airport. There you’ll find the world’s most exotic vehicles, delicious foods and drinks, live jazz music and both a live and silent auction all in one place!

Sunday, the 7th, the main event will take place in downtown St. Petersburg at the Renaissance Vinoy Marina. Expect to see hundreds of exotics vehicles; fine wine, spirits, food, and cigars; and luxurious jewelry and timepiece displays.

For more information about the event, read the press release below.

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Jan 21, 2013
Dave Walter
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Festivals Of Speed Announces First Event Of 2013 – Ameilia Island, FL

The Festivals of Speed has announced their first event of 2013. Saturday, March 9th, some of the world’s finest vintage and contemporary automobiles, motorcyles, aircraft and watercraft will gather at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort (just outside of Jacksonville, Florida).

The event kicks off with the Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception where enthusiasts can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, fine wine and spirits, delicious foods, smooth jazz, and fashion displays. The main event features more than 250 examples of the most exotic transportation on the planet.

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Nov 15, 2012
Dave Walter
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$10 for 2 tickets to the Festivals of Speed on Sunday, Dec 2

$10 for Motorsports Show for Two on Sunday, December 2, at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes ($20 Value) via Groupon

The deal is on!

Nov 13, 2012
Dave Walter
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Orlando Festivals Of Speed November 30 – December 2

 

If (like me) you’re not a big fan of cold weather, then Orlando is the place to be come early December. And (again, like me) you enjoy delicious food, wine, cigars and stunning exotic cars, planes and boats, then Orlando is the only place to be!

Now, I understand that a new coat of paint is the only chance that most of these cars will ever have to being called “green,” however, mention of Fisker in the press release leads one to believe that you can expect to at least see one of the most beautiful hybrids in the world, the Fisker Karma – and don’t forget the food, wine and cigars!

The Festivals of Speed will be returning to Orlando, Florida November 30 – December 2. There you’ll find the sights, sounds, smells and tastes you’d expect from the Festivals of Speed.

Friday (November 30), it all kicks off with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception featuring delicious foods and drinks, a silent auction and poker tournament benefitting the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, a high-energy jazz orchestra and – of course – a collection of exotic cars at the Orlando International Airport.

Saturday (December 1st), the Festivals host an exclusive Wine Connoisseurs’ Dinner and Louis XIII de Rémy Martin tasting experience.

And Sunday (December 2nd), the Festivals conclude with the Motorsports Collection Display of more than 300 exotic cars, motorcycles, boats and aircraft at the beautiful Grande Lakes property.

Read on for more information … and see you there!

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Sep 19, 2012
Andrew Davis

RM’s St. John’s Sale Shows That “Pure Electrics” Aren’t the Future; They’ve Been Around For Over a Century

You stand there in front of your open garage, staring at your 2012 Leaf or Prius or Volt, trying to think of any way you can possibly pay for your kids’ educations without parting with your dear old spark-fed friend.

But this is 2112, and Space College is expensive. The Jupiter commute alone costs so many credits that you had to pawn your grandma’s good nuclear reactor just to get your progeny home for last year’s Nondenominational Wintertime Visitation Period.

Will auctioning your hundred-year-old electric/hybrid/whatzis bring the kind of EarthBux you need for their education? Well, I’m not sure about that car, but thanks to RM’s St. John auction on July 28 in Plymouth, Michigan we have some idea of what a hundred-year-old electric car’s worth.

[In fact, they had four of them…]

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Jun 22, 2012
Chris Salamone

eBay Listing Commuter Gold: 1972 Honda Z600

Since the first major US oil crisis, of the early 1970s, small cars have rolled into vogue. Of course, Americans still adopt a ‘bigger is better’ mentality, even today, but increased offerings in the subcompact and micro car segments are evidence enough to suggest that fuel efficiency remains to be a major selling factor.

But if purchase price is also an important characteristic, then car consumers must often broaden their search to the pre-owned lot – and economy cars of yesterday. Fortunately for Honda, the company was prophetic enough to produce fuel sippers from the get go.

Like this 1972 Honda Z600, listed on eBay, which is capable of a proclaimed 136 miles per gallon at 30 mph. That’s what we call commuter gold.

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