March 10th marked our annual open house event here at Titan Motorsports. This now annual event allows our great customers and fans an opportunity to see whats new at Titan Motorsports, all while raising money for charity. This years event was a huge success with a total of 52 car show contestants an an energetic crowd throughout the day. We were able to raise $5,500 for Just in Queso Foundation, doubling the donation we were able to make last year.
We want to thank all the great supporters and sponsors that helped make our 2012 open house a great success :
Mr Gasket, Manley, NGK, Bosch, Performance Poly, Simply Clean, Highway Star Garage, Koyo, Hawk, Tijuana flats, Florida Trophy, Stages Plus. We’d also like to thank the models who helped promote throughout the day Ednyr Marie, Carolina Spidel, Beatriz, Jessica Le, Bridget Tran, Rachel Loka.
A very special thanks goes out to our very own Nikki Contenti who spent countless hours planning and making sure the event was as successful as possible. We look forward to next years event and raising even more money for such a great cause.
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Last week a few of the Titan employees made a pilgrimage to the ‘Texas Mile’, catching a late flight after work we arrived to Houston with a 3 hour drive to our hotel still ahead of us, but the journey is half the fun. We awoke Saturday morning and went downstairs grab breakfast, while there we saw Ryan Woon from Wide Open Throttle Motorsports, Chris Johnson from Performance Motorsport and Cody Phillips. We took the scenic route out to the airstrip where the event is held and saw a few small towns as well as some great back roads that would have been a lot of fun in a faster car (we rented a Dodge Charger).
This was the first ‘Texas Mile’ for everyone in our group, but not the first standing mile competition we had been to. A few months earlier several of us had attended the ‘Mile Marker 1’ event in Miami. The ‘Texas Mile’ was highly organized, and we were able to get signed in and out to the starting grid in just a few minutes. There were lots of trailers and it was still fairly early so we got a chance to see several of the cars with their skirts up being worked on. There was just about every kind of sports car you could imagine present at the event. There were Porsches, Corvettes, Vipers, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and many more. I was most surprised to see some of the old hot-rods that looked like they were land speed cars that would attend Bonneville or a similar event as well as the classic Detroit muscle cars complete with enormous engines.
When the cars began to run the mile, one by one they would leave the line and head off into the heat-waves coming off the track. There were quite a few displays setup around the track to post up the speeds the cars were achieving. Several bikes and cars went well over the “magic” 200mph barrier, an accomplishment in itself, but the fastest cars were hitting 240+ and one of the bikes hit 260+…I can only imagine what that would feel like in a car much less a motorcycle.
Overall the event was great, well organized, lots of fun for both the competitors and spectators, and they ordered up some excellent weather. If you ever have the chance to make it out to the ‘Texas Mile’, it’s a trip you won’t forget!
Festivals of Speed held it’s first event this weekend in Miami, FL. We had the pleasure of displaying at their Orlando show last month, and were extended the same opportunity for their Miami show. The event benefited the Michael Fux Injured Officers Assistant Fund, a charity devoted to helping officers who have endured nearly fatal, debilitating injuries who are unable to work for an extended period of time. Michael Fux also displayed his wonderful collection of modern exotics, many of which have been custom ordered in unique color combinations.
The event was kicked off on Saturday with a Yacht hop at the Epic Hotel and Marina in downtown Miami. Guests were treated to cocktails and decadent deserts while exploring a handful of luxury yachts tied up next to a courtyard filled with exotic cars and motorcycles. This yacht hop kickoff was followed by a rooftop reception at the Viceroy Hotel, which features one of the largest infinity pools in Florida which seemed to flow off the edge of the 15th story of the building. The views from the pool deck were breathtaking and allowed guests an opportunity to meet and interact with other attendees while in an intimate setting.
Sundays marked the finale of the weekend with a great display of exotic cars in Miami’s beautiful Bay Front Park. The downtown location featured the Miami skyline as a backdrop in one direction, and the port of Miami in the other, providing for some great photo opportunities. In attendance were 3 Bugatti Veyrons (including a GrandSport), 2 Lamborghini LP670-4 SV’s, A Ferrari Enzo and FXX edition, as well as countless other priceless exotic cars, customs and classics.
