Cribs, Caves & Cars: Rob Kauffman shares his car collection

Cribs, Caves & Cars: Rob Kauffman shares his car collection


by CHRIS CLARK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on November 11, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 11:40 PM

Every guy has a passion.  For some it's working out, for others it's sports, and for Rob Kauffman it's cars.

"Old cars, new cars, muscle cars, race cars all kinds of cars,” smiles Rob Kauffman.

His playground is the 60,000 sq. ft. state of the art showroom at RK Motors where he has everything a car enthusiast wants.

"I kind of appreciate a little bit of everything"

He even has a car he had to make look like this two door Camry.  It looks harmless but looks can be deceiving.

"I thought it would be cool to blend the street Camry and the NASCAR race Camry and this is like the missing link. It may be the world’s greatest donut car," he said.

Here’s why his Camry could qualify -- a 680 horsepower NASCAR truck series engine under the hood, Lexus suspension and cup car exhaust make it one of a kind.

"It's kind of like putting a rocket engine in a beer can"

A car truly built for speed is his red Ferrari F40. It'll do 90 miles per hour in second gear and was one of the last Enzo Ferrari had a hand in designing.

"This was before electronics. You won’t find abs or traction control. When the turbo kicks in you better have it pointed straight," he said.

A car with both power and comfort is the Lexus LFA.

"Toyota is in Formula-1 and wanted to build a showcase car for technology and expertise. This has a carbon fiber chassis, V-10 engine, and howls like an F1 racecar.”

In and amongst these modern beauties is a NASCAR classic. The Chevy Junior Johnson raced in 1963 complete with the Holly Farms paint job and mystery motor.

Unlike some collections, RK Motors showroom is open to the public. Most of these cars are for sale and with their world wide appeal you never know who you might bump into because, as Kauffman puts it --

"A nice smoky burnout translates well into many languages"