Auto Buffs Showcase Their Offbeat Rides

NORTH PALM BEACH – The four auto enthusiasts sat together on folding chairs, ribbing each other about their cars and occasionally fielding questions about their cool rides.

The crowd flowing into Cars and Coffee Palm Beach, used to a steady diet of high-end exotics and super-charged muscle cars, noticed they were offering something different.

 A rust-encrusted 1950 Ford COE (cab over engine), a 1937 Chevrolet Coupe,  a 1927 red Ford T-Bucket and an imposing white 1955 Chevrolet sedan delivery were creating a buzz that set them apart.

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Tony Magri poses with his 1950 COE, a truck he built with parts from eight vehicles.

 “It is what it is. I don’t want to fix it,” said a grinning Tony Magri, when asked about his rusty farm truck with the words, “Wilbur Pleasant, Pearl City, ILL” on the drivers side door. “Give me your car, $6,000 and 60 years and I’ll give you back this truck.”

 The way he sees it, his custom rust bucket is seasoned to perfection.

 ‘Knuckleheads Car Club’  Composed of Fun-Loving Auto Enthusiasts

Meet the Knuckleheads Car Club, an unofficial group of fun-loving car buffs who tinker on vintage rides, poke fun at each other and revel in the thrill of rebuilding. Florida Fine Cars spoke with the group to find out more.

 Lantana resident Art Rauch’s hearse-like white 1955 Chevrolet sedan delivery was pure eye candy for the car lover who favors something different. The 16-foot long station wagon — built like a tank — is one of three registered in Florida, two of which belong to Rauch.

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Art Rauch’s 1955 Chevrolet sedan delivery is often mistaken for a hearse.

“The frame is stock all the way to the back. The car has been back-halfed,” Rauch explained. “It brings the frame in narrower so you can put wider tires on it.”

Admirers posed for pictures with the car, nodding in admiration.

At first glance, Magri’s reconfigured tractor trailer appeared to be a vintage farm truck. But it’s really a surprising patchwork of auto parts.

Magri, a former truck driver who owns Tony’s 561 Garage in West Palm Beach, bought the rusty old semi truck from a farmer who used it until 2010 to transport a corn shucker. Magri converted the cab to a pickup truck and rebuilt everything else. The end product is the result of about 400 hours of work, he said.

When he started, the hood of the truck was about 10 feet high. The truck is built on a Dodge dually chassis, with a Dodge transmission and a Dodge engine.

“It’s a combination of eight vehicles. The cab is Ford, it has customized 1957 Chevy bumpers, the turn signals are from a Harley Davidson and the hood emblem is from a 1950 Buick,” Magri said. “The visor is off a 1949 Pontiac, the tail lights are from a 1959 Cadillac and it’s all built on a 1972 Mini Winnie motorhome chassis.”

What’s not to like?

“I LOVE it,” said passerby Mike Hartsock, of Hobe Sound. “It’s a classic.”

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Tony Nardullo’s 1937 Chevrolet Coupe was originally used as a delivery vehicle.

 Nearby, Royal Palm Beach resident Tom Nardullo’s sleek black 1937 Chevrolet Coupe was turning heads.

 The 1950s hot rod has been modified and sports an engine with three carburetors and gleaming chrome air filter covers. The car has a single bench seat.

“It was originally used to deliver things.They were called a ‘business coupe.’ They would put things in the trunk,” Nardullo said.

The gas mileage?  Terrible, and it leaks oil constantly.

“It’s messy to keep in the garage,” Nardullo confessed. His wife hates it.

Johnny Tortorella’s 1927 red Ford T Bucket is a showstopper but you wouldn’t know it by talking to Magri. Magri refers to the car as a “dune buggy” to get a rise out of his friend.

 Tortorella hits back by lobbing insults at Magri’s rusty old truck.

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This 1927 Ford T Bucket was built from a kit. No, it’s NOT a dune buggy!

“We make fun of each other’s cars all the time,” Tortorella chuckled.

The T Bucket is a replica of a Model T Ford that was “chopped up” to look like it is today. The car has a 300 HP motor and weighs just 1,500 pounds so it’s pretty quick.

