“Besides having Formula One Cars, NASCARs, Vintage Cars and Formula IV cars, families who attend Funfest will also have the opportunity to meet Emerson Fittipaldi and many of his racecar-driver friends.”
Racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi is a family man with 7 children; his oldest is 44, his youngest is seven. A philanthropist and the CEO of Fittipaldi, LLC, he’s married to Rossana the mother of Emmo (his namesake) and Vittoria, his youngest. When Emerson won his first Formula One World Championship in 1972, he was the youngest champion in F1 history as well as the first Brazilian to win an F1 Championship. His father, Wilson Fittipaldi, Sr., was announcing the race. Eventually, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2001. A long-time Key Biscayne resident, he will host the Fittipaldi Family Funfest in the Spring of 2019 in conjunction with CARRUM, an international automobile competition, to be held at Crandon Golf Club, Marine Stadium and Key Biscayne. There will be food trucks and drink stands offering up, among other things, a Fittipaldi Fizz. The most exciting part will be the “races” for the kids in front of the Key Biscayne Community Center — the winner will get an autographed prize from Emerson himself. Sunday is “Brunch by the Bay” with many of the same cars and a lovely brunch at noon. Kids will have the opportunity to drive racecars and go-carts on simulators. The event will culminate with a talk by Emerson and an auction of a signed helmet from one of his several wins. Many charities will benefit from the event including Eternity & Grace, a non-profit that reaches out to underdeveloped areas of Brazil and Africa to educate children. Eternity & Grace’s next venture is closer to home in Hialeah and the surrounding areas.