Rides & Smiles 2016 Trailer

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We were truly honored to be able to shoot this video with Southern Automotive Media Association’s (SAMA) Rides ‘n Smiles, held each year at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. This year’s event brought many of the world’s hottest performance cars together and offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to more than 150 cancer patients from Miami Children’s Hospital and Baptist Children’s Hospital of Miami and Homestead. It was great to collaborate with the Charis Culture magazine and Irina Aleksich on organizing all interviews.

With members of SAMA and even famed Group 44 driver Bill Adam himself in the driver’s seat, the children were able to experience the thrill of putting the fastest Dodge, Nissan, Porsche, Jaguar, Viper, Corvette and Ferraris through their paces on the 1.5-mile oval track. In the afternoon, attention turned to our nation’s often unsung heroes, as SAMA members provided hot laps to approximately 80 deserving Wounded Warriors in attendance.

Not only were some of the manufacturer’s latest and greatest vehicles — including the new 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat, a Chevy Corvette Z06 and a Nissan GT-R — on hand for the event, but several professional racing teams provide actual race cars, modified to include a passenger seat, and gave exhilarating rides to our nation’s bravest.

Of course, driving and riding around in these mechanical marvels was the main dish, but the car show that these beauties put on made for a satisfying appetizer, side and dessert.

Many thanks to Bill Adam and the Southern Automotive Media Association, which Automotive Addicts is proud to be a member of, for putting together and hosting such an amazing event. And thanks to Prestige Auto for bringing its dedicated team to work the event and thanks also to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the incredible hospitality.