FB Update: Game Over

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Bulletproof customer garage life

Our friend’s garage (posted with his kind permission).  All we can say is – game over.  He wins.

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Ferrari Enzo Done Right

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It is stuff like this that makes me pumped up to be an ADV1 wheel distributor. These wheels look absolutely incredible on the Ferrari Enzo.
ADV.1 Wheels / Martino Auto Concepts / Pirelli Tires Ferrari Enzo Project

ADV5.2SL’s
20×8.5 / 21×13
Pirelli tires 375/20/21!

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Happy Holidays!

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mig gemballa ferrari enzo galadari

I just wanted to thank everyone for their support this year. It’s been a wonderful year and I’m so grateful for so many things! The growth of this blog has in particular been one of the best things that happened this year, I thank you all for that!

I wish you all a happy holiday season and a great new year! If I can be of any help to any of you in any way in 2010 please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally by email ben@bulletproofautomotive.com. I might not be the fastest to answer emails at times but I’ll do my best to email everyone back always.

Best Wishes,
Ben

PS: I wanted to share some bonus pictures of the highly controversial and absolutely wild Gemballa Ferrari Enzo MIG-01

(word is the next car will be called MIG-02)

mig gemballa ferrari enzo galadari

In 2010 we will debut two new companies, one of which is an entirely new version of Bespoke Motoring. The watermark on these pics is the first hint of what is to come in 2010 for us.

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The Secret Is Out – Gemballa Ferrari Enzo MIG-UI

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Gemballa Enzo Illyas and Mustafa Galadari

I’ve been holding a secret for a long time…A while back one of my friends (a member of the Galadari family) in Dubai told me about this project they were working on with Germany’s famous Porsche tuner Gemballa. The project shocked me because of just how insane it was. After seeing some early sketches of the project, I was convinced that it would turn out to be pretty wild!

Now many months later after painfully suppressing this secret, the pictures are here. The Gemballa Enzo project lives!

I’ve been given permission finally to release the pictures, but it seems that I might not be the first to leak them. Regardless I think I was one of the very first to know about this project many months ago, so I still feel its relevant to publish these here.

It should be known that the car is called the MIG-UI by Gemballa. It is named after Mustafa and Illyas Galadari with Mustafa’s name being first in this order because the base Enzo was his own personal car.  The car is a limited edition model which has been produced for the “Illyas and Mustafa Galadari Group” of Dubai. The Illyas and Mustafa Galadari Group is Gemballa’s Middle East distributor. The details will be released at a future invitation only launch in Dubai.

For an invitation, please contact me and I’ll forward your information to friends within the Galadari Group. ben@bulletproofautomotive.com

Gemballa Enzo Illyas and Mustafa GaladariGemballa Enzo Illyas and Mustafa Galadari

Gemballa Enzo Illyas and Mustafa GaladariGemballa Enzo Illyas and Mustafa Galadari

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Mid East Trip – Now That I’m Back Pt. 2

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Bulletproof Automotive Mid East Trip

Picking up where I left off…

The economy in Dubai has slowed down considerably during the global crisis of the past year. Just the difference in the past 4 months between my two trips differences can be noticed. As my friends in Dubai pointed out, the number of exotic cars on the street have reduced considerably. Many people were living beyond their means and speculating on real estate (no different than what happened in the US or elsewhere). As a result, now is a great time to be buying used high end cars in the UAE marketplace because there are a lot of cars on the market right now.

With that being said, those who are very talented at business, who have good savings strategies or who are just born into fortunate circumstances still enjoy the crazy car extremism that is already well documented on the internet. Most of my friends are talented in business, in an environment that is thriving. The mid east has had an earth shattering rate of growth over the past decade, those who were well positioned and took advantage of the growth have profited enormously.

So now we get to the point about the cars…Unfortunately most of what I would want to show you, I can not. The owners of the cars would like things to be anonymous in many cases. So I’ll just say that before this trip I had never seen a Gemballa Mirage GT (Carrera GT modified to a crazy level), and after the trip I have seen not one but two first hand that my friends own. Besides that, pretty much every car besides the Pagani Zonda I was able to check out in some form or another. Multiple Veyrons, a Reventon, an older Bugatti (EB110), etc. The EB110 was really special for me since I’ve never seen one before I doubt I will again…it was the last “real” Bugatti. before it became VW. I cant imagine the satisfaction of owning a EB110 and a Veyron in the same color. Truly there are some amazing car collections over there.

Bulletproof Automotive Mid East Trip

Above: I shrunk this down enough to show you a random shot when I was sitting with my friends at a villa in Dubai.

Bulletproof Automotive Mid East Trip

The shot above is at the largest Mercedes dealership in the world. And seriously, it was…I was grateful for a complete behind the scenes tour of the new facility which was cutting edge in every way. This was the separate service area for the Maybachs and SLRs. I feel like the world’s largest concentration of SLRs must be in the mid east. One of my friends even has two of them. Oh, and this Mercedes dealership has a 722 GT (the new race car) in their showroom. I dont think there are many (if any) other Mercedes dealerships that can say they have a 722 GT on their showroom floor. Most dealerships are still bragging about having one SL65 Black Series (this dealership I think had 4 or so of those).

In short, everything is bigger in the mid east. It is a culture with huge ambitions for business and one which is set on being the biggest and the best at whatever they build. With huge masterplanned cities going up seemingly overnight, their push into the future is not slowing down as much as the media might suggest (although it has slowed a bit). Places like Dubai who are not benefiting from oil money like other areas (like Saudi Arabia for example) are still reliant on innovation and entrepreneurship, two things that I personally love and enjoyed seeing out there.

Lastly – the intro picture is Ebrahim’s street Supra. Yes, his street car. His race car is way more nutty!  The turbo on this street car is so damn big he made a custom hood to work around it. For pics you can check out www.gt-rr.com and look under Ebrahim in the customer car gallery for some of his other rides too. Ebrahim has one of the cleanest/nicest personal workshops I’ve seen. All of his cars are super clean!

Next, I’d like to show you one of the coolest garages I’ve seen. That will be my last post on the trip coming soon.

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Ultra Exotic Car Owners Meet in Japan

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I don’t know what you were doing on June 1st 2008 but I know that it wasn’t better than attending this event. I wish I was there…instead I scooped this up on some random Japanese blog.

First up…here are two Ferrari F50’s that were nicely modified (since of course the standard F50 just isn’t impressive anymore after 50 Cent got one).

Modified F50 Ferraris

Modified F50 Ferrari

Modified F50 Ferrari

I don’t think 50 Cent has one of these, although with all of that Smart Water money who knows…

Ferrari Enzo Yellow

This is one of my favorites, the twin turbo F40 (I don’t see too many in white, and even less with the LM wing):

F40 Ferrari

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