FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (30 August 2021 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida) -- The Fort Lauderdale Concours (FTLC) is pleased to announce Lotus Cars USA, the innovative sports and racing car manufacturer, as the presenting sponsor of its 1st annual event. Showcasing an elegant display of classic cars, lifestyle curations, fine art, and live music, the FTLC will be held on Friday, 29 October 2021 from 5pm - 10pm on the rooftop event space of the Las Olas Parking Garage at the Intracoastal Waterway (200 Las Olas Circle, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316). Tickets are now on sale. 


“We are thrilled to partner with Lotus, a daring company that has been mavericks in the automotive industry,” states Maria Jannace, Founder and CEO of FTLC & The New York City Concours (TNYCC), which had its immensely successful premiere in September 2019. “Lotus values the history and heritage of the automobile while continually pushing to innovate and that forward-thinking vision mirrors our own mission to honor the concours d’elegance universe through reinvention.”


“The FTLC is creating a bold, electric event that speaks directly to our audience of passionate car enthusiasts and we just had to be a part of it,” explains Geoff Dowding, Executive Director, Sales and Aftersales of Group Lotus. “Maria’s rooftop concours series is at the forefront of reimaging a new standard for classic car exhibitions for future generations.” 


Ticketing for the limited capacity FTLC is comparable with concours events, while offering added entertainment experiences. From now until September 30th, Advanced VIP tickets are $125.00 and $150.00 starting October 1st. Additionally, in collaboration with the renowned Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS, running 27-31 October), a discounted combination ticket can be purchased for the FTLC and FLIBS Windward VIP Experience (Friday only) for $420.00--offering a unique confluence of the automotive and recreational marine enthusiast in an ambiance of grandeur not previously presented. 


Admission to the FTLC’s reinvented “classic car show” includes:


  • Classic Automobiles: 35+ rarely-seen, iconic cars including the Lotus Emira

  • Cocktails and Canapes: Denison Yachting Sunset Rooftop Lounge, including specialty spirits and wine tastings

  • Sneaker Curation: Mixed media artist Matt Senna will curate a high-end collectable sneaker display that will match select cars on display

  • Sweepstakes: Premiere online watch magazine HODINKEE will host a sweepstakes for a $5k watch, attendees can opt-in at time of ticket purchase

  • Fine Art: Acclaimed automotive custom artist Ray Drea will be creating a stylized art piece of the Lotus Emira painted live during the event and will feature a gallery of his completed works plus other fine and pop artists

  • Live Music and DJ: Valerie Tyson Band, an eight piece electrifying band specializing in top 40 popular music, Jazz, Classic Rock, R&B, and Reggae and international DJ Anna de Ferran aka ADF 

  • Fashion: Zaddy fashion component

  • Stunning Venue: Rooftop with 360º view of the city’s picturesque beach, Intracoastal waterway, marina and downtown skyline  


Charitable partners are the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), and the RPM Foundation which will have a presence at the event. Go to https://www.ftlconcours.com/tickets to purchase.


For further details on the FTLC, including exhibits, sign up for updates at ftlconcours.com

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Janine McGoldrick

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About Maria Jannace

Maria Jannace is the Founder/CEO of Fort Lauderdale Concour and The New York City Concours. Originally from and currently living in New York City, Jannace founded her advertising and sports management company Maxim Creative Group and Maxim Sports Management, Inc., in Fort Lauderdale in the late 1980’s. Among her clients were the Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins and Florida Panthers as well as the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival for whom she did pro-bono marketing and advertising.


After relocating her businesses to New York City, Jannace created and managed the Red Bull Formula 1 Driver Search, a successful program with the mission to find, fund and nurture young American talent aspiring to compete in the pinnacle of motor racing, and was also the marketing agent for F1 and IndyCar World Champion Nigel Mansell. She also served as public relations director and co-director for the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance and before that was Chief Marketing Officer for Lime Rock Park, Connecticut’s renowned historic racing circuit. Jannace founded The New York City Concours (TNYCC), the first-ever rooftop concours, in 2019.


About Lotus https://www.lotuscars.com/en-US/

Group Lotus is based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK – home to its sports and hypercar manufacturing operations, Lotus Advanced Performance Centre and the iconic 2.2-mile test track. It is part of Geely Automotive, the fastest growing automotive group in the world. Geely has a 51% controlling stake, with 49% owned by Etika Automotive, a Malaysian conglomerate.


Lotus Cars builds world-class, high-performance cars, born out of legendary successes on the race track including 13 FIA Formula 1 world titles and many other championship honours. In July 2021 it unveiled the all-new Lotus Emira, its last and best-of-breed petrol-powered sports car. The first customer cars will be delivered in 2022. In July 2019 it launched the Evija, the world’s first all-electric British hypercar.


Lotus Engineering provides a comprehensive consultancy service which works with many of the world's OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and other clients outside of the automotive sector. It is internationally recognised for its long-standing contribution to ground-breaking engineering and vehicle development. An international consultancy with offices around the world, Lotus Engineering is headquartered at the Lotus Advanced Technology Centre on the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne Campus in the UK.


About Denison Yachting https://www.denisonyachtsales.com/

About Holman Motorcars https://www.holmanmotorcars.com/

About Truist https://www.truist.com/

Sponsors: A full list of all sponsors/partners can be found here.

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