Jet Dragster Champion Elaine Larsen Talks Speed With Florida Fine Cars

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Jet car champion Elaine Larsen, owner of Larsen Motorsports, left, with driver Kat Moller, right, at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach.

PALM BEACH GARDENS – Talk about fast!

Race car driver Elaine Larsen’s fearsome jet-propelled rocket car drew crowds of the curious last month during a visit to the popular Cars & Coffee Palm Beach car meet up. With 5,000 pounds thrust on a 1,200 pound frame, the sleek dragster can reach speeds of over 300 mph.

Admirers couldn’t help but marvel at a driver who steers a fireball.

“People want to know how fast does it go,” Larsen said. “It’s 0 to 100 mph in one second and 0 to 280 mph in 5.5 seconds. The fastest I’ve been is 336 miles.”

Florida Fine Cars — an official Cars & Coffee sponsor — caught up with Larsen at the popular car meet up to talk about her need for speed.FFC Logo New Car

“The cars only weigh 1,350 fully fueled with the driver in it so every single pound makes a difference. We will do a quarter mile pass at a time, and burn 22 gallons of jet fuel. In 5.5 seconds it’s over,” Larsen explained. “They’re fun, they’re different. We take the engine right off the airplane and re-purpose it for the cars. We make it do things it was never meant to do.” 

Larsen said it costs about $150,000 to build a jet car and about $500,000 to keep the racing team running (spare engine, spare after burners, tires, starters, fuel controls, and driver salaries).

Check out the video below to hear Larsen talk about her cool jet car!

Jet Car Racing is a Dream Come True

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Cars & Coffee Palm Beach draws thousands of car enthusiasts every month. The event is held at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall.

Larsen fell in love with jet cars when she was 18. But her path to becoming a race car driver was unusual. She was raised in a Mennonite community, which shied away from technology.

“As Mennonites, we could have cars that were plain. If it had a radio, we would have to take it out,” she recalled. “The wheels would have to be very plain. My family just couldn’t understand why I would want to drive a race car.”

She married Chris Larsen at a young age and the rest is history. The couple moved to Florida when she was 21 and she’s been chasing her dream ever since.

Chris Larsen is an air frame and power plant mechanic who worked for the Cessna Corporation before partnering with his wife to start Larsen Motorsports in Palm Bay, FL. Larsen’s car is sponsored by the Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne), whose students work closely with the Larsens to learn every aspect of the jet car from the body to the chassis to fabrication.

Larsen Motorsports operates a team of six cars with four more in production.

“People who like to go fast, people who like exotic things (love these cars),” Larsen noted. “These are exotic. There are probably only about 25 of these cars running today.

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Elaine Larsen talked speed with Florida Fine Cars at the July 30th Cars & Coffee Palm Beach.

“There’s nothing on the planet like a jet car to drive because there is no power to the tires. It’s thrust-driven. It’s like the tires are floating on ice,” Larsen said.“The part I like about drag racing is that the race is won and lost in just a few seconds.”

Larsen won back-to-back titles from the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) jet dragster championships in 2014 and 2015.

She also knows firsthand about risk. In 2011, her jet-fueled dragster crashed nose-first into a wall in Columbus, Ohio. Larsen’s skull still carries the titanium screws that were inserted to repair the damage from that crash.

“The wreck actually made me go full throttle faster,” she said. “I don’t want to be afraid to do what I want to do.”

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Driver Kat Moller shows off her jet-propelled dragster to car enthusiasts at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach.

Larsen Motorsports Aims for the Next Generation of Drivers

Cars & Coffee affords the Larsens a chance to promote the sport of drag racing and also promote their relationship with the Florida Institute of Technology students who work with them to keep the race cars going.coffeecup

“The coolest part about us is very early on we learned we like to work with the younger generation. Chris loved to show the kids what to do,” Larsen said.

Cars & Coffee Palm Beach draws thousands of car enthusiasts to the Palm Beach Outlets Mall, at 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. The event showcases an array of vintage, classic, custom and exotic cars and features 1,500 to 3,000 show vehicles and 30+ vendors every month.

The July 30th event attended by the Larsens was Cars & Coffee’s “Christmas in July Benefit Toy Drive.”

