John Staluppi

Born in 1947 in Brooklyn, New York John Staluppi started his life from humble beginnings. His father, Francis, was a hard working electrician who worked two jobs to make ends meet and his mother Millie was a homemaker.

It was the 1950's - the golden years of the American automobile. There would never be another era like it and John Staluppi was fortunate enough to have witnessed the innovation, imagination, and vision in the automotive industry.

Even though his father encouraged him to become an electrician, John was already bitten by the car bug. His father did, however, teach John the value of quality, hard work, family and friends. John went for the American dream and had the courage to do what he really loved – to be a part of the automotive industry in America.

He was rebellious and had a run in with the law in his youth, but was able to move forward in a constructive manner. First, he started out as a 16 year old mechanic. John was motivated and talented and soon became an expert in cars. It was at this time that his dad recognized John's exceptional drive and decided to help. His father took out a loan so his son could run a Sunoco station. John Staluppi is incredibly grateful to his father for his support and guidance during that time.

Through creative marketing, John was able to make this and other gas stations a success. With these successes and practical experiences, he was able to take a risk on a venture called Honda - an unknown name at the time. John Staluppi was, however, able to see it's potential. Within a decade of hard work, he owned close to 20 dealerships and the Honda name took off in the United States.

His commitment to Honda during this time, made him an integral part of shaping the automotive industry. Next was Hyundai, another solid success. The Hyundai investment showcased his business philosophy - to stay with quality franchises, focus on a particular market and try to get the best people.

Through all successes, John Staluppi always made sure he put people first. In fact, John is proud that there is a sign in all his dealerships that reads "Every visitor to our dealership is an honored guest in our home, every day, every time, without fail, no exceptions". This statement represents his commitment to his customers over the years.

John Staluppi also expanded his interest into the yachting industry, since he had always enjoyed boating and sportfishing in the 70's and 80's on Long Island. John Staluppi had the motivation and character to succeed at anything he put his mind to. So he created magnificent Millennium Super Yachts, a line of custom yachts that is unsurpassed in creativity, beauty and speed.

However, John Staluppi 's successes were never just for him. He vowed that if ever really made it - he would help those less fortunate. He grew up with an intimate knowledge of people who have a tough life - and now he feels an obligation to help needy people have an easier life in some way. The list of charities and fundraisers that John is involved with is long. From Hospice, National Kidney Registry, to Make a Wish Foundation, John Staluppi says that each charity event keeps him down to earth. When a child hugs him for granting his wish (Make a Wish Foundation) or when he can provide state of the art wheelchairs for spinal cord injury victims (Darrell Gwynn Foundation) - John Staluppi says “ I hope this is my legacy.”

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December 1, 2012 - RM Auctions presents the renowned John Staluppi ‘Cars of Dreams’ Collection, December 1, in West Palm Beach, Florida

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• Amassed over the past decade, the well-known private museum features a superb collection of nearly 120 automobiles and a diverse selection of fully-restored memorabilia, from a carousel to a complete drive-in theater, all to be offered without reserve 

Sale continues RM Auctions’ reputation as the specialist for private and estate collection sales 

BLENHEIM, Ontario (August 17, 2012) – Fresh on the heels of its highly successful Aalholm Automobile Collection auction last weekend, RM Auctions has announced the addition of a new single-vendor sale to its 2012 calendar: The John Staluppi ‘Cars of Dreams’ Collection, to be offered December 1 in West Palm Beach, Florida. 

Well-known and highly regarded by automotive enthusiasts, the ‘Cars of Dreams’ Collection is the result of more than a decade of dedicated collecting by successful entrepreneur, car dealer, and lifelong enthusiast, John Staluppi. Spanning a broad range of American marques and eras, the series of nearly 120 cars comprises a wide variety of some of the finest, rarest, and most desirable American automobiles ever produced, with a strong emphasis on convertibles and performance cars. The collection ranges from a terrific series of icons from the fifties and sixties, through to a remarkable collection of Detroit muscle and pony cars, and some of the world’s greatest street rods and resto-rods, all of which have been superbly restored, regularly exercised, and extremely well maintained by a professional staff. 