There’s no door so you have to jump in. Tortorella built it for about $20,000 from a kit. It’s equipped with a a 350 HP Chevrolet motor.

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Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,500 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its four 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 MargateHollywood 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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Auto Show Eats Satify Hungry Car Show Crowd

NORTH PALM BEACH – The line at Little Snokyo was 10 people deep and John Salazar and his wife Nicole were up to their elbows in ice.

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Conor Defreitas enjoys a blueberry snowcone.

Nearby, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and McLarens glistened in the glare of the mid-morning sun. The mercury topped 80 and the air was sticky and hot. Customers forked over $5 a scoop as fast as the Salazars could dish it out.

It was a broiling day at Cars and Coffee and business was blazing.

“Rainbow is the most popular: cherry, blue raspberry and lemon,” Salazar said. “It tastes good and looks pretty.”

So what’s the link between cool cars and fun food? Florida Fine Cars caught up with Salazar at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach to find out.

“It’s endless summer in Florida. It’s always hot, and people want to bring their families to the car scene and have family time,” Salazar said.

Salazar’s snow cone truck is a regular at the popular car show. He typically brings 100 pounds of ice and eight gallons of flavored syrup so he can serve 100-150 show cones to car enthusiasts looking for a break.

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Little Snokyo serves up to 150 snowcones during the Cars and Coffee car show.

“I once had a buddy who drove all the way from Miami to West Palm Beach to get the snow cones. It’s a win-win,” Salazar said. “The kids love it and the adults like to relive their childhood with it.”

Conor Defreitas, 5, is one of those kids. His dad bought him a blueberry-flavored snow cone which promptly turned his tongue blue.

“It’s hot and it’s what kids enjoy. Why not?”said Ricardo Defreitas, of Hollywood.

The snow cone truck often causes some buzz itself.

It’s a 1992 Daihatsu Hijet micro van Salazar modified to serve as a food truck. The vehicle came with a three-cylinder engine which he replaced with a six cylinder motorcycle engine. Salazar, his wife and son Dominic, 10, have driven it as far north as Daytona Beach.

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Waffles and chicken sells for $11 a plate, a popular favorite.

A short distance away, the Waffle Wagon was drawing crowds. Customers clamored for plates of chicken and waffles as quick as Loxahatchee residents Sal and Kelley Accardi could serve the $11 meals up.

“We usually do about 150-200 customers in that little time frame – that translates into 150-200 waffles, some with chicken and some without,” Sal Accardi said.

Other popular treats include waffles with Nutella or soft-serve ice cream flavored with carmelized bananas, at $7 a serving.

The Waffle Wagon opens for business at 8 a.m. and usually sells out by 11 a.m. And the line never ends.

That Accardi sets up shop at a car show is no surprise. He’s been building show cars himself for over 25 years, ranging from crazy hydraulic dancing cars to slammed lowrider trucks. But his daily driver IS his food truck, and it’s not a regular car. Inside is all chrome with custom everything.

Walk to the north end of the car show lot and you can’t miss the smokey smell of Meathead’s BBQ.

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Shay Hicks and her husband Marcel serve BBQ from Meathead’s BBQ food truck.

Marcel and Shay Hicks cook up their mouth-watering magic.

Marcel, the pit master, might run through 36 pounds of brisket and a case of pulled pork at a single car show.

“I have a line from the time we open up to the time we close,” Marcel chuckled. “When you have car shows people come out and they are out for a few hours and they get hungry. Barbecue is just a hit. They go together.”

Meathead’s BBQ is a family-owned and operated small-business with the motto, ”Straight From The Grill To Your Plate.”

Marcel began barbecuing for fundraiser’s for high school events for his children and it took off from there. Now it’s the family business.

“I love what I do,” he said.

Want to blow smoke out your nose and mouth?

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Naty and Ash Zariat serve Tornado potatoes, Dragon Breath cereal and lamb gyros.

