New old cars
For those of you who know about Ferraris, the excitement that I feel about the following will be obvious. For those of you who do not, let me try to explain. We have been chasing, and have just bought two extraordinary cars. They are made even more special by the fact that we bought them together. One is a 1991 Ferrari F40 with only 218 original miles. The other is a 1985 Ferrari 288GTO with 656 original miles. The 288 was the first Ferrari supercar (and one of my personal favorite cars of all time). Then came the F40, the F50, and the Enzo. This 288 and this F40 may each be the lowest mileage example of its model on the planet (or if not they’re close). The opportunity to buy a car this pristine is rare. The opportunity to buy them both together may never happen again in our lifetime. Unfortunately for me, we will probably not have them that long, and they may not even make it to the dealership, but rather will be shipped directly to the ultimate buyer. We’re talking to several serious collectors and I expect them to sell quickly. I know you’re curious, so, the price is $1.1 million. It’s a lot, but remember, you can sleep in your car, but you can’t drive your house.
Stupid is stupid
What I’m about to tell you is true. I did not make up any of it. I am not going to use a real name so as not to offend. I had an employee (who I recently fired) who was a few bricks short of a load. There are so many examples, but I’m going to share just two. We were moving cars in the showroom, and there was a small oil spot on the floor. I asked this person (we’ll call him John) to go to the utility closet and get a paper towel and surface cleaner to clean it up. He came back with a shammy(sp?) and furniture polish! I said “John, what does that can say?” he reads it “uh, furniture polish”. So at least we know he can read.
OK, so later that same day, I’m trying to teach him not to make the same mistake twice. I decide if I put it into story form, he might get it better. So I tell him the story of a cowboy riding across the prairie. His horse steps in a hole and breaks his leg. That’s just bad luck. But the cowboy goes into town and buys a new horse and rides the new horse across the same prairie and it steps in the same hole and breaks his leg. Now, that’s just stupid. I said “John do you understand?” He said “yes”. I said “why was it stupid?” He said….and I’m not making this up…”cause the horse should have seen the hole?” Amazing but true.
SEMA (not really sure what it stands for) starts tomorrow. That’s the tradeshow where all auto accessory manufactures display. It’s the 2nd or 3rd largest trade show of the year in Las Vegas. We got a Koenigsegg CCX brought in and are displaying it at the Michelen booth, along side a Veyron, Maclaren F1, and a new Saleen S7. That’s what I call fast company. Anyway, it’s going to be a busy week. I have to (boo hoo) attend parties about every night this week. Its tough work, but someone has to do it.