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May 2015

Youtube.com - Animated video of Project Skyfall

Based on the new Sunrise 68m by A. Vallicelli & Co, Project Skyfall was designed for one of the world's most experience yachtsmen, renowned for his spirit of innovation.

The aggressive sleekness of the yacht's lines reflects its ambitious performance targets: a fast displacement steel-hull, Project Skyfall will have a shallow draft of less than 3 metres, a top speed of 25 knots and a transatlantic range.

The yacht will also be a showcase of innovative technologies, never utilized on a yacht before, including VOITH linear jets propulsion and MME microturbines power generation.

 Hemmings.com- Herbie at Cars of Dreams Museum

April 2015

Herbie the love bug

Autonet.com -Lots-of-Love-for-this-Volkswagen-Bug

Volkswagen Beetle herbie John Staluppi

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The bidding was fierce, taking barely 3 minutes to complete. We all know from the Disney Love Bug movies that Herbie can drive himself, and did he ever this past Saturday. Herbie drove himself right into the record books selling for an eye popping $115,000 to well-known millionaire car dealer and collector John Staluppi.

Carbuyingtips.com -Herbie-Volkswagen-sells-Barrett-Jackson-Auction

Barrett Jackson - Palm Beach 2015 - Philanthropists and world-renowned car collectors Jeanette and John Staluppi donated an additional $100,000 to support the Achilles Freedom Team.


More info on the Achilles Freedom Team helping Disabled Veterans

Business Wire - Barrett-Jackson - Auction Overview

Several vehicles were sold to benefit non-profit organizations, with 100 percent of the nearly $1 million dollars raised going to support veterans, children and other deserving charities.

Sportscardigest.com - Barrett-Jackson-Palm-Beach-2015-auction-results

Torquenews.com - Copo-camaro-1-raises-400k-charity

On Saturday, WWE Hall of Fame member Hulk Hogan took center stage and, in true “Hulkamania” fashion, ripped the shirt off his back to help Barrett-Jackson raise much-needed funds for U.S. veterans, children, cancer patients and others across the country. A few generous, philanthropic car dealers combined to raise $400,000 for the Achilles Freedom Team. David Flynn purchased the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Race Car VIN #001 for $300,000 followed by an additional $100,000 pledge from Jeanette and John Staluppi.

“Every Barrett-Jackson auction brings with it an opportunity to improve the lives of deserving individuals and organizations through the sale of charity cars,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “We truly appreciate the consignors who donate their vehicles and the bidders who bid from their heart. I’m confident that some wonderful opportunities will open up for those in need with the nearly $1 million in charity auction sales in Palm Beach.”

Businesswire.com - Barrett-Jackson-Raises-1-Million-Charity

Looktothestars.org - Charity-at-car-auction


March 2015

Superyachts.com - Worth Avenue Yachts Sell Motor Yacht Skyfall II

Superyachttimes.com - Superyacht Skyfall II Sold

Boatinternational.com - Palmer Johnson Superyacht Skyfall II Sold

Palmbeachdailynews.com - Boat Show Sunshine Brings Out Crowds and Buyers

Cnbc.com - The James Bond Yacht Flipper

Palmbeachdailynews.com - Chic Skyfall Designed for Versatile Cruising

Cw34.com - Video of Palm Beach Boat Show

Palmbeach.floridaweekly.com - Cars of Dreams Boardwalk Fantasy Fundraiser

Youtube.com - Cars of Dreams Hospice Benefit Car Show

Hpbcf.org- Boardwalk Fantasy Cocktail Reception

February 2015

Worthavenueyachts.com - Palm-Beach-International-Boat-Show-Skyfall- 2015

Showmanagement.com - Palm-Beach-Boat-Show

YouTube.com - Miami Boat Show - Skyfall

Flickr.com - Miami Boat Show

Tumblr.com- Miami Boat Show

Superyachts.com - news/the-most-notable-yachts-of-the-2015-miami-boat-show-3670.htm

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January 2015

Pinterest.com - Carsofdreams.com

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December 2014







November 2014

Flickr.com - Shop with a Cop

Superyachttimes.com- Skyfall

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Worthavenueyachts.com- Skyfall



October 2014

November 9, 2014 - Shop With a Cop - Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show,

New Cars of Dreams Museum website launched carsofdreams.com

St. Marks opens new Staluppi center which provides much needed facilities for church, school and community.

