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MY FORMULAE 1 EXPERIENCE-A LOVE STORY

Learn how one of our member’s love of racing, fueled by their spouse’s passion, led them on a unique journey. They volunteered for SCCA race events, which eventually landed them a dream opportunity: working the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix. The story describes the experience, from the incredible speed and noise of the F1 cars to the camaraderie amongst volunteers. The author even throws in some exciting details about the F1 Academy (racing class for women) and the Porsche Cup (amateur racers with hilarious crashes). Overall, it’s a thrilling tale of checking a bucket list item by becoming part of the glamorous F1 world.

FORMULA 1 CORNER CREW

FORMULA 1 CORNER CREW

TO BEGIN THIS BUCKET LIST ADVENTURE YOU’VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND MANY YEARS AGO I MET MY FUTURE WIFE AT MY CONSTRUCTION SITE.
I SOON FOUND OUT THAT ALTHO SHE WAS RAISING 3 TEENS, SHE WANTED TO RACE HER TOYOTA CELICA. MY “HAPPY WIFE, HAPPY LIFE” MOTTO LED US TO LATER PURCHASE A MID-ENGINED PONTIAC FIERO GT WITH A V6 ENGINE AS A GO-TO WORK RACE CAR. WHICH THEN LEAD TO OUR PURCHASE OF TOYOTA’S ONLY IMPORTED CAR WITH A FACTORY-SUPERCHARGED ENGINE, ALSO A MID-ENGINED CAR. AGAIN IT WAS OUR GO-TO-WORK CAR.
THAT BEGAN OUR AMATURE RACING CAREER OF SORTS. WE VOLUNTEERED TO JOIN THE WORKING STAFF OF SCCA, THE SPORTS CAR CLUB OF AMERICA. SCCA SUPPORTS THE 12HRS OF SEBRING RACE, 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA, PALM BEACH GRAND PRIX, ST PETERSBURG GRAND PRIX AND MUCH, MUCH MORE.
THIS BACKGROUND WAS RECOGNIZED BY LOCAL FORMULA1 STAFF AND THEY ASKED US TO JOIN THEM AT THE FORMULA1 GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI, NOW HELD AT THE OLD JOE ROBBIE STADIUM IN MIAMI GARDENS.

WEDNESDAY, VIRGINIA VOLUNTEERED TO HELP AT THE WESTIN HOTEL GREETING WORKERS AND HANDLING CREDENTIALLING SUPPORT. I TAGGED ALONG AS HER BODY-GUARD AND CHAUFFEUR, I WANTED TO MEET THE ORGANIZERS.

THURSDAY, ALL US TRACK WORKERS REC’D A 2 HOUR ORIENTATION THEN WERE SHIPPED FROM THE HOTEL AT 10AM VIA 10-15 BUSES TO THE RACE COURSE. WE WERE GIVEN A “MIAMI” EGG MCMUFFIN, OJ, COFFEE AND A BOX LUNCH UPON ARRIVAL, AND YET ANOTHER F1 “TRACK ORIENTATION”.

LATE THAT AFTERNOON THE F1 CARS HAD THEIR 1 HOUR PRACTICE AND IT WAS EVERYTHING I KNEW IT WOULD BE!! 220MPH RACE CARS PASSING 5 FEET FROM ME, SO CLOSE IT FELT LIKE MY CLOTHES WERE BEING SUCKED OFF. THE NOISE OF THE APPROACHING CARS WAS A ROAR LIKE A TRAIN ENGINE THEN, PASSING WITH THE WHINE OF A JET ENGINE THAT LEFT YOUR HEAD RINGING. THAT NIGHT MY EARS WERE STILL RINGING. I LOVED IT!!

