PART 2 0F 4 – THE CAR, CULTURE, AND ONE 70-YEAR OLD WOMAN
“I keep getting calls, but not call backs. The last call I got about it was ‘Could the stunt driver drive it fast?’” Harlyn explains how his car and motorcycles are listed with an agent so they can be used in television commercials and movies. Yes, his cars and motorcycles (mainly Ducati’s) have an agent. Probably a holdback when he was a child actor. And yes, he was a child actor in a few commercials and print ads.
“I actually said ‘no’. There’s something in that statement that made me uncomfortable,” is his response. Some time after the interview, however, he found out that his car would be in an episode of Leverage as the bad guy’s car. Taking one look at it, anyone can see how that would fit the stereotypical bad guy.
He confesses that there is a misconception of exotic car owners as jerks. Which could certainly be true in some cultures, but Harlyn is emblematic of most of our clients: he absolutely loves his car and makes every attempt to be gracious to those that are intrigued by it. And I’ve witnessed at a gas station once that he really does love to talk to people about it, and to educate them.
Commonly, most onlookers don’t really know what it is. “Nice emblems, what is it? A Mazda-ati?” Harlyn pantomimes the average admirer.
It glitters with its Nero on Nero combination (or black on black if you don’t speak Italian), bedecked in carbon fiber and suede, and still in impeccable condition for having over 63,000 miles on it. Which, trust me, is a lot for an Italian exotic as most owners have gotten the idea that theirs just might melt if it ever touches rain.
In contrast, Harlyn’s Quattroporte has seen snow more than once. He’s an unabashed enthusiast, as opposed to a collector. He feels that exotics should be used and admired, not simply the latter, even if most people don’t know what his is.
But then he’ll occasionally come across an unlikely expert. “I haven’t seen one in 30 years,” was the reaction of one 70 year old woman he met out on the coast. Her husband had bought her one many, many years ago and she was delighted to see another. His response was, “Do you happen to still have it in a barn under a blanket?”
Article written by Nolan Milojevich, marketing specialist for Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo.