Florida Fine Cars Thinks Pink!

 fullsizeoutput_3187Florida Fine Cars celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month by dressing up its cars with pink bows. When it comes to breast cancer, pink is the color of hope!

The simple gesture communicated goodwill in support of national efforts to draw attention to a killer disease that is treatable if caught early.

“Everybody knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jaime Suid. “We wanted to show the community that we cared. The pink ribbon has become symbolic of the fight for a cure. We support cancer research and wanted to show it in a recognizable way.”

Pink Ribbons Draw Attention to an Important Cause

 Breast Cancer Awareness Month was established to honor those at every step of the breast cancer journey with the sharing of stories of how individuals have been affected by breast cancer.FFC Logo New Car

Businesses, individuals, and healthcare organizations everywhere have flooded social media with special awareness campaigns, virtual fundraisers, or story sharing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. And for women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than death rates for any other type of cancer, besides lung cancer.

 The National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. reports that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, or 12.4 percent. Statistics show that breast cancer generally increases with age, with the median age at the time of diagnosis being 62.

It’s a daunting figure but the news is not all bad. Death rates from cancer have been declining since the early 1990s in part due to early detection, increased awareness and improving treatment options.

In fact, more than 3.5 million U.S. women with a history of breast cancer were alive on Jan. 1, 2016.

Fighting Cancer is About Prevention and Hope

pinkribbonFlorida Fine Cars’ hope is that its pink ribbons will also help draw attention to the fight.

“When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is the key. But people have to be aware of the risk in order to be screened,” Suid said. “We thought adorning cars with ribbons was a fun way to address a serious subject.”

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is usually detected during a screening exam or after a woman notices a lump.

 Most masses seen on a mammogram turn out to be benign. Doctors take tissue samples through a biopsy to diagnose cancer in a lump that appears suspicious.

Facts About Breast Cancer In The United States

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women
  • Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today

(source: National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.)

#fightbreastcancer #pink #breastcancerawarenessmonth #research #awareness #risk

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Fury Road RC Rolls Out Support for Storm Victims at Cars & Coffee

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Fury Road Riding Club co-owner Adrienne Mazzone talks about the Hurricane Irma raffle at Cars & Coffee while Cesar Pentzke videotapes for Florida Fine Cars.

PALM BEACH GARDENS – When a pack of flashy bikers determined to help the less fortunate rumbled into the September Cars & Coffee meetup, they hoped their presence would drum up attention for a Hurricane Irma fundraiser.

It did. The rows of rumbling bikes stood out nicely amid hundreds of cool cars. And the hurricane raffle, organized by the Exotic Car Society, raised nearly $1,000.FuryRoad (1)

Florida Fine Cars caught up with members of the Fury Road Riding Club at Cars & Coffee as the bikers mingled with car buffs and pledged their support for the Exotic Car Society’s fundraising raffle to benefit victims of Hurricane Irma. Irma blew through South Florida in late September destroying homes, knocking out power and taking lives.FFC Logo New Car

Fury Road co-owner and media relations director Adrienne Mazzone said it’s all about helping those in need.

“We try to bring awareness and extra support to any good cause,” said Mazzone, who’s also president of TransMedia Group in Boca Raton. Mazzone rides a 2016 Indian Scout and says the bike club always draws attention everywhere it goes. Harnessing that buzz for good causes is easy because people are fascinated by motorcycles, she noted.

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Adrienne Mazzone, co-owner and media relations director for the Fury Road Riding Club, on her Indian Scout motorcycle.

“It’s the throttle and the excitement of the loudness of the bike. The loud pipes rolling in. It’s always fun and excitement,” Mazzone said. Fury Road has about 60 independent riders and includes school teachers, architects, and an array of others. The group holds a weekly bike night every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Deerfield Beach. Find out more about Fury Road Riding Club at www.furyroadrc.com.

 

Monetary Contributions Benefit Storm Victims Through DirectRelief.com

Crystal Anne, who owns MyAutoAddiction.com, collected donations at the fundraising tent for storm victims. The money will be distributed to those in need through DirectRelief.com.IMG_4501

“One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the actual cause,” said Crystal Anne, a member of the Exotic Car Society.

Her involvement has been personal. Crystal Anne traveled to Texas to help with disaster relief after Hurricane Harvey struck and spent time working in a Houston distribution warehouse unloading supplies for people in need

Afterwards, she went to Beaumont where she helped deliver disaster supplies by boat in the flood zones. The experience touched her heart.

 “People are very generous. They have really come together. It was really an amazing, amazing experience,” she said. That’s why she jumped at the chance to help out again when the Exotic Car Society got involved in fundraising for storm victims.

 

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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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.

#floridafinecars #usedcars #cars&coffee  #Larsenmotorsports

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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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