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mourning the fallen
The more observant among you may have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet the past couple of months. Late last year I was driving to the Motorfest Dine With Your Ride Charity Dinner when I began to see smoke and flames coming out from underneath the back of my Porsche. I coasted to a smoky stop in the Publix parking lot off highway 98 at Grand Boulevard. The South Walton Fire department responded at about 4:35 p.m. and put the fire out, but the 1987 930 Turbo from the front cover of our very first Motorfest Magazine, issue number 000001, was destroyed. The Porsche 930 Turbo was the ultimate race car of its time and to this day is still regarded
very highly by past and present rivals. The 930 is a machine that must be driven – human input is required, desired and essential. My old 930 Turbo had a real personality. I had to earn its trust and respect before the 930 would let me experience its true nature. The car had a cadence when you drove it; more like a dancing partner, rather than an extension of ones self. You had to become accustomed to the music, once mastered the reward was the unbridled power of this car. I’ve joined the lucky club where they say you’re lucky to be alive, you can always find a new 911. To me, it’s not a happy ending or the end of the story.
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nouveau WHEELS 800BHP SHELBY COMES TO OUR STABLE
Join us in welcoming this icon of sex and power, 2004 Replica ‘67 427 Shelby Cobra to the Motorfest Stable of Wheels. On loan to us from a fairly successful local businessman (see front cover featuring his Citation V, Customized Indian Scout and lovely fianc’e) the Shelby Cobra Kit is a simple formula, big American-engine set in a petit British sports car shell, netting a whopping 800BHP.
The new 2,529 pound Kit Cobra has a top speed of 185+ mph, which should be just enough to help us get over the recent loss of our last Motorfest Test-Car, the 911 Turbo. Breaking traction at speeds up to 100 M.P.H. The Shelby promises to be a worthly successor and a great addition to our driving team.
In the months to come we’ll take this Corvette-Beater to shows and events along the Gulf Coast. We’re lining up a proper test drive article, Nearly 50 years on, the most recognizable similar to the one we’ve done in this issue on the Porsche Panamera Carol Shelby design ever. (you’ll find on page 18).
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PANARAMA BAMA ... 18 SUPERSIZED PORSCHE
PAGANI RITUALS ... 36 SHE’S LIKE THE WIND
ENGAGEMENT DEUX ... 42
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MotorFest EVENT 2013 Welcome to Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin the Classic American Beach town, and a handful of the most exciting backroads in the country
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF FRANK BERTE ASSOCIATE EDITOR ROSS CENNTANI BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT THE ALABAMA CHARLIE DISTRIBUTION JAMES ADDUCI _________________________ Words - Brook Laflin Photo Direction - Roland Moriarty Media Design - Destin Interactive Art Direction - Frank Berte - Contributors RAP - Ghost Writer Brittain O’Connor - Guest Writer Amber Reynne - Model / Writer Julianne Murphy - Photo Contributor Gary Terry - Marketing & Development Charlie Morekis - Automotive Consultant Seth Merriam - Northern Rides Contributor Mark Branstad - Special Projects David Morgan - On Hair & Make-up Aaron Hunter - Talent Consultant David Smith - Automotive Advisor Advertising - Destin Interactive Sales, Advertising & Event Information and Editorial Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org WRITTEN & PRODUCED IN DESTIN, FLORIDA
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SURVIVING th AND NOW A WORD FROM THE EDITOR :: OR THE WORLD IN REVERSE :: Frank Berte’
If YOU ARE READING THIS YOU HAVE SURVIVED THE END OF THE WORLD :: And somehow whatever your personal circumstances, count yourself as lucky. American Idol is near to being shelved, Michael Jackson has risen and here we are in the year 2013 - lucky us. The Mayan Apocalypse has passed and it seems the more things change the more they stay the same, even the Shuttle is back to samba dancing with 747s. Here in America we’re taught to always chase the next big thing, the newest technology, the fastest social networks. At motorfest that means the more rare alloys and smooth 12 bangers the better (See Pagani p36).
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he endTIMES Sent to us from our ol’pals at the US Air Force this photo shows the new; F 35, the old; NASA Shuttle and the downright archaic; 747. Upon the returning of the Fore to Lorn (death by Mothballs) Shuttle to Edwards AFB, and with the fully low-Earth orbit F 35
in the foreground - we find our past bisecting the future. We made it this far America, lets make the next Century even better! Nasa’s looking at building an installation on a captured asteroid orbiting the moon. What could possibly go wrong? They say we will live much longer on a slow food diet, network television only has 2 more years; the times they have’a changed. to turn around before too long. Florida is the new Alabama. Hoping you enjoy this issue, its packed with car shows, bikes and a Porsche or two. Turn your love around. Stay calm, look ahead. Don’t believe the hype. BE KIND REWIND.
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Motorfest EVENT CALENDAR
Jacksonville International Car & Truck Show February 8-10, 2013 • Jacksonville Florida It’s the perfect place to browse hundreds of the year’s new vehicles! Located at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center, the Jacksonville International Car & Truck Show is the premier showcase of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles -- cars, vans, crossovers, hybrids, light trucks and sport utilities. There are autos to suit every budget and life style at the Car & Truck Show. With the car lines all under one roof, So come sit in the cars, pop the hoods, inspect the trunks, kick the tires.
The 18th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance March 8-10, 2013 • Amelia Island, Florida At the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach. On March 8-10, 2013 celebrate the 50th anniversary of Porsche’s legend, the irreplaceable 911. It’s also the 50th anniversary of the Corvette Sting Ray. Both these pivotal and extraordinary cars will have seminars in their honor. They will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Italy’s Lamborghini Marque.
Venice Corvette Car Show on the Isle March 10, 2013 • CENTENNIAL PARK, 200 West Venice Ave. in Historical Downtown VENICE, FLORIDA 34285
THE 2 ND GRAND PRIX DE VAL P HERITAGE MUSEUM, valparaiso fl April 20, 2013 • AT SATURDAY IN THE PARK Event starts in the wee hours of the morning as Roaring 1920’s Classics mingle with 60’s Euro Trash for a slow-mo photo-op tour of looverly Choctawhatchee Bay, culminating in a judged car show, within the 37 TH Saturday in the Park.