Check out Tornado Food, home of the novelty cereal known as

Dragon Breath, a fruity delight soaked in liquid nitrogen. When you eat the super-crunchy cold treat, white “smoke” billows out your nose and mouth.

“A lot of people get it and they like to take pictures by the cars and blow the smoke out of mouth and nose,” said Naty Zariat, who runs Tornado food with her husband Ash. “It’s a lot of fun. They share the pictures on social media.”

She also serves the spiral-cut “tornado potato” on a stick, plain or loaded with cheese sauce, sour cream, green onions and bacon.

Gyros with lamb, and the hummus with chips are also big crowd pleasers.

Delray Beach resident Howard Jacobs and Fort Lauderdale resident Ira Horowitz tried the lamb gyros and swore they were perfection.

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Howard Jacobs and Ira Horowitz dined on lamb gyros at Cars and Coffee.

Fresh vegetables, good aroma, the meat was tasty and the pita was soft, said Horowitz, event coordinator for the Ferrari Club of America.

“I’m a foodie. I love food and I even had a cigar afterwards,” Horowitz chuckled.

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Flashy Formula One Novelty Has Collectible Appeal

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Tramontana Formula One car on display at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

NORTH PALM BEACH – It’s brilliant blue, street legal and about as bad as it can be.

But this Formula One car by Tramontana isn’t just another race car.

It’s a rare, high-powered novelty for the car collector who has everything. And it will definitely turn heads!

“If you want to be the only guy in your town with this car, you will be the only guy in your town AND your state,” said Ozzie Saez, international sales representative with Tramontana. “For a while there are only two in the United States – one in Houston and the other is here in Florida.”

Florida Fine Cars caught up with Tramontana at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach, where curiosity-seekers and admirers surrounded their cool car all morning.

Car Assembly Operation to Move from Spain to Miami

The Barcelona, Spain-based company has produced about 12 of the sleek Supercars a year since it was founded in 2005. Cost per car is approximately $750,000.

According to Saez, the company is moving a portion of its operations to South Florida, where it will assemble the Formula One cars in a facility near Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Tramontana Supercar is a rare reproduction car. Pricetag: $750K.

Tramontana is still trying to determine if it will only do final assembly at the South Florida location, or bring over the molds and build the cars from scratch here, Saez said.

Each car is customized, based on what the buyer is seeking. Everything from seating capacity and windshield configuration to paint and wheels is tailored to the buyer’s individual taste.

The Tramontana website promotes the cars’ one-of-a-kind lure.

“Each Tramontana is different and unique, much more than a simple vehicle. It feels as if it were the artist’s most valuable jewel or finest piece of art,” the website says. “It’s limited production turns each single vehicle into something entirely custom-made, in the most exclusive way,” the website says.

Car enthusiasts are urged to view the Tramontana as a unique work of art instead of a simple car.

The brilliant blue car that was displayed at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach was built with an open cockpit and a passenger’s seat. Saez predicts that whoever buys that Supercar will want to someday put it on the road.

“The biggest variant is the engine output,” Saez noted. “The base engine is 600 HP and we can build up to 1100 HP very reliably.”

Supercars are Super Cool … to Show Off

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This Tramontana Formula One car was surrounded by admirers at a recent Cars and Coffee Palm Beach event.

So what does somebody do with a radical ride like this?

Show it off!

“When you buy a car like this you are taking it out on a perfect day, to a special event. It’s a very special car. As a street legal car, people are using it for special events,” Saez said.

The car is built out of carbon fiber, so it only weighs about 2,400 pounds.

Part of the lure is the “wow” factor.

“Some of the things we’ve developed in this last year alone include carbon ceramic brakes and three different cockpit options. The open top is available with a wind deflector and three different wind screens: a 4-inch wind deflector and 8-inch and 12-inch tall wind screens that wrap around and pull back over the dashboard,” Saez noted.

Although their clientele is an exclusive crowd, Tramontana cars are still being driven on six different continents, Saez said.

“These (owners) are very private and very, very wealthy with 200+ car collections,” Saez chuckled. “At $750,000, it’s not for everyone to throw at a car they are going to use maybe once or twice a year.”