John Staluppi is a larger than life individual with an incredible eye for detail and a strong passion for performance and design. Well-known in the collector car hobby, his collection reflects a very precise collecting philosophy focused on securing only the very best,” says Donnie Gould, RM Auctions. “We are honored to have been selected by Mr. Staluppi to present his prized collection this December. He joins an impressive list of prominent collectors that we’ve had the privilege of representing this year.” 

Headlining a magnificent collection of cars from the fifties and sixties is a highly desirable, complete series of Chrysler letter cars from a 1955 Chrysler 300 to a 1962 Chrysler 300 H. Other iconic fifties convertibles on offer include a ’54 Packard Caribbean, a ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, ’58’59, and ’60 Impalas, a number of desirable 88s from Oldsmobile, and a pair of mind-blowing DeSoto Adventurers. American pony and muscle cars are well represented by everything from a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR to a Plymouth Superbirdand GTX, as well as several Pontiac GTOs and big-block Chevelles. Other notable entries, including a 2006 Ford Shelby GT-H Convertible, the prototype built by Carroll Shelby and presented to Hertz, several street rods and customs highlighted by a high profile 1950 Ford Woodie Wagon, and a superbly restored Ford Good Humor Ice Cream Truck, round out this extraordinary collection. 

Beyond the automobiles, the December 1 sale will also feature an eclectic assortment of collectibles, including such significant pieces as a historic, 

32 foot portable “Country Fair” carousel, a Mortier dance organ, and an elaborate Lionel train set, joined by an extensive selection of porcelain and neon signs, all presented within the museum in street scenes of the 1950s and 1960s. From the street lampsparking meters and trees,drive-in movie theaterbarber shop, and gas station, the ‘Cars of Dreams’ Collection is a virtual time capsule of Americana, all perfectly presented alongside their automotive counterparts. 

The John Staluppi ‘Cars of Dreams’ Collection auction will cap off an exciting string of private collection sales hosted by RM Auctions in 2012, cementing the company’s reputation as the specialist for private and estate collection sales. For further information on the December auction, visit or call RM Auctions at +1 519 352 4575.

August 2014


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April 2014

Barrett-Jackson has raised literally tens of millions of dollars for charity and there's probably never been a woman who's done as much for automobile racing then the legendary Linda Vaughn, a/k/a Hurst Miss Golden Shifter. So when the two of them team up, it's magic, especially when a noted philanthropist and car collector like Palm Beach resident John Staluppi is involved and so is noted Oldsmobile restoration house Thornton Motors Inc. Friday at the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction, a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 convertible Hurst Shifter car replica built by Thornton Motors sold for $200,000, every penny of which will go to Darrell Gwynn Foundation. - hurst-shifter-replica-car-auctions-200000-benefit-darrell-gwynn-foundation

The 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica made famous by Linda Vaughn sold for $200,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Friday, April 11. The car was purchased by longtime foundation supporter John Staluppi. Proceeds from the auction of the car benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries. - Ny-Auto-Giant -Bidding-Gets-Fast-and-Furious-at-Barrett-Jackson-Palm-Beach - 7-Reasons-We're-Psyched-for-Skyfall - DarrellGwynnFoundation


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December 2013


Renderings for Staluppi Center - St Marks Episcopal Church

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November 2013

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October 2013


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September 2013


Faith was rewarded: Having raised $7.7 million for construction, the 1,300-member Palm Beach Gardens church broke ground on the Staluppi Center, the crown jewel of its construction campaign. The 26,450-square-foot center comes complete with theater stage, kitchen, band room, choral room, art classroom with kiln, middle school science lab and computers, coffee shop and bookstore.