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Shopping Easy

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami. 

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and test drive the car of your dreams.

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Florida Fine Cars Meets the “AutoGeek” at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach

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Mike Phillips, host of the Autogeek’s detailing how-to videos, discussed polishing techniques with Florida Fine Cars.

NORTH PALM BEACH – Auto detailing guru Mike Phillips loves to talk about shiny cars.

“I have made a career out of showing people how to remove swirls,” chuckled Phillips, one of the foremost experts on auto detailing and paint restoration. “For 30 years I’ve been teaching people how to polish paint.”

Florida Fine Cars caught up with the Stuart resident at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach, where the YouTube sensation and host of Autogeek’s detailing how-to videos fielded questions about detailing, demonstrated polishing techniques and posed for pictures with fans.FFC Logo New Car

Autogeek’s detailing tip segments have been featured on the My Classic Car TV show for five years. In recent years, Phillips has also been featured in tip segments on the TV shows Two Guys Garage with Willie B. and Kevin Byrd, Two Guys Garage with Bryan Fuller, Truck U with Bruno Massel and Matt Steele, and Motorhead Garage with Sam and Dave.

Phillips also hosted Autogeek’s What’s In The Garage? TV show which saw a successful two-season run on the FOX Sports Network.

“I take what I know and show people how to do something,” Phillips explained. “A lot of people think polishing paint starts with a buffer. It really starts with your brain.”

Detailing a car properly can be more challenging than it looks and learning how to get it right can take a little time, he explained. Car enthusiasts get a new toy and then realize they don’t know how to keep it looking sharp.

“I got this now. What do I do?” It’s a scenario that commonly plays out among new car owners everywhere, he noted.

What’s more, modern paints are more difficult to work by hand because they have changed since the 1980s and some car owners resist using rotary polishing tools because they don’t understand them, Phillips said.

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Mike Phillips runs a Griot’s Garage 6″ random orbital over his hand to demonstrate its safety.

They envision disaster when they think of using a rotary polishing tool.

“They think all tools are dangerous but a lot of the new tools are very safe,” he explained.

To prove it, he demonstrated the safety of a Griot’s Garage 6” random orbital by running it across his hand and then the hand of a spectator. The whirring polisher did little more than tickle, as a fan watched admiringly.

“He’s the expert,” the man gushed. “He is the authority when it comes to making sure the finish of a car is perfect!”

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Mike Phillips talks detailing with a fan at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach.

Phillips is the author of five how-to books on car and boat detailing. His books include:

  • The Art of Detailing
  • The Complete Guide to a Show Car Shine
  • How to use the FLEX XC3401 VRG Dual Action Orbital Polisher
  • How to use the RUPES BigFoot Paint Polishing System
  • How to Detail Boats with Marine 31

Shop Florida Fine Cars at Three Convenient Locations

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in Hollywood and Miami. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

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Florida Fine Cars Marlins Ticket Giveaway is a Hit!

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Florida Fine Cars employees Cesar Pentzke & sales associate Kelly Wallace hype the Florida Fine Cars Marlins ticket scavenger hunt on social media.

MIAMI – Take me out to the ballgame!

Florida Fine Cars did just that in August when the used car giant donated five tickets to the Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants game as part of an ongoing effort to give back to the community. Two lucky customers went home HAPPY!

But the family-owned dealership didn’t simply give the tickets away. The winners had to first find them by participating in scavenger hunts at the Hollywood and Miami dealerships where the tickets had been concealed.FFC Logo New Car

“We had the tickets well hidden in the showrooms in Miami and Hollywood,” explained Florida Fine Cars social media guru Cesar Pentzke.

In Hollywood, two tickets had been hidden in the manager’s podium near a plate of cookies. In Miami, three other tickets had been stuffed into a flowerpot in the center of the showroom in Miami.

FloridaMarlinslogoThe Miami winner couldn’t stop smiling after he found the hidden tickets.

“I’m going to give one of the tickets to my friend. She lost her father last night,” he said moments after winning. “I think it’s destiny for me to take her and just warm her heart up. Thank you Florida Fine Cars, thank you very, very much!”

