Florida Fine Cars Backs Autism Initiative


Miami resident and Florida Fine Cars customer Luis Gomez poses next to a 2016 Corvette z06.

WEST PALM BEACH – Used car giant Florida Fine Cars sponsored “The 7th Home Show Munch, Mingle & Much More” in a show of support for Autism Speaks Palm Beach County.

The nationally recognized non-profit organization received a portion of event proceeds to fund advocacy and support for individuals who are diagnosed with autism. The funds also go towards research into the cause and early intervention. A 55-inch television and several other items were raffled to raise money.FFC Logo New Car

“Our whole goal is to connect with the local businesses and families and let them know there are resources here,” explained Melissa Dinuzzo, manager for Autism Speaks Palm Beach, as she passed out brochures about autism and answered questions. “We want to promote acceptance and understanding and also promote our March 4th Autism Speaks Walk to raise money.”

Autism Speaks Offers Family Support, Community Outreach

Florida Fine Cars signed on as a sponsor because the family-owned auto dealership is active in the community and a strong supporter of not-for-profit organizations.

“Autism Speaks is a lifeline for families with autistic children. It provides education, outreach and a huge array of resources for families who may otherwise feel frustrated or alone. It was an easy decision to become part of this worthy event,” said Jamie Suid, marketing director for Florida Fine Cars. “Helping kids is what it’s all about.”

About 2,000 local residents attended the event at the Meyer Amphitheater in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach.

According to the Autism Speaks website, the organization is “dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.”

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Increasing Autism Awareness and Acceptance is Organization’s Goal

Dinuzzo said events like the Jan. 13th one are important for increasing awareness about autism and helping to reduce stigmas that often result due to a lack of knowledge.

The event also provided a chance for Dinuzzo to plug the upcoming March 4th Autism Speaks Walk to raise money for the cause. The annual walk is a major fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization.

According to Dinuzzo, one in 68 children are diagnosed with autism and more than 70 million people worldwide are on the autism spectrum. The cost to care for a child on the spectrum is estimated at approximately $65,000, she said. Therapies such as physical, speech, and applied behavioral analysis are commonly used, she noted. Costly medications may also be part of treatment.

“You can look at someone on the spectrum and they look just like everyone else, but they might lack the eye contact,” she explained. Individuals on the autism spectrum may have a wide range of symptoms, skills and levels of disability. Those who suffer from autism may have ongoing social problems that include difficulty communicating and interacting with others, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

“We want to be that puzzle piece that connects the community to resources,” Dinuzzo said.

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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. A fourth location recently opened in Margate. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

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Model Builders Club Draws Crowds at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Florida Fine Cars Offers a Huge Selection of Quality Used Cars at Tiny Prices

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,800 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Margate, Hollywood and Miami. Our new Margate dealership at 5300 Copans Road just opened in February 2018.

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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St. Jude Thanks Florida Fine Cars for Support with Gift of Art

stjudelogoMIAMI — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital thanked Florida Fine Cars for sponsoring two recent fundraising walks with a unique gift of child-created art.

The Memphis-based children’s hospital sent the family-owned used car dealership a poster-size copy of an illustrated original poem, created by a patient named Jazmine, in a show of appreciation.

“St. Jude uses the artwork to connect its patients with the community supporting them,” explained St. Jude spokeswoman Melissa Miranda.

The illustrated poem titled “F is for fever” is a child’s account of being sick. It depicts a child taking medicine. It was created by a patient named Jazmine.

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Community Support Makes Ongoing Cancer Research a Reality

Financial support from businesses like Florida Fine Cars is what makes the hospital’s ongoing cancer research possible, Miranda said.

”When businesses like FFC sponsor events, it helps cover costs for chemotherapy, platelet transfusions, and much more for patients,” Miranda said. “Additionally, this helps St. Jude provide patients’ families with meals, necessities, and lodging during their stay.”

St. Jude had organized simultaneous fundraising events in Miami and West Palm Beach for September 23, 2017, and Florida Fine Cars supported both events. The used card dealership has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami and is opening a fourth store in Margate.FFC Logo New Car

“Getting involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was an easy decision,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “The work they do and the young lives they save is incredible. Cancer and kids is a horrible combination. We want to be part of the cure in any small way that we can.

“It’s touching that they shared some of the poignant art work that was created by their young patients,” he added.

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

St. Jude Serves Thousands of Young Cancer Patients Annually

The renowned research hospital sees more than 7,800 children every year, Miranda said. St. Jude accepts children, adolescents, and young adults who are 21 years old or younger at the time of acceptance.