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Florida Fine Cars Talks Retro with Revology

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Revology’s Mustang 1966 Shelby GT350 is a head-turner.

NORTH PALM BEACH – Picture yourself behind the wheel of a sleek Mustang 66 GT Fastback 2+2 or a classic Mustang 66 Shelby GT350. Now imagine the stir you’d cause if you rolled up to a crowd and gunned the engine.

It doesn’t have to be a teenager’s pipedream.

Revology, of Orlando, is building state-of-the art classic Mustang reproductions that look like nothing you’ve ever seen. The cars are marketed as a combination of a classic American icon and a modern performance luxury car. They’re retro on the outside and modern under the hood. Turn the key for the ride of your life.FFC Logo New Car

“We took the car of your dreams and turned it into the car of your adulthood fantasy,” said Yoshi Amano, marketing director for Revology.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with Revology at a recent Cars and Coffee car meet to find out what makes these cars so special.

Revology Lets Drivers Navigate Memory Lane in Comfort

Revology produces two new vehicles a month and has delivered 21 since the company opened in 2014. Cost? About $160,000 apiece. The company is licensed by Ford and Shelby American to produce the cars.

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Revology 1965 Mustang GT2+2 Fastback wows the crowd at Cars and Coffee.

On this day, an ivy green metallic 1965 Mustang GT2+2 Fastback on display was causing a stir. The car’s rich leather interior and Coyote 5.0 engine with 435 HP were turning heads. The classic looks and retro interior took many admirers down memory lane.

“The drive train and everything else is installed with all modern components, like disc brakes,” Amano explained. “Some people are (very) surprised.”

With features like sophisticated double-wishbone front suspension, precise rack and pinion steering, four-wheel disc brakes and a powerful, efficient V-8 engine, the Revology Mustang drives like there’s no tomorrow. Both models come standard with air conditioning.

Face it: driving a 50+ year old car comes with plenty of bumps and lumps. Revology cars are fun because they look like antiques but drive like hot rods.

“If someone wants to restore an older car like this to bring it backup to this level, it’s going to easily cost as much as these cars or more,” Amano noted.

And the restored car STILL won’t have the comforts, driveability, and amenities of Revology cars because they will STILL be 50+ years old.

Retro Reproductions Disguise Edgy Amenities to Retain Vintage Look

Revology customers buy the cars because they love the collectable looks AND they can drive them as easily as any other car that just came off the production line, Amano explained.

The seats, for example, look vintage, but have power controls so they can easily be adjusted. The cars have power windows, but the window control is concealed in a switch that looks like an  old-fashioned window crank.

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Power window control is concealed in a switch resembling an old fashioned window crank.

The dashboard gauges also look vintage but are illuminated with LED lights.

So who buys these stunning spot-on replicas that are equipped with all the modern conveniences of the cars of today?

People who are bored with high end cars like Ferraris and Lamborghinis and Aston Martins, according to Revology.

“Those cars are everywhere,” Amano said. “These are unique not only because they look classic but they drive like a new car. The engine is modern.”

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Ever Dream of Driving a Race Car?

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David Tuaty, owner of TLM Racing, teaches car enthusiasts how to become race car drivers.

 

PALM BEACH GARDENS – When it comes to fast cars and cool rides, driver coach David Tuaty is a dream maker.

“We make race car drivers,” said Tuaty, the owner of TLM Racing and a longtime professional race car driver who runs a race car driver school in Miami. “We have a full time racing team and a racing shop.”

And whether you’re a kid, or an adult who stills FEELS like a kid, Tuaty can teach you to race.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with David at a recent Cars and Coffee Palm Beach auto show at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall to find out more.

Racing School Offers Instruction to Drivers of All Ages and Skill Levels

“I have 14, 15 and 16 year olds who want to be the next superstar,” Tuaty said. “We take them to the track and do regular track days.”FFC Logo New Car

Tuaty’s own racing career began in SCCA Amateur road racing. He went on to win the SCCA Endurance Championship series in 1998. Currently, he has two wins in the Koni Challenge Series along with eight podiums. He also has a win and second place as driver and team owner of SCCA pro Trans Am series.