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Happy Marlins ticket winer shows off his prize!

Pentze and sales associate Kelly Wallace hyped the giveway on social media to drum up interest, then sat back and watched the fun.

“It was a great time,” Pentzke said.”We went around the dealerships seeking Marlins fans and then let them know there were tickets hidden in the dealerships”

Variety, Price, Service Keep Customers Coming Back

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in Hollywood and Miami. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

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UFC Fighter Gilbert Burns Joins Florida Fine Cars at Cars & Coffee Meetup

 

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UFC fighter Gilbert “Durinho” Burns, left, faces off with world renowned barber Melvin Sanchez at the Cars & Coffee  meet & greet in Palm Beach, FL.

UFC fighter Gilbert “Durino” Burns stood outside the Florida Fine Cars booth during a recent Cars & Coffee car meet and posed for photos with enthusiastic fans.

The popular mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter is training for a September 16th fight in Pittsburg, PA but took time out of his busy schedule for a meet and greet. Florida Fine Cars is supporting the Delray Beach fighter and also provides healthy snacks for kids’ classes at the Combat Club gym in Lantana where Burns teaches and trains.

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UFC MMA fighter Gilbert “Durinho” Burns trains with UFC fighter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.

“All the support is welcome,” said the Brazilian native, whose wife Bruna teaches children’s Jiu-Jitsu classes at the Combat Club. “It’s not very often we have it. When we have that the kind of support that makes my job easier.”

Burns is a world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with an MMA record of 11-2-0 (win-loss-draw). He’s winding down 8-weeks of intensive training in preparation for his upcoming fight against Jason Saggo (12-3-0).

But fighting tactics, strategy, conditioning and diet aren’t his only focus. He’s also a martial arts instructor at the Combat Club with a soft spot in his heart for kids.

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UFC fighter Gilbert Burns ties a purple belt around the waist of Titan FC pro fighter Steven Mowry during a belt ceremony at the Combat Club. Mowry won his most recent fight Titan FC 45 via KO.

Burns runs the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school at the Combat Club where he recently conducted a formal “belt ceremony” to recognize the hard work of dozens of adults and children who train and take classes at the Combat Club. Nearly 100 people, along with Florida Fine Cars, attended the event. Florida Fine Cars provided healthy snacks and water.FFC Logo New Car

During the ceremony, students received colored belts or received stripes for their belts in recognition of their advancing skills. Students ranged from preschoolers to adults in their 50s.

Burns, who’s been teaching at the Combat Club since January, presented two brown belts, two  purple belts and two blue belts to his adult students during the ceremony.

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Gilbert Burns, left, trains with world class MMA trainer Henry Hooft.

The Combat Club is a unique place where pro fighters can be found training a stone’s throw away from young martial arts students, who get to meet and watch real MMA fighters put their skills to work in the ring.

“The kids love the program. It’s run by my wife and she just has natural skills with the kids. The program is growing fast,” said Burns, whose own young sons Pedro, 4, and Joshua, 3, have practically grown up watching their parents teach and fight. Like her husband, Bruna Burns has a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu.

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Bruna Burns explains a Jiu-Jitsu move to two students at the Combat Club.

The adult Jiu-Jitsu team at the Combat Club is already making a name for itself. The team took first place in the 2017 New Breed Ultimate Challenge U.S. Nationals in Coral Springs in June, Burns said proudly.

“We were the No. 1 team in just a couple months of working,” he noted with a grin. “We have a great facility. The first thing you gotta do if you’re going to get into a gym, into a martial arts school – you need to know the history: where do they come from, what do they do? You need to do the research and see who you are going to put your kids with. Who is going to teach your kids.”

Florida Fine Cars Offers Quality Used Cars at Three Convenient Locations

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in Hollywood and Miami. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

 

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Florida Fine Cars’ Top Sales Reflect Great Service and Great Cars

Florida Fine Cars has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood & Miami.

What makes a great car dealership great? Is it the choices, the convenience or the brand?

Car shoppers today are looking for great value at great prices and they want to be treated like royalty the moment they step onto the lot. And why not? The Internet has leveled the playing field so that small dealers can promote themselves and advertise their inventory just as successfully as large ones.FFC Logo New Car

The edge comes down to incredible inventory, fantastic prices and impeccable customer service, the hallmark of a successful buying experience.

