Bugatti Chiron and Tie-Dyed Owner Make Colorful Splash at Car Show

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Tim Schmidt of Ontario throws a “peace”  sign from behind the wheel of his 2018 Bugatti Chiron.

A crowd of admirers surrounded the $3.8 million 2018 Bugatti Chiron, videotaping its custom red leather interior, sleek lines and regal presence. The car enthusiasts gushed over its rarity, speculated on its price and wondered about its speed as their smart phones recorded every detail.

The pricey ride was clearly the rock star of the Cars and Coffee Palm Beach car show, but where was the owner? Where was the rich guy who owned such a decadent set of wheels?

Florida Fine Cars asked some questions and found out!

Tim Schmidt of Ontario was just a stone’s throw away, dressed head to toe in tie dye, wearing fluorescent yellow glasses and sporting a long gray beard and a wicked smile.

“I’m always in tie dye,” Schmidt said grinning, as he took a long drag on an “Export ‘A’ smooth taste” cigarette. “Being a rich person, if I dress up people won’t approach me. But if I dress like this, I’m more approachable. The colors are all about peace, love and happiness.

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Tim Schmidt and his $3.8 million 2018 Bugatti Chiron at a recent Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

It’s a theme reflected in the photos of his Instagram account, which is peppered with pictures of Schmidt and his wife in an array of tie dye apparel, posing with celebrities like Dennis Rodman and Snoop Dogg. And of course, lots of cool cars. His handle is @hapyhipi, with 40,500 followers.

“A lot of people don’t expect a guy like me to get out of a car like that,” Schmidt chuckled. “I’m not above anyone else.”

His Bugatti is a showstopper but Schmidt likes to “drive it like he stole it.” He bought it to enjoy and to date holds a speed record. And he smokes in the car whenever he feels the urge.

“It’s a car,” Schmidt said, as he looked at the Chiron. “I smoke in all my cars. When I’m dead, it won’t make a difference if I smoked in my cars. You gotta enjoy life to the fullest. What do you think I’m going to do? Pull over every 15 minutes?”

 

Bugatti Chiron Captures Speed Record at Titusville Race Track

Schmidt drove the Chiron 261.696 mph on a 2.7-mile stretch in December 2018 at Johnny Boehmer Proving Grounds in Titusville, FL, setting a record for the fastest recorded run.

“I did half a mile faster than they said it was going to go,” Schmidt said, proudly. “It was like someone took an arrow and shot it as smooth as it can be. It was an unbelievable ride.”

Schmidt, a seasonal resident who has a two-bedroom house with a 12-car garage in Fort Lauderdale, owns 35 collectible cars and drives them all. He keeps some cars in Florida and some in Ontario on his 200-acre ranch.

“I buy them to drive them and enjoy them. These (collectors) buy these real expensive cars and park them for four to five years, then take them out for a ride and the warranty has expired,” Schmidt mused. “Why not drive them while they are under warranty? Even if I take one of my cars four or five miles, I am driving it.”

Collector Buys Pricey Cars to Drive, Share and Enjoy

True to his word, he brought seven of his cool cars to the January 2019 Cars and Coffee in Palm Beach Gardens, including a 2014 P-1 McClaren (which belongs to his wife Christine), a 2017 Lamborghini Hurricane, a 2015 Roll Royce Drophead, a 2018 Lamborghini Urus, a 1974 Dune Buggy impi, and a 2015 Lamborghini Aventador. The cars arrived in a head-turning caravan.

The eccentric car collector made his millions working in a family owned business that manufactured plastic car parts for General Motors. The business produced items like windshield wipers, air conditioning ducts, center consoles, dashboards and airbags. The company had locations in Canada, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Michigan.

“My father started the business in 1969. My mom took it over as my dad left the business to her,” he said.

Schmidt loves his cars and he loves talking to car enthusiasts about cars, wherever they are. Recently he drove the Chiron from Fort Lauderdale across Alligator Alley to a small car show at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Many of the college kids marveled that he would actually DRIVE such a pricey vehicle so far in traffic.