September 2014

September 19, 2014 - Dare to Dream Event at Cars of Dreams Museum - For St Marks Church and Grand Re-Opening of Museum

August 2014



July 2014

Norwichbulletin.com- Skyfall Docks

Bgcpbc.org - Boys and Girls Club Donors

Stmarkspbg.org - Staluppi Center Renderings

June 2014

Sunriseyachts.com - Floating Assets Magazine - Rendering of Superyacht Skyfall

Yacht International Magazine - Skyfall

Thesuperyachtowner.com - Skyfall


May 2014

Boatinternational.com - Superyacht Design The Birth of Superyacht Project Skyfall

Boat International.com - Showboats International

Mulderdesign.nl - News- Skyfall Team

Mulderdesign.nl -Skyfall-Need for Speed Show Boats May14.pdf

Superyachts.com -Project-Skyfall: A Closer Look


April 2014


Barrett-Jackson has raised literally tens of millions of dollars for charity and there's probably never been a woman who's done as much for automobile racing then the legendary Linda Vaughn, a/k/a Hurst Miss Golden Shifter. So when the two of them team up, it's magic, especially when a noted philanthropist and car collector like Palm Beach resident John Staluppi is involved and so is noted Oldsmobile restoration house Thornton Motors Inc. Friday at the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction, a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 convertible Hurst Shifter car replica built by Thornton Motors sold for $200,000, every penny of which will go to Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

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The 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica made famous by Linda Vaughn sold for $200,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Friday, April 11. The car was purchased by longtime foundation supporter John Staluppi. Proceeds from the auction of the car benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

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Examiner.com -Bidding-Gets-Fast-and-Furious-at-Barrett-Jackson-Palm-Beach

Yachtingmagazine.com - 7-Reasons-We're-Psyched-for-Skyfall

Facebook.com - DarrellGwynnFoundation


March 2014

Yachtingmagazine.com- Skyfall

Boatinternational.com - Skyfall

Mulderdesign.nl - Skyfall

Scenista.com - Conceptcarzcom


February 2014

Sunriseyachts.com -sunrise-yachts-signs-new-contract-for-68m-project-skyfall.pdf

The-triton.com - motoryacht-skyfall-to-be-built

Superyachttimes.com -sunrise yachts signs 68 meter skyfall

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Superyachtbusiness.net - sunrise-yachts-to-build-a-68m-project

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Charterworld.com - sunrise yachts - superyacht news

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Superyachts.com - worth-avenue-yachts-introduce-new-sunrise-project-skyfall


December 2013


Renderings for Staluppi Center - St Marks Episcopal Church

John Staluppi's Christmas Lights 2013 - YouTube Video

John Staluppi's Christmas Lights - Video/Photos

Superyachttimes.com - Announcement of Sale of Diamonds Are Forever

Oceanindependence.com - Announcement of Sale of Diamonds Are Forever


November 2013


Bgcbc.org - Lifetime-Giving-Society

Facebook.com - Benettiyachts Posts DAF on Cover of Luxe Et Al Magazine

Thedesignawards.co.uk - Yacht and Aviation

Worthavenueyachts.com - Sold-200-Benetti-Diamonds-Are-Forever

Boatinternational.com - Worth-Avenue-Sells-Superyacht-Diamonds-Are-Forever-With-OCI


