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Guided Tour of the Sarasota Ringling Museum Saturday, April 27th


Guided Tour of the Sarasota Ringling Museum (Art/Circus/Residences). 

Starts at 1:30 pm ($50/person).

Dinner at Jack Dusty/ Ritz-Carlton -Sarasota at 5:00 pm (Pay on your own check).

Sarasota Ballet Performance of “Giselle”– Season Finale

Opera House -downtown Sarasota-   7:30 pm

Purchase your tickets at:

Contact Paul Saatsoglou if you have any questions…, or  (609) 216 3926

Mandatory $50 payment per person – This covers Ringling Museum tour only.

Send payment to:

Paul Saatsoglou

1155 N Gulfstream Avenue

Sarasota, Fl. 34236

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Report by… Mike Odierna
Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Las Vegas, 14 to 18 January:

CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, many are automotive. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

– Chinese manufacturers have raised the bar to seriously compete and even exceed against first world businesses with their products.  China, as you are aware, is merging development and marketplace with 1st world countries. One of many examples is German and Chinese business.  To my surprise, Nico Rosberg (obviously the 2016 F1 Champ) was on stage with their new electric SUV.

– Major manufacturers, like Mercedes, BMW are now beginning to call themselves “tech companies” too with all that’s ongoing autonomous with AI and VR developments.  One major communication is Instagram. Mercedes said they have one Billion followers. Not sure how they calculate that “billion” number, but that’s what they said to the press.

– All companies are focusing on safety and pollution improvements. Part of the autonomous roll-out plans.

– Artificial Intelligence (AI) inside vehicles is a key strength of all manufacturers.  Many are beginning to incorporate, “Hey Alexa”, “Hey Google”, “Hey Mercedes” in their cars.  Manufactures want owners to talk to their car like they do to their passengers and as the ultimate “wearable”.  An emotional connection with the vehicle, “it’s hot” A/C turns down automatically. Or “turn on A/C at home to 72 degrees”.

BMW’s system currently does beat the better-known voice assistance in one area:  you can set a dedicated name for its example, (Lydia and Megan) for greater individuality.  The car maker’s Intelligent Personal Assistant taps into BMW’s Open Mobility Cloud and artificial intelligence to learn your routines and habits, so you simply can say  “Take me home.” Similarly, saying “I’m cold” will adjust the temperature.

There was even a Mercedes AI “Justice of the Peace” “roadside chapel” demo,  in which two young couples got married inside their car. Maybe doing away with fake Elvis’ in the future for Las Vegas.   

– AI will determine drivers emotions for safety.  That can be difficult for some Italians, like me. 🙂

 – Passengers can connect with Virtual reality(VR), meaning video games, educational VR content that works with car’s movements adapting real time.    

– Many new business partnerships being formed for the future for “fully” supported self-driving vehicles.  They call it “trickle down technology”.

– Vehicle screens going super-sized.  Take a glance at the displays and think you are at the movies.  Mercedes EQC crossover features two 10.25-inch displays behind glass surface forming a free-standing screen.  Automakers say if done properly, a bigger screen can enhance safety by providing more useful info, such as lights about to turn red, accident alerts or road conditions ahead. Far advanced to what Waze provides today.  Key to that CEO Kaellenius of Daimler told us, “you need to own the digital soul of your car.” Point was that driver distraction would decline, not rise, with a larger screen, as drivers no longer struggle through a myriad of options cluttered on a small screen/knobs.     

– Corvette announced their Genovation GXE, which is an electric Corvette with 800 HP and a manual gearbox.   Top speed 220 mph/ 354 kph. Here’s a link:

-Lots of discussion about 5G that is slowly rolling out.  IMO, not much in 2019.

For fully autonomous vehicles, clearly, it is here in restricted areas.  But one of the biggest challenges is infrastructure, each city and county has its own application programming interfaces (APIs). The ecosystem is not one company that can do it all, plus (obviously) government regulations, roads, need standardization.  So driving fully autonomously from Milano to Paris will take many years or even, New York City, New York to Boston, Massachusetts, IMO.

As I walk the floors, speak with developers, engineers,  scientists, doctors, startup owners to also major CEOs of businesses, we all envision a future with safer roads with driving warning systems, less pollution, smarter infrastructure and greater access to health and wellness innovations.  The possibilities are endless; some are already here, many on the cusp for the future.

Here is the latest report on the Electric Lagonda.

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Cars on Fifth February 9, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Naples Chapter of the Ferrari Club of America is proud to announce the 14th Annual ‘Cars on 5th’show in Naples. Set for Saturday February 9th, 2019, on Fifth Avenue South.


