The following took place a couple of years ago.
Wow… Today has been one truly awesome day. If you aren’t INTO cars, then there is no reason to read this. Originally for Saturday (Today) I had a full day of computer tutoring, network help, formats and so on planned, along with four clients to visit. By Friday eve, they had all rescheduled there appoints. So, it looked like I would be stuck reformatting/fixing/upgrade a computer at the office. Well boy did my luck turn around. I was invited (by my father) to go on a private tour of Ron Pratte’s Garage. (He is the gentlemen who bought the first Shelby for 5.5 mil this year, and the GM bus for 4.5mil last year at Barret-Jackson).
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Little background on Ron Pratte’s Money
He didn’t come into family money, and he didn’t win the lottery.
He owned and operated Pratte Development Company, Inc., one of the nation’s largest wood framing and concrete foundation companies and just so happened to sell out (exclusive deal) with Pulte Homes at the right time.
Well to pretty much sum it up I got to spend about 3 hours in this guys, 40,000 SQ FT warehouse and drool over his cars. Man there was so much, 3 hours wasn’t nearly enough time.
When we asked Mr. Pratte, if he did tours he replied that he was asked at least 5 times a week and that he only did this for his friends. He said at one point they had consider have a open house and charging people a few dollars and then donating it to a charity, however his Insurance company said that his premiums would go way up, and I guess they figured out the cost of it would be too much. That said it was really nice of our client to invite my father to this deal. All together there were just under about 50 people there, including 3 or 4 big wigs from Barret-Jackson there.
So, that was my car day.
Thank You, Mr. Pratte, for being such a great host.
All pictures have been edited to remove incense plates, blur peoples faces and add watermarks.
These photographs are not for sale, the watermarks are just to show who took the pictures.