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Ceremony for Staluppi Center at St Marks Episcopal Church


John & Jeanette Staluppi Buy "Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters" from Darrell Gwynn Foundation for $100,000 at 10th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction, April 7

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(Excerpt from Article) Car purchase caps off amazing week of generosity by John & Jeannette Staluppi

DGF Donates $24,000 Wheelchair to Madison Wilson of Miami

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Longtime foundation supporters John & Jeannette Staluppi purchased the Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters (Lot #3006) from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation for $100,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Saturday, April 7 hosted by the South Florida Fairgrounds. The car was donated back to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation by Ron Pratte after he purchased them at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Proceeds from the sale of these cars benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

"What an amazing gesture by John Staluppi," said Darrell Gwynn. "They've done so much for us and did so much for us this week I just can't thank them enough. Their generosity propelled our mission so much this week. I just thank them and may God Bless them."

In addition to purchasing the Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters, John & Jeannette Staluppi hosted "Wheels of Dreams", a fundraiser at their Cars of Dreams Museum to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation on Thursday night and donated the 1960 Chevy Impala to the foundation that sold or $70,000 on Friday to Joe Riley at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach.

Also, while on stage at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach several Barrett-Jackson bidders and supporters pledged their generosity by making donations to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation collectively totaling approximately $30,000.
While on stage, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $24,000 "Mini-Mouse" themed power wheelchair to 4 year-old Madison Wilson of Miami. Madison, who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy with complications was denied the power wheelchair she needed by Medipass. She is a patient at the Ann Storck Center and she was referred to DGF by Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. Her new power wheelchair will give her the gifts of mobility and independence and allow her to start school next fall.

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WHEELS OF DREAMS - Event to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation

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NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, donated a $13,500 "Batman Themed" wheelchair to Tyler Wright, a six year-old from Pompano Beach, Fla. "Wheels of Dreams" Gala at the Cars of Dreams Museum on April 5. Tyler, a well-liked student at Charles Drew Elementary School, is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and could not propel himself in his old manual wheelchair. Medicaid denied his claim for the proper wheelchair he needs. The new power wheelchair will give him the gift of mobility he needs so he can ride the bus to school on his own and engage more with his classmates as well as be more independent at home. The donation was made through the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's national Wheelchair Donation Program.

Tyler in his new Batman themed wheelchair complete with cape and mask was able to visit with his family a replica of the famous "Batmobile" which is on display at the Cars of Dreams Museum. The event was hosted and underwritten by John & Jeannette Staluppi. Proceeds from the event benefited the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

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"It's the Oscars of the Auto Industry," said Grant Cardone, best-selling author and noted sales expert.

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12 Questions with John Staluppi

Becoming Number One:
It's all about people and process.

Staying on top:
Focusing on the growth areas of our business, customer retention and the Internet.

Key Vendors or partners:
Reynolds & Reynolds; AAX (DealerTrack's inventory management system)

Something unique about Atlantic Hyundai:
Our average employee tenure is over 10 years.

Favorite part about being a dealer:
The continuous challenge and excitement.

Favorite vehicle:
1962 Corvette

Make-A-Wish Foundation

One homerun in 2010:
Using the Joe Verde training sessions

Something you would do differently last year:
Well, we just didn't have enough focus on our used car business.

What would you improve in the automotive industry?
Due to the industry reputation, it is very tough to recruit and attract educated young people. It is a great business and people would see that if they gave it the chance.

Next five years:
Look for Hyundai to continue on its path of gaining market share.

A leader finds a way to get the most out of his people. A leader builds a team and surrounds himself with people more talented than himself.


MAXIM's April Rose takes you for a spin around John Staluppi's Cars of Dreams Museum.

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john staluppi automotive lifetime achievement award

Each year, the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance honors a true leader in the automotive industry for their commitment and contribution to the automobile world and automotive business endeavors.

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South East Rods & Customs
Annual Classic Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
To Benefit "Hospice of Palm Beach County"

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Thousands are expected to attend car show Sunday.

Hundreds of vintage hot rods, classic cars and new luxery vehicles will be on display Sunday at the fourth annual South East Rods and Customs Cars of Dreams Show and Raffle.

