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Harriman Labor Day worth a Hooray

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By The Staff

By CINDY SIMPSON

rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

Hooray for Harriman added a expensive twist to this year’s Labor Day festival, but it was the exhibitors who paid the price.

The festival’s first European auto show showcased a number of foreign cars, and their combined total worth was estimated in the seven-figure range.

“We had about 20 to 25 cars here,” event coordinator Chris Ahler said. “[Their worth] was over a million [dollars].”

He said the average cost of the vehicles is around $50,000 a piece.

Several Maseratis, Ferraris, a Porsche, Volkswagens and even a Rolls-Royce were all at the show.

A blue 2006 Maserati at the show was worth around $115,000, according to Ahler.

“It is fast,” said Ahler, who talked with the owner. “He was saying earlier he’s got it to 155” mph.

A Ferrari which Ahler estimated to be valued at more than $100,000 was also shown.

Mike Demyanovich of Harriman brought in a few of his Maseratis, including a 1967 Maserati Mexico.

It was one of only 250 made and is among the seven Maseratis Demyanovich owns.

“I love them,” he said. “It’s just a hobby or a disease, as my wife would say.”

The design and style attracts Demyanovich to the vehicle.

“It looks like it is going 75 miles an hour just sitting still,” he said.

He loves the way they drive, saying four people can fit comfortably in the maroon five-speed.

Demyanovich bought his first Maserati in 1988.

“It was my daily driver back then,” he said. “I just kept buying them. Never sold one, either.”

Many of the cars had already left by the late afternoon hours of the event. The remaining six or so paraded out around 6 p.m.

Two of the vehicles still at the site in the afternoon were made in partnership with Maserati and another company.

Dean Norman of Harriman brought his 1991 Chrysler TC, built by Maserati in collaboration with Chrysler.

It only has 335 miles on it, and only about 7,300 were made in its three years of production, Norman said.

This is his third Chrysler TC.

“I found this one on eBay,” Norman said. “I just bought it.”

The vehicle, with a removable hard top, is red with ginger interior, and is from California. It was one of only 53 in that combination made in that year.

Also at the show was a red 1972 DeTomaso Pantera owned by Jerome Tester of Knoxville.

The vehicle was a collaboration with Ford and DeTomaso, according to Tester.

There are three generations of the vehicle so to speak, with the first generation being the collaboration with the two companies, and the vehicles being sold at Lincoln-Mercury dealerships in the United States.

Later stages of the vehicle were post-Ford.

The vehicle was rated at 150 mph off the showroom floor, Tester said.

He has gotten it up to speeds between 110-115 mph.