April, May Top Sellers Understand the Value of Follow Up and Persistence

Florida Fine Cars puts customers first, which is why the family-owned dealership was recently included in Auto Remarketing’s list of “Top 100” independent dealers in the nation. It’s no small feat and one that several Florida Fine Cars sales associates have taken to heart, making them the company’s top sellers month after month.

Florida Fine Cars’ top April sellers include repeat winners Aimee Miller, of the Miami store, with the sale of 18.5 used cars; Adrian Alejo of the Hollywood store, with the sale of 15 used cars; and Moe Eisa, of the West Palm Beach store, with the sale of 33 used cars.

May’s top sellers included Tyrone Thompson, of the Miami store, with the sale of 22.5 used cars; Adrian Alejo, of the Hollywood store, with the sale of 16 used cars; and Moe Eisa, of the West Palm Beach store, with the sale of 30 used cars.

Congratulations to all for an incredible two months!

All four sales associates attribute their success to referrals, friendly customer service and continual support until the deal is sealed.

Exceptional Dealerships Do More Than Sell Cars

Running a great dealership is dependent on great sales associates. But what makes a dealership exceptional? Let’s look at other factors that separate a great dealership from one that is just good:

  1. Great Products: Car dealerships are all about selling cars. But to be truly great, a business has to offer a product that stands out from the crowd. Florida Fine Cars is known for its variety of quality used cars with an emphasis on luxury for less. Our buyers purchase only the highest quality used cars for sale so our customers can drive home the best used cars around.
  2. Incredible Service: With fierce competition in the used car business, it takes more than shiny cars to stand out. Customers today are looking for great service and if they don’t find it, they will post negative reviews on online review sites to voice their displeasure. Florida Fine Cars has been nationally recognized by Yelp! And DealerRater for its exceptional customer service. “Yelp” and “DealerRater” recently presented the family-owned car dealership with their highest customer service awards, a unique distinction based on Florida Fine Cars’  high volume of outstanding online customer reviews.“The People Love Us on Yelp” award and DealerRater’s “2017 Consumer Satisfaction Award” are tribute to the dealership’s dedication to excellence. 
    “Took care of us as the only customer. Give professional sincere advice and recommendation as required. It’s the place I recommend and advice. Clean, comfortable and well served lounge,” wrote one customer on DealerRater after purchasing a used car at the Hollywood store.
  3. Dedicated Staff: A motivated staff that is determined to go the extra mile for customers is what every dealership needs to succeed, extending from the workers who wash the cars to the sales personnel and finance directors. Everyone has to work together to make the machine run smoothly. Florida Fine Cars national sales rankings and customer service awards are evidence that the company is comprised of passionate people who love what they do and love to see happy, satisfied customers.Social media makes it even easier for customers to voice approval or disapproval about a product or service so it is essential that everyone works together these days to provide the best customer experience possible.
  4. Community Involvement: Believe it or not, it’s not always just about the money. A car dealership’s links to its own community and its level of philanthropy can be factors that turn the tables for some customers, who want to purchase vehicles from a good neighbor. Supporting charitable causes are deeds that don’t go unnoticed. Customers sometimes want buy from businesses that are standout community members. Florida Fine Cars regularly sponsors community events to underscore its connection to the community it serves.

Variety, Price, Service Keep Customers Coming Back

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in Hollywood and Miami. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

#floridafinecars #usedcars #coolcars #carshopping #carinfo

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Florida Fine Cars Supports St. Jude Hospital & Cancer Research

Cancer and kids are a painful combination.stjudelogo

That’s why Florida Fine Cars is supporting two upcoming fundraisers to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a comprehensive cancer center known for pediatric cancer research.

The Memphis-based children’s hospital has organized simultaneous fundraising events in Miami and West Palm Beach for September 23rd. Florida Fine Cars is supporting both events. The used card dealership has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami.

“Everyone knows someone who’s been diagnosed with cancer but when it’s a child, it’s even harder to accept,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “St. Jude’s is a front-runner in cancer research and saving lives. Our dealership wants to be a part of that.”

