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Old 04-23-2004, 04:51 PM
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Just wondering if any of knowledgeable Fchat members knew what Miles Davis had in his collection. I came across an article with him quoting:

"I drive a Ferrari - not to be cute, but because I dig it. I'd rather drive a ten-year-old Ferrari than one of them new things - they don't go."

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ps. Yes this is my first post, I have been silently reading the board for quite some time now, just wanted to make an interesting first post. Hello all.
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Excellent first post. I'm not sure which one he drove but I remember it was a late 60s model. It was not a Daytona. I would have remembered that. I do remember that he paid the ungodly sum of $7000 for it. He bought it when he was married to the very beautiful dancer Francis something. She's on the cover of the album ESP I believe. I think he was assaulted by a NYPD officer while driving it-- jealousy is a you know what.

If you search the internet without success I would recommend you buy his autobiography. It's an excellent, front row view of Jazz and America in mid-century. Even if you find the car I'd recommend the book. He was a true American genius, with many of the classic American flaws, especially the issue of identity.

Good reading,

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Just wondering if any of knowledgeable Fchat members knew what Miles Davis had in his collection. I came across an article with him quoting:

"I drive a Ferrari - not to be cute, but because I dig it. I'd rather drive a ten-year-old Ferrari than one of them new things - they don't go."

Any info??


ps. Yes this is my first post, I have been silently reading the board for quite some time now, just wanted to make an interesting first post. Hello all.
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Old 04-23-2004, 05:32 PM
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Excellent first post. I'm not sure which one he drove but I remember it was a late 60s model. It was not a Daytona. I would have remembered that. I do remember that he paid the ungodly sum of $7000 for it. He bought it when he was married to the very beautiful dancer Francis something. She's on the cover of the album ESP I believe. I think he was assaulted by a NYPD officer while driving it-- jealousy is a you know what.

If you search the internet without success I would recommend you buy his autobiography. It's an excellent, front row view of Jazz and America in mid-century. Even if you find the car I'd recommend the book. He was a true American genius, with many of the classic American flaws, especially the issue of identity.

Good reading,

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If you search the old forum you'll find an interesting Miles story...
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Old 04-23-2004, 05:42 PM
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michael sheehan listed miles's 275 last year. i watched it with great interest.

http://www.ferraris-online.com/cars/10669/10669b.html

not clear whether or not it sold.

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Old 04-23-2004, 06:14 PM
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I remember a 60 minutes interview when he had just bought a Testerosa, his people actually called the police just to let them know that it was HIM they'd be seeing.
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Old 04-23-2004, 06:40 PM
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Just wondering if any of knowledgeable Fchat members knew what Miles Davis had in his collection. I came across an article with him quoting:

"I drive a Ferrari - not to be cute, but because I dig it. I'd rather drive a ten-year-old Ferrari than one of them new things - they don't go."

Any info??


ps. Yes this is my first post, I have been silently reading the board for quite some time now, just wanted to make an interesting first post. Hello all.
Regarding his statement, 'them new things', That must have been back in the early days. The last car I saw him in was a Silver TR.
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Old 04-23-2004, 07:09 PM
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I remember a 60 minutes interview when he had just bought a Testerosa, his people actually called the police just to let them know that it was HIM they'd be seeing.
I still have that interview on video. It's one of my favorite pieces from 60 minutes. My favorite line was:

Q. "Are you anti-white?"

MD: "Not all the time."
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While waiting in BB King's tour bus to hang out with him, met his right hand man who useta hang out with Miles. He was also a Ferrari fan as i noticed him wearing the black Ferrari sneakers! Just so happen to have the 308 in the back lot near the tour bus (did not impress him, he asked if i has an Enzo(!)). To make a long story short, he told me how him and drummer Tony Williams would take Mile's Ferrari out for drives. He collected scale model Ferrari cars and for the life of me i am a bad reporter as my notes DO NOT have his name BB is coming back in concert soon and maybe i can rekindle our conversation... not that hanging out with his friend, Mr. BB King, is such a bad thing either.

If i go, can find out A LOT about Miles and Ferrari cars if you want.

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Way to go Stephen. I saw BB King live for the first time in, oh, 1970 I believe. Absolutely blew me away. Even though I grew up in the deep South listening to R&B (Bobby Blue Bland, James Brown, etc. etc. etc.), I had no fuking idea what da blues were all about until I saw BB in Pensacola Florida. If you do see him again, tell him that there is at least one other white boy buried alive in the blues because of him.