The 61 st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 13-16, 2013 • Sebring International Raceway Sebring Florida, Gates open Wednesday, March 13, 2013 and remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday. Fueled by “Fresh from Florida”
Burning Up the Beaches May 3-5, 2013 • Fort Walton Beach, Florida The 3rd year of Burning Up the Beaches promises more fun along the sugar white beaches of Fort Walton Beach and Destin! Cruise the stops, show your hot wheels, 2 fantastic parties with LIVE entertainment and draw down to win THOUSANDS in cash and prizes.
MOTORFEST 2013 October, 2013 • Destin, Florida By Land, By Air, By Sea - Northwest Florida Largest Motoring Event: Euro exotica, good old school 70’s lead sleds, war planes, race boats, harleys and more, all coming to a beach near you; stay tuned & stay tuned up. motorfestmagazine.com
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Worldâ€™s Fastest Supersonic Car The Bloodhound SSC is on track to become the fastest car in the world - faster than a speeding bullet, roughly 1,000 MPH. Rolling on Aluminum wheels capable of withstanding 50,000 times the force of earths gravity the BSSC entire design befuddles the mind. The engine is a speedy recipe: add one part rocket engine, one part race car motor and sprinkle on an afterburner. The resulting brew produces six times the
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power in all the cars in an entire Indy Car race. Eating up a ton of fuel in 20 seconds the BSSC uses its Formula One engine as a fuel pump to feed its jet and hit 300 MPH in 15 seconds. The trip from 350 to 1,050 MPH only takes 25 seconds, top speed is one mile every 3.5 seconds. The entire project is an effort to encourage children around the world to study science and engineering.
Electric Mayhem will bring together many currently available electric and alternative power vehicles to an expo here along the Gulf Coast. In addition to live music, food and fun the event will include a rally for EV & Hybrid enthusiasts plus a chance to test drive electric cars, bikes and skateboards. For more information email: email@example.com or look for us on facebook at electric mayhem.
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GIRLS ON BOARD MOST LOCAL LADIES AFLOAT
Fabulous Women of the Emerald Coast join to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. The event, created by Jessica Proffitt of Proffitt PR, is held periodically at different locations in the Destin, Florida area. This time the party was held aboard the cruise ship Solaris which docks at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. All participants enjoyed complementary Motorfest Magazines and their cruise around the bay.
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NEW MEAT/OLD BONES Hailing from Brownsburg Indiana RETRO/TECHâ€™s Mike Haluska has set out to make the future better than the past. Taking yesterdayâ€™s steel and adding modern technology, tire compounds, engine management and components they build oneof-a-kind machines like the Corvette you see here. Contact them today at 317.858.3400
MOTORFEST Recently our own Brittan Motors started a dedicated branch of MotorFest Magazine focused solely on anything and everything motorcycle. As a writer of articles for MotorFest Magazine and an avid Harley fan, Brittan brings a passion for words and wheels to this great new group. Check us out on Facebook at motorcyclesformotorfest. Brittan is an maiden in the Iron Order and continues to wow and some times whoa us with her tales from the black top...
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IN IN INTHE THE THENEWS NEWS NEWS 2013
FACES MERCEDES DOTHAN NAMES JOHNNY NASH AS THEIR NEW GENERAL MANAGER
Since 1995 Johnny Nash has been travelling throughout the Southeast, spreading the word about Mercedes-Benz’s fabled safety, security and dependability. As the new General Manager for MecedesBenz of Dothan, the road has finally led him home. Stop by for a visit and he’ll say his goal is to remind drivers throughout the Wiregrass and Panhandle of an enduring Mercedes-Benz philosophy... that life is too short and the road too long to drive anything less than a Mercedes.
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Distractions in the Cockpit Two pilots using laptops and discussing crew scheduling procedures lose situational awareness and overfly their destination airport by 150 miles. A Captain calls for the after landing checklist while completing a difficult double right turn with limited space between runways and misses seeing the hold line, pulling onto the runway in front of a departing wide body aircraft. These real incidents are only two examples of what can happen if you allow yourself to become distracted when operating an aircraft. Distractions in the cockpit are one of the leading causal factors in pilot deviation runway incursions. The runway hold line is a single point on the airport, and if you are not looking for where to hold short and you miss the signs and markings, there is no other visual cue until you reach the edge of the runway. Distractions which have resulted in pilot deviations include:
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Completion of run-up procedures while moving the aircraft Dealing with passenger’s questions or issues Crewmembers going heads down in order to program instruments Using electronic flight bag devices while taxiing
What can you do to guard against distractions? Have your head up and out at all times when taxiing your aircraft. If tasks require you to go heads down, stop in a safe place and complete the task, then continue to taxi. Brief passengers on the importance of maintaining a sterile cockpit while taxiing, and during other critical phases of flight. Review airport diagrams and departure procedure charts before taxi, identifying locations or operations during which distraction carry a greater risk.
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PANAMERA Here’s a First-Drive Review I done on the Panamera, now my assessments don’t follow the tread-worn patterns of other magazine road tests. First of all I road test on the curvy back roads of lower Alabama. Judging such factors as the behavior and feel of steering the car around bends, straight-aways and the unexpected train tracks, evaluating performance in breaks and acceleration, as well as how the interior space fits the taste and comfort of the well heeled, well portioned down-home discerning American driver. All of these
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elements determine whether the car is worth a quick trip to the dealership or if the manufacturer missed the mark. Porsche’s Panamera, is the hottest new model in Porsche’s current program. I call it the GQ man’s sports car –it’s bold, fast, quick, and stylish. What’s more, Porsche offers a great number of options including my favorite piano black interior. The Panamera fun factor reveals itself through nine selections for the U.S. market. You can, for example, gaffe in at $75,500
for a 3.6-liter V-6 Panamera and get to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds. Or you can leave that in the dust with the $173,500 4.8-liter Turbo S, which hits 60 in 3.6 sec. Or perhaps you are propelled toward that $95,000 S Hybrid. So where does that put the newest variation, the $109,900 GTS? Porsche calls it, “The sportiest of all Panamera models...” That claim seems odd given the Turbo’s spot at the top of the horsepower and image list, but once you’ve driven the GTS, Porsche’s report makes sense.