October 2013


Dreyfoos Scool of the Arts Foundation - Generous GrandParents

Robb Report.tv on YouTube

SuperYachtTimes.com - Editorial

Oceanindependence.com - Flyer - Motor-Yacht-Diamonds-Are-Forever-Due-to-Arrive-in-Palm-Beach-17-October

Fansshare.com - High Resolution Photo of Diamonds are Forever

September 2013


Faith was rewarded: Having raised $7.7 million for construction, the 1,300-member Palm Beach Gardens church broke ground on the Staluppi Center, the crown jewel of its construction campaign. The 26,450-square-foot center comes complete with theater stage, kitchen, band room, choral room, art classroom with kiln, middle school science lab and computers, coffee shop and bookstore.

Read Full Article: Palmbeachpost.com - St-Marks-in-Palm-Beach-Gardens-Breaks-Ground-on-Center


Ceremony for Staluppi Center at St Marks Episcopal Church


John & Jeanette Staluppi Buy "Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters" from Darrell Gwynn Foundation for $100,000 at 10th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction

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(Excerpt from Article) Car purchase caps off amazing week of generosity by John & Jeannette Staluppi

DGF Donates $24,000 Wheelchair to Madison Wilson of Miami

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Longtime foundation supporters John & Jeannette Staluppi purchased the Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters (Lot #3006) from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation for $100,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Saturday, April 7 hosted by the South Florida Fairgrounds. The car was donated back to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation by Ron Pratte after he purchased them at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Proceeds from the sale of these cars benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.
"What an amazing gesture by John Staluppi," said Darrell Gwynn. "They've done so much for us and did so much for us this week I just can't thank them enough. Their generosity propelled our mission so much this week. I just thank them and may God Bless them."

In addition to purchasing the Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters, John & Jeannette Staluppi hosted "Wheels of Dreams", a fundraiser at their Cars of Dreams Museum to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation on Thursday night and donated the 1960 Chevy Impala to the foundation that sold or $70,000 on Friday to Joe Riley at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach.

Also, while on stage at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach several Barrett-Jackson bidders and supporters pledged their generosity by making donations to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation collectively totaling approximately $30,000.

While on stage, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $24,000 "Mini-Mouse" themed power wheelchair to 4 year-old Madison Wilson of Miami. Madison, who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy with complications was denied the power wheelchair she needed by Medipass. She is a patient at the Ann Storck Center and she was referred to DGF by Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. Her new power wheelchair will give her the gifts of mobility and independence and allow her to start school next fall.

Give the Gift of Mobility: https://darrellgwynnfoundation.org/the-gift-of-mobility.php



WHEELS OF DREAMS - Event to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation

View Article "Wheels of Dreams Gala hosted by John & Jeannette Staluppi Raises funds Darrell Gwynn Foundation"

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NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, donated a $13,500 "Batman Themed" wheelchair to Tyler Wright, a six year-old from Pompano Beach, Fla. "Wheels of Dreams" Gala at the Cars of Dreams Museum on April 5. Tyler, a well-liked student at Charles Drew Elementary School, is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and could not propel himself in his old manual wheelchair. Medicaid denied his claim for the proper wheelchair he needs. The new power wheelchair will give him the gift of mobility he needs so he can ride the bus to school on his own and engage more with his classmates as well as be more independent at home. The donation was made through the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's national Wheelchair Donation Program.

Tyler in his new Batman themed wheelchair complete with cape and mask was able to visit with his family a replica of the famous "Batmobile" which is on display at the Cars of Dreams Museum. The event was hosted and underwritten by John & Jeannette Staluppi. Proceeds from the event benefited the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

Give the Gift of Mobility: https://darrellgwynnfoundation.org/the-gift-of-mobility.php


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"It's the Oscars of the Auto Industry," said Grant Cardone, best-selling author and noted sales expert.

(Excerpt from Automotive Leadership Roundtable - Read Full Article)

12 Questions with John Staluppi

Becoming Number One:
It's all about people and process.