Fifth Avenue South

701 Fifth Avenue South

NaplesFL 34102


For further information please contact: Paul Saatsoglou

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Put your snow tires on!

Our North East Rep Malcolm Burwell has come up with a new idea for the non-snowbirds! Breakfast and Snow-tubing. This event takes place Sunday January 20 [THAT’s REAL SOON]. Brunch will be at the historic Colonial Inn  The Tubing Park is at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area

We will be on the snow, man-made if necessary, from 10am-noon.  The club is subsidizing the cost down to $15/person.  Bring your family, bring your friends.  If you have never “tubed”, you are in for a treat.

After the tubing, we will proceed to a top-drawer buffet brunch at the historic Colonial Inn in Concord MA (sample menu here).  We will each pick-up our own check ($35/adult, $19/child-under-12 years). 

Please RSVP NOW with your intentions!
Malcolm Burwell

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Palm Beach International Raceway  on Saturday Feb 2nd.

Dear Florida Members,

Happy New Year!

We are organizing a track day at Palm Beach International Raceway  on Saturday Feb 2nd.

This event includes  7 :20 minute track sessions from 9:00 am to about 4:00 pm   It is offered by “Hooked On Driving” ( and depending on the number of sign ups we may have our own run group.  Depending on your driving experience,  they will blend some of us with other groups of cars signed up the day. ( the usual Porsches, etc.)

The price for the event is $545.  This includes a driving coach that will ride with you through the day, a helmet for the day and catered lunch.  Water is available for free. (If driving coach is not needed, the price is $345).

There is a mandatory drivers meeting at 8:00 am at the track. If you do not attend this, you do not drive!

Please respond by Tuesday Jan 8 as we need to reserve the spots asap.

Best regards,

Paul Saatsoglou

AMOC Florida Rep. http://:

Mobile: 1. 609.216.3926

Home: 1. 941.993.1821


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“Sanibel FL- Brunch and Driving Tour” Sunday January 20, 2019 11:30 am



The award winning Thistle Lodge serves up a delightful Floridian and European culinary experience on par with the distinguished elegance that only Casa Ybel Resort’s unparalleled culinary team can offer.  Enjoy the award-winning gastronomic masterpieces in Sanibel’s most historic upscale restaurant that once played host to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.


$50/person- all inclusive,  cash or personal check only please

Bacon and Sausage


Scrambled eggs

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Breakfast Breads/Pastries/Muffins

Home Style Breakfast Potatoes/ Peppers and Onions (Roasted Variety)

Seasonal Fruit Tray


Fresh Mixed Green Salad Selection

Crunchy Fried (Perch or Walleye)/Lemon-Pepper Tartar Sauce

C.A.B. Prime Rib/ Red Wine and Peppercorn Demi Glace (Carving)

Char-Grilled Chicken Breast/Jack Daniels BBQ glaze

Rice Pilaf

Mixed Vegetables

Key Lime Pie

Apple Crisp

Standard beverage service by servers (Coffee, Tea, Juices, Soft Drinks, Milk, Etc.

Contact: Paul Saatsoglou

Mobile: 1 609 216 3926

Home: 1 941 993 1821

Home: 1 212 754 3019

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AMOC Holiday Luncheon in United Nations Delegates Dining Room  & Tour

The United Nations Building on 1st Avenue at 46th Street, New York, NY


Friday, December 7, 2018


  • Noon meet in the lobby of 50 United Nations Plaza in the Northwest corner of East 46th Street at 1st Avenue, right across the street from the UN
  • 12:15 PM – will leave and walk over together to the United Nations, where we will receive our Badges and go through Security.
  • 1:00 Cocktails and Lunch in the Delegates Dining Room
  • After lunch visit bookstore and see nearby exhibits.

$95.00 per person

How many?____



4:00 PM AMOC Private Tour of the United Nations

$20.00 per person

How many? ___


5:30 Cocktail Party at Kathy Gaffney and Don LeoGrande’s Apartment,

50 United Nations Plaza, (across the street from the United Nations.

Compliments of our Hosts..

How Many?____


 Saturday, December 8, 2018

11:30 Breakfast Buffet at Hilton Millennium Hotel, One United Nations Plaza.

Amazing buffet spread of breakfast stations, cold cuts etc.

 Each person pays their own check

$35 pp Plus tax & gratuity

Reservations for how many___


New York’s Spy Museum & Experience, New York, NY

Spyscape  Museum, 928 8th Avenue between West 54 and 55 Streets

2:30pm, website:

An interactive museum, full of Spy Gadgets and challenges. Dodge Lasers, crack codes, Lie and spot liars. For the James Bond in you.

Cost: $39.00 per person

How Many_______