AND SO IT WAS, 3 MORE DAYS OF THE SAME. MEET AT THE EVENT HOTEL AT 630AM BUSSES ROLLED AT 7, EGG MUFFINS AND SUCH FOR BREAKFAST AND A BOX LUCH FOR NOON BREAK AND A MEETING.
I WAS AMAZED TO FIND THAT FORMULA1 SUPPORTS A RACING CLASS FOR WOMEN CALLED THE F1 ACADEMY. THIER CARS LOOKS SIMILAR BUT THE TOP SPEEDS WERE SOMEWHAT LESS.
ALSO RACING THAT WEEKEND WERE PORSCHE 911 CARS, RACING IN A SERIES CALLED “THE PORSCHE CUP”. THESE DRIVERS BOUGHT OR RENTED, THESE $350K RACE PREPARED PORCHES. IT WAS HALARIOUS TO WATCH, BECAUSE THEY INCLUDED NOVICES WITH VERY LITTLE TRACK RACING TIME AND PROVIDED LOTS OF STUPID CRASHS TO WATCH.
SOO..I NAILED ONE OF MY BUCKET LIST ITEMS, WITH A GOOD TIME ALL IN ALL.
I RUBBED ELBOWS WITH THE F1 ELITE RACERS AND ENJOYED PARTICIPATING IN THE F1 “CIRCUS” FROM AN “INSIDERS” PERSPECTIVE.
IT WAS KEWL.
TIM/VIRGINIA NUSBAUM

Check Out Tim Nusbaum’s Car Show Suggestions For May 2024

WEEKLY CAR SHOWS-LOCAL

MONDAYS

ST.PATS IRISH PUB (AT THE COVE) 7-11PM

1600 E HILLSBORO BLVD- (954) 428-4539

TUESDAYS

 

WEDNESDAYS

ST.PATS IRISH PUB (AT THE COVE) 7-11PM

1600 E HILLSBORO BLVD- (954) 428-4539

THURSDAYS

SPANX THE HOG BAR-B-QUE (954) 410-5536 6-9PM

147 SO CYPRESS ROAD, POMPANO

FRIDAY

GIGI’S CAFE (786) 512-1828 6-8PM

2051 GRIFFIN ROAD, DANIA

SATURDAY

BOARDROOM BAR

3343 NE 32ND STREET, FT LAUDERDALE, FL

SUNDAY

TULUM PRIME– (754) 225-5723-FREE

650 RIVERSIDE DR, CORAL SPRINGS

MONTHLY LOCAL CAR SHOWS

SOLID GOLD– (561) 600-7928-FREE 8am-noon

1350 SW 2ND ST, POMPANO

Every month on the third Saturday.

 

MASTERSON CAR CARE (561) 245-8811 FREE 8am-11am

1935 NW BOCA RATON BLVD, NW 2 AVE, BOCA RATON

Every month on the fourth Saturday

 

Fuel Fed NO PHONE FREE 8AM-10AM

21 SW 7th St, Ft Lauderdale

Every month on the last Sunday

OTHER CAR SHOWS

MAY 19TH

BRU’S ROOM-$20 FEE- (954) 732-6830

235 SO FEDERAL HWY, POMPANO 332062

May 25th

Great American Beach Party (954) 647-6610

10am-6pm (you may not leave if you are parked in.)

Pre-Registration only $25

Los Olas and A1A

June 1st

BSO FUNDRAISER

(561) 782-2688 9am-2pm $25

12299 So Federal Hwy Pompano

 

 

Across the Decades: AACA Meeting Brings Together Generations of Car Love

Photo of Sebastiano and Art

The recent meeting of the Fort Lauderdale Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) wasn’t your typical gathering of car enthusiasts. It was a heartwarming collision of eras, where a spark of passion for classic cars bridged a remarkable 74-year age gap.

At one end of the spectrum, we have Sebastiano, a enthusiastic 19-year-old, the youngest member of the club. At the other end, sits Art, a seasoned veteran with 93 years under his belt and a lifetime of car knowledge. Despite the decades separating them, both share a deep love for the history and beauty of classic automobiles.

