The Second Annual Key West AIR LAND SEA Poker Run provided a unique mix of fun for motorsports enthusiasts across many lifestyle platforms, featuring teams from around the United States and Canada. Participants came in cars, boats and aircraft to enjoy the scenic ride from Miami to Key West. Boats Direct USA and Off Lease Only were proud sponsors and were excited to join their luxurious used cars for sale with their gorgeous new boats for sale to make the Florida Powerboat Club event that much more exciting!
But this Poker Run competition was not about speed or about who could arrive first: It was all the luck of the draw as each team pulled poker cards at checkpoints from Key Largo, to Key West. The winner, of course, was the team that had the best hand!
One of the biggest showstoppers of the weekend was the stunning blue and orange striped Boats Direct USA Nortech 527 owned by Mark and Eileen Fischer. The boat was so spectacular that it caught the eye of a photographer for the Key West Citzen newspaper, which ran a photo of the Fischers and their boat in the daily paper.
“It was very nice – we were very surprised,” said Eileen Fischer. “The photographer sought us out, got the manager of restaurant and wanted to know whose boat it was.”
Although staged by Florida Powerboat Club, the boat entry turnout was dwarfed by the number of outstanding car entries increased from the previous years event! Off Lease Only led the pack showcasing their selection of luxury vehicles! Off Lease Only sells iconic brands such as pre-owned Rolls Royce, Ferrari, and Lamborghini for so many thousands under retail your jaw would drop! And it did for many participants when they looked at the prices, some being $100,000 under MSRP! That is what Off Lease Only is all about- Luxury for Less! Other head turners were the high-tech electric Tesla and an American V8 muscle 69′ Camaro! Even the customized Chevy van-turned-beach-cruiser with a chopped top and a rally paint job turned heads, as the Poker Run traveled the scenic US 1 Highway from Off Lease Only Miami to Key West.
Three days of superb weather kept the group in high spirits, as Key West delivered its expected level of Old Town charm and vibrant Duval Street nightlife, said Stu Jones, president of the Florida Powerboat Club.
Winners were awarded in three categories: Air, Land and Sea, at the Saturday night dinner party hosted at the Conch Republic Seafood Company, the Florida Powerboat Club’s unofficial Key West Headquarters.
The OffleaseOnly sponsored cars included a Rolls Royce Ghost and a Ferrari California Convertible, which were displayed in the heart of the Poker Run Village, at the Conch Republic Seafood Company. Other “Land class” head-turners included a twin-turbo Lamborghini that ran on 116 Octane race fuel and shot flames from the exhaust!
In the water, the Boats Direct USA – sponsored Nor-Tech 527, “Where’s Eileen Now,” elicited “ooohhs” and “ahhhhs” from thousands of visitors who strolled the Historic Seaport walkway and grabbed their iPhones to take pictures to send home, Jones said.
Of course, the “air class” entries caused a stir. Two amphibious SeaRey aircraft departed from the pavement in Miami, landed in Blackwater sound in Key Largo, then taxied up to rest on the beach at Gilberts Resort.
“It was like a scene out of a James Bond movie,” said Jones, who organized the event. “We’ve seen a lot of cool boats over the two decade history of running poker runs in Florida, but to have all these awesome cars and aircraft to join into the format — it’s just taken these events to a whole new ‘wow’ factor.”
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