“I’m living the dream,” he said laughing. “What else am I supposed to do?”

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Charity Donates Minivan to Single Mother With Kids

Minivan recipient Christine Kelly with son Iyzaiah and daughter Sophia.

NORTH PALM BEACH – Single mother Christine Kelly, a U.S. Army veteran, needed a car to drive to work so she could support her two young children.

She’d been using a rental car for about a month but needed a more permanent solution.

That’s when the not-for-profit Wheels From the Heart stepped in and made her life much easier.

The Delray Beach-based organization, founded by former car dealer Steven F. Muschlitz, partnered with best-selling author Anthony Caliendo to find Kelly a suitable vehicle. It was Wheels From the Heart’s 97th car giveaway.

On Veterans Day at the monthly Cars and Coffee Palm Beach auto show, Kelly got the keys to a 2006 champagne-colored Chrysler Town & Country Ltd. minivan. Florida Fine Cars caught up with Wheels From the Heart, Kelly and Caliendo at the car show to find out more.

“I thought it was amazing,” Kelly said, holding the keys to her shiny minivan, surrounded by a crowd of well-wishers.

Kelly’s boss had told her two days earlier that she needed to get car insurance, but Kelly wasn’t sure what was up.  She found out about the minivan when she arrived.

“I thought he was messing with me because he likes to mess with me,” she said of her boss.

Caliendo said Kelly’s boss told her that Wheels From the Heart was trying to decide who was going to get the vehicle, but didn’t verify that she would be selected.

Muschlitz got Kelly’s name from Col. Tony Colmenares, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and community liaison. Colmenares lured Kelly to the car giveaway by telling her he was taking her to a Veteran’s Day celebration.  He instructed her to wear her Army uniform for the occasion.

“She got here and was a little nervous because she saw so many are and people here,” Colmenares said of the crowd that packed the parking lot of the Palm Beach Outlets Mall. “We parked by this big truck and I said, ‘You are going to get a vehicle today.’”

Kelly, who served four years on active duty and is now in the reserves, said her family had been without a vehicle since mid-September when she went through a separation from her husband.

Charity Founded to Help Women in Need Obtain Cars

Wheels From the Heart’s goal is to help women in need “drive to a better life.”

Their website outlines the organization’s mission with a question and a statement: “What do you accomplish in your car every single day? Now consider doing it without a car.”

Muschlitz said he started the charity because he met so many women who needed help during his 15 years in the car industry. The cars his organization provides are a mix of donations and purchases.

Caliendo partnered with Wheels from the Heart to help push their donation rate over 100 cars. The business brokerage company owner got involved because the car giveaway initiative is near and dear to his heart: Caliendo was raised by a single mother and knows firsthand how tough life can be.

“My father left when I was young,” said Caliendo, who also had two siblings. “We were broke and poor. I remember three kids being stuck on the road many times with my mother’s broken-down vehicle. Now I’m helping single mothers get a vehicle or get a BETTER vehicle.

His motto: When you are blessed, become a blessing.  He is also a member of the advisory board for Kids in Distress.

Iyzaiah explores the new minivan that was donated by Wheels From the Heart.

Kelly’s son Iyzaiah, 5, and daughter Sophia, 2, were delighted with the roomy new minivan.

Iyzaiah immediately noticed the TV in the back and wanted to turn it on.

“Where is the remote control,” he said, looking around.

He crawled into the backseat with a big grin on his face.

“My car has a sunroof and it has seven seats,” he said happily.

“It’s easy to get in and out of and the kids will have space,” Kelly said smiling.

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Car Buff Shares Love of Vintage Glitz

PALM BEACH GARDENS – Stephen Siben beamed like a proud parent as a grou

p of admirers gathered around his bright red Marlin.

