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Old 01-27-2019, 07:37 AM
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After a recent trip to Miami, Fl I realized that one of the historical founders of power boating was actually neighbors with the king of cocaine Pablo Escobar.
Escobars home was located at 5860 North Bay rd. Miami, Fl and was torn down in 2017. The home of Don Aronow which has also been owned by Phil Collins and Jenifer Lopez is located at 5800 North Bay rd. Miami Florida only two houses apart. Escobar and Aronow might have had more similarities that what we may think.
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Maybe, but maybe not. I've have lived directly across the street once, and direct neighbor to the side of dealers. All kinds of action, including the black SUV raid thing. But, none of that "rubbed off", in fact, these people really wanted to be left alone. Complete contrast to the users/partiers.
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What were you doing in Miami ?
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Originally Posted by mitchell master View Post
What were you doing in Miami ?
It's funny. My family (parents) born in Miami. Lots of history with Miami. We all escaped in the late '60s as the crime and congestion increased. Now, I enjoy travelling to Miami, but only on business. Rental car, hotel; basically no investment. Its like seeing a movie, where you see what is going on, but not have the personal investment with the place. It does have a lot of natural beauty (the bay, etc);

The drug action I was speaking of was two counties north....
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I believe there was a documentary made by a Miami filmmaker- Billy Corben for ESPN which touched on this issue.
Collision Course: The Murder of Don Aronow - ESPN Films: 30 for 30

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Originally Posted by hayenwb8 View Post
I believe there was a documentary made by a Miami filmmaker- Billy Corben for ESPN which touched on this issue.
Collision Course: The Murder of Don Aronow - ESPN Films: 30 for 30
There is a very interesting book called Blue Thunder that you may be interested in reading. It chronicles the life of Don Aronow.
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Whatever happens...no matter how much your curiosity peeks...never ever spend the time or money to watch the latest Travolta Speed Kills film. The horrible fake boats were enough to make you sick.
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The beauty of Miami isn’t just the landscape, it’s the narrators of the historic history. The John trovalta “ Speed Kills” was another one of his non thrilling movies. I would have rather seen John Tomlinson of TNT Marine play the part of the power boat legend. John Tomlionson is in one of the early clips of the movie actually showed Travolta how to drive the boat. Real people need to play in documentaries, especially with a movie like this.
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Did Escobar actually stay in that home? I know he would sneak into the country and likely had many homes he never stepped foot in
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Originally Posted by clintyocum1 View Post
After a recent trip to Miami, Fl I realized that one of the historical founders of power boating was actually neighbors with the king of cocaine Pablo Escobar.
Escobars home was located at 5860 North Bay rd. Miami, Fl and was torn down in 2017. The home of Don Aronow which has also been owned by Phil Collins and Jenifer Lopez is located at 5800 North Bay rd. Miami Florida only two houses apart. Escobar and Aronow might have had more similarities that what we may think.
Are you sure Don lived there ?
When I was a young kid & boated with him a few times, he lived in a much smaller home near us on one of the Bay Harbor Islands.
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I've been working a few houses down from there for the last few years. The BeeGee kids grew up on the same street, 5600 block. It was funny how everyone was hoping to find buried stashes of drugs or money when they did the demo on Escobar's house. And yes, his wife lived there for quite a long time apparently. Not just a stash house.
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Originally Posted by SplashFL View Post
Are you sure Don lived there ?
When I was a young kid & boated with him a few times, he lived in a much smaller home near us on one of the Bay Harbor Islands.
may have been his cottage...
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Originally Posted by bladenbullet View Post
may have been his cottage...
Must have been long before all the big name go-fast boats he would build.

Story I had heard was the Beatles were infatuated when learning about Don's boats back in the mid 60's and could not wait to get to America and ride in one.


