The South Florida Exotic Toy Rally has completed its 6th Annual run through the streets of South Florida. On December 10th 200+ exotics from Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties embarked on a mission to raise a massive amount of money and a bounty of toys for the Toys for Tots Foundation. The procession of Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Maserati’s, Porsche’s, BMW’s, Mercedes Benz’s. and other uber-lux euro’s stretched a phenomenal 5+ miles, snaking its way through the streets of Ft Lauderdale making its way towards the highways and byways of South Florida.
Escorted by the fine men and women of the Broward Sheriffs Department, the conga-line of euro-auto’s passed easily through the streets as well as on and off the highways, not having to yield to any other motor vehicles at any point during the 35 mile run. Don’t get the wrong idea, this event is not an excuse to break the law and speed recklessly through the streets, while escorted by the police. Quite the opposite, in fact. Rarely did the string of euro’s ever get close to even the speed limit as the massive number of vehicles created a bit of a logistical nightmare for the police conducting the cruise. Safety was of utmost importance, and so at times the rally was brought to a halt while officers raced to stop traffic from creating a dangerous rubberneck situation. Kudos to them for pulling off the impossible during rush hour on a sunny Saturday.
The South Florida Exotic Toy Rally is really all about the kids. There is no question that everyone in attendance has the Toys for Tots Foundation first in their hearts. Thousands of toys were donated to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, in addition to over $10,000 in funds. Drivers congregated early in the morning at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale to get staged for the rally, and to get a quick sip of coffee. After a short drivers meeting, the crew embarked on the journey to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood with a pit-stop on the way at Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale. Shortly after Noon, all of the exotics had arrived in the Hotels parking lot and the donation was made to the United States Marine Corp and loaded into their 7-ton Tactical Vehicle (friggin’ tank). The event culminated with a group lunch and auction, the proceeds of which were all donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation.
Year after year the South Florida Exotic Toy Rally grows larger and larger, with more toys and more money being generously donated by the enthusiasts of South Florida. Not only is the event a great place to meet some fellow enthusiasts and check out some amazing euro-auto’s, but the feeling you get from the knowledge that your efforts will help thousands of children around the country makes the event even more important. If you happen to be in the area next year, please remember to check out this event. Even if you are not, please donate anything you can to the Toys for Tots Foundation in the spirit of the holidays.
Words by: Julian
Photo Credit: Ruckus