There are a lot of great festivals in the world. Wine festivals. Music festivals. Film festivals. Cherry festivals. Ghost festivals (or so says Wikipedia). I’m always down for a great festival, and nothing makes me more festive than a celebration of speed.
I fully expect that one day scientists will discover a genetic predisposition to speed. I expect to have that gene. Maybe even some mutated version that causes endorphins to flow with the extension of my right foot. So a $10 ticket to see/touch/sit in some of the finest and rarest automobiles to ever grace the planet is a no-brainer. From good ol’ American muscle exotic cars to 100 year old V16 monsters that strained to reach 100 mph, they’re all found at the Festival of Speed…and so am I.
This year, I drew my wife’s cousin’s stepson (what does that make us? absolutely nothing…which is what you are about to become) in the Christmas gift exchange. Ethan was 11 when we met a few years ago and we talked cars for quite a long time. Brooke suggested that I bring him along for to the FoS and I thought it was a smashing idea. So, too, did Craig, his stepdad. In fact, although he’s going to be painting and installing floors in the house he just bought that weekend, he had no qualms with ditching out for a Sunday among these stunning automobiles.
It was one second away from raining all day last year when I went to the show. It never actually did, but it was heavy cloud cover and made for some poor light and backgrounds for the photos. This year promises to be sunny. Maybe even too sunny. The forecast is for no cloud cover at all, which will be nice in the morning and evening, but can make for some harsh light and hard reflections of the chrome and glass of all these cars. I’m hoping a few clouds might spread themselves about to give me a little easy shooting light.
Either way, I’ll be happy to be there. Great photos are nice, but just seeing these cars, some of which might have only 2-3 examples left in the world, and getting to talk with their passionate owners and other car geeks makes it time well spent. I hope to get around to the other four FoS events this year, too. I’ve heard great things about the Amelia Island event.