By The Alabama Charlie
PANAMERA COURTESY OF ORR’S PORSCHE OF DESTIN, PURVEYORS OF FINE AUTOMOBILES
September 14th 2012
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I left Porsche of Destin to try the 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS, which was popping its split-second PDK shifts as soon I accelerated down Airport Road in Destin, away from the Orr’s dealership. I pointed the nose at the first apex and there was a moment of confidence-inspiring under steer, the car sets and responds. The Panamera’s fun factor revealed itself through a mix of impressive features. Its all-wheel drive snapped around corners and provided firm traction on wet roads, the air suspension added an extra layer of comfort, and the brakes, borrowed from the Turbo model, offered superior and consistent stopping performance. All totaled, you almost overlook the two seats behind you.
As usual, I took the Panamera through my south Alabama road course, which means Geneva County Alabama where the police seem to be a bit friendlier. I made several stops in Geneva and the wow factor muscled with every mile. I then shot off to the house in Dothan, followed by a customary visit at Mills Produce on Highway 52 East to pick up Slocomb tomatoes for Clemenza’s restaurant. Two obsessive stops completed my road adventure; one to test the Panamera’s quarter mile time on Florida HWY 1 and a final destination at the Porsche Club of Destin’s favorite: Red Bay Grocery. What differentiates the GTS? Porsche started by upping the horsepower of the S from 400 to 430 for the GTS, taking torque from 369 lb.-ft. to 384, with a huge well of it between 2500 and 5800 rpm. Much of that added power comes from a specific cam design and improved breathing on both intake and exhaust. The latter has a snappier note, which can be increased further via the push of a button. Match this engine to Porsche’s all-wheel-drive chassis and the PDK gearbox and you’ll see 60 mph in 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 179. That knocks a half second of the normal Panamera S, and puts the GTS just 0.3 sec off of the Turbo, which is 10 mph faster on the top end.
“When the suspension is on normal setting, the GTS is actually firmer than the Turbo” With the added horsepower come suspension changes, beginning with a 10-mm lowering. Shocks on the Porsche Active Suspension Management system has been firmed, and the rear track has been increased by 10 mm. Those are just a few of the changes, but as one Porsche engineer explained, when the suspension is on its normal setting, the GTS is actually firmer than the Turbo. In Sport Plus, the cars are very similar. To go with this aggressive approach, Porsche fits the GTS with the Turbo’s braking system. Even with all this discussion about the GTS being flatter and firmer, it does not hand back a rough ride. Porsche also outfits the GTS with its Sport Design front end. This profile swallows the air needed to churn out its 430 bhp, instead of sipping it daintily as some Panamera appear to do. The exterior detailing
includes a high-gloss black debonair and the Turbo’s bi-xenon headlamps to stylishly embrace the open road, day or night. Finally, the GTS’ seductive rear end incorporates the Turbo’s 4-piece articulated spoiler and special exhaust pipes to facilitate that added snap a Porsche is known for. Inside, the GTS has 18-way sport seats that beg the question: “How many ways can you adjust a seat?” That is, until you find the setting that fits you like a glove. Leather or Alcantara is
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found on most every surface that’s not glass or metal. Behind the wheel is, without a doubt, a nice place to be... but that’s true of all Panamera. If you’re looking for a Porsche Panamera that easily leans into any bowed Alabama county highway or can work the apex on a road course race track, the new 2013 GTS is your car.
A special note of thanks to Destins own Orr’s Porsche of Destin Florida
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O nce again car fans and their family’s caravan to Motorfest 2012 for the largest motoring event in Florida to witness car shows and the events that have now become one of the biggest automotive events in the state. With over a 100 miles of white sandy beaches stretching from Pensacola to Apalachicola for six weeks starting on September 22
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with EOSS Motorfest 2012 Panama City Beach, Florida, October 5-6 Vettes in the Village Sandestin, Florida, October 10-14 Thunder Beach Panama City Beach, Florida, October 24-27 Grand & Exotic Car Show Sandestin, Florida, October 5-Nov. 10, National Peanut Festival & Car Show Dothan, Alabama, and November 5-10 Emerald Coast Cruizin Panama City Beach, Florida.
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PEACE, LOVE & EXOTICS
EXOTIC CARS OF ALL FLAVORS
FA &EXOTIC TIRE TRACKS SPREAD FAR & WIDE From the end of September to the start of November hundreds of cool rides took over the Panhandle of Florida and Lower Alabama for Motorfest 2012. The automotive events offered an up-close look at the newest cars, crossovers, trucks, exotics, electric vehicles, hot rods, muscle cars and the chance to get behind the wheel of a hot new ride. From hot pre-production models to interactive family entertainment, Motorfest offers something for everyone. Participants and attendees traveled from around the country converging on the Emerald Coast to participate in these excellent MotorFest events, next year donâ€™t miss it.
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GRAND & EXOTIC CAR SHOW The GRAND & EXOTIC CAR SHOW / RALLY Event AND THE EOSS MOTORFEST TOOK PLACE FROM DESTIN TO PANAMA CITY AND INCLUDED A FUN-RUN RALLY TO POINTS NORTH For three years running Motorfest seems
over 150 top-named automotive
to bring more and more new participants
vendors, swap meets, and a chance to win
from all parts of the country, as well as
over $10,000 in giveaways. Lots of motor
those that continue to come down to drive
inspired festivals and entertainment
and ride their vehicles along the beach,
provided for the whole family.
to enjoy all the great entertainment and to experience our beach during what we
The noise of high revving engines, the
know is the best time of the year on the
smell of burning rubber, and the high
Florida panhandle. Activities include:
octane atmosphere surrounding the Florida
Eli Young Band, Charlie Daniels Band,
Panhandle is what compels people to keep
Demolition Derby, Hot Rod Walt, Blues
coming back time and time again to this,
Brothers Band, Sea Food Festival, Beerfest,
the greatest show on the beach.