TLM racing offers everything from BMW and Porsche Racing, driver coaching, race car rental, race car prep and a teen academy.

Would-be race car drivers can rent a track privately or piggyback with a track day for a private organization and share the instructor.

Depending on where the student lives and track availability, students may drive on tracks anywhere from Homestead to Palm Beach, Daytona, Sebring and Fort Lauderdale.

“You call it, arrive and drive,” Tuaty said. “You come with your helmet and you leave with your helmet.”

Racing School Offers Special Instruction and Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

One of the family-friendly offerings at TLM is a teen driving academy held at Homestead Miami Speedway that offers one on one car instruction and classroom sessions and promises to teach proper braking, accident avoidance, car control skills, situational awareness and emergency lanes changes.

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The crew from TLM Racing answered questions about their racing school during a recent Cars and Coffee meet.

The TLM website notes that 16-year-old drivers have a higher crash rate than drivers of any other age. The next teen driving academy is scheduled for July 21, 2108.

The driver coaching program offers professional instructors and features high tech GPS Data technology that provides instant feedback to help drivers correct techniques while driving. Instruction is custom-tailored to each individual driver.

Under the race car rental program, would-be race car drivers receive professional track support and video coaching throughout the weekend. Drivers can race in any of TLM’s winning and proven Porsche GT3 Cup cars or BMWs, including the BMW E46 M3, BMW E46 325i, BMW E36 325i, BMW E30 325i and Honda Civic Si.

TLM also offers race car preparation services, ranging from full maintenance to cage, paint, seats, suspension, software and safety.

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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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Auto Enthusiasts Enjoy Dog Day Afternoons at Car Meet

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NORTH PALM BEACH — Nico Marin cuddled his fuzzy tan puppy and smiled as passersby made their way past pricey Porsches and Lamborghini’s to “ooh” and “ah” at his pooch. The 17-week-old Shibu Inu with the curly, wagging tail was … Continue reading

Revolve: A Luxury Car Membership That Makes It Easy to Drive in Style

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Revolve co-owner Asoka Veeravagu stands next to a BMW i8, one of many luxury cars available to Revolve members.

NORTH PALM BEACH – Ever wish you could take a BMW i8 for a spin without coughing up a whopping $150,000 to own this classy ride?

And what if you see a car you like better and wish you’d shopped around more before signing on the dotted line?

The answer is “Revolve,” a luxury automotive subscription service and the brainchild of former GM engineering director Asoka Veeravagu, the company’s co-founder and CEO. The service allows members to drive the luxury car of their dreams for a few months and then switch it out for something else.FFC Logo New Car

Try out a Tesla and if it turns out to be too high tech, swap it out for an Aston Martin, Cadillac, Corvette, Maserati, Mercedes, Audi or Jaguar. Just pick your ride and hit the road.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with the company’s founders at a recent Cars and Coffee car meet to find out more.

How the Idea of a Car Membership Evolved

While at GM, Veeravagu’s employee ID and executive status gave him had access to a warehouse of high-end cars for personal driving. The idea for Revolve was born out of that business experience, he said.

“Why doesn’t this exist for consumers in the real world?” Veeravagu wondered. So he and co-owner Scott Blando made it happen. They opened the business in May 2017 and have been going strong ever since.

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Asoka Veeravagu, co-owner of Revolve, at a recent Cars and Coffee car meet in North Palm Beach.

Their customers are people who love to drive but may not want to own the same luxury vehicle for three years, Veeravagu said.

“Revolve provides flexibility and variety where it’s never existed in the auto world if you’re a car lover and you appreciate fine cars,” he added.

Don’t expect to find a Volkswagen Beetle or a Mazda M3 at Revolve.

Cars Available Via Revolve Membership Pack a Punch

“All of our cars are what we call ‘Wow’ cars. All are special and all evoke emotion,” Veeravagu said. “The BMW i8 is gorgeous and it looks like a spaceship just landed. But not everyone wants to own it for three years.”

