Put Your Car on a Cup! It’s Easy

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Paul Maggard of Off the Wall Tees N More can put your car on a cup.

NORTH PALM BEACH – Love you car so much you want to see it first thing every morning and right before you go to bed?

Put it on a cup! It’s easy and Florida Fine Cars met just the guy to do it.

Whether your favorite ride is a Volkswagen, a Mercedes or Peugeot, Paul Maggard can hook you up!

Florida Fine Cars checked out this new vendor at a recent Cars and Coffee Palm Beach. Here’s what we found out!

  • Off the Wall Tees N More can put your favorite car logo on a cup for about $12.50. A custom cup designed with a special photos may run you anywhere from $15 to $19.
  • The business is owned by Paul Maggard, who attended his first Cars and Coffee Palm Beach in March. His booth drew lots of queries from car enthusiasts who were looking for their favorite makes and models. He’s been in the business for about seven years, the past three in Margate, FL.
  • Maggard can put anything car-related onto just about anything — cups, coasters, bar blades, puzzles and awards trophies. And he does it with a smile.
  • He believes his custom and promotional items turn out better because he offers personalized service that chain stores or mail order services don’t.

Here’s what Paul had to say about customizing cups for his customers:

“I like the personal touch where you can talk to someone and throw suggestions at them. And if it’s not a clear picture forget about it. If you’ve given me a bad picture you are going to get a bad picture back,” he noted.

What Do Customers Want? Merchandise Personalized With Their Favorite Cars

“A lot of people were coming up to me and asking if I had anything with Mopar, Chevy, Ford, Lamborghini. A lot them wanted a certain kind of car — a Mopar sign or a Ford Motor sign,” Paul added.

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An array of cool car cups on display at the Off the Wall Tees N More booth at a recent Cars and Coffee.

“It’s basically something that really stands out with their brand. I have images for Bugattis and Ferraris and Bentleys for different kinds of shows. There is such a variety of cars out there,” Paul said. “A lot of people came by and asked for a variety of different things. Oil cans — they were on coffee mugs. The old STP. I took those images and put them onto the mugs. Old-school hot rod guys like those.”

He’s also hoping to create some kind of kids’ corner for all the children that attend Cars and Coffee.

“It’s a really family oriented show. I could set something up,” he said.

“You name it, I can do it — there is not much out there that I can’t do,” Paul noted. He recently designed a sun-rated custom sleeve for a Jeep owner who wanted to protect his left arm, which he often hung out of his hard-top Jeep,

The sleeve was made from polyester fabric with an image of a Jeep similar to the one the man drove. It’s also popular to put images on the drink holders in of cars. And lots of other practical items you can use.

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Personalizing merchandise is what Paul Maggard’s business is all about.

“How I really to into this business is that I had my own characters, The Galaxy Travelers, and wondered how I might get these guy out in front of the public. I come from a construction background and wanted something a little bit lighter.”

Paul met a guy who made promotional items and convinced him it was time to make a change.

“When I started designing items, it made me happy, it was exciting,” Paul recalled. “I was good at building and doing remodeling but it had become just a job — there was no excitement in it.”

“I like the emotions this produces in other people. A guy recently picked up a mug with a Harley Davidson on it and said, ‘Wow, this is fantastic. I love this.’”

And that’s why Paul does what he does.

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Vintage Jeep Wows Cars Show Crowd

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The owner of a rare Jeepster shows off her cool car at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

PALM BEACH GARDENS – The vintage orange and white Jeepster was drawing crowds at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach so Florida Fine Cars caught up with the owner to find out more.

Jeep will always be a popular brand but to see something that is a classic Jeep, that is rare,” the owner said smiling. “Nobody thinks of a Jeep being a classic car but it is.”

“We find that older people like it and young kids,” the owner said. The Jeepster was introduced about the same time as the Ford Bronco, and the two vehicles completed with each other for popularity, she said.

Most common comments? “What is that?” and “That’s awesome!”

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The dashboard of the vintage Jeepster is stark.