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Stephen Siben’s vintage 1965 Marlin at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

The vintage 1965 beauty, a rare sighting in the world of classic cars, was a car show curiosity that almost always drew questions and compliments.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with Mr. Siben at a recent Cars and Coffee Palm Beach meet up to hear more about the car that was built by Rambler for just three years, and his love for collecting.

“Orphan” Cars are the Foundation for New York Car Lover’s Collection

“I like orphan cars,” explained Siben, 80, a Long Island attorney and avid car collector with a seasonal home in South Florida. “I have a DeSoto, a Packard, a Studebaker and a Hudson. I’m an insane car collector.”

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Stephen Siben talks about his 1965 Marlin.

His cherry red Marlin is among his favorites. Why? Because of its oddball status.

“The Marlin is a very special car – not very expensive but it’s nice,” Siben said. The Rambler Marlin (AMC Marlin) is a two-door fastback automobile that was produced by American Motors Corporation from 1965 to 1967. It was marketed as a personal luxury car and known as “Rambler Marlin”.

Its most striking feature is the sloped fastback roofline that terminates at the rear bumper.

The vehicle has about 60,000 miles on it, and was restored by previous owners. It has six-way electric seats that fully recline but no power windows.Trim packages weren’t standard, Siben explained, so when the Marlin was sold, buyers custom-ordered their car to include or exclude certain features. Every vehicle was different.

His Marlin is dripping with chrome, a feature that makes many vintage cars so appealing, Siben said.

“Look at this chrome! It’s beautiful,” Siben said, as he walked around his Marlin, pointing out the gleaming silver trim.“The new cars are very ugly but they are safer with air bags and crash bumpers. These (vintage) cars are beautiful, with lots of chrome on them. The engines are beautiful too.”

The personal injury lawyer said he’s always owned nice cars but doesn’t collect any of the vehicles that he’s driven in the past, such as Jaguars and Maseratis. Today he’s interested in cars that sport the glitz of yesteryear.

“I buy now the cars I never had,” he said.

He drives them, too.

“I go to car shows up in New York all summer and fall and then in winter I come to Florida.  I have small to medium cars,” he said. “On a Sunday I take one of my cars out, with the top down, and people give me the thumbs up. I am an 80-year-old guy and it makes me feel good.”

Eclectic Vintage Cars With Chrome are Headturners

His collection changes regularly. Siben buys vintage vehicles when they strike his fancy, and then sells something in his collection to make room for the new arrival.

Right now his favorites include a lime green Plymouth Barracuda, a 1959 Edsel with a retractable convertible roof, a red 1957 Thunderbird, a black 1984 Zimmer with a red interior and two custom Ghias, a 1962 steel blue model once owned by actress Lucille Ball and a 1957 red Ghia convertible.

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“I like them all,” he said laughing, when asked to single out his favorite.

One of his most unusual vehicles is a 1964 amphicar with a Volkswagen transmission and a Porsche transaxle. The vehicle has two propellors and can traverse land and water. Siben takes it in the water up in New York.

“It’s still seaworthy,” he laughed.

His car collecting hobby is part of what keeps him young, Siben said smiling. He travels to car auctions all over the country, hopscotching from South Dakota and California to Indian, Florida, Illinois and Texas. And when he sees something he likes, he adds it to his collection, which totals around two dozens cars.

His wife Sherry is supportive, as long as she doesn’t have to attend all the car shows anymore, he said.

“She retired from going to car shows,” Siben chuckled. He also agreed NOT to add to his collection unless he sells some of his existing collectibles.

“I always go shopping but I made a deal,” he grinned sheepishly. “If I don’t sell four cars I won’t buy anything.”

His take on Cars and Coffee?

“There were thousands of cars and they ran out of parking. It’s fabulous,” Siben said.

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Car Show is Backdrop for Photography Class

PALM BEACH GARDENS – Taking GOOD photos of cars is a lot trickier than it seems.