Fifty years ago this week four boys from Britain took a boat ride in Miami. They had appeared on television the night before, a program called The Ed Sullivan Show, and they wanted to cut loose.So they hopped into the prototype of a new offshore race boat named The Cigarette. The boat's builder, a man whose company would later become synonymous with go-fast boats, fired up the 435-horsepower engine, and hit the throttle."I don't think the Beatles knew what they were in for," said Tampa's Bob DiNesco, who now owns the refurbished 233 Formula along with his brother and father. "John, Paul and George got a little seasick. But Ringo, he had the time of his life."The "Fab Four" made their second appearance on the popular variety show on Feb. 16, 1964. The next morning, the Beatles met Don Aronow to check out his 23-foot speedboat that he had named after a legendary style of smuggling craft."Formula was his first race boat," said DiNesco, 57. "He went on to be associated with so many other famous boats: Magnum, Donzi and, of course, Cigarette."The Cigarette Racing Team brand, popularized by the 1980s television series Miami Vice, eventually became associated with all performance boats, regardless of the manufacturer.The DiNescos said they have invested about $100,000 in the boat and its restoration. The engine, a 1963 Kiekhaefer 409, was originally developed for NASCAR to run with the legendary Chevrolet 409.Innovation Marine of Sarasota updated the engine, the only one of its kind in existence, to 2014 specifications. The company kept the original block, crankshaft, rods and intake manifold but added new roller rockers, ignition, dual quad carburetors and headers. For authenticity, the owners also kept the original cast Kiekhaefer one-off valve covers.With a top speed of 60 mph, the restored Formula has stayed true to its original racing tradition. There are no seats. Pilot and passengers must stand — the best way to handle big waves at high speed — just like the old-school offshore racers."We tried to stay true to tradition," said DiNesco, who owns the boat with his brother, Scott, 50, and father, Robert, 84. "This boat was a legend in offshore racing."It was Aronow's first production race boat, hull No. 1. Bob DiNesco said he often gets odd looks from other performance-boat enthusiasts when he pulls into a marina. The hull is obviously a Formula, but the name says The Cigarette."One guy told me I had a lot of nerve naming the boat Cigarette," DiNesco said. "When I told him who did name it, that shut him up."Aronow piloted The Cigarette in its inaugural race, from Miami to Key West. George Peroni bought the boat from Aronow in 1964 and renamed it Empirical. Peroni campaigned the boat for eight seasons, winning the Miami-to-Nassau race and the Bahamas 500.The DiNescos later bought the boat, which had fallen into disrepair, from the Peroni family and began the long, multiyear process of restoring the boat to its former glory.On Sunday, 50 years from the day the Beatles took to the stage in Miami, the DiNescos dropped the boat, which they returned to its original name, into the water at the Tampa Harbour Marina.The boat handled well at top speed. The steering was tight, and overall, it felt solid and sound, more so than most boats made with modern materials and building techniques. But I must confess I felt a little nervous, like a teenager who has been handed the keys to his dad's new car, and relinquished the wheel after a matter of minutes."I'm afraid I'll break it," I told DiNesco.He laughed. "This boat has been through a lot over the years," he said. "It's still running."Take a ride on the Formula with Terry Tomalin by tuning into WFTS-ABC Action News Sunday morning from 6-7 a.m. and 8-9 a.m.
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Originally Posted by clintyocum1 View Post
The beauty of Miami isn’t just the landscape, it’s the narrators of the historic history. The John trovalta “ Speed Kills” was another one of his non thrilling movies. I would have rather seen John Tomlinson of TNT Marine play the part of the power boat legend. John Tomlionson is in one of the early clips of the movie actually showed Travolta how to drive the boat. Real people need to play in documentaries, especially with a movie like this.
Lots of poetic license. Using a stepped hull Cigarette in the film was a little too much.

I contracted to Cigarette for new deck plugs built on site at the time and went out to look. Don died in the car and was only laid out on the street by paramedics to perform CPR. My helper and I slipped out as they were stringing a police line. We grabbed a cab to Lauderdale because I had a 6 pm sea trial to buy my sailboat. While we were cruising off of Dania Beach drinking beer and eating fried chicken every one on 188th street was interrogated until 9 PM.

A side note was that Mike Peters had closed Maelstrom, moved to Miami and had taken a new job with Aronow. The day of the murder was his first and I guess his last day on Thunderboat Row.
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There is a movie being made about the life and times of Don Aronow as we are typing this - staring John Travolta as Aronow.
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Originally Posted by First Light View Post
There is a movie being made about the life and times of Don Aronow as we are typing this - staring John Travolta as Aronow.
worst movie ever
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Originally Posted by arctic_f250 View Post
worst movie ever
Yea, probably. Every major actor has a contract to make so many movies during his/her contract period & this may have been one of those that Travolta had to make to fulfill his contract.
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I checked with the homeowner at the job site on the same street and she confirmed the Aronow lived there. But she didn't think he lived right next door. Probably a couple doors down from Pablo.
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Splash thanks for the pic and story. Cool stuff

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