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, or contact Adam at 954-304-5502 for more information.

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Cars & Coffee Serves Up Florida Fine Cars


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.


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.

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Car Color: What It Says About the Driver

When it comes to cars, are all colors equal? Studies show they aren’t and that each hue plays a different role in the image a driver wants to portray.trucktransport

Let’s face it: the personality of a vehicle is as important to the owner as the make and model.

Experts who study how color affects consumers agree that a car shopper’s color choice is the result of careful consideration. What driver doesn’t want their ride to reflect their personality?NewFCCLogo

Whether the goal is sleek sophistication, polished perfection or bold beauty, the color you choose says a lot about you.

Car buyers are passionate about what they love. Or hate.

Just ask veteran car saleswoman Amiee Miller, who’s been selling used cars at Florida Fine Cars for 4 1/2 years.


Florida Fine Cars Sales Associate Amiee Miller

“They get extremely crazy over the color of their car. A person who wants a white car, wants a white car. A person who wants a black car wants a black car,” Miller said. “Color can make or break a deal. Some shoppers won’t even look at a car unless it’s a certain color.”

The most popular car colors? Black and white, followed by silver and gray, she said.

“Black is incognito. It’s luxury and power,” Miller said. “White is so Miami, so South Florida.”

Cars buyers who gravitate toward orange, red, yellow or green like something a little different. Cars with unique interior colors like peanut butter, gold, terra cotta or red also have devoted followers. And sometimes a car color just depends on whimsy.

“It takes a particular person who sees that car and just wants it,” Miller noted.

Experts who study color and consumerism say choosing a car color is also about how the car owner wants OTHERS to perceive them instead of just a reflection of how they see themselves.

Hot-Headed or Cool as a Cucumber?


Black is associated with luxury, power and sophistication

Car buyers are attracted to the same colors over and over mostly because the colors reflect an element of their personality. Experts who study color link certain traits to specific colors. Take a look:

Black: Associated with luxury and sophistication. Drivers who choose black vehicles select them because they want to look like they are in charge. It’s the color of choice for royalty, presidents and diplomats and it is all about power.

White: Youthful and modern. Drivers who pick white are clean, fastidious and prideful. It’s also a popular color in hot climates because it reflects light and helps keep you cool. And yes, it’s sooo Miami.

Silver:  Elegant, futuristic and modern. It’s sleek and beautiful and it doesn’t get as dirty as white.

Gray: Dignity, tradition and maturity. A person who drives a gray car doesn’t want to stand out.


Red says, “Look at me!”

Red: Confidence, passion and high energy. Red is a color that says, “Look at me!”

Blue: Stability and serenity. This is a practical, cheerful color. Don’t worry. Be happy.

Brown/beige: Down-to-earth, thrifty and honest .A driver who chooses brown isn’t concerned about style, trends or fads. 

Yellow: Joyous and positive. This is a color for the young at heart. Smile!

Green: Linked to nature, strong sense of self. Drivers who pick this hue don’t care what others think. 

Orange: Unusual. Drivers who choose this hue aren’t afraid of being different. 


Car buyers who choose orange dare to be different.

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