Staying on top:
Focusing on the growth areas of our business, customer retention and the Internet.

Key Vendors or partners:
Reynolds & Reynolds; AAX (DealerTrack's inventory management system)

Something unique about Atlantic Hyundai:
Our average employee tenure is over 10 years.

Favorite part about being a dealer:
The continuous challenge and excitement.

Favorite vehicle:
1962 Corvette

Make-A-Wish Foundation

One homerun in 2010:
Using the Joe Verde training sessions

Something you would do differently last year:
Well, we just didn't have enough focus on our used car business.

What would you improve in the automotive industry?
Due to the industry reputation, it is very tough to recruit and attract educated young people. It is a great business and people would see that if they gave it the chance.

Next five years:
Look for Hyundai to continue on its path of gaining market share.

A leader finds a way to get the most out of his people. A leader builds a team and surrounds himself with people more talented than himself.




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3/11/2012 - John Staluppi and Cars of Dreams Hospice Fundraiser line

YouTube: John Staluppi's Cars of Dreams Hospice Fundraiser

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3/10/12 - Palm Beach Post - "Vroom in your heart? You can help Hospice"

by Jodie Wagner

Hundreds of vintage hot rods, classic cars and new luxery vehicles will be on display Sunday at the fourth annual South East Rods and Customs Cars of Dreams Show and Raffle.

The show will be held at the Cars of Dreams Museum, 133 U.S. 1 and a nearby lot. More than 4,000 classic-car enthusiasts are expected to attend the event, which includes a car show featuring restored classic cars and trucks, hot rods and luxury vehicles, food vendors and a tour of the private Cars of Dreams Museum.

Admission to the car show, which runs from 9.am to 4 pm, is free. The museum will be open from 9am to 2:30 pm. Admission is $10, with proceeds benefiting the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

The Cars of Dreams Museum, owned by John Staluppi and his wife, Jeannette, houses a comprehensive classic-car collection spanning more than 50 years, a hand carved carousel, a 1950's-era garage, a fire station and a town square.

Staluppi opens the museum to the public just twice a year for charity events, including the Shop With a Cop fundraiser sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sherriff's Office.

"It's just amazing," said Lauryn Barry, special events manager for Hospice of Palm Beach County. "It's formatted like an old-time, '50's town."

For this event, Staluppi donated a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as part of the raffle.


See Slideshow of Shop with a Cop event - November 6, 2011

The Shop With a Cop event is a way the that Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office helps underprivileged children during the holiday season. The money will help deputies buy presents for children this Christmas.

Annual Classic Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
To Benefit "Shop With A Cop" Kid's Event
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Go to Palm Beach Post article and video at: http://www.wpbf.com/news/29697357/detail.html

Car Show Supports Sheriff's Organization
Shop With A Cop Event Exceeds Goal

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Palm Beach County Sheriff Rick Bradshaw says a North Palm Beach Car show helps them exceed their goal for the annual "Shop With a Cop" event.

The Shop With a Cop event is a way the that Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office helps underprivileged children during the holiday season. The money will help deputies buy presents for children this Christmas.

Cars of Dreams helped organize and sponsor the event, and Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said it was a success.

"Number one, this is going to be the biggest crowd we've had since we started this event. Number two, the weather has been great, but the most important thing is underprivileged children are going to have a good Chirstmas because of this event," said Bradshaw.


Date: April 5, 2011
Time: 7 p.m. Wheels of Dreams
Location: John Staluppi's Cars of Dreams Private Museum, N Palm Beach, Fla.
Event: An evening of stars and classic cars that includes cocktails, dinner and entertainment benefitting the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The Cars of Dreams private Museum is an unparalleled collection reflecting owner John Staluppi's passion for classic car design.

