Fury Road RC Rolls Out Support for Storm Victims at Cars & Coffee

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Fury Road Riding Club co-owner Adrienne Mazzone talks about the Hurricane Irma raffle at Cars & Coffee while Cesar Pentzke videotapes for Florida Fine Cars.

PALM BEACH GARDENS – When a pack of flashy bikers determined to help the less fortunate rumbled into the September Cars & Coffee meetup, they hoped their presence would drum up attention for a Hurricane Irma fundraiser.

It did. The rows of rumbling bikes stood out nicely amid hundreds of cool cars. And the hurricane raffle, organized by the Exotic Car Society, raised nearly $1,000.FuryRoad (1)

Florida Fine Cars caught up with members of the Fury Road Riding Club at Cars & Coffee as the bikers mingled with car buffs and pledged their support for the Exotic Car Society’s fundraising raffle to benefit victims of Hurricane Irma. Irma blew through South Florida in late September destroying homes, knocking out power and taking lives.FFC Logo New Car

Fury Road co-owner and media relations director Adrienne Mazzone said it’s all about helping those in need.

“We try to bring awareness and extra support to any good cause,” said Mazzone, who’s also president of TransMedia Group in Boca Raton. Mazzone rides a 2016 Indian Scout and says the bike club always draws attention everywhere it goes. Harnessing that buzz for good causes is easy because people are fascinated by motorcycles, she noted.

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Adrienne Mazzone, co-owner and media relations director for the Fury Road Riding Club, on her Indian Scout motorcycle.

“It’s the throttle and the excitement of the loudness of the bike. The loud pipes rolling in. It’s always fun and excitement,” Mazzone said. Fury Road has about 60 independent riders and includes school teachers, architects, and an array of others. The group holds a weekly bike night every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Deerfield Beach. Find out more about Fury Road Riding Club at www.furyroadrc.com.

 

Monetary Contributions Benefit Storm Victims Through DirectRelief.com

Crystal Anne, who owns MyAutoAddiction.com, collected donations at the fundraising tent for storm victims. The money will be distributed to those in need through DirectRelief.com.IMG_4501

“One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the actual cause,” said Crystal Anne, a member of the Exotic Car Society.

Her involvement has been personal. Crystal Anne traveled to Texas to help with disaster relief after Hurricane Harvey struck and spent time working in a Houston distribution warehouse unloading supplies for people in need

Afterwards, she went to Beaumont where she helped deliver disaster supplies by boat in the flood zones. The experience touched her heart.

 “People are very generous. They have really come together. It was really an amazing, amazing experience,” she said. That’s why she jumped at the chance to help out again when the Exotic Car Society got involved in fundraising for storm victims.

 

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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. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

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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 Supports St. Jude Hospital & Cancer Research

Cancer and kids are a painful combination.stjudelogo

That’s why Florida Fine Cars is supporting two upcoming fundraisers to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a comprehensive cancer center known for pediatric cancer research.

The Memphis-based children’s hospital has organized simultaneous fundraising events in Miami and West Palm Beach for September 23rd. Florida Fine Cars is supporting both events. The used card dealership has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami.

“Everyone knows someone who’s been diagnosed with cancer but when it’s a child, it’s even harder to accept,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “St. Jude’s is a front-runner in cancer research and saving lives. Our dealership wants to be a part of that.”

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Used cars at Florida Fine Cars West Palm Beach.

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

“Every donation, no matter how big or how small, helps St. Jude tremendously,” Torres noted.

Money raised at the upcoming St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Miami and Palm Beach County will go back to the hospital to help further its mission: Finding cures and saving children.FFC Logo New Car

“Donations allow us to ensure that no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. We really want to make sure that parents can focus on helping their child get healthy,” Torres explained.

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.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a front runner in pediatric cancer research.

Torres met with Florida Fine Cars employees in
early July to discuss the hospital’s mission, explain its funding needs and solicit support for its mission. Florida Fine Cars was an easy sell.

“It’s a great cause. Who wouldn’t want to help find a cure for kids with cancer? If Florida Fine Cars can contribute in some small way, count us in,” Suid said.

Doctors at St. Jude treat everything from brain tumors, Leukemia/Lymphoma and infectious diseases including 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.

“Imagine that your child is diagnosed with cancer or another life threatening illness, and St. Jude is the best place for them to be,” Torres said. “When you arrive, you don’t have to think about where you’re going to live, what you’re going to eat or how you’re going to afford treatment for the next few years. You have peace of mind to be able to spend time with your child and not have to worry about all that other stuff.”

