Beaufort News

Ferrari Club to bring sporty rides to Savannah

Area Ferrari enthusiasts might be surprised to find out the Ferrari Club of America's annual international meet on Savannah's Hutchinson Island is not just about admiring the slick Italian sports cars.

Though the cars are the main draw at the event, Tom Curry, a local spokesman for the club's meeting to be held June 8 through 12, said the show will offer more for Ferrari fans and their families.

A walk/run at 8 a.m. June 11 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa on Hutchinson Island will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Association and a Concours car show and fun run at 4 p.m. at the Calhoun Street Promenade in old town Bluffton are just a few of the events families can join in on. The festival also will feature a Concours Ferrari show June 10 on the Westin Practice Course on Hutchinson Island and a Formula 1 race track day, Curry said.

On June 10, a private auction at the resort's grand ballroom will raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, according to an event news release.

Curry said the meet, which will feature between 200 and 300 Ferraris of every make and model, is expected to draw thousands. Last year's meet, held in New Jersey, raised about $21,000 for the Hepatitis B Foundation, he said.

Curry said organizers are hoping to raise at least $100,000 from admission and the charity run at the track.

This is the first time the club has opened some of the event to the public.

"Unless the event has a tremendous turnout, it is unlikely that it will return to Savannah," Curry said. "It's probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing."

Curry said organizers need volunteers for each day of the meet. Volunteers receive free admission and a T-shirt.