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Used cars at Florida Fine Cars West Palm Beach.

Donations large and small are what keep the Memphis-based research hospital operating. According to St. Jude regional event specialist Rebecca Torres, it costs $2.2 million a day to run the hospital, 75 percent of which comes from donors like Florida Fine Cars.

“Every donation, no matter how big or how small, helps St. Jude tremendously,” Torres noted.

Money raised at the upcoming St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Miami and Palm Beach County will go back to the hospital to help further its mission: Finding cures and saving children.FFC Logo New Car

“Donations allow us to ensure that no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. We really want to make sure that parents can focus on helping their child get healthy,” Torres explained.

St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent in 1962 when it first opened to 80 percent today.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a front runner in pediatric cancer research.

Torres met with Florida Fine Cars employees in
early July to discuss the hospital’s mission, explain its funding needs and solicit support for its mission. Florida Fine Cars was an easy sell.

“It’s a great cause. Who wouldn’t want to help find a cure for kids with cancer? If Florida Fine Cars can contribute in some small way, count us in,” Suid said.

Doctors at St. Jude treat everything from brain tumors, Leukemia/Lymphoma and infectious diseases including immunodeficiency diseases, blood disorders, sickle cell disease and solid tumors.

St. Jude makes it easy for families to pick up their lives and move to Memphis to receive the best treatment in the world.  Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

“Imagine that your child is diagnosed with cancer or another life threatening illness, and St. Jude is the best place for them to be,” Torres said. “When you arrive, you don’t have to think about where you’re going to live, what you’re going to eat or how you’re going to afford treatment for the next few years. You have peace of mind to be able to spend time with your child and not have to worry about all that other stuff.”

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Florida Fine Cars has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood & Miami.

Florida Fine Cars is a family-owned dealership with a history of civic-involvement. In recent months the used car dealer has sponsored the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches youth concert and a fishing tournament/car show that benefited Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit created to prevent child sexual abuse through education.

Family-Owned Used Car Business Offers Huge Selection

Florida Fine Cars offers over 1,000 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami. 

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and test drive the car of your dreams.

#floridafinecars #usedcars #StJude #carinfo #savelives

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Cars & Coffee Serves Up Florida Fine Cars

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Cars & Coffee is a monthly car meet at the Palm Beach Outlets featuring cool cars, vendors and food trucks.

WEST PALM BEACH – Who doesn’t like cars and coffee?

Florida Fine Cars is a fan of both and recently joined up with the popular Cars & Coffee Palm Beach car meet up, which draws thousands of car enthusiasts to the Palm Beach Outlets mall, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.

The event, founded almost four years ago,  showcases an array of vintage, classic, custom and exotic cars in an easy to access venue that features 1,500 to 3,000 show vehicles and 30+ vendors every month.

Florida Fine Cars took some of its finest wheels on the road on June 11th to the popular car show and in a show of community support.coffeecup

The family-owned car dealership has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami.

“Cars & Coffee is a great opportunity for Florida Fine Cars to network with other car lovers, meet local business owners and support the community,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing manager Jamie Suid. “We hope to participate regularly.”

The event was founded by John Zeilinga, a Plantation firefighter and auto enthusiast who initially arranged a small car meet in Boynton Beach. The event achieved a loyal following and quickly blossomed into one of the largest car meets around, requiring a switch in venue in 2015.

FFC Logo New Car“From the unveiling of rare hyper cars to showcasing one-of-a-kind customs, the show strives to offer something for everyone,” according to the event website.

“There is something for everybody,” said Lana Vegosen Galati, director of marketing for Cars & Coffee. “Because it is South Florida we have access to certain types of vehicles that maybe other people wouldn’t. We do our best to get very attractive and interesting showcases. You could have a multi-million dollar car parked right next to a Rat Rod and everybody respects everybody else.”

The monthly events, which run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. one Sunday a month, feature food trucks, vendors and displays. There’s something for everyone.

It’s popularity earned Cars & Coffee Palm Beach the title of “King of Cars & Coffee” (U.S.) for 2016. The event was the first show on the East Coast to feature W Motors’ Lykan & Fenyr (prototype); Aston Martin DB11 (prototype); Lexus LC500 (prototype); Jaguar 7; and McLaren 570S & GT.