The show will be held at the Cars of Dreams Museum, 133 U.S. 1 and a nearby lot.
More than 4,000 classic-car enthusiasts are expected to attend the event, which includes a car show featuring restored classic cars and trucks, hot rods and luxury vehicles, food vendors and a tour of the private Cars of Dreams Museum.

Admission to the car show, which runs from to 4 pm, is free. The museum will be open from 9am to 2:30 pm. Admission is $10, with proceeds benefiting the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

The Cars of Dreams Museum, owned by John Staluppi and his wife, Jeannette, houses a comprehensive classic-car collection spanning more than 50 years, a hand carved carousel, a 1950's-era garage, a fire station and a town square.

Staluppi opens the museum to the public just twice a year for charity events, including the Shop With a Cop fundraiser sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
"It's just amazing," said Lauryn Barry, special events manager for Hospice of Palm Beach County. "It's formatted like an old-time, '50's town."

For this event, Staluppi donated a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as part of the raffle.


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August 2012


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Available for worldwide charter, with its unique "Quad Deck Design".

About Diamonds are Forever:

Built to a design in-house by Benetti the Italian superyacht manufacturer features a signature Evan K Marshall interior comprising two panoramic master suites and four guest staterooms.

Measuring 60.95-meters  with a 10.50-meter overall beam, 2011 motor yacht Diamonds are Forever is being built under the hull ID FB 253. Benetti Hull FB 253 will accommodate up to twelve guests in two master staterooms (VIP) and four guest cabins as well as accommodations for up to fifteen crew members.

Large windows enable natural light to filter into the Evan K Marshall styled interior to showcase a variety of natural shades including browns, tans, creams and whites.

There are guest and service elevators to all decks, a full beam sky lounge and vast open and shaded deck spaces. A special feature of yacht Diamonds are Forever is the additional top deck, located above the sun deck, which forms a very private, panoramic deck.
The aft part of the sundeck can be transformed from a large relaxing area outfitted with several lounge chairs into a touch and go helipad, while technological superiority will be ensured by Millennium Edition build supervision.

M/Y Diamonds are Forever is expected to achieve a top speed of 16 knots with a range of just under 5,000 nautical miles cruising at 12 knots thanks to  twin CAT 3512C engines and 120,000 LT capacity fuel tanks.


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Diamonds Are Forever - Custom Yacht for John Staluppi
by Benetti Yachts and Evan K. Marshall/Usonia V

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The name's Staluppi, John Staluppi. If a boat is named after a Bond film, then it must be John Staluppi's boat – it's almost a personal signature, expressing one of the individual preferences of the legendary American tycoon, although for some time now he has been involved in a stronger, more overwhelming passion: period cars. John Staluppi has cultivated his passion for classic cars for many years, putting together his own private collection of fabulous vehicles that culminated in the creation of the incredible Cars of Dreams Museum. It's a remarkable, unique collection of numerous cars from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, all beautifully preserved in the immaculate splendour of their impeccably polished paintwork and glittering mirror-effect chrome plating. With their sleek lines and bright colours, these cars are fascinating metal sculptures, magically intact examples of technological and artistic beauty. They're certainly worth a lot of money, but more importantly they are a great historical treasure and an immense cultural asset, safeguarded thanks to John Staluppi. Nonetheless, other genres of artwork move him as well, and boats play a notable part here. Presumably for reasons of space, the considerable size of these seaborne masterworks make it impossible to put them together in a collection, and this is probably why John Staluppi likes to change his boat frequently. Over the years, he has had a large number of custom motor yachts built, and they have entered yachting legend for all time, standing out for their ultra high speed performance, which was in turn made possible by the cutting-edge technologies that the enlightened Owner explicitly requested from the best shipyards. Recently, however, John and Jeannette Staluppi have changed course and have become more interested in the production of custom motor yachts for tranquil cruises, typified by the size of the interiors and the magnificence of the fittings. For their next boat, the American couple put their faith in the Italian shipyard Benetti Yachts: the project for Diamonds Are Forever, as this unique "Quad Deck Design" motor yacht is called, was signed in December last year and the new motor yacht will be launched in August next year.