Watch the Darrell Gwynn Foundation LIVE on Speed Channel, April 8
by Darrell Gwynn Foundation on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 1:38pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will auction two cars and make a wheelchair donation LIVE on Speed Channel on Friday, April 8 at approximately 4 p.m. EST. Be sure to watch live on TV as the Darrell Gwynn Foundation tries to raise money at the auction to benefit the foundation's mission.

A message from th Darryl Gwynn

Darryl Gwynn

Spinal cord injuries happen.

They happen everyday, everywhere, to people of all ages and descriptions, and from all walks of life. And they happen in many different ways.

In 1990, I was at the height of my career as a professional race car driver. Then, on a test run in England, an accident -- a freak one by racing standards --left me paralyzed with a devastating spinal cord injury.

Initially, there was concern if I would even survive my injuries at all. I careened from one medical crisis to another, taking my family and loved ones along on that same wrenching, emotional roller-coaster ride. Then, when the imminent dangers had passed, I arrived at the forefront of living life in the wake of a paralyzing spinal cord injury.

Ironically, less than six months earlier I had chosen The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis as my personal charity, and I had already begun assisting them in raising funding for spinal cord injury research. I clearly recall personally placing their logos on my race car, never then dreaming that within a few short months my future would be in their hands.

A number of years have passed since the fateful day I was paralyzed. In that time, my compassion for victims of spinal cord injuries, and respect for the families and friends of those standing behind them has grown immeasurably. I have learned that hope, encouragement and determination aided by education, are among the keys in creating a meaningful, satisfying life despite physical obstacles.

I am lucky. I have a wonderful family and an amazing collection of friends and business associates who share my commitment to build a better future for those with spinal cord injuries and other central nervous system disorders. Significantly, there has never been a time of more important and promising research to find a cure for spinal cord paralysis then right now.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) was created to help aid that critical research by raising funds for that purpose. In addition to supporting various worthwhile research initiatives, DGF concerns itself with Quality of Life issues for those with spinal cord injuries.

My life, both before and after my spinal cord injury, has surrounded professional auto racing. Surprisingly, there are similarities between side-by-side competition at more than 300 miles-per-hour, and the quest to cure spinal cord injuries. Both are expensive. Both are ultimately competitions against the clock. And with adequate funding, technical expertise and dedication, both can be won.

There's an old saying in auto racing, "It's not where you start, but where you finish." That's also true of living life with a spinal cord injury. The race to find a cure for paralysis from spinal cord injury is well underway. With continuing help, I am certain that race will one day be won.

- Darrell Gwynn


John Staluppi Proud of National Kidney Registry's Recognition of Atlantic Auto Group Executives

John Staluppi, Superstar Auto Group President, Philanthropist

Knol Biography - John Staluppi Philanthropist and Car Mogul

The John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Show on October 17, 2010

John Staluppi Celebrates Grand Opening of Atlantic Audi

St. Baldrick's Foundation Advances to Final Round of the Second Annual Classy Awards

University of Montana Presidents Club

Charity For Our Children

Donation Only Event Raises $52,000 for Hospice of Palm Beach County

John Staluppi Sees Elevated Levels Of Service From Ny Auto Giant Dealer Millennium Honda

John Staluppi Congratulates Atlantic Cadillac as a Leading Cadillac New York Dealer


Quantum of Solace Yacht News

Motor Yacht Quantum of Solace
Quantum of Solace (formerly Alfa III) is a 52m (170.60ft) motor yacht, custom built in 2001 by Benetti. The yacht's interior has been designed by Zuretti and has exterior styling by Stefano Natucci. She was last refitted in 2009.

Quantum of Solace has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure with a beam of 9.30m (30.51ft) and a 3.40m (11.15ft) draft. This custom yacht is equipped with an ultra-modern stabilization system which reduces roll motion effect and results in a smoother more enjoyable cruising experience. She features 'at anchor stabilisers' which work at zero speed to increase onboard comfort at anchor and on rough waters. Quantum of Solace is built to comply to MCA and LR standards.