One can only imagine the stories exchanged at this meeting. Perhaps Art regaled Sebastiano with tales of cruising in his first car, a time when gas was cheap and chrome gleamed brighter. Maybe Sebastiano, with his digital-native perspective, offered fresh insights on the future of car restoration.

This chance encounter perfectly embodies the spirit of the AACA. It’s a place where age becomes irrelevant, united by a common thread – the unwavering appreciation for the craftsmanship and timeless design of classic cars. The meeting wasn’t just about admiring vehicles; it was about the stories they hold, the memories they evoke, and the connections they forge across generations.

This heartwarming story is a reminder that passion for classic cars transcends age. It’s a love that endures, reminding us that the joy of cruising in a bygone era can unite young and old alike.

Honor America with a Salute to Veterans and Symphonic Sounds on May 19, 2024

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Fort Lauderdale Symphonic Winds to Perform at Honor Flight South Florida Benefit Concert

Calling all music lovers and patriots! Join Honor Flight South Florida for a stirring afternoon of symphonic delights as the Fort Lauderdale Symphonic Winds take center stage at the Kings Point Palace Theater on Sunday, May 19th, 2024 at 3:00 PM.

This special concert celebrates the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. Immerse yourself in the rich sounds of the Symphonic Winds as they perform a program that will touch your heart and stir your soul.

Free Admission, Your Donations Applauded!

While admission to the concert is free, your generous donations are highly encouraged. All proceeds will go towards Honor Flight South Florida’s mission of honoring our war veterans by flying them to Washington D.C. to visit their memorials.

Reserve Your Seat Today!

Seating is limited, so don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a truly special event. Reserve your ticket by contacting Soraya at (954) 726-4120 or emailing [email protected].

Learn More About Honor Flight South Florida

For more information about Honor Flight South Florida and their mission to honor our veterans, visit their website at https://www.honorflightsouthflorida.org/.

Let’s come together for a powerful afternoon of music, appreciation, and supporting a cause close to our hearts!

Kiwanis Car Show and Fundraiser April 21, 2024

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Kiwanis Car Show Fundraiser

Sunday, April 21, 2024

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

BrandsMart USA

821 Natura Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Vehicle registration: $25

All makes and models welcome

Top 30 trophies awarded

Live DJ

Raffle prizes

Donations accepted

Come out and support the Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach at their annual car show fundraiser!

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. They believe that every child deserves a chance to thrive, and they work to make that happen through a variety of programs and initiatives.

In Deerfield Beach, they support local schools, youth programs, and community organizations. They also provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors and offer leadership development opportunities to young people.

Join them for their car show fundraiser on October 29th! It’s a great way to see some amazing cars, support a good cause, and have some fun.

For more information, contact them at (954) 825-1027.

See you there!

Shifting Gears into Success: Members Explore the YATC Program

Picture of students

YATC Class of 2024

This inspiring talk at our February meeting by Terry Routley and Charles Whitehouse, representatives from the Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC) explained how this local organization is empowering young people, ages 16-21, through hands-on automotive training, academic support, and life skills development.

Terry and Charles along with our own member, Sabastino Traina, who is a student there, shared insights into YATC’s mission and the positive impact this organization has on young adults in our community. We learned how they equip students with valuable skills and knowledge, preparing them for successful careers and fulfilling lives.

This was a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of YATC’s work and the potential it holds for shaping the future of their students. We were inspired and learned how this organization gives personalized attention to help develop vital life skills, academic skills, automotive skills and a promosing future to to local youth.

2023 St. Colman Car Show a Success, Benefiting Honor Flight Network

On a sunny Florida day in November, over 90 car owners and their vehicles participated in the St. Colman Car Show, a fundraiser for the Honor Flight Network. Despite the slightly warm weather, many spectators came out to enjoy the show and support the cause.

Ryan Case receiving award

Ryan Case of Rick Case Automotive Group receives Fort Lauderdale AACC special award of appreciation.

