Exotics on Las Olas exhibition encourages young car enthusiasts – Robb Report

Visitors to South Florida know that it’s impossible to drive a day without seeing a number of exciting contemporary cars. This coming weekend, however, the area is becoming a hotbed of automotive action with the fourth annual Exotics on Las Olas (ELO4) in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The outdoor event, held Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is orchestrated with support from the City of Fort Lauderdale and, unlike so many contests, is free to the public.

The Family Affair offers a glimpse of over 250 vehicles parked along Las Olas Boulevard (SE 6th Avenue to SE 11th Avenue), and is a great way to engage young enthusiasts in the automotive hobby. Conversations are encouraged between spectators, their children and the owners of the automobiles presented, most of the latter eager to share their knowledge and experience. But it’s not just new exotics; there are machines spanning a century of automotive history. “This year is set to be the biggest event yet,” said Floyd Rag, founder and producer of the show.

Each being a supercar in its day, a Lamborghini Miura and a vintage racing car form an impressive juxtaposition on the street.

Photo: Courtesy of Exotics on Las Olas.

The Sunday party is preceded by a private gathering at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, with most participants parking on the Boulevard the next day. Contemporary hypercars will also be in force, with brands like Bugatti, Pagani and Koenigsegg drawing crowds like few four-wheelers can, and taking center stage with models like the Bugatti Chiron and Pagani Huayra.

Ferraris like the Monza SP2, Enzo and LaFerrari can rub shoulders with rarities from the northern Alps, such as the Porsche 918 Spyder and a variety of 911 GTs. And across the Channel, Aston Martin models compete for attention with McLaren’s Senna and P1. Rare curiosities include the Glickenhaus SCG and examples of Hennessey, as well as several generations of Ford GTs.

A McLaren Senna at the Exotics on Las Olas car show in Fort Lauderdale.

A McLaren Senna at a previous edition of the Exotics on Las Olas auto show in Fort Lauderdale.

Photo: Courtesy of Exotics on Las Olas.

Last year’s race also brought together some collector’s classics, with historic treasures like the Lamborghini Miura and, much earlier, a Brass-Era racer. This year’s vehicles will be organized into categories including Race Car Row, Classic Car Row, Million-Dollar Row, Supercar Row and Dealer Row, offering a showcase for each type of machine.

As is the measure of any good auto show, there will be a philanthropic component. The non-profit beneficiary of ELO4 sponsors will be the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund. The charity provides emergency assistance to ease the financial distress of eligible disabled veterans and their families residing in the state.

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