Other recent showcase vehicles have included: “The BADD (Ford) GT” Johnny Bohmer Racing’s World’s Fastest Streetcar; 1 of 1 1967 GT500 Convertible Prototype (estimated to be worth $20 million, and owned by local enthusiast Brian Styles); and numerous collector, custom, and/or vintage Paganis, Bugattis, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, race cars, classics, muscle cars and imports.

Florida Fine Cars Takes Pride in Community Involvement

Florida Fine Cars marketing assistant Cesar Pentzke was wowed by the pet-friendly June 11th event. If you’re looking for something fun to do, it’s a great choice, he said.

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Car enthusiasts admire some cool cars at a recent Cars & Coffee event in West Palm Beach.

“There were all sorts of different vehicles with proud owners ready to show off their unique vehicles to the crowd of spectators.  The show is $5 to enter your vehicle for show and it’s free for spectators to come and check out,” Pentzke said.  “The event itself has a very fun vibe with people all over the place casually walking around and getting an inside look at some of these impressive vehicles.”

Interested in auto sound systems or some other type of auto accessories? There are plenty to check out!

“I got into one of the trucks that had a sound system (6 x15″ speakers) and the power behind those things literally make a t shirt float in the air,” Pentzke said. “They have food trucks and vendors at the event as well so it really is a notable event for the public to come and enjoy a morning.”

The next Cars & Coffee event is the third annual “Christmas in July Benefit Toy Drive” planned for 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 30th.

 

Other upcoming Cars & Coffee dates include August 27th, September 24th, October 29th, November 19th and December 3rd.

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Shopping Easy

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami. 

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and test drive the car of your dreams.

#floridafinecars #usedcars #cars&coffee #carinfo #carshopping

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Florida Fine Cars Makes Auto Remarketing’s “Top 100” Dealer List

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MIAMI – Florida Fine Cars, a family-owned independent used car dealer, has been nationally ranked by Auto Remarketing Magazine as one of the top used car dealers in the industry. The dealership has stores in Miami, West Palm Beach and Hollywood.

Florida Fine Cars’ 2016 annual sales qualified the dealership for inclusion in the magazine’s annual “Top 100 Used Car Dealers” list. Dealers were selected for the “Top 100” list based on dealer rankings data provided by Cross-Sell Reports, which collects sales data via state Departments of Motor Vehicles, according to the magazine.FFC Logo New Car

Florida Fine Cars Miami was also included in the magazine’s “Top 25 Traditional Model Independent Dealers” list, a high honor that distinguishes used car dealers based on high-volume sales. National chains were not included in either list.

Quality Inventory and Great Service Equal Strong Sales

The rankings focus on “some of the strongest used-car selling independent stores in the country,” Auto Remarketing notes. “The dealers we spotlight in this feature represent some of the strongest in pre-owned performance.”Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 7.24.29 PM

The “Top 100” list was published in Auto Remarketing’s June 1, 2017 edition.

Florida Fine Cars’ ranking is a tribute to the company’s determination to offering quality cars at competitive prices coupled with top notch customer service, said Florida Fine Cars Marketing Manager Jamie Suid.

“Customers won’t return or share their experience with family and friends if you don’t provide great cars at great prices,” Suid said. “If you don’t offer it all, you can’t compete.”

The Florida Fine Cars family is proud to have been included on the “Top100” list, he added.

“It’s a huge accomplishment that represents a lot of hard work,” Suid said.

Great Customer Service is the Foundation for Great Sales

2017drconsumersatisawardFlorida Fine Cars’ three used car dealerships have also received national recognition from two of the most popular consumer review sites for providing consistent, outstanding customer service.

“Yelp” and “DealerRater” recently presented the family-owned car dealership with their highest customer service awards, a unique distinction based on Florida Fine Cars’  high volume of outstanding online customer reviews.squareyelp

“The People Love Us on Yelp” award and DealerRater’s “2017 Consumer Satisfaction Award” are tribute to the dealership’s dedication to excellence.

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Buying Easy

Florida Fine Cars has three conveniently-located stores in Miami, West Palm Beach and Hollywood with a huge variety of quality used cars at each location.