A marketing brochure describes Revolve as a “revolutionary driving experience” and a “frictionless automotive service.”

“With our premium vehicle subscription service, you don’t choose one luxury vehicle, you can drive them all,” the brochure says.

Membership Means Hassle-Free Driving

Vascular surgeon David Feldbaum of Plantation has been a Revolve member since the day it opened and loves it.

He owns several exotic cars but doesn’t like to drive them regularly. He has three young children and he likes large luxury cars for daily use. So joining Revolve made sense.

“The reason why I like this company is it’s hassle free. I basically pay one fee and they deliver the cars to me. They pick it up if it needs any maintenance. They will swap it out for another car. It is really nice to know they will meet me where ever I am,” Feldbaum said. “They also include the insurance so I don’t have to worry about contacting my insurance company every month about changing vehicles.”

Feldbaum also likes the variety of changing vehicles every two months. So far he’s driven an Audi RS7, a Mercedes s550, a Range Rover and a Porsche Panamera.

“I look at these cars as carefree driving of luxury car on a daily basis. I work in it, I take it back and forth to the gym and the grocery store. It’s also a nice car to take the family out to dinner,” Feldbaum said.

How a Revolve Membership Works

  • Joining Revolve requires a $500 membership fee
  • Participation costs $2,300 a month
  • Vehicles can be switched every two to three months
  • Drivers can put up to 2,000 miles per month on a car
  • Insurance is covered
  • Membership can be cancelled at any time

“There’s no commitment,” explained Marketing and Communications manager Melissa Daniels.

“A lot of our members are surgeons, doctors, CEOs or have their own business.”

The most common question, Daniels said, is how much does it cost?

“We explain to them that the car is not for sale. It’s a vehicle membership program,” Daniels said

Revolve’s website describes the membership service as a four-step process:

  1. View the collection and prioritize your favorite vehicles
  2. Car is delivered to your home
  3. Drive it for a few months like it is your own
  4. Return the car to Revolve and get another

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Florida Fine Cars Talks High-End Car Shopping With Atlantis Motor Group

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Atlantis Motor Group’s 2005 Maserati MC12 Corsa on display at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach:  pricetag $2.5 million.

NORTH PALM BEACH — The blue Maserati MC12 Corsa 2005 was a headturner and the amazing race car was drawing a crowd.

On display at a recent Cars and Coffee auto show, the sleek race car was the must-have backdrop for the cool selfie everyone wanted to snap. With a $2.5 million price tag, the car — one of 12 built – created quite a stir.FFC Logo New Car

A short distance away,  Atlantis Motor Group owner Ken Gold kicked back in his chair and enjoyed the buzz. Gold buys, sells and acquires exotic cars for discerning car collectors and wasn’t the least bit surprised that so many were fascinated with the pricey rides he’d brought to show off. Florida Fine Cars caught up with Gold at Cars and Coffee to find out more about his car-shopping service.

“We specialize in very discreet acquisitions and sales of specialty and significant road cars and race cars,” Gold explained. “We consider ourselves the Indiana Jones of the car industry: we are always finding the rare and lost antiquities.”

Gold’s business is a concierge car shopping service for those who can afford prices most of us can only imagine. His clients include movie stars, celebrities and sports figures who want to stay anonymous.

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Ken Gold stands next to his Atlantis Motor Group transport at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

On this day, his biggest crowd pleasers included a 1984 aqua Porsche DP93, allegedly the fastest Porsche 935 ever built, equipped with a Porsche 962 engine with 904 HP. It was the European Hill Climb champion in 1988-1990 and cost a cool $600,000; another, a completely restored white Porsche 9111 966 model for $199,000; and a 1994 Ferrari 512 TR, price tag $259,000, among others.

“Most of our transactions are very discreet. You give me your shopping list and I go shopping,” Gold explained. “It’s just like ordering a pizza. I want a red Ferrari with a black interior with this many miles and this many options.”

He’s quick to point out that he doesn’t set the market.

“We just live within it,” he noted.

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Atlantis Motor Group owner Ken Gold with $600,000 1984 aqua Porsche DP93.