A variety of cars were on display, from classic and antique vehicles to modern sports cars and muscle cars. There was something for everyone to enjoy, and the spectators had a great time browsing the cars and talking to the owners.

Henry Mead receives St Colman Men’s Club award for his 1935 Auburn Speedster Boat Tail

Henry Mead receives St Colman Men’s Club award for his 1935 Auburn Speedster Boat Tail

Thirteen trophies were awarded at the show, including a top 10, St. Colman Award, AACA Award, and Best of Show. The winners were all very deserving, and their cars were truly impressive.

George wins best of show with his 1970 Plymouth Superbird Road Runner

George wins best of show with his 1970 Plymouth Super Bird Road Runner

The St. Colman Car Show was a huge success, raising a significant amount of money for the Honor Flight Network. This organization provides veterans with the opportunity to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C., at no cost to them. It is a truly worthy cause, and the car show was a great way to support it.

 

Joe donated his 50/50 winnings to Honor Flights

Joe donated his 50/50 winnings to Honor Flights

If you missed the St. Colman Car Show this year, be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s event. It is a great way to see some amazing cars, support a worthy cause, and have a lot of fun.

Kiwanis Car Show Fundraiser Sunday, October 29, 2023

Kiwanis Car Show Fundraiser

Sunday, October 29, 2023

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

BrandsMart USA

821 Natura Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Vehicle registration: $25

All makes and models welcome

Top 30 trophies awarded

Live DJ

Raffle prizes

Donations accepted

Come out and support the Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach at their annual car show fundraiser!

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. They believe that every child deserves a chance to thrive, and they work to make that happen through a variety of programs and initiatives.

In Deerfield Beach, they support local schools, youth programs, and community organizations. They also provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors and offer leadership development opportunities to young people.

Join them for their car show fundraiser on October 29th! It’s a great way to see some amazing cars, support a good cause, and have some fun.

For more information, contact them at (954) 825-1027.

See you there!

Car show celebrates Collector Car Appreciation Day 2023

 

Steve Neumeyer presents House Resolution 573

Steve Neumeyer presents House Resolution 573 to Lou Tassi and Sherry Wright. The U.S. Congress has helped launch CCAD by introducing resolutions each year.

A car show celebrating Collector Car Recognition Day was held on Saturday, July 15th at Galuppi’s Restaurant in Pompano Beach, FL. The event was sponsored by SEMA, the Fort Lauderdale Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) with assistance from Rick Case Automitive Group and the City Of Pompano Beach. Donations were collected to benefit Honor Flights.

Over 100 cars were on display, ranging from classic American muscle cars to European sports cars. There were also a number of special interest vehicles, including a 1959 Chevrolet Apache 3100 pickup, a 1952 Chevrolet De Luxe Bel Air Hardtop, and a Good Humor ice cream truck.

In addition to the car show, there were also a number of other activities, including a 50/50 drawing, Scott The Music Man DJ, and goodie bags to all participamts. The event was a great way for car enthusiasts to celebrate their love of cars and to learn more about the history of automotive restoration.

The event was a success, and organizers are already planning for next year’s event. If you’re a car enthusiast, be sure to mark your calendar for July 13, 2024.

“This was a great event for car enthusiasts of all ages,” said SEMA President and CEO Christopher Kersting. “We’re proud to partner with the Fort Lauderdale Region of AACA to celebrate Collector Car Recognition Day and to help raise awareness of the importance of automotive restoration.”

“We had a great turnout for this year’s event,” said AACA Fort Lauderdale Region President Frank Rizzo. “We’re grateful to SEMA for their sponsorship and to all of the car owners who brought their vehicles to show off.”

If you’re a car enthusiast, be sure to mark your calendar for July 13, 2024. Visit the SEMA website for more information about Collector Car Recognition Day. Join the Fort Lauderdale Region of the AACA to stay up-to-date on upcoming events.