June 2012 President’s Letter

June Greetings—

Was really trying to get this letter out by June 1, but sometimes life and work get in the way. I hate when that happens.

Let me start by thanking Valentine O’Connor and Graeme Russell of Bentley for the NEMPA evening they put together at their Boston headquarters on Monday. Chief Operations Officer for the Americas Kim Airey gave us a fine overview of Bentley’s heritage, its strong sales position, and the outlook for the future.

Next up is Dodge, which as you know will present the 2013 Dodge Dart next Tuesday, June 12, at the Automotion garage, starting at 4:00PM. All media members are encouraged to attend. We’ve developed a great relationship with the Chrysler brands over the years, and we’re looking forward to “meeting” this much-anticipated new model.

(OEMs: Interested in an evening with NEMPA? We’re booking up fast. One maker is already planning a program for October. Please get in touch with our esteemed event coordinator, John Lawlor, at 508-378-3023.)

Now let’s look ahead just a few weeks, to the annual Ragtop Ramble/Crustacean Crawl. Our Boston Harbor dinner cruise will set sail at 6:00PM on Thursday, July 19, from the pier across from the Seaport Hotel. (If you prepay your room at the hotel, the rate drops to only $209.) And then the next morning, Friday, 6/20, we’ll gather at the Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline to pair up, pick cars and drive up to Kennebunkport for the traditional lobster lunch.

Manufacturers, it’s high time to move your ragtops and cool cars into the fleet for the event. As always, please work with Bugsy—John Lawlor—on the arrangements. If you’re able to contribute items for the 50 gift bags, please send them along to John, too.

Equally important, we’re looking for cars (and gifts) for our inaugural Cool Cars for Kids program too, on Saturday, July 21, and also at Larz Anderson. We hope you’ll leave your cars from the Ramble with us for this unique event, which benefits young patients at the Dana Farber Children’s Cancer Institute.

More details on this to follow. Meanwhile, some of you still you need to get your ragtops and cool cars into our fleet PDQ.

Thanking you in advance, and with all best wishes for a great month,

Keith
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