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Florida Fine Cars has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood & Miami.

Florida Fine Cars is a family-owned dealership with a history of civic-involvement. In recent months the used car dealer has sponsored the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches youth concert and a fishing tournament/car show that benefited Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit created to prevent child sexual abuse through education.

Family-Owned Used Car Business Offers Huge Selection

Florida Fine Cars offers over 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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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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6 Helpful Tips for an Awesome Car Buying Experience

Buying a used car used to be tricky business, but with so much information available to car buyers these days, it’s not the stressful experience it used to be. Florida Fine Cars makes NewFCCLogoused car buying easy with a transparent buying process that takes the mystery out of the sale.  Customers can view the cars they’re interested in online and research their history at the same time. Before a customer ever steps into a dealership, they can have a good sense of exactly which cars they want to check out.

The following tips will help narrow your search:

1.) Have a Budget and Stick to It

Knowing what you can afford to spend is key to a successful car buying experience. Customers who select cars that are priced too high for their budget are in for trouble. Determine beforehand how much you can afford to spend each month and shop accordingly. The cost of a used car is more than just the payment. Car buyers have to

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Quality used cars outside a Florida Fine Cars dealership

budget for tax, title, registration and insurance for any vehicle they purchase. It’s important to get the right ride at the right price, even if you have to give up some bells and whistles.

2.) Choose a Make and Model that Suits Your Budget and Lifestyle

Where will you be driving your car and what will it be used for? Do you work in construction and need a work truck that will get banged up and battered on the job? Or are you a commuter who drives long distances every day and needs a reliable ride with excellent gas mileage? Or maybe you’re a retiree who’s finally going to buy that sports car you’ve been dreaming of for years. It’s important to know what you need and how you will use the vehicle before deciding on which ride to pursue.

3.) Do Your Homework

Once you figure out what type of car you’re interested in, research the vehicle online at www.KBB.com or www.Edmunds.com to review the vehicle’s safety and performance ratings. Find out if any problems have been reported and what the vehicle’s strong points are. Do reviewers have good things to say about this car? Does it get good gas mileage? kbblogoHave reviewers noted troublesome blind spots? How did it rate in crash tests? Before you sign on the dotted line, know as much as possible about what you are buying. The best way to do that is read, read, read. Florida Fine Cars’ website includes a KBB feature that allows customers to quickly compare Florida Fine Cars’ prices to the Kelley Blue Book®Fair Market Range using the Kelley Blue Book® Price Advisor directly on the Florida Fine Cars website.

4.) Check the Vehicle’s History

Once you’ve decided on the make and model and you’ve found a car that looks good, your work’s still not done. Now you have to research the vehicle’s history. Florida Fine Cars makes this easy for customers by offering a free Carfax Report with every used car for sale on its website. Simply click on the Carfax logo to access a report. A car that’s been repaired to manufacturer’s standards can be a great deal. Customers can also have a mechanic check out a car before buying it.

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Florida Fine Cars offers a huge selection of quality used BMW models.

5.) Test Drive the Car

Now it’s time to get behind the wheel and take the car for a spin. How do you feel sitting in the drivers seat? Can you reach the pedals comfortably? Is there adequate leg room? Does the interior feel cramped or is it roomy? Is the cabin noisy on the highway or it is quiet? Does the car have custom wheels that will be expensive to replace? Turn the lights on and off, run the windows down and check out the brakes. Test driving the car is your time to decide if you like how the car handles.

6.) Consider Additional Protection

Many vehicles will still have a portion of the manufacturer’s full warranty remaining. Others will have exceeded the mileage and/or time limitation. While not absolutely necessary, extending the factory warranty coverage can offer significant peace of mind for those future miles yet to be driven.

Vehicles are made up of thousands of moving parts and it’s only a matter of time that some will fail. Even with keeping up recommended maintenance, an issue can still occur that could set you back thousands of dollars unexpectedly. Having the extra coverage will help during any surprises in the future. 

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Florida Fine Cars sales personnel offer top notch customer service!

Florida Fine Cars Offers a Huge Selection of Easy-to-Research Quality Used Cars

Buying a used car is easy at Florida Fine Cars, with a website that makes it easy to find the perfect used car and check its history with the click of a mouse. Find your dream car at Florida Fine Cars and drive it home today. Buying a used car has never been easier.

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,500 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 near Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami

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