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April 20, 2015

PAE Staff are dreamers, too

By Becky Peters

There are over 2,000 members of the Nordhavn Dreamers group, a chat site where people spend time discussing any and all things Nordhavn – some use it as a research tool on their path to future Nordhavn ownership; some use it as a way to fulfill their Nordhavn fervor. Either way, the people

on this chat site worship Nordhavns.

ANNUAL BUDGET


Indy Car team:

$15 million

Formula One team:

$470 million

Source: motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/

What many don’t know is that Pacific Asian Enterprises (PAE) has its own dreamers group. This group is made up of PAE staff who are obsessed with all things Formula One. Perhaps it’s the antithesis of making a living of working with 8-knot yachts that draws them to the sport. Whatever the reason, you can typically find one member – and usually more – of this core unit from PAE either watching or participating in motorsports during their down time.

Strange as it may seem, the interest in fast cars by slow boaters has not been a one-way street. Despite the odd coupling, PAE has a remarkable history (http://www.nordhavn.com/news/headlines/fast_cars/) with Indy cars and Formula One racing. One of the most prominent examples of this crossover was when famed ex-Formula One driver, Christian Fittipaldi served as crew on board a Nordhavn 62 during the Nordhavn Atlantic Rally.

If there’s one thing a dreamer is good at, it’s relating to the unbridled passion of a fellow dreamer.So when Nordhavn Dreamers site moderatorEd Whitecaught wind of the Formula One obsession happening at PAE, he decided to have some fun bysending the company a box full of Formula Onematchbox cars emblazoned with the Nordhavn logo. While it might have at first seemed amusing, White’s gesture was, in fact, much appreciated and enjoyed by the Formula One diehards at PAE. It also temporarily fulfilled a long-time goal of theirs to have a Nordhavn-sponsored Formula One team someday. Alas, it’s going to require a lot more N120 sales to see that dream through.

SLOW BOATS AND FAST CARS
A breakdown of PAE / Car racing crossovers


  • Former Nordhavn salesman Gerry Edwards worked for Dan Gurney’s Champ Car team and Toyota Racing before joining PAE/Nordhavn. He left to work for the Porsche race team

  • Kurt Antonius (former owner of N43 #3 ) - Head of Racing Public Relations for American Honda USA.

  • A N64 owner who was a top Canadian drag racer before buying his boat.

  • Christian Fittipaldi (F1, Indy car and NASCAR driver): participated in the NAR.

  • Scott and Mary Flanders (owners of the N46 Egret): both raced and participated in vintage racing, IMSA, Daytona 24 hours and Sebring 12 hours in their former lives.

  • Roger Allard (former owner of N55 #25 New Paige): owns two vintage Indy cars and has raced them.

  • Vic Murray (former owner of N60 #47 MaryTime): previously raced in SCCA and owned and restored exotic cars.

  • Bruce Kessler (world famous cruiser, NAR committee member and friend of PAE): competed in F1 in his former life.

  • Sprague Theobald (former owner of N57 Bagan and N46 Perseverance; produced movie of North West Passage exploration): competed in the Mazda series.

  • Harris Kerr (former Nordhavn 40 owner): attorney for iconic racer and brilliant engineer Jim Hall whose cars twice won the Indy 500.

  • James Hamilton (owner of N52 #63 Dirona): former mechanic for Eurocar, which serviced supercars and raced in Formula Atlantic.

  • Joe Cain (former Nordhavn 47 owner): shareholder of Panther Racing and owned #4 Indy Car.

  • Tim Johnson (original owner of N64 #6): attorney for Formula One world champion and Indy Car champion Nigel Mansel.

  • A current N68 owner who prefers to remain unnamed whose company is a sponsor of the 2015 Sauber Formula One team.

  • Howard Katz owner of N68 #27, Simbill who had an illustrious 14 year carreer racing sports cars at tracks including Sebring and Daytona.

  • A current N63 owner who wishes to remain unnamed who is a former sports car racer and winning professional sports car team owner.

  • Nordhavn sticker placed on #4 car during 2011 Indianapolis 500.

  • Several F1, Indy Car and NASCAR superstars who have spent time aboard Nordhavns.

  • Several Nordhavn owners also own or collect super cars or classic cars.

  • Former PAE/Nordhavn salesman Adam Cultraro who has raced in the Porsche Autocross series for the last 20 years.

  • Current owner of N55#48 Sir Robert Stewart is the prime sponsor, and races his cars in a highly competitive Vintage Race Series in New Zealand called the Skope Classic. (His N55 is called “Skope”) www.skope.co.nz/about/skope-classic/

  • A long time competitor in this Skope Classic Series and racing against Sir Robert is Jim Wallace, former owner of two Nordhavn 62’s.