The Festivals of Speed at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Presented by Fields Auto Group which took place December 5-7 2014 has announced the winner of the Best of Show award going to a rare 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB /N.A.R.T Spyder.
The N.A.R.T. Spyders are extremely rare as only 10 cars were built, all for the United States. The cars were available through a single dealer Luigi Chinetti. N.A.R.T. stood for Chinetti’s North American Racing Team. The cars were designed by Sergio Scagletti. Originally it was to be a custom run of 25 cars, but just 10 were built in 1967 and 1968, making the model extremely valuable. The ten NART Spiders used chassis numbers 09437, 09751, 10139, 10219, 10249, 10453, 10691, 10709, 10749, and 11057.
This particular example is silver and was displayed at the Ferrari museum in Italy next to founder, Enzo Ferrari’s desk. It is powered by a 3,285cc V12 engine that produces 300 hp @ 8000 rpm. It has 4 wheel disc brakes, 4 wheel independent suspension with A arms and coil springs, Borrani wire wheels with knock-off hubs and a rear mounted 5 speed manual transmission. It has a curb weight of 2,456 lbs and a top speed of 155 mph. The car was originally sold by Chinetti Motors in N.Y. for $14,400. A similar car sold in 2013 for $27,500,000. Festivals of Speed President Joe Sabatini had this to say: “The N.A.R.T. Spyders are a very special breed and we are extremely honored to present the Best of Show award to this fine vehicle.” Other unique vehicles include a 1959 250 GT Ferrari California Spyder that won the “Judges Choice” award and a 1905 Thomas Flyer that won the “Hollywood Wheels Race Prepared award.” The ultra-exotic Pagani Huayra was also on display alongside hundreds of exotic vehicles.
Festivals of Speed President Joe Sabatini commissioned nationally known artist Greg Hildebrandt to create a painting of the N.A.R.T for use as the official event poster. The original painting was then sold for $15,000 with 100% of the proceeds going direct to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.
The Festivals of Speed showcases the very best in both vintage and contemporary automotive, aircraft and motorcycle design. The event also features displays of luxury brands along with fine wines & spirits and culinary offerings. The itinerary for the weekend was as follows:
Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception, MCO. The Luxury Lifestyle Jetport Reception featured a display of vintage and contemporary exotic cars, aircraft, motorcycles, watercraft and luxury brand displays. The reception takes place in an aircraft hangar that was been transformed into a luxurious display of the finer things in life. Guests enjoyed gourmet food stations, premium brand open bars, exclusive wine and spirits tastings, live band, luxury brand displays and a live & silent auction that benefited the Tom & Kim Ruggie Family Foundation. Thom Richard the internationally known aviator was in attendance with his P-51 Mustang “Precious Metal”. Thom can be seen with his aircraft in the national advertising campaign of the of Breitling Watch Company. Also in attendance was Discovery Channels Mike Kennedy of “Airplane Repo” and Captain Winston Scott, USN-Ret. a former NASA astronaut. Winston E. Scott was selected by NASA and reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. He served as a mission specialist on STS-72 in 1996 and STS-87 in 1997, and has logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including 3 spacewalks totaling 19 hours and 26 minutes.
Wine Connoisseur’s Dinner, Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton. Saturday evening saw see the Wine Connoisseurs Dinner at the AAA Four Diamond NORMAN’S restaurant at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes presented by Rolls-Royce Orlando. The restaurant was closed to all but guests of Festivals of Speed for the evening. NORMAN’S showcases the menu of legendary Chef, Norman Van Aken. Chef Norman is known internationally as “the founding father of New World Cuisine” and is the only Floridian to be inducted into the prestigious “James Beard list of ‘Who’s Who”. Following dinner was a cigar and cognac under the stars tasting experience.
Sunday saw see a display of over 300 exotic cars, motorcycles and luxury brands placed for display on the pristine lawns and gardens of the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Automotive designs by Pagani, Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, Bugatti, BMW, Mercedes, TESLA, McLaren and more will all be on display. In addition guests will enjoyed fine wines, exciting culinary offerings, smooth jazz in the gardens, and luxury lifestyle displays featuring fine jewelry and timepieces.
Headquartered in Eustis, Florida, Festivals of Speed was founded as the ultimate luxury showcase for discerning enthusiasts with a passion for all forms of transportation. With a series of luxury lifestyle events scheduled throughout the year, Festivals of Speed displays the very best in automotive, aircraft, marine and motorcycle transportation with the finest luxury brands.