World's largest Hyundai dealership opens in Las Vegas
Wire Reports
Ward's Dealer Business

Dealer John Staluppi has opened a new state-of-the-art Hyundai dealerhip -- believed to be the world's largest -- in Las Vegas. The facility, which will employ more than 50 people, cost close to $6 million dollars.

Planet Hyundai is a fully equipped dealership with a childs play room, a service bay with air conditioning and padded flooring for employee comfort, along with a futuristic $150,000 sign, which rapidly is becoming a Las Vegas landmark.

The new dealership celebrated its grand opening with a promotion called "hands on a Planet Hyundai." In "Survivor" style, the dealership gave away a new Hyundai Santa Fe to the guest who kept his or her hand on the vehicle the longest. Contestants were given hourly rest breaks and allowed a two-person pit crew. Proceeds from the event, as well as a portion of every sale during the month will go to the Make A Wish Foundation. The dealership expects to donate at least $10,000 to the charity.

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman was on hand to cut the ribbon to the new dealership.

John Staluppi's chain of dealerships throughout the country makes him the 14th largest megadealer the nation. He has 24 stores on the East Coast alone.

Staluppi Group is in Buy Mode
By Cliff Banks

John Staluppi has 12 dealerships (one more than last year) on this years Wards Dealer 500 ranking, spread throughout New York and Las Vegas.

Sales at John Staluppi New York stores were down slightly this year, although his Atlantic Automall dealership ranks 17th on this years Wards Dealer 500, strong enough to finish fifth in new vehicles sold, with 8,389 units.

Meanwhile, the Las Vegas dealerships, Planet Hyundai (154th) and Planet Nissan (204th), run by his son, John Staluppi Jr., both saw revenue rise in 2005 and should have a 10% increase in 2006, John Staluppi says.

But with business down in the Northeast, he says the group is cutting expenses and looking for new ways to advertise.

We really are starting to become more process-driven here, he says. We have a ways to go, but we are getting better. There are a lot of old-time people in the industry with a lot of bad habits.

As a result, John Staluppi and his company is looking to recruit the right kind of people, with the right attitude and work ethic and then train them on the new processes, he says.

One new process is developing and managing Internet leads, because that is less expensive than traditional advertising, John Staluppi says. We spend a lot of money on advertising, and that is one of the biggest areas we can do better on.

Ironically, John Staluppi is looking to add stores to help reduce his advertising expenses. He believes having more dealerships in the mix can provide deeper discounts.

We are in a buy mode right now, he says. We are trying to increase our business and are looking at markets where we can add three or four stores. I think we can get to 30 or 35 dealerships, up from the 22 we have now.

John Staluppi says he hopes to acquire some premier dealerships from brands such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

Meanwhile, the group is reducing the amount of inventory it keeps on hand to approximately 1,000 units a month, mainly because it paid more than $700,000 in floorplan interest in the years first quarter.

When asked if the increase in interest rates, coupled with the slight turndown in sales, concerns him, John Staluppi laughs. I was in this business when interest rates went to 21%, he says.



The Fast and the Furious

By Diane M. Byrne June 2004

Seventy knots. Put another way, thats 80.6 mph. If either of those figures is conjuring images of hurricane-like devastation and all sorts of other destruction in your mind, youre probably not alone. Most boaters would likely have the same reaction.

Except for John Staluppi. For John Staluppi the thought of 70 knots makes him break out in an ear-to-ear grin.

Thats because John Staluppi famed for commissioning and owning the equally famous, speed-record-holding megayachts Thunderball, Octopussy, and Moonrakerset 70 knots as the magic number for their latest project, nearly 140 feet LOA, to reach. And not a stripped-down 140 were talking about a yacht fully equipped with everything from statuary to gensets. If she does indeed hit that figure on the radar gun during speed trials this month, then shell be acknowledged as the fastest megayacht in the world.