John Staluppi Proud of Atlantic Auto Group for Continued Generosity to Cancer Foundations

John Staluppi watched as his two executives of the Atlantic Auto Group were honored at the Second Annual Gala Reception Dinner for the benefit of the National Kidney Registry. The National Kidney Registry has been facilitating living donor transplants since 2008. Both Atlantic Auto Group executives, John Pickett and Michael Brown, have offered their generous and enthusiastic support for the National Kidney Registry while overseeing the daily and long term operations of John Staluppi’s Atlantic Auto Group.

This second annual gala event also acknowledged other charitable donations given by John Staluppi and his company to two organizations: Hyundai Hope on Wheels and the Jimmy Fund. Both of these organizations are partnered together searching for a cure for pediatric and adult cancer.

“Hyundai’s multifaceted partnership with Dana-Farber [Cancer Institute] helps people of all ages fight cancer, while allowing us to capitalize on the Jimmy Fund’s commanding presence in the community,” said Bob Cosmai, former CEO of the Hyundai Corporation, in a quote on “By serving as presenting sponsor of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, Hyundai increased its branding and marketing, while helping find cures for cancer.”

The Jimmy Fund organization was founded in 1948 and is currently located at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, while the Hyundai Hope on Wheels campaign is intertwined with more than 800 Hyundai dealerships across the nation. Included are all three of John Staluppi’s Hyundai dealerships on Long Island who are continuing their efforts to support Hyundai Hope on Wheels.

John Staluppi is proud to say that his Atlantic Auto Group has supported all of these important and charitable organizations. There is no doubt of how vital work with these groups is for patients across the country, and John Staluppi wants to continue helping them make a difference.

Date: April 5, 2011
Time: 7 p.m. Wheels of Dreams
Location: John Staluppi's Cars of Dreams Private Museum, N Palm Beach, Fla.
Event: An evening of stars and classic cars that includes cocktails, dinner and entertainment benefitting the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The Cars of Dreams private Museum is an unparalleled collection reflecting owner John Staluppi's passion for classic car design.

Watch the Darrell Gwynn Foundation LIVE on Speed Channel, April 8
by Darrell Gwynn Foundation on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 1:38pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will auction two cars and make a wheelchair donation LIVE on Speed Channel on Friday, April 8 at approximately 4 p.m. EST. Be sure to watch live on TV as the Darrell Gwynn Foundation tries to raise money at the auction to benefit the foundation's mission

WHEELS OF DREAMS - Event to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 7pm-10pm

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you dine, drink and are entertained amid John & Jeanette Staluppi's amazing and magical collection of classic cars! Click Here for a sneak peek of the museum.

Topping it off - deserving individuals receive the gift of mobility as DGF awards them their dream "wheel"chairs


Spinal cord injuries happen.

They happen everyday, everywhere, to people of all ages and descriptions, and from all walks of life. And they happen in many different ways.

In 1990, I was at the height of my career as a professional race car driver. Then, on a test run in England, an accident -- a freak one by racing standards --left me paralyzed with a devastating spinal cord injury.

Initially, there was concern if I would even survive my injuries at all. I careened from one medical crisis to another, taking my family and loved ones along on that same wrenching, emotional roller-coaster ride. Then, when the imminent dangers had passed, I arrived at the forefront of living life in the wake of a paralyzing spinal cord injury.

Ironically, less than six months earlier I had chosen The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis as my personal charity, and I had already begun assisting them in raising funding for spinal cord injury research. I clearly recall personally placing their logos on my race car, never then dreaming that within a few short months my future would be in their hands.

A number of years have passed since the fateful day I was paralyzed. In that time, my compassion for victims of spinal cord injuries, and respect for the families and friends of those standing behind them has grown immeasurably. I have learned that hope, encouragement and determination aided by education, are among the keys in creating a meaningful, satisfying life despite physical obstacles.