Thousands of children receive cancer treatment every year at St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Doctors at St. Jude treat everything from brain tumors, leukemia/lymphoma and infectious diseases to immunodeficiency diseases, blood disorders, sickle cell disease and solid tumors.

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

“Because of sponsors like FFC, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation. Every dollar makes a difference,” Miranda said.

Florida Fine Cars Makes It Simple to Buy a Used Car 

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 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 Hollywood and Miami. A fourth store recently opened in Margate.

Used car shopping has never been easier. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and check out our huge inventory and tiny prices.

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Florida Fine Cars Finds Some Cool Rides at Monthly Car Meet Up


Cars & Coffee Palm Beach offers a huge array of cool cars to check out.

PALM BEACH GARDENS – You never know who you might meet or what you might see at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach. The enormously popular car meet up at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall attracts high-end car collectors, hobbyists and lots of regular folks who love to look at cool rides.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with a few of those car enthusiasts during one of the recent monthly events. Here’s what we found!
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Meet car buff Larry Jones, a retired boat captain who loves to show off his custom 1950 Mercury Coupe, a sleek black custom head-turner painted with ferocious flames that lick at the hood. Jones acquired the car about eight years ago partially customized and has continued to do more work. Talking about it makes him smile.

“It has a Chevrolet engine, a big block Chevrolet. It has a lot of power. It’s got probably 500 horsepower,” Jones said proudly. The stunning paint job was created by Crazy Horse Painting in Waxhaw, North Carolina. It’s called “live fire” and it’s meant to stop traffic.


Car buff Larry Jones pops the top on his customized 1950 Mercury Coupe at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach.

“I’ve chopped the top, I’ve channeled the car (brought the floor up 4-inches) and it rides on air bags,” Jones explained. “It has air bags on all four corners. It’s a better suspension and then you lower it and it looks cooler.”

The car sports a chrome grill from a ’56 Chevy, and the headlights are “frenched,” or recessed into the body of the car.

Nearby, Jeff Bye parked his yellow 1966 Ford F-100 pickup truck, no ordinary ride by any account! He rebuilt the lowrider with a 2008 Crown Victoria front end, a 5-speed transmission from a 1998 5.0 liter Ford Mustang and installed buttons on each side that shoot out fire.


Jeff Bye stands by his 1966 Ford F-100 that he customized himself.

“Some people think you should restore it the way it was,” said Bye, who rebuilds Porsches and Ferraris for a living. “It’s either like love or hate. I’ve had people tell me I’ve destroyed the truck.”

You’ll always know when Bye’s truck is on its way: it doesn’t have a muffler or pipes and the noise is really, really loud.

But that’s all part of the fun.

According to John Zeilinga – one of the founders of Cars & Coffee –  the popular monthly car meet up usually attracts about 1,400 cars car owners during the slow months. During the Season, you might find as many as 2,500 cars on display and 20,000 spectators in attendance.

“We have everything from old Model T’s to brand new Lamborghinis, hot rods, race cars and hand-built garage cars,” said Zeilinga, a firefighter/EMT for Plantation. “We get people who just want to learn about cars and people who have been working on cars for 40 years.


Brandon Gasparini sits atop his mud-spattered 1997 Jeep Cherokee X5.

Brandon Gasparini is one of those car buffs who works on cars. His Jeep Cherokee is a marvel with the rugged-looking, textured spatter that distinguishes from all others. But Gasparini didn’t pay a penny for the look. It’s mud, not paint, and it draws crowds every time he wheels into Cars & Coffee to show it off.

“Best paint job around,” yelled a passerby, who gave a thumbs up. “We like this one the best!”

Gasparini’s 1997 model Jeep Cherokee X5 has nearly 300,000 miles on the odometer and is  spattered with so much mud that many spectators mistake it for a custom paint job until some of the texture rubs off on their fingers.

“I haven’t washed it in a month,” said Gasparini who works for Jeep. “It runs like a dream.”


The mud coating on Gasparini’s Jeep gives it a custom look that many mistake for paint.

The mud buggy has removable doors, a 4.5-inch lift and 33-inch tires.
Gasparini takes his Jeep mudding in some secret holes in Port St. Lucie that he’s been digging since he was in high school.

“It takes hours to wash it which is why I don’t,” he chuckled.

Across the way, Joe Zahradnik was showing off the brand new 2017 Shelby Baja Raptor, one of only 50 to be manufactured and the first of four to be sold to the public: the first went to the Shelby Museum in Las Vegas, the second to the Ford Motor Co. and the third to an undisclosed business executive.

