Miami is a city that can overwhelm even the most unfeeling with its intoxicating beauty, inspiring culture, and awe-inspiring style. Inside one of its most underrated gems, the Wynwood Arts District, sits a 15,000 square foot space that is unique on the planet. This space is called Miami Supercar Rooms. Within its walls, some incredibly special cars rise even further than their awe-inspiring prominence already suggests. These are cars that most consider unobtainium, including a Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16, an original Alfa Romeo Disco Volante prototype, and a TVR Tuscan (one in less than five in the US). A lot of people in Miami have it cool supercar collections, however. Take a ride with us as we experience the love and vision of an automotive enthusiast to spotlight special cars to more people. Like so many innovative ideas, we bet you’ll wonder why people haven’t done it sooner.
A man’s vision: cars, art and food
Known simply as “Elo”, the founder of Miami Supercar Rooms is an automotive enthusiast at heart. Upon arriving at the scene for the first time, Elo spent over an hour with us talking about his personal love for cars. He recounted one experience after another that influenced his car journey. These aren’t the latest Ferraris or Bugattis we’re talking about either. His first car was a 1983 Volkswagen Golf. He told us about finding and purchasing the car his father brought him in from the hospital when he was born. And did I mention the Lamborghini 1 in 3 tractor that it drags in the back? His love for cars from all facets of the automotive world has led him to create a new way for people to experience them in a whole new way.
Miami Supercar Rooms is what Elo calls “a three-way experience”. The space serves as a very unique event space that hosts everything from private parties to automotive debut and even design round tables. Visitors aren’t just there for the cars, however. No, most aren’t even die-hard car enthusiasts. They are there for the whole Miami Supercar Rooms experience. Cars, music, art and food are all included. As the “world’s first automotive dining experience,” the premium menu typically features creations from local chefs. Live music or a DJ ensure the atmosphere is never less than electrifying.
And the art — well, it’s on the walls and the tarmac. The walls are covered with various pieces, but the cars are the real stars. Elo wanted people to see these cars as more than just bits of rare metal, rubber, and other mixtures. He wants them to see them as they are: rolling works of art. They are made with the love and passion possessed by all the greatest conventional artists. They have a little bit of life in them, and they tell amazing stories. Instead of seeing them in a separate garage or museum space before or after dinner, the cars inside these walls are an integral part of every visit.
Supercars at your table
Each event takes place in a central open-air segment of the property featuring a large open enclosure, six covered dining tables, and a large garage housing some of Elo’s most prized vehicles. When I visited, a classic 1971 Chevrolet C30 converted to a 40-foot bar and a DJ booth occupied the central area. Inside the garage, Elo presented us with a Fiat 500 (which turned out to be Fabio Lamborghini’s first car), a custom chopper built by Paul Milbourn called the Weird Fish, and more. What really stands out, however, are three super rare cars.
The first is the one that welcomes everyone into space. This is a 1971 Lamborghini Espada converted into the only real Lamborghini Rat Rod known to man. Built by Danton Art Kustoms in collaboration with Fabio Lamborghini and Elo, it highlights the original V12. Built to celebrate 50 years since the introduction of the 2 + 2 Coupe, this wild bull has a story that shocks viewers, and it does it very well. The track is over eight feet wide, the sides feature Reventon side scoops, and the interior has four very aggressive seats. There’s even the same fighter-style on / off switch you’ll find in a modern Lamborghini.
On one side is a 1958 Maserati 450S race car. Every square inch was built by hand, and going around it and picking it up right after drinking in the Espada was a reminder of how far the manufacturing has come. automobile. Under its removable hood is a V8 that develops around 400 horsepower. Elo was kind enough to wake him up for us. Immediately the noise filled the room and quickly the smell of unburned fuel followed. The smile on Elo’s face was like a child’s on Christmas morning.
On the other side of the Lamborghini is a Ferrari 196 SP Dino. It is so rare that the original prototypes have been lost in history. Without the hood in place, the dual-intake V6 looks at us in all its handcrafted glory. Its elegant simplicity is something to see. The throttle connects to a swivel arm that crosses the firewall to the driver’s right foot. Center-lock knock-off wheels are evidence of their use with visible hammer marks, secured with metal that is no different from the baling wire. Stories about these three masterpieces are to come.
After serving the food, the party doesn’t end, however. At each of the tables is another rolling artwork located inside the dining room, with each car organized to match the event and corresponding artwork. Their very presence invites visitors to learn about them, to consider them in relation to adjacent works of art, and to see them other than as the mechanical masterpieces that they are. During certain events, each restoration module has an associate who happens to be a car expert in that module. Cars are therefore not just art or decoration, and they are not only rare, but rather an invitation for visitors to engage in conversation, reflection and appreciation of their magnificence. They attract excitement that some didn’t know there was in them, and the space offers even more to those who already love cars.
Bring your own supercar
For those already in the automotive fold, Miami Supercar Rooms offers something few other places do. This is the opportunity to make your own car part of the show. During the event I attended, two Lamborghini Huracans graced one side of the yard, posing as if they were in the middle of a bullfight. Deep in space was a Jeep Gladiator unlike any other. Built by the wizards of America’s Most Wanted, it is referred to internally as the AMW 1000.
Under the hood is a supercharged 1,000 horsepower V8 known to most enthusiasts as the Hellephant. Elo was kind enough to make sure we got a chance to take a ride in the monster, so expect a story on that soon too. No Jeep has ever felt so planted and stable. This is just another facet of what makes the Miami Supercar Rooms so special. Each event is a little different, but they are all incredibly special. The next time you’re in the Miami area, there isn’t a more appealing place to visit. Bring motorists, bring non-motorists, and bring your own supercar. Everyone will have a good time.
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