HIUNDREDS OF CARS AND BIKES RUMBLE ON THE BEACH
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LEFTY BROS. & THE MEANSTREET RIDERS BROUGHT 2-WHEEL MOJO
DECEPTICONS WERE NOT INVITED
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EOSS MOTORFEST PANAMA CITY BEACH
MOTORFEST EOSS PANAMA CITY BEACH The winding road with The Tricked Out Car Club... PC Beach, Florida is home to many unique things to explore and it is also home to a very unique car club called The Tricked Out Car Club or TOCC. In March 2008, TOCC was founded in Bay County, Florida by James Clemens with the goal of an International Car Club designed around the people, cars, and the uniqueness of the communities for each local club. A club that was friendly and respectable, and a club that was well organized and professional. One big club across the globe, all acting as one small family.
They host two refreshingly different annual auto events (EOSS MOTORFEST & SCHOOL IS COOL), as well as, a race series called Bay County Car Club Challenge that pushes the local clubs at the local 1/8 mile dragstrip, Panama Beach Raceway in Fountain, Florida. Motorfest Magazine had the chance to spend the day with the TOCC crew at their fall event called EOSS MOTORFEST 2012, which is held each late September at Spinnaker Beach Club and we had a fabulous time. There was something for everyone to enjoy, with over 200 vehicles of every possible type present, live music, award-winning food, all wheel drive Dyno, 4X4 Flex Ramp, product displays, door prizes, cash prizes, trophies & more. The main focus of this event was TOCCâ€™s chosen charity, Anchorage Childrenâ€™s Home, and they were present all day, too, and are some truly great people to meet, if you ever get the chance. Along with these annual events, TOCC is present
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One big club across the globe, all acting as one small family. each month downtown Panama City, Florida for Friday Fest and can been found rollin’ along the winding roads of Florida
and beyond. If you end up in the area and want to meet a car club acting responsibly & professionally, get up with TOCC! TOCC is the world’s friendliest car enthusiast club and resource site providing quality content for all things automotive. Friendly, respectful & professional is the TOCC way!™ Tricked-Out.com
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THREE INTO ONE:LEADSLEDS, HOTRODS, BIKES & CLASSICS UNITE
The 2012 Panhandle Cruiser was a one-of-a-kind event bringing three local car clubs joining together to present the 20th Annual Emerald Coast Car Show. The Northwest Florida Model A & T Club, Panhandle Cruisers and the Playground Corvette Club, in partnership with many local businesses that host this show every year. Nearly 250 cars, new and clas-
sics, arrived in Niceville Florida at the Twin Oaks Sports Complex on Sept.8, 2012. The show honored First, Second, and Third places with trophies in each of the 39 classes of vehicles, plus overall Best of Show and other specialty awards. This years event will include entertainment for both young and old, by THE FABULOUS COPPERTONES with rock music
from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, with automotive activities throughout the day. Prizes will be plentiful. Interested in showing off your classic car, sponsoring a class of trophies ($100), or just want to be a part of one of the largest classic car shows in NW Florida? Register for this years show! Call Warren 251-946-3327 or visit panhandlecruisers.com
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WHATS IN Picture a room adjoining the corporate board room of a major automobile manufacturer. Imagine several people sitting around a long, dark, mahogany table, the following ensues...
Corporate Geek One: “Okay, anyone come up with ideas for a name?” Corporate Geek Two: “I was thinking of flowers or plants; maybe
lilac or sunflower?”
Corporate Geek One: “How about Poison Ivy?? This is a pick-up truck,
not a rose garden!”
Corporate Geek Three: “Maybe the name of a city or town?” Corporate Geek One: “Been done all ready! People, think out of the box-we need to come up with something TODAY!!” Corporate Geek Four (after a five minute delay): “Uh…Natural
Corporate Geek One: “I like it! We did name a car after a burnt-out star (the Nova, not Lindsay Lohan)!” Corporate Geek Four: “Tidal Wave? Earthquake?
Tremors? Flash Flood?”
Corporate Geek One: “Those aren’t doing it-THINK people!” Corporate Geek Five: “Maybe, avalanche?” Corporate Geek One: “Avalanche-I like it! That has a real manly feel to it!”
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Obviously, speculation on my part but would you really feel comfortable driving around in something named after a natural disaster? To me, they might as well use the names of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; “Hey, did you check out the new Chevy Pestilence? Sweet ride, if you can survive getting in the thing!” The topic today-where do they come up with the names of vehicles? Chevrolet did name a pick-up the “Avalanche” and Honda trumped them by naming their pick-up the “Ridgeline”- the place where avalanches start; not a natural disaster yet but give it some time. As for the Dodge “Ram” series of vehicles, the name “Ram” may sound masculine and viral but it is a male sheep; a sheep is still a sheep, basically cat-food for a mountain lion. Just what arcane procedures do auto and pickup manufacturers use in choosing names? Gran Prix, Impala, Mustang, Cougar, GTO, Bonneville are all names I understand; they imply grace, speed and beauty even if in some instances the vehicles sporting these tags have none of these traits. “Suburban” and “Yukon” I understand, as those vehicles are as big as their namesakes and use about as much gas daily as most suburban communities use in a week. But the Toyota “Sequoia”?; granted, named after a giant, American tree but, after all, it’s still a tree- a plant that stays rooted in one place for centuries. What were they thinking? Perhaps they wanted to use all the vowels in the English language but couldn’t find anything named “Sequoiay”?
? As for the Koreans; I know the cars are really nice with all the bells and whistles known to humankind but I would truly feel uncomfortable climbing into something that says to me Killed In Action. It’s bad enough on today’s roadways without begging for mayhem to occur. Nissan was originally named Datsun when exported to the U.S.A.; apparently someone in corporate headquarters thought Datsun sounded better than Nissan in English. The point being, give yourself a little less doomsday moniker for the first few years before springing KIA on everyone.