Crowds of truck lovers were “oohing: and “aahing” at the huge blue beast, built with a redesigned front bumper, special suspension work and custom LED lighting that can be angled as you drive.

“Amazing! When can I take it for a test drive,” cooed one admirer as he peered inside.


2017 Shelby Baja Raptor was a crowd pleaser at a recent Cars & Coffee. The vehicle is #4 of 50 and the first being offered for sale to the public.

Sticker price? $115,000.

And at Cars & Coffee, there’s a likely buyer somewhere with the means to take it home.

At the back of the lot, Said Sauder fielded questions about his fire-engine 1969 modelred T-1 Porsche transporter, which has the cab of an old Volkswagen bus and the rear of a car transporter.


Interior of 1969 T-1 Porsche Transporter.

“Back in the ’60s and ’70s Porsche had to take their cars to races and that was the way to go in style,” Sauder explained. But Sauder’s transporter has a longer bed – he stretched by seven feet.

Back in the day, the vehicle was used to transport a Porsche 550 Spider to races and back, he said.

It’s quirky mix of Volkwagen charm and longbed truck drew admirers all day long.

“This is the only one of its kind in the U.S.,” Sauder said. “There’s two in Germany.  It’s supposed to have a Porsche Spider on it but it’s not ready. Three people told me it’s the best car in the show!”


Said Sauder poses with his 1969 T-1 Porsche Transporter.

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Shopping Easy

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

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

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Hard-to-Find Exotic Rides Define the duPont REGISTRY


duPont Registry helps high end car collectors buy and sell upscale vehicles.

PALM BEACH  GARDENS – Flip through the duPont REGISTRY and you’ll find pages of collectible cars like the 2006 Ford GT Heritage for $489,900 and exotics like the 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta for $699,000. Or a vintage 1969 Chevy Pro Touring Camaro for $55,000.

The glossy magazine is eye candy for car lovers everywhere and is packed with wild rides that are VERY hard-to-find.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with the duPont REGISTRY during a recent Cars & Coffee meet to find out why the magazine is such a draw for car enthusiasts and collectors from all walks of life.

The monthly magazine is a leading publication for the high-end marketplace with an appeal to “individuals whose net worth significantly exceeds what is traditionally considered upscale,” according to the duPont REGISTRY.

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“It’s flying off the table,” said duPont REGISTRY account executive Dylan Orluck, as he handed out copies of the October 2017 edition with a McLaren 720S on the cover. “People are loving it. A lot of people recognize us from our social media. We have 6.5 million followers on Facebook and nearly 700,000 followers on Instagram.”

duPont REGISTRY Appeals to Both Serious Collectors and Dreamers

Yes, the cars that are advertised in the magazine appeal to the rich and famous. But not everyone who picks up the magazine has the money to buy. Dreaming is OK, too.


A car enthusiast chats with representatives from the upscale duPont REGISTRY.

“We have a lot of aspirational readers who obviously can’t afford the million dollar cars but can maybe afford the $50,000 car,” Orluck said. “Plus, even if you can’t afford any of the cars they are fun to look at.”

The magazine offers a unique marketplace for high-end car owners to buy and sell their vehicles to others in similar financial circles. Cars for sale in the magazine range in price from $50,000 to $1 million, Orluck said. The duPont REGISTRY is typically distributed at private airlines, First Class lounges, or among major sports teams.


The October 2017 edition of the duPont REGISTRY features a McLaren 720S on the cover.

“There are a lot of people here who are trying to sell their cars or advertise their businesses,” Orluck noted. “This is the perfect venue for this with all the exotic and high end vehicles that are coming through.

No surprise that a line of red, white and blue Lamborghinis was parked next  to the duPont REGISTRY tent.

One of them was Brad of Boca Raton, who owns a red 1986 Ferrari 328 and a black 2007 Ferrari F430 which he is trying to sell. He figured the duPont REGISTRY would be read by car lovers who might actually buy one of his Ferraris.

“It’s got some good pictures and it’s well-respected,” he said of the duPont REGISTRY. “And sometimes someone is just in the mood for a (new) toy.”

Florida Fine Cars Makes It Easy to Buy a Quality Used Car

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

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

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Florida Fine Cars 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.)

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Jet Dragster Champion Elaine Larsen Talks Speed With Florida Fine Cars


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


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.


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.”


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

Larsen Motorsports Aims for the Next Generation of Drivers

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

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

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

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

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Shopping Easy

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

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

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


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.


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!”


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
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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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