Photo by Maylon Rodriguez

Just ask the students in Isidro Pentzke’s photography class at the Fine Arts Academy at Wellington High School. Pentzke recently took them to the Cars and Coffee Palm Beach car show to take auto pictures. They found out just how challenging it can be and shared their thoughts with Florida Fine Cars:

“There’s a lot of things with cars. They reflect a lot of light so it messes up the photos,” confessed Maylon Rodriguez, 15, who was taking pictures with a Nikon D-3400 at the crowded car show. “It’s my first time taking pictures of cars. A lot of the time you have to step back a bit and study the scene and study what you have to work with. It’s an enlightening experience.”

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Students from Wellington High School pose with teacher Isidro Pentzke and Florida Fine Cars employees at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

Photographing Cars Poses Tricky Challenges

The sun reflects off just about every surface on a car. It’s hard to get the whole car in one frame. And sometimes when you do, it still looks wrong. Those are a few of the things the students discovered, and exactly the type of experiences Pentzke wanted his photography students to have. His goal was to get them thinking instead of relying on the camera to do all the work.

“The biggest thing I wanted was to get them out of that program mode and let them learn about light,” Pentzke said.

 

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Pentzke is a Wellington High School alumni with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Lesley University in Boston. He came back to the high school he attended to teach students what he loved.

But getting the right equipment to teach kids photography is expensive. So Pentzke had to be creative. He applied for and received approximately $80,000 in grant money, and his students raised about $10,000 selling cookie dough and candy. He was able to equip his students with state-of-the-art equipment.

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Isidro Pentzke talks to his students about photography at a Cars and Coffee car show.

Pentzke purchased 15 new Nikon cameras with lenses, along with new three top notch printers and 28 new laptop computers. His students were able to get certified to use Photoshop.

“We bus in a lot of kids who may not be able to afford a camera that allows us to do what we teach. I wrote a proposal and told the school this isn’t a theory class, this is a hands-on class,” Pentzke said.

Pentzke was thrilled with the photos his students shot at the Cars and Coffee car show. He challenged the students to get him 10 really good shots each and they delivered.

“They did really well,” Pentzke said.

Students Embrace Hands-On Learning in Outdoor Setting

Taking his photography students OUT of the classroom is part of learning how to capture real life in images, he noted.

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Wellington HS photo students pose with Florida Fine Cars employees at Cars and Coffee Palm.

“We try to get at least once a month different locations. The reason I take them out there is to get them out there in the real world. In my classroom everything is controlled but when we go into the world everything changes,” Pentzke said. “The clouds are one way or the light on the cars is changing. They have to figure out how am I going to meter this car, where is the light coming from and how am I going to frame this car?”

When Rodriguez looked at the photos he had taken, he was happy.

“I was actually pretty impressed with how I did taking pictures of the cars. I did better than I thought I actually did,” Rodriguez said. “The challenge I ran into was pretty much the lighting. A lot of the light was reflecting off the cars and there were a lot of reflections with people in them. I was proud of how detailed they came out and the different angles.”

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Senior Angelina Guadagna, 17, a car buff who loves to shoot pictures of cars, had a blast finding out what she could do with a camera at the car show.

“I love cars and think they photograph incredibly well. I’ve been studying photography about six years and have gone to multiple different car shows,” said Guadagna, who uses a Sony II 35mm camera. “This is one of the biggest and it’s great being out here with all these different cars and being able to challenge yourself to take pictures of them. It’s tons of fun.”

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Guadagna was pleased with her photos.

“It was a beautiful day out so the sun provided great lighting. The only issue I ran into was that people turned up in the background,” she said. She said Pentzke encourages his students to come up with new ideas for subject matter and locations for taking photos.

“He really lets us express our creativity,” Guadagna said.

Photography student Stephanie Monaco, 16, a junior, said it was a learning experience shooting cars.

Photo by David Sanchez

“It’s really cool. I like the old cars. My dad’s really into those so I have an appreciation for that too,” Monaco said.