His thriving business caters to a clientele that has big bucks and expensive taste.

“We’re in the want business,” Gold joked. “We’re not in the need business, People don’t need a $5 million Ferrari. They want one.”

He recently sold the Maserati MC12 Corsa 2005 to a buyer from France, who brought in Maserati personnel to personally inspect the car before they shipped it out of the country.

“We brought it over to our race shop, fired it up, ran it through the gears and they gave us money,” Gold said. Mission accomplished.

Showing off his exotics to Cars and Coffee gets his company name out and highlights the “wow” factor of what he does, Gold said.

“We like getting involved in the motoring industry and the whole car culture,” Gold said.

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Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,400 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its four 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, Margate, Hollywood and Miami.  Our new Margate dealership opened in February 2018.

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and find the ride of your life!

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Swimsuit Models Wow Car Show Crowd at Cars and Coffee Event

PALM BEACH GARDENS – Swimsuit model Cristina Tufford flashed a megawatt smile at a fan and scribbled her signature on a glossy calendar. The crowd at the Cars and Coffee meet was thick and a line at the calendar giveaway table was beginning to build.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with the Tropic Beauty swimsuit models at the autograph table to find out how they got involved.

The 29-year-old from West Palm Beach is one of Tropic Beauty’s November 2018 calendar girls. She was at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall to mingle.

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Tropic Beauty models Cristina Tufford and Gabriella Davis hold up a 2018 calendar at a recent Cars and Coffee event.

“I was Miss Palm Beach, Miss Jupiter and Miss Seminole,” said Tufford, explaining her long association with modeling and pageants. “I started with the brand when I was 23.”

The company sprang from Hawaiian Tropic, known for its tanning oils, bikini contests and beautiful spokeswomen who hawked the company’s products in showy swimwear. Tropic Beauty was created to provide a venue for the models after Playtex Products Inc. bought Hawaiian Tropic in 2007, and then Energizer Holdings Inc. bought Playtex a short time later. 

“Tropic Beauty didn’t want to give up the models,” Tufford said.

Tropic Beauty Fills Gap Left by Hawaiian Tropic

Boca Raton resident Amy Raley, who used to work with Hawaiian Tropic, made it all happen. The former model started Tropic Beauty from scratch after Energizer discontinued the model search.FFC Logo New Car

“I started going into all the markets that previously had Hawaiian Tropic,” Raley said. “Now we work with Wynn Nightlife and a 5-star hotel in Las Vegas. We do photoshoots and do a competition with the best photographs. The best of the best are picked for the calendar.”

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Copies of the new Tropic Beauty calendar were a hot commodity at a recent Cars and Coffee event.

Tropic Beauty’s website describes the company as “a model & photographers platform for a dream career and fascinating lifestyle in the entertainment industry. It allows them to be noticed, published and excel.”

The Tropic Beauty models have become brand ambassadors and social media influencers, Raley said.

“A lot of people invite us to come to their events to boost their social media presence,” Raley said.

Modeling Experience Offers Opportunity, Recognition

Gabriella Davis, 20, of Houston, TX, is one of the newest Tropic Beauty models. She works Tropic Beauty appearances in around her schedule as a full-time student at the University of Houston, real estate school and cheering professionally for the Houston Texans.

“It’s fun,” she said of Tropic Beauty. “Absolutely amazing people.”

So what are the top four comments/questions the models hear?

  • Are the calendars free?
  • Are you in it?
  • Which one are you?
  • Let me see if I can guess!
  • Can I get a picture with you?

Catherine Cybulkiewicz, 28, is one of the calendar’s March 2018 models. The graphic designer from Miami is a native of Venezuela and has been working for Tropic Beauty since 2014. She was Miss Tropic Beauty Las Vegas in 2015 and won third place in the World Finals in 2014.

“I love being on the stage. It’s always fun,” Cybulkiewicz said. “Modeling is a passion. It’s like a hobby.”

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Tropic Beauty model Catherine Cybulkiewicz shows off her calendar photo.