The vehicle has no airbags, no shoulder harness on the seatbelt and you can’t turn it on a dime because there’s no power steering. You MUST learn how to drive an old car.

The owners, who live in Palm Beach County, don’t drive it on Interstate-95. Instead, they run it up and down Federal Highway or Congress Avenue. It’s maneuverability is limited.

Rare Jeepster was Manufactured for Limited Time

According to Wikipedia, the Jeepster was originally manufactured by Willys-Overland Motors from 1948 to 1950. It was developed in hopes of filling a gap in the company’s product line, crossing over from their “utilitarian” photo SUVs and trucks to the passenger automobile market. A total of almost 20,0000 were built, Wikipedia said.

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This vintage Jeepster drew crowds of admirers, many who had never seen a car like it.

“The basic model included numerous deluxe features and interior fittings in addition to a high level of standard equipment that cost extra on other automobiles,” Wikipedia noted.

The Jeepster was revived in 1966 on a new model the C-101 Jeepster Commando. American Motors (AMC) Willys-Overland’s successor, moved Jeepster from the name for 1972, ending production after 1973.

The March Cars and Coffee event marked the Jeepster’s second appearance at the show. The vehicle had been in the shop for months getting body work done due to neglect. It had previously been parked for nine years on the lot of a car dealership, exposed to the elements.

“She was restored at a collision shop. There was a lot of rust. They took out a lot of badly patched rust and welded in steel panels,” her owner explained. “It’s seamless. You can’t even tell where they did it.”

Variety that includes unique old cars like the Jeepster is one reason why so many car enthusiasts pack the Cars and Coffee Palm Beach car show every month.

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Jeep lovers enjoyed peeking under the hood of this classic Jeepster.

Car Show’s Lure is Variety that Offers Mild to Wild

Attendees are likely to see everything from a $3.8 million 2018 Bugatti Chiron to a mud-spattered 1997 Jeep Cherokee that draws crowds every time it pulls in. Those who frequent the show know they will see exotics like McClarens and Lamborghinis as well as muscle car classics, hopped up BMWs modified with camber wheels, or any variety of unique rides.

Cars and Coffee Palm Beach marketing manager Lana Vegosen Galati recently told Florida Fine Cars recently that attendance has reached 35,000 with as many as 3,500 cool cars on display on a busy Sunday.

“Our primary goal was to bring in spectators. Car owners will go where spectators are because then more eyes can see their ‘pride and joy.’ That has been one of the keys to our success,” she explained.

The Jeepster definitely attracted spectators, including brokers who made offers to buy the classic car on the spot.

“We were driving it home right after they got the engine started and there was a gentlemen in the passenger seat of a Mercedes who was yelling at us, ‘how much do you want?’ It was my first day driving it,” the owner laughed.

The vehicle’s dashboard has an AM radio and little else. This Jeepster was also one of the first automatics available by Jeep. The owners installed an electronic start in the vehicle to make it more driver-friendly.

“Super cool,” yelled a passing spectator.

And that’s the beauty of Cars and Coffee.

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Florida Fine Cars Finds Out What Makes Car Show Such a Hit

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Spectators admire a cool car on display at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

PALM BEACH GARDENS – What started six years ago with 20 cars outside a donut shop and has morphed into one of the largest monthly car meet ups in the country.

Cars and Coffee Palm Beach just keeps getting hotter.

Event sponsor Florida Fine Cars recently caught up with Cars and Coffee Palm Beach marketing manager Lana Vegosen Galati to find out more:

According to Galati, attendance has reached 35,000 with as many as 3,500 cool cars on display.

“Our primary goal was to bring in spectators. Car owners will go where spectators are because then more eyes can see their ‘pride and joy.’ That has been one of the keys to our success,” she explained.

Every month at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall, thousands of car enthusiasts show off their cool cars to thousands of spectators who show up to see what’s there. The meet up moved to the Outlets Mall in 2015 and has grown exponentially ever since.