I am lucky. I have a wonderful family and an amazing collection of friends and business associates who share my commitment to build a better future for those with spinal cord injuries and other central nervous system disorders. Significantly, there has never been a time of more important and promising research to find a cure for spinal cord paralysis then right now.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) was created to help aid that critical research by raising funds for that purpose. In addition to supporting various worthwhile research initiatives, DGF concerns itself with Quality of Life issues for those with spinal cord injuries.

My life, both before and after my spinal cord injury, has surrounded professional auto racing. Surprisingly, there are similarities between side-by-side competition at more than 300 miles-per-hour, and the quest to cure spinal cord injuries. Both are expensive. Both are ultimately competitions against the clock. And with adequate funding, technical expertise and dedication, both can be won.

There's an old saying in auto racing, "It's not where you start, but where you finish." That's also true of living life with a spinal cord injury. The race to find a cure for paralysis from spinal cord injury is well underway. With continuing help, I am certain that race will one day be won.

- Darrell Gwynn

Cars of Dreams opens its doors and raises more than $44,000 for Hospice

April 6, 2011

More than 1,000 custom hot rod and classic cars from across the nation were on display at the South East Rods & Customs "Cars of Dreams" Benefit Car Show at the Cars of Dreams Museum in North Palm Beach. The event, which also offered a rare glimpse of John Stalupp's private Cars of Dreams Museum, attracted more than 2,000 visitors and raised more than $44,000 for Hospice of Palm Beach County.

South East Rods & Customs - a nonprofit, classic, street rod and collectible car club - organized the event and invited enthusiasts to show off their "rides" at the museum, which is housed in a shopping mall.

"I have been touched by Hospice in my own life and to partner with John Staluppi for this event was a win-win for everyone," founder Donnie Hancock said.
He created the family oriented club to encourage appreciation and preservation of the cars and to support local charities and help neighbors in need. After one of its members was served by Hospice of Palm Beach County, the club made Hospice its primary charity.

"They treated him fantastic," Hancock said. "Hospice is there for everybody."

To car enthusiasts, the Cars of Dreams Museum is the eighth wonder of the world. John Staluppi and his wife Jeannette converted part of the old Twin City Mall, placing classic cars in tableaux that include a 1950s-era garage, a fire station and a town square with a working hand-carved antique carousel and a drive-in theater. John Staluppi opens the museum to the public only three times a year for charity events.

"This year, we have at least 400 more cars than last year and at least a 1,000 more people,"John Staluppi. "I love it; I love doing it. It's a great charity."

To learn more about Hospice of Palm Beach County programs or for more information, call 1-800-HOSPICE.


John Staluppi Proud of National Kidney Registry's Recognition of Atlantic Auto Group Executives

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The John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Show on October 17, 2010

John Staluppi Celebrates Grand Opening of Atlantic Audi

St. Baldrick's Foundation Advances to Final Round of the Second Annual Classy Awards

University of Montana Presidents Club

Charity For Our Children

Donation Only Event Raises $52,000 for Hospice of Palm Beach County

John Staluppi Sees Elevated Levels Of Service From Ny Auto Giant Dealer Millennium Honda

John Staluppi Congratulates Atlantic Cadillac as a Leading Cadillac New York Dealer

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Cars of Dreams Museum Fundraiser for Darrell Gwynn Event "Wheels of Dreams"

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More than 300 guests enjoyed a magical “Wheels of Dreams” evening at John and Jeanette Staluppi’s fabulous Cars of Dreams Museum in North Palm Beach March 30th. Amid a wonderland of classic cars, Darrell, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, and NHRA personality Bob Frey took everyone on an entertaining “Behind the Scenes” look at the world of cars and racing and the camaraderie it engenders.

