The third annual Palm Beach Supercar Weekend, hailed as the worlds largest waterfront supercar show, was held on Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach overlooking the peaceful waterfront. This Intracoastal Waterway housed more than 400 high-end super cars and some of the most exclusive and powerful vehicles on the planet. In preparation for this well advertised, well attended, and much anticipated event, many of the city streets were temporarily closed to traffic to accommodate the show cars. There were many highlights, including the world's fastest street-legal production car, the SSC Ultimate Aero TT, the one-off Pinifarina designed Ferrari P4/5, Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari FXX, Buggati Veyron, Spyker C8, and even a McLaren F1.
This show provides an educational experience for all ages, allowing onlookers to understand and appreciate the passion and visions behind many of the world's greatest automobiles.
When the term Supercar was first coined in the 1960s it was used to describe the most prestigious designs and engineering advances applied to the common form of transportation, the automobile. The majority of Supercars are hand- made, tailored and designed to push the limits of speed. Often Supercars are not profitable for manufacturers. Some examples are valued at over $10 million dollars, and limited quantities are produced; thus many specimens become part of major collections which never see the light of day. Supercar Weekend carefully selects and invites Supercar owners from around the world to display their automobiles in a unique, prestigious and exciting atmosphere.
'We are so excited to bring the event to the public this year, the event originally started as a boutique event tailored to collectors and connoisseurs, has now become a platform for both collectors and luxury purveyors to showcase new technology, designs and prototypes. The event is beyond automobiles it is a celebration of Art, Speed and Design.' Said John Temerian of Supercar Weekend. Some of the featured cars that will drape Flagler Drive include the 251 mph Bugatti Veyron, the all new 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom Drop Head Coupe, the classic 1971 Lamborghini Miura, and the historical 1967 Ford J6 Lemans racing car.
This supercar festival was held on the same day as the Cavallino Classic Concorso, an exclusive Ferrari event held at the Breakers Hotel lawn about a mile away. With so many fast and exotic cars in one location, it was only a matter of time before the Florida Highway Patrol had to remind drivers of the mandated limitations of roadway driving. Apparently, around 40 sports cars were driving on Interstate 95 in a fashion indicative of a high performance machine. Some of the vehicles were clocked traveling over 20 mph the posted speed limit. Approximately 30 of the vehicles were pulled over and given tickets or warnings. The rest of the pack just kept on going and did not stop.
From a spectator's perspective, there are no disappointments with this show. It is truly spectacular and the warm Florida weather and picturesque views only heighten this uber-exotic car festival.