For the world’s greatest boat show and the famed poker run that followed, Cigarette Racing Team never stopped moving. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
No one could have blamed Skip Braver, Bud Lorow and the rest of the crew at Cigarette Racing Team if they’d packed their tent—quite literally—after the Miami International Boat Show and headed back to their headquarters in Opa-Locka, Fla. According to Braver, the owner and chief executive officer of the company, he and his team have never worked harder on a Miami Boat Show display, which they mocked up first in their facility before bringing it to the temporary dock city at Miami Marine Stadium and Park on Virginia Key. As if getting a slew of sportboats and center consoles, including the show-stopping Cigarette-Mercedes-AMG 41’ SD GT3, to the docks, they had to get a Mercedes-AMG GT3 racecar to an immaculate tent adjacent to the Cigarette fleet.
OK, so Braver and Lorow didn’t operate the crane that placed the awning over all their in-water dock-locked boats or pilot the barge that brought the car—engineless for purposes of saving weight—to the Cigarette Racing Team display. But they did have to sweat every detail of making it happen while knowing that, come Thursday Feb. 11, Mercedes-AMG would be delivering key members of the international automotive press to their exhibit. Everything had to be perfect, and even those who have a passing acquaintance with Braver know that, at least when it comes showcasing his products, he’s not super-tolerant with less than.
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