Jet Dragster Champion Elaine Larsen Talks Speed With Florida Fine Cars

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

PALM BEACH GARDENS – Talk about fast!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jet Car Racing is a Dream Come True

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Larsen Motorsports Aims for the Next Generation of Drivers

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

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

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

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

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Shopping Easy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shop Florida Fine Cars at Three Convenient Locations

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cars & Coffee Serves Up Florida Fine Cars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Fine Cars Takes Pride in Community Involvement

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Shopping Easy

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

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

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