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Florida Fine Cars’ quality inventory awaits buyers!

Florida Fine Cars doesn’t negotiate prices and doesn’t use high-pressure sales techniques, taking the stress and uncertainty out of buying a used car. Buying a used car at Florida Fine Cars is easy because the price on the car is the price you pay.

Florida Fine Cars’ inventory is all online so you can search for the car of your dreams from a personal computer before ever stepping on the lot. You can also review the free Carfax Report available with each used car for sale so you can get a sense of the car’s history before you put the key into the ignition.

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami. 

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and test drive the car of your dreams.

#floridafinecars #usedcars #carshopping #autoremarketing #top100

Florida Fine Cars’ Partnership with Car Show is a Big Win

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Festival-goers admire a variety of classic cars & hot rods along at the Downtown Showdown on May 20, 2017 in West Palm Beach.

WEST PALM BEACH – Hot rod buffs and car collectors crowded round the Florida Fine Cars booth at the Downtown Showdown Fishing Tourney & Seafood Fest last week and waited for the car show awards to kick off.

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One of 75 cool cars on display at the Downtown Showdown.

Participants didn’t really care who took home a trophy. It was a day to show off their cool wheels, talk about their hobby and know that proceeds from the daylong event would benefit the non-profit Lauren’s Kids, the Boy Scouts and U.S. veterans. Florida Fine Cars was the official car show sponsor for the event.FFC Logo New Car

“Their sponsoring the car show part of this is important. We have to buy all the awards and we couldn’t have done that without their help,” said car show organizer Eddy Cebreco. “The local hot rod community comes to support this because of all the charities involved.”

Cool Rides, Cool People, Awesome Fish, Food and Fun!

The day-long event – with its live music, food booths, vendors and car show –  attracted steady crowds all day. The event was organized by Southern Fishing Charities (SFC), which organizes and hosts outreach programs to support veterans. SFC partners with local organizations to create awareness and raise funds through fishing tournaments and related events.

Car Show, Seafood Festival Draw Crowd of 10,000

Approximately 75 hot rods and classic cars ranging from vintage Mustangs to a screaming yellow Lotus were on display during the May 20th festival on Flagler Drive along the West Palm Beach waterfront. It was the event’s third year.

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The Florida Fine Cars fans & koozies were a hit at the Downtown Showdown.

“The Downtown Showdown was a great opportunity for us to support local charities, show off our inventory and meet some local car collectors,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “Everybody had fun.”

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Florida Fine Cars sales associate Sasha Lopez shows off the Florida Fine Cars stage banner at the Downtown Showdown.

Organizers were thrilled with the turnout.

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Florida Fine Cars sales associates served as goodwill ambassadors for the dealership.

“With over 10,000 people in attendance throughout the day, 63 Boats competing for thousands of dollars and the perfect weather, this amazing charity event was a complete success!” said Grant Portier, co-founder of the SFC and co-organizer of Downtown Showdown. “Our benefitting charities, Lauren’s Kids, Southern Fishing Charities and The Boy Scouts of America – Gulfstream Council, couldn’t have been happier.  Even the Mayor herself, came out to kick off this event.”

 

The sunny, breezy weather was perfect too.

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Tom Costain poses with his 1950 Buick Special.

Car collector Tom Costain of Palm Beach Gardens ducked under a canopy to escape the glaring sun and grinned as festival-goers gawked at his somewhat-rusty 1950 Buick Special. The impressive old car was a head-turner, with its flashy whitewall tires, eroded paint and hulking frame.

“It’s not stock. It’s got a Cadillac turbo 400 transmission in it,” explained Costain, who’s owned the car for 11 years. “It went from 248 cubic inches to 500 cubic inches.”

Conversation always turns to the car’s rusted, peeling paint.

People always want to know what color Costain is going to paint it. And his answer is always short and sweet.

“I’m not,” he chuckled.

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Moose Luc shows off his 1958 Plymouth Fury, known as the “Christine” car.

Parked down the way was Moose Luc with his 17-foot long 1958 Plymouth Fury in buckskin beige with gold trim. The vintage ride was a stunner, with its whitewall tires, classic rear fins and glistening chrome.