Car enthusiasts are likely to see everything from a $3.8 million 2018 Bugatti Chiron to a mud-spattered 1997 Jeep Cherokee that draws crowds every time it pulls in.

“Moving to Palm Beach Outlets Mall instantly grew the show,” Galati said. “The relatives and friends who weren’t interested in cars could shop, eat or visit other attractions there.”

Popular Monthly Car Show Offers Fun, Food and Lots of Cool Cars

Stop by Cars and Coffee Palm Beach and you’ll find the place abuzz with activity. Drones whiz from one end of the huge parking lot to the other photographing cars from the sky. The enticing smells of homemade barbecue and chicken and waffles wafts through the air. Engines rev. Cars backfire. And auto enthusiasts, car collectors and car club members mingle for hours with the curious spectators who pack the show to see what the next ‘wow’ exhibit will be.

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Cindy and Dave Ryan show off their 1963 Meyers Manx Dune Buggy at a recent Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

Lake Worth residents Cindy Ryan and her husband David usually arrive at the Outlets Mall around 6:30 a.m. on show days to set up the display for Backdraft Racing, which features an array of 1965 Cobra replicas. Cindy works as a bookkeeper for the Boynton Beach-based Backdraft Racing.

Car owners eager to display their cool rides start arriving at 7 a.m. Engines rumble. Cars honk. Cameras roll.

“I think the best thing about this car show is that you can bring anything here – a car that is a driver everyday to exotics to custom to antiques,” Cindy said.

The show recently acquired 500 more spots for cars and vendors because the demand has become so high, Ryan said.

“You can find anything here from Toyota Corollas to Bugattis,” her husband added.

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Dan and Arlene Glassford enjoy the car show with their son Finnley and daughter McKenzie.

“Owners range from regular to rich. And you can sell a car or buy a car here.”

On this day, car buff Dan Glassford and his wife Arlene were admiring the rows and rows of incredible cars with their 3-year-old son Finnley and their 7-month-old daughter McKenzie. The show attracts many families who never would think to leave their little ones at home. The Glassfords bring food and drink and spend the morning enjoying the cars with their two small children.

They both agree the event is very “kid-friendly.”

“I’d say absolutely yes,” Arlene Glassford said nodding.

Car Show Caters to All Ages and Interests

According to John Zeilinga – one of the show’s founders – the popular monthly car meet up is growing by leaps and bounds because there’s something for everyone.

“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.

Galati said the car show was originally organized so car enthusiasts would have a place to hang out and talk shop.

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Crowds of car enthusiasts pack a recent Cars and Coffee Palm Beach event.

“At the time the landscape of the auto event world was very different. It was more isolated and divided,” Galati said. “The Corvette owners would hang out together, the Ferrari owners would hang out together, there were some classic cars events. There was no place where all the makes models and could hang out together.”

The Boynton Beach crowd multiplied quickly, growing from 20 cars to 500 cars, then 700 cars, filling up the entire lot outside the donut shop. The car show had to relocate because it needed space to grow.

The sprawling parking lot at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall made it possible to offer something for everyone, she said. Including marriage.

Galati said at least a dozen people have met their future spouses at the huge car show.

“In fact, three couples all met on the same day and celebrated their one year anniversary at the event,” she said.

The show’s purpose is to make everybody forget about the complexities of life for a while. And it seems to be working.

“We have one couple that comes out from the West Coast of Florida. Their first baby was due in August. It was hot, the baby was due any moment but they weren’t worried.  They said, ‘Our baby is going to be a car girl.’ They went home and they wife went straight to the hospital and the baby was born right away,” Galati said.

“We get the whole spectrum. You get to meet billionaires you might not otherwise encounter but also meet the families who are struggling to make ends meet and want to see the cars they might not never otherwise see,” she added.

Most importantly, the car show is about people with cool cars having fun with people who admire their cool cars, she said.

“We are the world’s largest Cars and Coffee event and one of the largest monthly auto events,” Galati said. “There are three of us in the country that kind of go back and forth. There’s something for everyone.”

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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

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