Text , Photos & Video by Paul Borden

SAMA members got a special treat for the July meeting with Rolls-Royce hosting the luncheon at the Rusty Pelican and also providing driving opportunities in the new Rolls-Royce Dawn Drophead Coupe in the afternoon for the more than 30 in attendance.

Gerry Spahn, the company’s communications director, gave a brief overview of the Dawn and an update on the company during the presentation, noting that the Dawn is yet another step in the revitalization process of the Rolls-Royce since BMW purchased it in 1998.

Not surprisingly, Florida is an important market for Rolls-Royce, second only to California in the U.S. But “in terms of service and performance that we give our owners down here, it is second to none,”

Spahn said, noting that the Florida dealers among the best in the world.

For his complete presentation, click on the video. With President Pepe Delfino away, Vice President Paul Borden presided over the short business session that preceded the meal. He announced that Bill Adam has received confirmation from Homestead-Miami Speedway that the annual Rides-N-Smiles event will be on Jan. 14, a month earlier than the 2016 event. He also reminded those present that the Media Day for the annual Miami International Auto Show is Sept. 10, which is two months earlier than the customary November date.

He also noted that Angelica Willard has requested bios of members be forwarded to her for her committee’s work on the SAMA Yearbook project.

Preparations also are continuing for the new Everglades Challenge event.

Treasurer Marcello Serrato announced that our treasury balance is at a healthy $6,800 and that we have a new member: Joe Sage of Arizona Driver Magazine.

Following Pictures posted at Facebook from attending members

Following Pictures posted at Facebook from attending members