Juan and Frances love motorsports. Juan grew up riding motorcycles and 3-wheelers, while Frances grew up in a racing family. Her dad was among the first generation power boat racers. Almost every weekend, Frances and her family would travel throughout Florida to race in different power boat categories. If they were not racing, the girls were helping their dad in the garage. In the mid-2000s, Juan got his motorsport thrills by racing jetskis as a privateer. Jetski racing is basically motocross on the water. Racing at 60 mph, the course continues to change as the seas get rough with chop. What an adrenaline rush it was for Juan. Today, Juan and Frances enjoy watching all types of motorsport events. They love Nascar, motocross, powerboats, monster trucks, drag cars, and virtually anything with a motor. They also enjoy attending car shows.
Juan first fell in love with motorsports as a young boy. At the age of 7, his
dad, Romeo, gave him his first motorcycle, a 1978 three speed Honda 50. He loved that bike! Juan still remembers building small jumps behind his house so he could mimic Evel Knievel. A few years
later, his dad then bought him one of the first 3-wheelers, the Honda 90. Although he loved to ride motorcycle, all his friends had 3-wheelers. He and his friends loved to ride the backwoods of
Maine on their wheelers. When he was a teenager, he progressed to a Honda 80 and then later purchased a Yamaha 175 enduro motorcycle that he drove during his high school years. Juan drove that
bike everywhere; he logged around 8,000 miles on the bike.
After high school, he almost purchased a sportbike on several occasions, but it wasn't until he was much older that he purchased his first sportbike; a 1999 Honda CBR 600. He kept that bike for one year and then moved up a 2003 Honda 954rr. He recently sold the bike, but still loves motorcycles, and other motorsports like trucks (monster, super trucks, and rock crawlers), cars (imports and muscle cars), speedboats, and virtually anything with an engine that can be customized or raced.
Juan has always loved Toyota trucks. His first vehicle was a 6-cylinder 4 speed 1977 Toyota Landcruiser that he bought for $700.00 back in the 80s. Today, his passion for Toyota trucks continues. After graduating college, he bought a 1989 Toyota Tacoma, which he kept for three years. He then moved up to a custom 1993 Toyota Tacoma, which he kept for 15 years and logged 325,000 miles. After the headgasket blew, he replaced it with a 2000 Toyota Tacoma. He kept the truck for around 5 years and logged around 100k miles.
Dreaming of a new rig, Juan purchased a custom-built (Solid Axle Swap) 2005 Toyota X-Runner Tacoma
in 2014. The tuck has a 4.0 l V6 Engine and a 6 speed transmission. The custom work was done by Rock n Roll Offroad in Sacramento, CA and Trent Fabrication in Sparks, Nevada. He
bought the truck from Trent and then drove it to Los Angles, CA. After a short vacation, Juan and Frances drove it to Kingman, AZ and then home to Tampa, Florida. He and his wife spent two
weeks on the road sightseeing along the way. With hydraulic steering, the truck cruises and drives nicely at 75 mph despite riding on 20 inch wheels and 41 inch tires. It gets around 12 miles
3-Link Panhard Front and Rear Suspension with Springs,Bilstein 9100 Series Shocks; 14 inch Travel,Front Chevy Kingpin Dana 60 1 ton Axle; Detroit Lockers,Rear GM Chevy 14 Bolt FF 1 ton Axle; ARB Lockers; 5.38 Gears,Advance Adapters Atlas 2: 4.3:1; Atlas Two Speed Transfer Case; adapter to 2 wd transmission with vehicle speed sensor,PSC Motorsports Steering Stabilizer,Trail Gear Full Hydraulic Assist Steering System,Michelin 335/80R20 XZL TL Military tires (27 psi [front]-25 psi [rear]); (12 oz/tire plastic airsoft bbs),20x10 inch Rockstar XD 775 Series Wheels,Rock n Roll Custom Armor (bumper, rockers, skid plate),Universal Snorkel,Injen Cold Air Intake,48 Inch Hi-Lift Jack (HL-485) and Hood Mount,Onboard Viar 330C-12V Air compressor (150 psi); Viar 2.5 Tank,Tail light Guards,10,000 lb XRC-10 Smittybilt Winch,Southbend Stage 2 Endurance Clutch (Installed at 64,000 miles),Momo Pedals,Aluminum Shifter Knob; Aluminum oil cap,Cobra 25LX CB Radio,Everhardt STT Super Tiger Full Wave 4-ft Antenna; Firestik Stainless Spring and Side Mount,Optimal Yellow Top Battery (July 2015),Denso 140 Amp Alternator and 2 gauge cable,Aluminum Tool Box,7-inch offroad HID Xenon 55 watt lights (6000k),4-inch offroad HID Xenon 55 watt lights (6000k),Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT In-Dash 7-inch Navigation Head Unit,Pioneer Door Speakers and Tweeters,Sony Xplod 4 channel (XM-GTX6040) 600 Watt Amp; Soundstream Rubicon (1000D) Amp,Subwoofer Box with 2 Bazooka 12 inch 4-ohm subwoofer speakers,18 IR LED Backup Camera,Rear LED Backup Lights,Avital 3300L 2-way Alarm System,3M Limousine Tint,Universal Snorkel,2005 Toyota Tundra Two Tone Leather Seats,Custom Offroad Roof Rack,ARE Fiberglass Topper, andCustom Roof Rack.
Juan has always had a passion for cars. He has enjoyed customizing them throughout the years.
Although he is loves Toyota cars, the first car he ever customized was a Nissan Pulzar. Juan and Frances have owned several cars, including a BMW 528i and Infiniti G35. Today, they own a Lexus IS
250. Recently, they installed Megan
Racing coilovers (Street Series) and suspension parts (front camber and rear control arms) to handle 20 inch axis wheels and associated tires. They also upgraded the exhaust system
(mid pipe [Invidia] and cat back [M2]) and installed a Joe Z cold-air intake to give the car a nice sweet rumbling sound. To enhance the appearance they installed front and rear spoilers, and
side skirts. The Lexus also has a one of kind rear wing. Can you guess what kind of car the wing came off? It has also been de-badged, and all the parts have been painted to match the car, which
is dark midnight blue. The interior has beige leather. Although Juan gets to drive the car on the weekends, this is the wife's car!!