As for the early years of Toyota, they seemed to have a cigar thing going; Corona, Corolla, Supra, Dutch Masters (just kidding)- drive ‘em or smoke ‘em, your choice. When Honda introduced the “Civic”, I thought they were going for car names that read the same backward and forward; I fully expected the next Honda to be the “Toot” but was proven wrong with the introduction of the “Accord”; “Drocca” sounds more like a James Bond villain. Apparently they wanted drivers to be community conscious and in harmony with each other, failed attempts at best (have you driven out there lately? It’s not pretty!).
Most German manufacturers seem to ignore the “name game”. Volkswagen stands out, however, with some intriguing appellations.” Passat”? “ Tiguan”? “Golf”? What next, the two-seater “Badminton”? BMW and Mercedes Benz are number and letter crunchers. From the BMW 635CSI to the Mercedes AMG 500K, these two car companies elevate the Teutonic penchant for order and precision to an art form. Audi is also a participant in this linear, numerical progression with “A” this and “A” that and an occasional “S” thrown in for good measure. “Quattro”, a name used on all their vehicles, is decidedly non-Germanic although it does sound more fetching than “Vier”. Maybach numbers their vehicles with the length of the car in meters; “57” or “62” with another one of those “S”’s thrown in occasionally. These cars are like owning a Tiger tank that can do 180mph or so, certainly an elite crowd. French, British, Italian and Swedish cars are among the scarcest brands in the U.S.A. “Le
Car”, “Dauphin” and “Pallas” all have an elegant sound but even “Merde” sounds appealing in French. The British auto names also seem, like the language, dazed and confused; the Triumph “Spitfire” and the “TR-8”. Names, numbers, letters, anything goes; it’s no surprise the orderly Germans lost to them twice in the last century. Chaos will generally trump organization any day of the week. Still, how does one explain the German made “Mini”? As for the Italians, just about everything coming from Italy is some kind of Fiat; in this country, the Fiat “500” or the Fiat Abarth “500” are the only incarnations one sees of this huge company; both seem like “Smart” cars on steroids. As for Ferrari, a division of Fiat, these exotic and expensive beauties rest in a category almost exclusively of their own. Ferrari could release a $500,000.00, 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds, 12 cylinder rocket ship called the “Deathmobile” and would sell out of them faster than i-phones. I know I didn’t mention Lamborghini, Maserati or Alfa-Romeo but other than “Countach” and “Mucielago”, there really isn’t much to explore (“Quattroporte” does sound decidedly more exotic than “Four Door”). Volvo and Saab? Break out the Lutefisk and the dragon ships! They both do numbers for their vehicles, names being too hard to think about when one is freezing all the time. Saab did toy with “Aero” for a while but stuck with just naming the aircraft they build; “Viggen”, “Grippen” and “Things that go bump in the night”. The last I heard, Saab filed for bankruptcy and Volvo is comfortable selling everything they make to Soccer Moms.
I perhaps haven’t answered the question of “where do they come up with the names” but, I hope, I’ve shed some light on what might be the thought process behind the names. “Edsel” was easy; Henry’s son’s name but the Pontiac “Aztec”? No clue on that one although the Mayans did seem to predict it’s demise. Drive Fast, Take Chances and “a rose by any other name would smell as sweetly” - RAP
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she’s like the wind: FRANK BERTE REVIEWS A 720 bhp feather weight ROAD LEGAL italian HYPER-SUPERMODEL WITH a german heart.
The wind is the ultimate virtual force, you can hear it, you can certainly feel it, you can push against it, unseen, it is there. Subtle at times, destructive at the light of a match it enshrouds the earth invisibly. Sailers will tell you when it’s right it’ll really take you places. In a world where space is limited, speed is not.
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Jet-stream power comes in the form of a hand made twin-turbo 6.0 Mercedes-AMG V-12 engine, producing 720 horsepower and 740 lb·ft of torque. The Huayra pulls 1.66 positive g’s of lateral acceleration at top speed. A 210 lb seven-speed sequential gearbox and a single disc clutch put the power down. Stopping it is the job of the 6-piston front / 4-piston rear Brembo calipers. The rotors are drilled carbon ceramic numbers. Additional directional stability and stoping power comes from four
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independent flaps one at each corner of the car, which can act as air brakes or produce downforce as dictated by the cars onboard computer brain. The Huayra employs a variety of this space age wizardry to keep it shinny side up. In addition to the flappy-whappy bits, the car adjusts its nose, tail and sides to improve directional integrity and road connection. This can be most noticeably appreciated in an off camber left hand hairpin over rough terrain where the car will employ almost all of its tricks to maintain your line, flaps - flap
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RULES OF ENGAGEMENT PART DEUX By RAP
Assuming you have read Part One of Rules Of Engagement, Motorfest #5, at this point in your driving you are: • Signaling every lateral move (you’ll know you’re there when you signal leaving your driveway) • Avoiding tailgating (as soul-satisfying as this is – the negative, possibly painful and expensive consequences of this activity speak for themselves) • Concentrating on the art/zen of fast driving (if you have purchased a set of skin-tight, ventilated driving gloves, congratulations, you’ve most likely arrived at the speeders fraternity; and, yes, wear them in the summer-they help you grip the wheel and are a signal to the cognizati that you are, indeed, a serious driver; like the hit-man driver in the movie “Bullitt” but with better results)
Etiquette at the Speed of Sound
STUDYING LOCAL BYWAYS IN A 2010 STARTER CARRERA WITH OPTIONAL AUTOMATIC CAN OPENER, ONLY 60K
Baron Manfred von Richtofen
This article will try to explain etiquette/civility while rocketing along at excessive speeds (I cannot define excessive speed; it is all situational-45mph in your driveway might be excessive; is 154mph on Route 691 in my home state excessive? It seemed the appropriate velocity at the time). The analogy that works for me, in a Walter Mitty sense, is to consider yourself a WW1 fighter pilot, a knight of the air. Baron Manfred von Richtofen is a perfect example. A deadly killer but a gracious opponent; it was nothing personal but it was a job he did very well (recommend watching the movie “The Red Baron” starring Matthias Schweighofer as the “Baron”). Drive with aplomb, dignity, courtesy but do this all at speed; never let emotion hold sway but, in a Nietzchean attitude, become the
