FRENCH LICK, IN (September 12, 2008) - The ultimate automotive lifestyle fantasy officially became a reality last weekend. Beginning Thursday, September 4th and lasting through Sunday, September 7th, the inaugural World Class Driving Festival not only offered visitors an exclusive chance to view some of the rarest exotic super cars in the world, but also gave them the opportunity to actually drive them as if they owned them throughout the course of the weekend.
In addition to renowned vehicles of the most highly sought after marques in the automotive industry that were driven by 162 guests, more than 2,500 visitors were also treated to an extremely rare display of collectible sports and race cars, worth over $50 million, from heralded icons such as Maserati, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Callaway Corvette, and Spyker Cars.
"And this truly was like no other husband show. Featured was a $50 million husband collection. Whew! Not only that, World Class Driving is a company that allows an individual to husband the featured cars, and we did! Tagging this "an affordable fantasy," I'd say this was a dream come true for the participants." Bobby J
"Our goal introducing the World Class Driving Festival at West Baden Springs Hotel & French Lick Resort was to keep automotive enthusiasts' dream alive by offering them a truly one-of-a-kind, unique experience," says World Class Driving Partner Jean Paul Libert. "We are elated to see such an enormously positive response from the participants who attended. We provided an opportunity for them to see some of the most acclaimed vehicles ever made and allowed them a personal, tangible experience by getting them behind the wheel of some automotive legends. That is what our event was all about." Libert adds, "We are on the right track to making the World Class Driving Festival at the West Baden Springs Hotel & French Lick Resort the 'Pebble Beach' concourse of the Midwest."
"I attended an exotic car festival this past weekend from a company called World Class Driving. What an incredible experience. Let me just say, cruising in a Ferrari F430 Spyder is a pretty cool thing." Tony B
With a colourful history dating back to the 1800s that includes a guest list comprised of American presidents and famous entertainers, West Baden Springs Hotel's sweeping grandeur was a perfect venue for the World Class Driving Festival. The magnificent 43,000 square foot domed atrium that rests as the centrepiece of the West Baden Springs Hotel became filled to capacity with $30 million dollars worth of legendary auto manufacturers' exotic and super cars. In addition to the gorgeous facility, the venue offered perfect accompaniments including fine dining and cigars, golfing, car service in a Rolls Royce Phantom to and from the French Lick Casino, and a state of the art Spa.
The first Motor Trend and Automobile Sponsored World Class Driving Festival also offered lavish, as well as charitable events to entertain guests throughout the weekend. The live auction held at the Spyker Cars Gala alone was able to raise $45,000 for Paul Newman's "Hole in the Wall Foundation" which provides an experience of a lifetime to children affected with life threatening illnesses. Some items that were auctioned off included rare test drives in the $1.8 million dollar Bugatti Veyron as well as an all-encompassing exclusive getaway experience at the 24 Hours of Les Mans donated by Spyker Cars.
Mark Bommarito, Vice President of the French Lick Resort and West Baden Springs Hotel says,
"Next year's Festival is scheduled to take place the first week of September, 2009. Between now and then we are excited to further develop the activities that compliment the program. In addition to the driving experience and incredible collection of cars, we intend to add new activities that will further exemplify the uniqueness of our event, including powerboats and live music as well as some celebrity appearances. We simply cannot wait!"