Stephen King fans might recognize Luc’s Fury as the “Christine” car from King’s 1983 horror flick. The cult classic is about a violent car that can regenerate itself when damaged and the murderous rampage it embarks upon.

The producer purchased 24 similar models in various states of disrepair which were used to build 17 models of the Fury. Today only two are left, in the hands of car collectors, Luc noted.

Luc loves to show the old car off, point out its features and share its connection to the Christine movie.

“It’s a blast,” he confessed.

Brian Small’s 1993 black and white Ford Mustang won a “Top 25” award at the car show. With its 1000-horsepower engine and custom interior equipped with 14 gauges, the car drew lots of attention. Small rebuilt it himself, with a supercharged engine equipped with nitrous oxide.

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Brian Small’s 1993 rebuilt Ford Mustang won a “Top 25” award on Saturday.

The car has a race engine block, big valve heads, a big cam shaft and 10 pounds of boost. And it goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, Small said grinning.

“From 0 to 145 mph nobody gets past me,” bragged Small, who owns the Palm Beach Brake & Auto Center.”

The event was a big crowd pleaser.

“The 3rd Annual Downtown Showdown KDW & Seafood Festival was a huge hit,” Portier said happily.

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Florida Fine Cars Sponsors Charity Fishing Tourney & Seafood Fest!

WEST PALM BEACH – When the third annual Downtown Showdown charity fishing tournament and seafood festival kicks off on May 20th, Florida Fine Cars will be there running the car show awards.

The free event – expected to attract at least 10,000 to 15,000 visitors – aims to raise $40,000 in charitable donations to benefit veterans, the Boy Scouts and to support sexual abuse prevention education for adults and children. The Downtown Showdown will spread across an area between Banyan and Fern Streets.

Custom & classic car show at past Downtown Showdown in West Palm Beach, FL.

“It’s a fun event and the charitable organizations are fantastic,” said Florida Fine Cars Marketing Director Jamie Suid. “Helping with the Car Show awards just made sense. It’s a great day for families to enjoy some fresh seafood, check out the cool cars and take in the fishing competition. Plus proceeds go to some great causes.”

Anglers will compete for nearly $30,000 in prize money in a variety of categories including big fish overall, kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, small boat, lady and junior. 

The event is organized by Southern Fishing Charities (SFC), which organizes and hosts outreach programs to support veterans. SFC partners with local organizations to create awareness and raise funds through fishing tournaments and related events.

“It’s really a huge event,” said Grant Portier, co-founder of the SFC and co-organizer of Downtown Showdown. “We’ve just got some great things throughout the day.”

The event is the city’s only waterfront seafood festival featuring the area’s best seafood providers, a special section just for kids, a car show, a huge array of local vendors and an impressive lineup of local bands, including country artist Tom Jackson.

Florida Fine Cars to Oversee Car Show Awards

The classic and custom car show awards will be at 4:30 p.m. at the Florida Fine Cars’ booth at the corner of North Clematis Street and Flagler Drive. Florida Fine Cars is a family-owned used car dealership in business since 1993 with stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami.

Crowds enjoy last year’s Downtown Showdown in West Palm Beach.

“They were seeking an automotive sponsor and asked us to participate. It’s a great cause so we signed on right away,” Suid said. Florida Fine Cars will also have a display of some of its coolest cars for festival-goers to check out.

Car owners will compete for Best in Show, Best Engine, Best Paint and more. The first place winner will receive $500, second place, $300, and third place, $200.

Portier said the show is composed of about 75 carefully selected vehicles which will include classics, custom and stock.

Festival to Benefit Kids, Boy Scouts, Veterans

This year’s Downtown Showdown will offer a variety of kid-friendly activities.

Local anglers created the event three years ago in memory of Scott Terry, a pro fisherman and community activist from Vero Beach who was killed in a car accident in February 2014. Terry’s friends have said it was his dream to one day organize a fishing tournament so they did it in his memory and donate proceeds to causes that were dear to Terry’s heart.

Money raised at the event will go to Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit which helps educated adults and children about sexual abuse prevention; the Boy Scouts of America and U.S. veterans.

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