Uberdriver, involved only with the vehicle and the speeding, moving in harmony with the road, weather and traffic but just FASTER than anyone else. “Situational Awareness” or, in plain terms, be aware of the road ahead and the road behind. Laser and radar detectors are fine but can distract you from driving with all the beeping and flashing lights. Always be on the look-out for convenient places for the authorities to establish their Revenue Collection Kiosks, commonly called “speed traps”. Speeding tickets are ridiculously expensive and slow you down considerably; best to let your keenest sense, your eyes, spot said sink-holes. If the driver several car lengths in front taps his brakes for no apparent reason, be wary–might be “John Law” WINTER 2013 motorfestmagazine.com
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for whom he’s slowing down. My first bit of advice is to, if you must, install the detector as unobtrusively as possible but rely more on the visual picture; most likely if it beeps, it’s all ready too late. Always scan ahead and behind; Aunt Mildred might just be backing out of her driveway ¼ mile away with absolutely no regard to the velocity at which you’re approaching. As you have seen the tell-tale signs of her car moving, you should have ample time (perhaps even a full second) to choose at least three possible courses of action: •Since you are now paying attention to oncoming traffic (you are, aren’t you?), deftly slide into the opposing lane without a trace of slowing down or •Hit the brakes looking, as always, for escape routes in at least one other direction in case she finally does notice you and stops dead in the middle of the road. •Beep the horn-most likely a futile gesture for if she didn’t see you, she sure as hell is not going to hear you (I think hearing is the fourth or fifth thing that goes as you become older–memory is certainly in the top two). When committing to pass, check your “six”, ie, look behind to see if anyone is passing YOU. Hard to swallow, but accept that there are drivers faster than you; bummer but reality always has the last word; remember, even the “Red Baron” was shot down. Who knows, that guy passing you might be someone like Michael Schumacher out for a leisurely, but very fast, spin. Pass with speed and accuracy, leaving room between you and the poor sap you just passed at 100mph before pulling back in. This is especially critical on highways (if speeding there is your forte); 18 wheelers are huge and have equally huge blind spots; be considerate and linger in their blind spots for as short a time as possible. Remember, those guys are driving for a living; we’re screaming along for the thrill; most teamsters don’t need thrills when perched in something as big as a house travelling at 80mph.
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AT 143MPH THE CARRERA FEELS LIKE AN OLYMPIC SPEED SKATER BREAKING AWAY
There’s an expression, “form follows function”; if you can’t function as one with your machine, then practice. A smooth driver is always noticeable to the point where the speed is almost ignored by other drivers (unless the other driver is of a similar vein as yourself; more on this later); to me, it’s a case of “not what you do but how you look doing it”. Even boxing has a certain grace when you see two skillful opponents whose only intent is to knock the other guy senseless. Fluidity, grace, style and awareness all matter at speeds in excess of the limit.
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To paraphrase Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, “You can never be too rich or too fast”. As mentioned earlier, the speeding fraternity consists of thousands of like-minded drivers. The intent of Rules Of Engagement has been to separate you from this “herd”; to help make you a skillful practitioner of the art. If you are of the inclination to race other drivers (which I do NOT advise), then I would recommend an SCCA license and a race-track; there you can test yourself against others without causing mayhem to bystanders.
Etiquette at the Speed of Sound Remember, drive without emotion (other than the passion for vehicular control); if you are passed, your first reaction should be to applaud the other driver’s skill. Street racing is a recipe for disaster, full of unknowns; for example: • Is the car that passed you capable of the speeds to which you can push it (if it’s something like a 1986 Corolla full of rust & passengers, probably not)? • Is the driver capable of driving in a fast yet courteous manner (tip-offs here-if the seat back appears to be reclined to the point of touching the back seat, he’s probably I.D.F.; windows tinted black as night, he/ she is probably I.D.F.; if the driver is wearing a baseball cap backward, he’s probably I.D.F.-Incapable of Driving Fast, not Israeli Defense Force, though they would come in handy if you happen across one of these clowns)?
Remember Aunt Mildred and her legion of clones cluttering up the roadways; racing another vehicle ratchets up the disaster factor exponentially. Instead, use that faster driver as a “rabbit”-follow at some distance and let him/her be the first through the speedtrap acting as a scout for yourself. Now for ultra-aggressive, roadrage inspiring imbeciles, leave them be. Much as one would like to scream, give offensive gestures or chase after these road-louts, the prevalence of fire-arms in the country should give you pause; there are a huge amount of guns out there with a huge amount of reckless drivers who own said weapons (no, I’m not anti-gun; I have a pistol-permit-I’m just against fruitcakes owning sidearms). It’s generally not worth the aggravation (I realize, once again with a nod to Walter Mitty, that as a knight in shining
carmour you feel almost compelled to do something about these troglodytes-in my early days of fast driving, I fancied myself the “Road Warrior” or “The Punisher”; in no instance did I bring justice to the road but I certainly paid in tickets & crashes; better to let the dozing Revenue Collectors finally do something right). Remember, you are always striving to be the “Uberdriver”; you are well above such petty concerns. As usual, Drive Fast Take Chances and for the sake of looking good, never drive with your mouth open.