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Heart and Stroke Champions for American Heart and Stroke Association

Miami Children's Hospital Foundation Event

Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCHF) is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to create awareness and generate funds for Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH), the only licensed specialty hospital in South Florida exclusively for children. The Foundation’s guiding principle is to ensure that all children have access to state-of-the-art pediatric care.

The Northern Palm Beaches Heart Ball

(Excerpt from Article Above) This event raised more than $400,000 for the American Heart Association. The success of this important fundraiser is due not only to its venue, but equally to the countless hours of service by the event chairpersons Julie Shrewsbury and Dr. Frank Cook, event co-chairpersons Terri and Kevin Justice and their energetic event committee of workers. John and Jeanette Staluppi served as the patron honorary chairpersons along with Dr. Richard Faro who was the medical honorary chairman. Hats off too, to the tireless efforts of Heart Associations staff members Pam Calzadilla, Jodi Riche and Kristen Cruz.

Cars of Dreams Museum Opens for Charity Event "Shop with a Cop"

(Excerpt from Article Above) Car nuts like Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno have huge car collections….and they help charities. John Staluppi of Palm Beach Gardens can give them a run for their money…..on both counts. Mr. Staluppi started his collection about 10 years ago with just two cars. Now his collection has grown to more than 100 cars.

Millennium Yachts Casino Royale

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It may be named after the high-octane James Bond thriller, but does the latest offering from enthusiastic owner John Staluppi hit the jackpot?

"Casino Royale" was the first action-packed novel by Ian Fleming, paving the way for 11 more spy novels, and a catalogue of iconic films charting the adventures of secret service agent James Bond.

But it is also the name of the very latest in a line of yachts owned by renowned yachtsman John A. Staluppi -- all of which have been named after one of the Bond tales.

LONDON, England (SuperYachtWorld) -- It may be named after the high-octane James Bond thriller, but does the latest offering from enthusiastic owner John Staluppi hit the jackpot?

Bond style: Casino Royale is the latest in a series of 007-inspired super-yachts.

"Casino Royale" was the first action-packed novel by Ian Fleming, paving the way for 11 more spy novels, and a catalogue of iconic films charting the adventures of secret service agent James Bond.

But it is also the name of the very latest in a line of yachts owned by renowned yachtsman John A. Staluppi -- all of which have been named after one of the Bond tales.

They may well be tributes to 007, but Octopussy, Moonraker, Thunderball and The World is Not Enough are also some of the fastest super-yachts in the world. Octopussy was built in Holland and Moonraker in Norway, both from plans drawn by the innovative Dutch naval architect Frank Mulder, and Thunderball was designed and built by Dennison Yachts in Fort Lauderdale.

To build The World is Not Enough, John created Millennium Superyachts in 1998, a company that will be a vehicle for future builds.

It was the 43.5 meter Octopussy, which broke the 50-knot barrier 18 years ago, that first brought the name of New York-born John Staluppi to the attention of super-yacht aficionados.

The self-made millionaire left school when he was 16 and worked as a mechanic in Brooklyn before going on to start up one of the most successful car dealerships in North America -- a business that enabled him to indulge his passion for racing fast boats, and then later for super-yachts.

To build Casino Royale, Millennium Yachts has teamed up with the U.S.-based Christensen Shipyard, describing the new launch as the first of its "Millennium editions." Joe Foggia, president of Christensen Yachts, explains: "She has over 650 square meters of space on board -- that's a lot in a yacht of her length."

There is no doubt that John's vision and passion bring fervor and excitement to a sometimes conservative industry. There are, after all, few super-yachts aboard which you will be greeted by frosted-glass panels sweeping down the central staircase, delicately etched with the silhouettes of Bond girls.

And then there's the hand-crafted marble roulette wheel set into the deck of the main saloon, made by master-craftsman John Homchick at Christensen's dedicated marble shop.

Casino Royale isn't a speed machine to match his previous yachts but, as we chatted on the deck of his latest creation, it's very clear that John Staluppi is an owner who knows just want he wants. "So what is a super-yacht? To me, it has to be at least 120 feet overall with a master suite and four guest cabins, room for six crew and somewhere to carry the tender.

