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Follow a Ferrari to the Biloxi beach this weekend

Car lovers who gasp when a Ferrari or Lamborghini passes them on the interstate will be breathless as they stand amid a fleet of exotic cars in one place at this weekend’s first Biloxi Beach Exotic Car Fest.

The car meet will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Baja Beach Biloxi at 1785 Beach Blvd., along Restaurant Row. DJ entertainment and food are planned and an after party will continue the fun at the adjacent Pelican Wharf restaurant and its Sand Lot.

“We’re hoping to have a huge amount of exotic cars (that) people don’t see on a regular basis — cars they’ve only seen on television,” said Ivan Spinner, owner of Gulf Coast Exotic Auto in Biloxi.

The makes and models of this rolling artwork trip lightly off the tongue — Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, Mercedes AMG models, Bentley, Aston Martin, BMW M series, Audi R8, Rolls-Royce, McLaren and Lotus among them.

Mike Graham, sales manager at Gulf Coast Exotic Auto, said the luscious, deep-red Ferrari California on display in the shop on Pass Road will be at the festival, as will bright blue and yellow Lotuses and a silver Bentley that retails for $300,000 new. Private owners who drive these amazing cars are expected from throughout Mississippi and surrounding states.

“The cars are going to be spectacular,” said Rob Stinson, owner of Baja Beach Biloxi and Pelican Wharf, who is teaming up with Gulf Coast Exotic Auto and Vinnie’s Exotics in Baton Rouge to produce the show.

“I’m a car nut,” Stinson said. “I love cars.” He said this show is “completely unique and something new to the Gulf Coast.”

The west parking lot at Baja Beach will be roped off for the exotic cars, and visitors can park in the restaurant lots or across the street.

The after party will give people a chance to experience the new Sand Lot at Pelican Wharf, with its sand dodge ball and other activities.

“We’re actually the first location in the state that can legally serve alcohol in the sand,” Stinson said.

The location of the festival is ideal, he said. “It just makes sense to have fun down on the beach.”

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