See you on the road, - RAP
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Spectator participation averages Crazy Cruisers Car Club started about 8 years ago with two couples (Larry & Cam and Roy & Susan) and 2 vehicles. We met at Emerald Coast Cruizin in Panama City Beach Florida and from that a close friendship developed. The four of us traveled a lot together and one day while out of town, we were discussing a name for our group, and Crazy Cruisers was born. Crazy Cruizers has now grown into a car club with 30 members and 23 vehicles plus honorary members in Texas and Tennessee and they join us at least once a year. Crazy Cruisers is affiliated with the BC4 of Bay County Florida. This organization was founded to help clubs promote their shows and activities without overlapping. It works well so we can support many clubs throughout the year. Crazy Cruisers always makes a good showing at Friday Fest held in downtown Panama City Florida the first Friday of months March thru November. There are hundreds of vehicles and vendors and the spectator participation averages 10,000 a month. Downtown business and restaurants stay open late to support Friday Fest.
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10,000 a month Crazy Cruisers vehicles are all drivers, meant to be enjoyed and seen. We appreciate the older vehicles and enjoy them as well as the smiles we put on someone’s face. Most of our vehicles date back to the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s with a couple of muscle cars from the 60’s. Some members built their cars from the ground up, some have purchased and redone but one thing is for sure, our car members work on their own vehicles and take great pride in displaying them. We have traveled to Tampa, Jacksonville and Atlanta for Good Guys Shows. The NSRA show in Louisville KY has seen us three times. This year 2 members went to Evansville IN for the Frog Follies. Of course we cannot forget Hammond LA and the Coon Ass Redneck Nationals. Larry has the honor of being presented the coveted TOP
16 Award which is a toilet seat; you just have to be there to understand. We love the Ford F100 Super Nationals and Shades of the Past in Pigeon Forge TN. And there is nothing like Cruisin the Coast in Mississippi. All the venues are great, traffic is a bear, but going down Hwy 90 and looking to the south and seeing only beautiful white sand and the Gulf waters is breathtaking. Emerald Coast Cruisin in Panama City Beach Florida is becoming like home week for our members. We work closely with Rakes & Lisa Parrish before and during the event. Local car club members volunteer to assist with parking and we pass out flyers all year to help with advertising. In July, Crazy Cruisers Car Club is host to the National Car Collector Appreciation Day as mandated by the Senate. We have
done this for the past three years and every year it bigger and better. We are looking forward to July 2013. Communication among members for events is handled by the Cruise Director. Her duty is to gather show information (flyers) and attend BC4 monthly meetings and forward all information to the members. She also handles reservations and pickup points on area shows so we can cruise together. Crazy Cruisers Car Club differs from most in that we have no rules, no dues, and no meetings except the Christmas Party. We only require our members to enjoy life and Cruisin. Most are middle aged and up and we enjoy the second childhood we are experiencing. Many are retired and enjoying the good life. Perhaps that is why the name Crazy Cruisers fits us so well.
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Boat on over to North Light on the Northbay to Dockside - enjoy fresh Seafood with a Louisiana twist. See the sun set, grab a brew & toast the coast, tellâ€™em Ernie sent you!
Slices of Heaven
ERNIES DOCKSIDE YOURLASTMEAL
Ingredients • • • • • •
6 cups chicken broth • 1 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 2 cups regular grits • 16 ounces Cheddar, cubed 1/2 cup milk • 8 ounces grated sharp white Cheddar 4 large eggs, beaten • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 2 pounds of Gulf shrimp
Grits, Shrimp & Cheese; oh my!
Sharing our Southern border with the Gulf Coast, Louisiana is all about seafood, and New Orleans style Shrimp & Cheese Grits is a quick way to get some in a delicious regional specialty! Chef Ernie Danjean passion for food comes from his mother Ida. His love for business and life comes from his dad Ernie “Big Dan” Danjean”. Ernie grew up in his fathers Po-boy business (Café New Orleans) and now carries on the tradition as owner and chef of Dockside Café & Oyster Bar Niceville, Florida.
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The pinnacle in Bayside culinary achievement is bestowed by Motorfest Magazine Culinary Awards to Ernie and Ernie’s’ family who provides delicious Cajun food in a New Orleans inspired atmosphere on the Florida Emerald Coast. This recipe make a fairly large amount, so you may want to half it if you are making for just your family, but it is a great dish to take along to a fish fry! Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 4-quart casserole dish.Bring the broth, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a boil in a 2-quartsaucepan. Stir in the grits and whisk until completely combined. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the grits are thick, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the cubed Cheddar and milk and stir. Gradually stir in the eggs and butter, stirring until all are combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with the white Cheddar and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until set. 2. Prepare Shrimp: Peel shrimp; devein, if desired. Sprinkle shrimp with pepper and 1/8 tsp. salt. Cook in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes on each side or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove from skillet. Reduce heat to medium. Add oil; heat 30 seconds. Put in shrimp and then serve immediately over grits.
his past fall we lost a very special member at Team Motorfest - our dearest 911 Turbo. The belle of the ball in our arsenal of rides. Her last meal was 93 Octane and needless to say she went out in a blaze of glory. After extensive work recently the Pumps were upgraded and strengthened, the gas lines we last on the list. A faulty line was all it took to take our trusty steed off the road forever. She is totaled but not forgotten and as pappy used to say she’all that an a’ bowl o’grits... Enjoy your last meal!