"And oh, one more thing, there has to be no teak. It adds weight, it's a pain in the butt to clean, and the oil gets all over my carpeting!" he says with a smile.

We look around and notice the acres of teak decking -- it's stunning, so perhaps this is one fight he's better off not winning.

The yacht's interior can best be described as richly ornate, yet it remains tasteful and has the softer touch of John's wife Jeanette in many of the living areas. Atop the divide sits a figurine of Vesper Lynd, the heroine from Casino Royale.

In terms of accommodation, John has achieved the optimal use of space he was looking for. The master stateroom is accessed through the owner's study with its dark, leather-topped mahogany desk and cream leather office chair. As you may expect from a James Bond fan, a gargantuan double bed dominates with a mirrored deck head above.

Below, the guest cabins are equally well-appointed and appear to be larger than the standard on most yachts of this size. Forward are two twin cabins; astern of them two suites with king-size bunks and further aft is a stunning full-beam VIP suite.

Two decks above is the elegant sky lounge -- a party room if ever we saw one. The onyx-topped bar is seductively illuminated from within the stonework and is a perfect spot to enjoy a vodka martini or two. The lounge also has a custom-designed entertainment center and a huge cinema display with a movie library that fittingly boasts every one of Commander Bond's adventure-packed movies.

Captain Zak Matten is pleased with the work so far: "I really like the way her bow and stern thruster work together. I can get her to move just about anywhere. I can even shift her sideways when I have to.

"Her maiden voyage was up into Alaska and we encountered our fair share of lumpy seas. This U.S.-built boat can hold her head up when compared to European yachts; she is up there with the best."

She may not have the speed of her predecessors in the Staluppi stable but Casino Royale is nevertheless an impressive yacht. She will bring her owners a lot of enjoyment, and for the guests who are lucky enough to be invited on board the party is about to begin.
Boat information

Length overall: 49.70 meters (163ft 0in)
Engines: Twin MTU 12V 4000 Series
Naval architect: Christensen Shipyard
Exterior styling: Christensen Shipyard
Interior designer: Jeanette Staluppi & Carol Williamson Associates
Owner's project manager: Zak Matten
Broker who introduced the client: Ocean Independence
Speed (max): 18 knots
Speed (cruise): 10 knots

Range at 10 knots: 4,300 nautical miles

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Mr. John Staluppi Grants Wishes by giving to the Make a Wish Foundation -

John Staluppi knows he has the ability to make a difference in the lives of children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. Through John Staluppi's generosity the Make a Wish Foundation have never turned away a medically-eligible child.

Over the years John Staluppi has been responsible for making the wishes of so many children come true. By adopting a child's wish, John Staluppi becomes a part of the magic of Make-A-Wish. Make a Wish has acknowledged John Staluppi's contributions. But most importantly, of course, is the satisfaction of knowing that John Staluppi has made a difference in the lives of children by making his or her wish come true!

If you would like to follow in the example of John Staluppi you too can make a wish come true. Remember wishes are like children - each one unique. Therefore, the cost to fund a wish varies widely depending on the nature of the wish and the geographic location of the child. The average cost of a wish is $5,000.

You don't need to be John Staluppi to give a child the priceless gifts of love, laughter and treasured memories by sponsoring his or her wish for $5,000. For a contribution of $2,500 your donation will be partnered with another donor to make a child’s wish come true.

Fulfilling the Make a Wish Foundation mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions would not be possible without the generous financial support of donors in the community like John Staluppi.

Behind every child's wish, there are special individuals, corporations, student organizations or foundations that made it possible. In fact, every unforgettable wish we grant is funded by private contributions. When you Adopt-A-Wish, you impact a family and create hope, strength and joy during a time when a family needs it most. The Make a Wish Foundation salutes their generous donors like John Staluppi who adopted wishes during our last fiscal year and those who made a child's wish come true during the current fiscal year. Thanks to John Staluppi and to the generosity of all involved.