She began modeling at age 17 in Venezuela and has participated in at least nine beauty contests.

The contacts she made through Tropic Beauty helped pave the way for her to be chosen as a cover girl for a French magazine.

Tropic Beauty has provided opportunities for new life experiences, she noted.

And that is exactly what their Facebook pages says. It describes Tropic Beauty as “A Health & Beauty Company that is Home to the Most #beautiful Swimwear Models in the World! Leader in the Swimsuit Calendar Photo Shoot Experience!”

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Model Builders Club Draws Crowds at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach

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Admirers check out the detailed models built by the Model Builders Mafia hobbyist club at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

PALM BEACH GARDENS – When Sunrise auto enthusiast Joe Collazo works on a car, he dons magnifying glasses and wields tweezers. The work is delicate and he likes to concentrate.

“I’ve built all kinds of cars, trucks, and bikes,” Collazo said proudly, as car buffs surrounded him at a recent Cars and Coffee Palm Beach to admire his handiwork. “I enjoy working with my hands putting cars together.”FFC Logo New Car

But the cars he and his friends assemble aren’t for driving. They’re miniatures created by the Model Builders Mafia, a group of about 50 hobbyists who love to build and customize model vehicles.

Model Car Builders Create ‘Wow’ Factor By Customizing Kits

On this day, about 75 models were on display. And the buzz they created was impressive.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with Collazo at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall to find out more about how the detailed models are built, how much time is involved and what drives the Model Builders Mafia to create.

Collazo, a baker at a Publix store in Coconut Creek, has been building models for about seven years. So far, he’s constructed about 300 and has no plans to stop.

He’s a detail guy who loves to customize.

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Replica of the “Fast and Furious” Toyota Supra.

One of his favorites is a replica of the orange 1995 Toyota Supra from the movie, “Fast and Furious.” The sleek hotrod draws plenty of “oohs” and “ahs.”

Details Come From Discards

“When you open the hood, there are hoses and fuel lines,” Collazo said, pointing out the detail. “Usually when people throw out old appliances, I yank all the wires out.”

Those wires are reborn as engine parts for the model cars Collazo assembles. The result is incredible detail.

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Joe Collazo shows off the 2010 International Pro Star tractor replica that took 80 hours to build.

One of his most stunning creations is a 2010 International Pro Star tractor. The red and white model truck has a red cellphone in the front and a tiny CD on the dashboard. A pet monkey stands on the passenger seat near a minuscule and very authentic-looking McDonalds Happy Meal box.

Collazo grins when he describes how he created the Happy Meal.

First, he bought a real Happy Meal, unfolded the box and laid it out flat. Then he photographed it, shrunk the photo on a computer, printed it out and re-assembled it. The result was a perfect copy.

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Monkey (right) sits to the right of replica Happy Meal box Collazo made. The cell phone and CD are visible on the center console.

“It took a couple hours,” Collazo confessed. But that’s part of the fun. The way he figures, he invested at least 80 hours in the Pro Star tractor.

“It was a labor of love,” he said. “I just enjoy building them. It keeps me out of trouble.”

Boca Raton resident Gary Mitchell is another model building buff. But he’s very choosy about what type of cars he builds.

“I usually deal in Fords. I’m a one-make model builder,” he chuckled.

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Hobbyists from the Model Builders Mafia customize model kits to create realistic replicas of cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Mitchell drives a 2009 Ford Mustang and has been building model cars for 52 years.

He figures he’s built around 100 so far, but he’s not exactly sure. He likes customizing his models as well.

“It’s something to do on a rainy day or to kill some time,” Mitchell said. “Whatever you want you can add on to a car. Ignition wires, brake lines, detailing.”

West Palm Beach resident Julia Acosta was completely impressed. She is hoping they can build a model of her red 2013 Scion FRS.

“I think they are super cool. I asked them if they make custom replicas of cars,” Acosta said. “They have my car but they don’t have the body kit right. I’ve seen model cars but never in this detail.”

For more information about the Model Builders Mafia, go to www.modelbuildersmafia.com, or contact Adam at 954-304-5502 for more information.

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