Student David Sanchez, 17, also a junior, said the car show was a great opportunity to practice photography.

“I’m just here to get better at what I do,” Sanchez said. “If you’re not learning something new about photography you’re really not a photographer. I just enjoy doing this. I love my teacher. He’s really helped me to improve.”

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Florida Fine Cars Employee Rocks Warped Tour With Punk Band

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Cesar “Punski,” singer/songwriter/guitarist and Florida Fine Cars marketing coordinator, performs with Grounds.

WEST PALM BEACH – When the Vans Warped Tour played its final concert in August in West Palm Beach, Florida Fine Cars was represented on stage.

But it wasn’t with cool cars. Instead, Florida Fine Cars marketing coordinator Cesar Pentzke was  rocking out: he’s the singer and guitar player for a punk band called Grounds. He performed on the Korner stage of the huge musical festival on August 5th, where he goes by the name “Cesar Punski”.

His bandmates included Seth Hochstadt, drums; William “Parker” Rockenstien, guitarist; and Reggie Miller, bass and backing vocals.

“I’m a hooligan in the best way,” joked Pentzke, who graduated from Full Sail University with an associate’s degree in recording arts and a bachelor of science in entertainment business.

“I’m a hard core punk rock youth and I live my dreams. I knew this is what I was going to be doing when I was a lot younger.”

Love of Music is Rooted in Childhood and Family Ties

He’s been making music since age 11 when he picked up his dad’s guitar. He also plays trumpet, trombone and drums.

The Warped Tour is a traveling rock festival that has toured the United States annually each summer since 1995. It is the largest traveling music festival in the United States, and is the longest-running touring music festival in North America.

Music is Pentzke’s love and he always makes time for it.

“I have a job to make money. I play music for my soul,” said Pentzke, who is the songwriter for Grounds. “People are in bands because they want to be in a band. Music is a hobby, it’s not a job.”

Pentzke became the marketing coordinator for Florida Fine Cars nearly two years ago. He’s the creative force behind all the cool videos and social media Florida Fine Cars uses to promote its cars and customer service.

But his roots always take him back to punk rock.

Born in San Francisco, Pentzke grew up in Royal Palm Beach, Fl and graduated from Wellington High School. He came from a family of high achievers who love to make music: his dad is a musician and a doctor; his mom sings and is a microbiologist; his paternal grandfather was a composer and his maternal grandfather, a lawyer. His brother teaches high school photography and his sister is a lawyer.

Expectations for Pentzke were high.

“I was either going to go to University of Florida and be a doctor, or go to Orlando and be a punk rocker,” he recalled. “I chose to be a punk rocker.”

He found his place with Grounds in December 2015.

The band released its first album “The Struggle EP” in 2016 with Detres Entertainment Group. They released their second album, “Screen Tested; Mother Approved,” with Takeover Records — on October 13, 2017.  It was Friday the 13th.

Punk Rock’s Raw Emotion Give the Music an Edge

Pentzke loves the raw, reckless emotion associated with punk rock. The mohawk hair styles, the studded leather jackets, the spiked belts. The moshe pits. It all fits together.

“What I first liked about punk rock is that it is dangerous,” said Pentzke, whose arms and legs are covered in tattoos. “Punk music was fast-paced. People would slam each other at concerts. It was the edge I was attracted to. The idea of being on stage and seeing the mosh pit makes me feel like I am doing a great job.”

Unpredictability is part of a punk rock show’s allure, he said.

“Anything can happen. You never know what is going to happen. Not in a bad way – people like to have fun and it’s really cool to travel around and see what people do,” he added.

For years, Pentzke toured Florida and the United States, performing at different clubs, bars and other venues. He had just finished a 30 to 40 day tour when he was hired by Florida Fine Cars.

He loves the fact that his co-workers at Florida Fine Cars are supportive and attend his local performances whenever they can.

“It’s really cool having that much support. To have people care about what you are doing and back you up,” Pentzke said.

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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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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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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