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UNRELENTE GULF COAST FISH TRIPS
CHARTER FISHING A voyage deep-sea for the big fish inspires Brant Kelly to build the ultimate fishing machine
Destin’s history is steeped with a rich past related to fishing since it became a destination for the abundant bounty of the sea when commercial operations started here in the mid-1800s. Founding fathers Billy Marler and Captain Leonard Destin, for which the town was named, arrived here to take advantage of the huge array of fish located a short distance from shore due to the area’s unique geography. By 1900 the first private charter fishing business began here with over 100 boats available to take adventurous anglers out into the gulf to harvest the seas. By the roaring twenties in fact, Destin became known nationally as The Bill Fish Capital of the Gulf and the business continued to grow from that time to today’s burgeoning fishing phenomenon. Destin is now known as The Luckiest Fishing Village in the World and has the largest private charter fishing fleet on the Gulf of Mexico. 54 motorfestmagazine.com WINTER 2013
Brant Kelly, the captain of the Relentless, comes from a long line of founding families with fishing interests. The Kelly family also had extensive timber plantations here since the early part of the last century. Due to their land holdings, Grandmother Mattie Kelly is a local namesake and past philanthropist. His Grandfather Coleman L. Kelly, after whom the Destin Airport is named, was an avid fisherman and started to take party boats out for charter fishing in the
1930s. This was briefly interrupted when World War II began since the government began rationing gasoline and only allowed fishing for commercial rather than recreational usage. He was able to convert back to Charter Fishing when the war ended in 1945. Brant continued the family fishing tradition by helping his father and grandfather out on their boats as a young boy. In fact, he began working hard on the docks and boats when he was only eight years
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In 2003 Kelly decided to design and build a new boat which as he says was the first of its kind, “built by fishermen, for fishermen.” Two of his deck hands and another friend who was a captain helped him with design ideas and building the boat which he named the Relentless. He fenced off part of the horse pasture behind his house to build it since his crew worked on this project almost every day. It took eleven months to complete the sixty-five by twenty foot boat which was christened for its first fishing adventure in October of 2004. The vessel was the first to incorporate not only state of the art fishing equipment but also provided luxuries for visiting angler clients that were not found on any other charter boats. Last year, the United States Commerce Association named the charter boat Relentless as The Best in Destin for 2011. The Relentless has all the latest fishing equipment which includes advanced radar detection, depth finders, current chart mapping technology and what Captain Kelly calls an awesome “fish finding machine.” The design of the boat also rede-
fined luxury in the Destin charter fishing industry giving today’s pampered clientele comforts that meet or exceed expectations. There is a comfortable, full air conditioned galley complete with satellite TV in case that Auburn/Alabama game or other “must see” sporting events coincide with the fishing excursion! State Rooms below can sleep eight overnight guests comfortably for deep sea adventures which can go on for days. Many avid angler groups charter the Relentless for multiple days of deep sea fishing adventures and bring back lots of delicious bounty. The kitchen on board is more than just ample with a full sized, stainless steel refrigerator and ovens. Destin Charter Fishing The result of all their hard work is a luxurious, full service Destin charter boat with one of the most experienced captains around as well as a skilled, friendly crew who provide happy participants with a World Class fishing adventure. Lucky anglers include everyone from the first time novice to the most hard core enthusiast. Accommodations are available for children and seniors as well as even those with handicapped needs. The skilled crew uses their many years of combined local experience as well as the latest fishing technologies to catch fish that will give you a wonderful memory of a lifetime. They show you where to drop your lines, advise you on angling
old. Today with almost fifty years of fishing experience behind him, Brant Kelly is one of the most respected captains in all of Destin. Captain Kelly began doing private fishing charters on his own boat called The Lady K which he operated successfully for many years.
techniques and even help you reel in your catch if need be. After you return to the docks, the mates clean, filet and bag your catch for you. Most patrons provide them with a 15% tip for these helpful instructions and services. Once home with your sea trove of treasure you can tell everyone about your adventures while enjoying a feast of fresh fish! Some of the fish you may be catching include Amberjack, Black Drum, Black Grouper, Blue Marlin, Bluefish, Bonito, Cobia, Flounder, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Pompano, Red Drum, Red Snapper, Sailfish, Sheephead, Spanish Mackerel, Spotted Sea Trout, Tarpon, Tuna, Vermillion Snapper and Wahoo. It depends upon the season, what’s running and the type of fishing excursion you and your friends desire. Fishing is great here. On a recent trip Captain Kelly said his lucky charter anglers “caught literally thousands of pounds in a cornucopia of fish” which included both Blue and White Marlin which were tagged and released. They also caught a big 250 pound Swordfish, Mahi, Wahoo, Black Fin Tuna and Yellow Fin Tuna which were kept for good eating. Besides bountiful fishing, the Relentless is also chartered for celebrating the nuptials for joyful weddings as well as saying goodbye to loved ones by spreading their ashes at sea. Many corporate groups and other organizations have chartered the Relentless as a part of their business convention here along The Emerald Coast. Custom catered menus, beverages and special requests can be provided by the Relentless for all occasions. These kinds of gatherings are quite popular since the captain, crew and staff are able to take care of absolutely everything you may need. Corporate cruises, weddings, anniversaries and birthdays aboard the Relentless provide guests with gracious hospitality in a unique setting. Guests can eat great food, enjoy cocktails, watch the dolphins play and view the famed, spectacular sunsets over water that Destin of-
fers almost year round. Charters for the Relentless are a flat rate of $200 per hour which includes up to six passengers. Each additional guest after six is charged an additional 10% of the base rate each. Obviously, larger groups pay less for added value, so “the more, the merrier!” Reservations and information about catered affairs for special events is available at their website, relentlesscharterfishing.com or by calling 850.837.6541. RELENTLESS DEEP SEA - OCEAN REEF VACATIONS Ocean Reef works hard by providing our guests with distinctive, private Destin vacation rental accommodations that meet or exceed expectations. After all, wonderful memories are created here among families and friends and we take gracious hospitality very seriously. We are happy to provide the latest information about adventures such as those found on board the Relentless who share these same philosophies. To book your deep sea vacation visit:
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ur story opens with our hero sitting for decades, long forgotten in the woods, rusting quietly, with the trees growing up through it as it’s only companion. We built skis to slide it out of the snowy woods. There was an old stone wall that had to be taken carefully disassembled and then reassembled just so we could recover it. The nonexistantand roof was the only large bit needing to be replaced.
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READERSRIDES hospital to give birth to her only child, a girl, also in the 40’s. The mother is still alive and advised Roger as to where the car sat had been set to rest, in the woods .The project isn’t complete. This is a primer coat and there are plans for the Rumble seat in the back. Notice on the tail lights a foot
step to get in the rumble seat and the fill cap for the Gasoline. More soon! 400 HP Motor out of his son’s race car puts this baby sideways at 50 mph before it takes off straight down the road. Who says you can’t put new muscles on old bones?
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