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Old 09-02-2008, 09:53 PM
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Default Is Don Johnson still in the sport in any way?

I'm a big 'Vice' fan as I'm sure many of you are... Googled Don and found some info about the racing he did in the late 80's and early 90's, but didn't find much. I got to wondering if he's got a sport boat now...

Anybody know?
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I think he is racing in OPA look up some photos under OPA
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I heard awhile back he was selling his car collection off to pay bills.
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I personly cant belive Don Johnson is Broke!!!!!, all the T. V. shows, Movies, and adds!!, He is one Star I would love to meet one day, I grew up on Miami Vice, and his racing career. Maybe John Haggin could hire him to do some PR for Miss Geico!!!!
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What I remember about him is He and some others were going to "save offshore" and started OPT. IMO there is no room for celebrities with all the personalities in Offshore. Who remembers Jason Preistly's sad debut? That's all the sport needs is for him to come and save it again. Lord help us.

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I am pretty sure he's all done
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I personly cant belive Don Johnson is Broke!!!!!, all the T. V. shows, Movies, and adds!!, He is one Star I would love to meet one day, I grew up on Miami Vice, and his racing career. Maybe John Haggin could hire him to do some PR for Miss Geico!!!!

I think you will be very dissappointed my friend!!!!!
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I dont think Don Jonson could save the sport, but he could help draw in more spectators!!!!, and that is a good thing for the sport, that is just my 2 cents, I dontic think we need celebs racing, but having them at races would not be a bad thing!!!
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I'm a big 'Vice' fan as I'm sure many of you are... Googled Don and found some info about the racing he did in the late 80's and early 90's, but didn't find much. I got to wondering if he's got a sport boat now...

Anybody know?
I was Don`s T-man and team mgr. when we ran the 50` Revenge Cat with four 1,100 hp Coyote SC motors. I could write a book on the entire adventure, and maybe will someday, but for now I will try to lend some first hand info.
We had major sponsorship from Revlon, Trump, Samsonite, Perry Ellis, Mercury, and Brooke Yachts. Those sponsors basically covered the cost from boat, equip. and expense`s. Don had very little out of pocket, and when the boat was sold he got all the money from the sale, so he made out probably better than anyone in the history of the sport.
I still speak with him occasionally, he is done with boats, and has been for years, financially he is no problem.
As for when OPT was formed and why. It all started with the worlds in Atlantic city at Trump Castle ( our sponsor ). All the drivers and crews got upset over a small stupid thing which was reporting for physicals and drivers meetings @ 7:00 am in the morning, when everyone knew there was not going to be a race for at least next couple of days due to Hurricane like conditions. The biggest gripe was the officials who were acting like police and not giving info. as to the fact that we were not racing insisted on the same drill for two mornings in a row were physicals, and early morning drivers meeting with storm outside blowing a gale. The officials ( god bless them ) were only volunteers, but with the shirts were officials and acted as such, which upset most of the owners and drivers, because they had such control over them. That`s when it started with why do we have to take orders from volunteers, and an organizer/race chairman that was clearly not communicating with the teams, and making them jump hurdles for no reason . It could have been posted the night before, no race next day, no physicals, no drivers meeting, instead half the day was wasted waiting for drivers meeting, physicals etc. to be completed. In those days physicals alone for all the teams took several hours to complete. D.J., Copeland, Marks, et al got together and decided they wanted a professional organization like winston cup, Indy etc. with paid officials etc. so formed Offshore Pro Tour OPT. Rest was history. During that time Offshore made it`s way to ABC wide world of sports with Roone Arledge at the time as producer. ESPN etc etc. Say what you want but when the Movie Stars were racing the crowds were huge. I remember when Barb. Strieshand and Don were in Michigan for a race, it was impossible to get through the crowds, same when Kurt Russell ran with us as navigator and once as driver, we had Goldie, Melanie, all the kids, Chuck Norris and Reggie Fountain, all crowd pleasers. I remember awards ceremonies with thousands of people to see the stars and get autographs.
So everyone knows, Don was and is a great friend and was a very good guy around the race sites, always was one of the guys. He got a bad rap from people if he didn`t answer there requests for something, they thought he was an ******* because he would not sign autographs in the middle of a meeting or when he was eating, I saw both sides, and I saw how much he contributed to Offshore at the time. I will stick up for him anytime, anywhere as a good guy and one who loved the sport and the challenge. All for now, like I said many stories.
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Great story 7xchamp. Don is still the man! Although I was a very young buck in the 80's, I remember them well, and they are still my fondest memories of offshore racing. My Dad and uncle were racing a 24 skater, and it was probably the best times of my life. I was lucky enough to meet both Don and Al at a very young age, and its somthing I'll always remember. And yes, Miami Vice was, is, and always will be my favorite show!!
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