Beaufort News

Ferrari Club skips Bluffton, has full slate at Hutchinson Island

Stop your engines. It turns out the Ferrari Club of America's 2011 International Meet on Hutchinson Island this weekend won't include an event in Bluffton after all.

Local spokesman Tom Curry had announced that the series of events, which started Wednesday and will run through Sunday, would include a fun run and a Concours car show Saturday on Calhoun Street.

But after the city of Savannah agreed Wednesday to block off part of Broughton Street on Saturday to showcase hundreds of the slick Italian cars, the plans for Bluffton were canceled, Curry said.

Curry, of Bluffton, said he tried to sell the club on the town as a location but lost out because members felt there was more to do in Savannah.

Bluffton officials weren't too disappointed -- they didn't know the Ferrari Club was planning a pit stop anyway, according to facilities director Tammy Malone.

Malone said the club never approached the town or filled out a special-events application, which is required 30 days in advance.

Ferrari Club of America member Stephane Pedaggi said the "Ferraris on Broughton Street" event in Savannah will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday between Abercorn and Lincoln streets.

The international meet includes public events today and Saturday at the Westin Hotel Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa on Hutchinson Island. Admission is $20 for adults; $13 for ages 13 to 17 with student ID; and free for children 12 and under. Car events start at 9 a.m. and feature between 200 and 300 Ferraris of every model, Curry has said. A run-walk fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Association will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Pedaggi said the international meet will be "just incredible."

"We were shooting for it last year and did a promotional video," Pedaggi said of attracting the event, "but never thought we'd get it."