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While waiting in BB King's tour bus to hang out with him, met his right hand man who useta hang out with Miles. He was also a Ferrari fan as i noticed him wearing the black Ferrari sneakers! Just so happen to have the 308 in the back lot near the tour bus (did not impress him, he asked if i has an Enzo(!)). To make a long story short, he told me how him and drummer Tony Williams would take Mile's Ferrari out for drives. He collected scale model Ferrari cars and for the life of me i am a bad reporter as my notes DO NOT have his name BB is coming back in concert soon and maybe i can rekindle our conversation... not that hanging out with his friend, Mr. BB King, is such a bad thing either.

If i go, can find out A LOT about Miles and Ferrari cars if you want.

Pic of me and BB below.
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Old 04-23-2004, 09:51 PM
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Silver Testarossa was driven by Miles around Malibu where he lived (and I think where he died). I don't know the year.
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Old 04-23-2004, 10:11 PM
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If i go, can find out A LOT about Miles and Ferrari cars if you want.
That would be awesome Steven! My father once met BB in a bar in chicago. To everyone else who responded, thank you for the info!!!!!
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Ok,

BB is coming to Hampton (NH) Beach Casion Ballroom Friday April 30, 2004. Should easily be able to get another Ferrari member in with me to meet him. Anyone game? Still CAN NOT drive so would need a ride both ways. Please send me e-mail steve at enjoythemusic dot com

PS: If you live far away yet going to Dyno Day on May 1, you can sleep over at my place for the eve.

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Old 04-24-2004, 07:55 AM
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The 'bu Ferrari I saw Miles Davis in was Giallo. In mid-80's, I was walking by as he was pulling out of (a/his?) residential garage adjacent to Malibu Surfrider Beach. Until that moment, I had no idea who lived there. What, besides nearly crap, does a Miles Davis fan do when one sees Miles Davis pull up beside one's self? What I did at that time was not pay nearly as much attention to the ride as I did the legend making eye contact with me. Nevertheless, the more I replay those moments in my mind, it seems to me it could very well have been a 288 GTO. Just seems I saw those extra lines when I wasn't lost in that gaze and the lines on his face... and I was as lost in the moment as one of his tunes.
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Rumour has it that, whenever Miles Davis would come to the Montreux Jazz Festival (and he came many times), a rental Ferrari (at the time 308's then 328's) were part of his contract. Claude Nobs, a personal friend of Miles Davis and founder & organizer of the Montreux Jazz Festival bought a 348 at the height of the speculation years.
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Ok,

BB is coming to Hampton (NH) Beach Casion Ballroom Friday April 30, 2004. Should easily be able to get another Ferrari member in with me to meet him. Anyone game? Still CAN NOT drive so would need a ride both ways. Please send me e-mail steve at enjoythemusic dot com

PS: If you live far away yet going to Dyno Day on May 1, you can sleep over at my place for the eve.
Giive him my regards from Texas!

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Old 04-24-2004, 08:33 AM
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When I was working at Chinettis a silver 275 GTB showed up one day with bullett holes in it. I was told that it belonged to Miles Davis and he indeed showed up at some point later on. We used to send all bodywork to a fellow in Port Chester, NY named Willy Stingone and off it went to Willy. I was later told that the bullet holes were installed by Mrs. Davis who was unhappy with Miles inability to remain faithful to her!
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ROTFL david - what a great story!!!!

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Way to go Stephen. I saw BB King live for the first time in, oh, 1970 I believe. Absolutely blew me away. Even though I grew up in the deep South listening to R&B (Bobby Blue Bland, James Brown, etc. etc. etc.), I had no fuking idea what da blues were all about until I saw BB in Pensacola Florida. If you do see him again, tell him that there is at least one other white boy buried alive in the blues because of him.
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Dr Tax,

You are indeed a great music enthusiast! As such please allow me to send you a SIGNED photo of BB King, a BB King pin, and also my concert ticket from last year's show. PM me your mailing address and i will send them to you

Hopefully this will "cure" your "blues" for today ALWAYS glad to bring a smile to another music lover's face.

Enjoy the Music,

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Dr Tax,

You are indeed a great music enthusiast! As such please allow me to send you a SIGNED photo of BB King, a BB King pin, and also my concert ticket from last year's show. PM me your mailing address and i will send them to you

Hopefully this will "cure" your "blues" for today ALWAYS glad to bring a smile to another music lover's face.

Enjoy the Music,

Steven R. Rochlin

Steven, you don't have to do that, but if you must, check you PM!

ps How many mo days?
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Old 08-13-2005, 02:46 AM
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Miles Davis personal story

I did a search in the old forum and couldnt find that Miles Davis story recommended. Can anyone help locate it?
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