This past week was Le Belle Macchine D ‘Italia, an annual event that takes place at the famed Daytona International Speedway. Every year hundreds of exotic and Italian cars from all over the east coast travel to Daytona to stretch their cars legs on the speedways’ 3.56 mile sports car course. The event lasts 3 days and includes both a Ferrari Challenge club race, as well as a driver’s education for those drivers wanting to test their personal vehicles on the track with an instructor present to keep things safe. The event also has gathered the support of manufactures and dealerships that bring out their latest performance vehicles for customers to see in the flesh, as well as experience on the track.
Lamborghini brought out their latest wares in the LP670-4 SV and LP550-2 with famed test driver Valentino Balboni providing test rides for lucky potential customers. It was truly a sight to see Valentino using every bit of the LP670-4s capabilities as he drove the car to 10/10ths using every bit of the course on a white knuckle ride for passengers.
Bentley also brought out its latest Continental GT Super Sport, a high performance version of the CGT that is ready for the track with large ceramic brakes, a deleted rear seat, and of course more horsepower. This great car not only performs like no other Bentley produced, but looks the part as well with aggressive color combinations, carbon interior package, black wheels, and updated styling to let curious onlookers know this isn’t your everyday country club Bentley.
I would also like to take a moment to personally thank Jon Miller and Eric who allowed me to experience Daytona in the passenger seat of their Ferrari 360 Challenge car, it was truly a ride I’ll never forget. It was a pleasure to see so many great cars on track being driven how they were meant to be driven, instead of collecting dust in a collector’s warehouse. It’s not every weekend you see Ferrari race cars, F40s, Bugatti Veyrons and Lamborghinis all sharing one of the most famous race tracks in America. If you get the opportunity to attend the event next year I would highly recommend it, it’ll definitely get a mark on my calendar.
I headed out to Cars and Cafe this month for the usual round of Coffee and great cars. This month the parking lot was a lot more spread out with cars spaced every other parking spot. This made for much easier photos of all the great cars in attendance. I unfortunately got the the event a bit later than I liked, but was still about to put the 5D to use and snap some pictures of the great cars around me in between conversation with old friends. Cars and Cafe takes place the last Saturday of the month at Colonial TownPark in Lake Mary,FL. The next event will be held on SUNDAY March 29th from 9am-11am as a result of Festivals of Speed being on Sunday, see you there.
We headed to Colonial TownPark for the 5th annual Cars for the Cure show. The show is an annual event held in Lake Mary that benefits the American Lung Association. It is their largest local fundraiser for the year, and Nero and myself are both on the committee for the past few years. The show features a great variety of cars with the majority being customs or exotics. It’s free to the public and normally fills the outdoor shopping complex to capacity. The event has become a staple in our event calendar and usually marks the start of a busy few months of regional shows and testing for the upcoming race season.
This year we where blessed with temperatures in the mid 70s and blue skies throughout the day, a far cry from the morning showers that have plagued this event in years pasts. We had the pleasure of showing Greg Aukscunas 4 digit horsepower Supra in our booth this year. Greg had flown down from Pittsburgh to pickup his car after yet another round of modifications and decided to stay and extra day to take part in the show. We also brought my yellow 996tt and our Camouflage 996tt which had a fresh round of upgrades done just in time. The response to the camouflage car was phenomenal and it had plenty of fans and haters throughout the day. Overall the show was a great success, even though we didn’t win any awards as a group, we all had a great time and got to see plenty of cars we don’t see every day, all while raising money for the ALA.
This weekend we traveled to Rockingham, NC for the ADRL race. One of the benefits of racing all over the country is the ability to visit other shops in the local area. Our wholesale department is one of our largest divisions, we supply many key components and parts to other tuners and often work to create custom solutions to parts problems for their lineup. This trip we decided to check out Underground Racing in Charlotte, NC about 80 miles away from Rockingham.
Underground Racing is known for producing the fastest street Vipers in the country and have recently begun producing twin turbo kits for the Ford GT and Lamborghinis. The quality of their work is impeccable and they run a great operation in Charlotte, NC. After seeing what they’ve done in the Viper market, I’m sure they are likely to succeed in the Exotic arena as well. We look forward to working with them on future projects.
I would also like to thank Kevin and Casey for allowing us to tour their shop and use a lift to PPI our 996TT project. We look forward to working with Underground on future projects and wish them much success.