But more than that John Staluppi through his six-year-old Millennium Super Yachts, want to establish a foothold in an area of the megayacht market they believe isnt being addressed. With the 140, Millennium Super Yachts anticipates providing an owner with a yacht thats swift even when not at top speed, literally and figuratively bringing opportunities within closer reach, all the while treating him or her to the luxury and lifestyle one expects of a multimillion-dollar yacht.

Befitting her intention, the 140 was devised at lightning speed. At the 2001 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, naval architect Frank Mulder, whod collaborated with the duo on their previous yachts, handed a magazine article to Staluppi. It was about Fortuna, a 41.3-meter yacht built by Izar in Spain for that countrys King Juan Carlos. The monarch had a penchant for speedin fact, he reportedly wanted to beat the unofficial speed record of 66.7 knots that nabbed with Moonraker in 1992. Well, the king finally got his wish: in 2000 Fortuna hit 68 knots.

In John Staluppis mind, the proverbial gauntlet had been thrown. After reading the article, he decided then and there that he wanted no, needed the record back, setting 70 knots as the goal. With self-described forceful, determined, and occasionally willful personalities, John Staluppi began brainstorming with Mulder at the show on not only what type of yacht and hull design to build, but also where to build it. Fast-forward to today, two and a half years later, and theyve achieved quite a lot, from buying a vacant shed in Holland to settling on Alustar, an alloy said to be 20 percent stronger than traditional marine aluminum, to lining up subcontractors from all over Europe. And they even had to find a replacement company to design and build the custom gearbox when the original supplier went out of business.

Reluctant to divulge details of his designs before theyre launched, Mulder is keeping specifics about the 140s hull quiet. But he does stress that several scale models were tank tested to evaluate seakeeping in a variety of conditions and throughout the entire speed range, as he and the partners firmly agreed that it wouldnt be enough to design a yacht solely to achieve a phenomenal top end. Still, John Staluppi kept focused on swiftness, with the goal of 40 to 50 knots at cruise under diesel power only.

Yachts International Magazine
January 2005
Story: Jamie Welch


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John Staluppi said "I don't want to be a traditionalist because I've never been one --I want to make high-speed yachts." John Staluppi told me at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, where his boat received admiring praise from the public.

Although she's named after a fictional character, real government agents covet this high speed Millennium.

No kidding: a group of five U. S. military contractors interested in hull number two of the series were on board as we cruised up the Florida coast last fall with her captain, crew and Navel Architect Frank Mulder, the designer of the boat. Military intelligence -no oxymoron jokes please- was interested in the 140's Alustar hull speed, and made inquiries into building a second hull for drug smuggler rundowns in the islands.

Luckily for them, the government won't have to make the Faustian bargain that Frank Mulder had to make with regard to the design of the yacht- shaving the envelope as thin as possible to compensate for the marble and high glass burl walnut interior. They were interested in the stepped, deep-V Alustar hull-which was tank tested extensively and ranges in thickness from 12mm to 6mm-and the incredible turbine/waterjet propulsion package consisting of twin 5436-hp Paxman 18VP185 diesels employing twin Lipps wing jets with an award winning custom Renk gearbox for primary power and maneuvering; and twin 4600-hp Lycoming T40 turbines employing Lipps booster jets on a common, custom Allen gearbox. That's just over 20,000 horses if you do the math.

Due to unfavorable sea conditions our trip up the coast was planned as an --ahem--"slow" 45-knot cruise. Her initial sea trials in the North Sea last summer had already satisfied John Staluppi and Frank Mulder- The World is Not Enough had reached an incredible 66 knots at 90 percent power in cold water. Although we didn't see her opened up, for most of us onboard--excluding the very calm Captain Zak Matten and his wife and Chief Stew Vanessa; Designer Frank Mulder; John Staluppi; and Millennium project manager John Schmiemann--our ariel photography shoot had a tad bit of Bond-like suspense. Our hovering helicopter carrying photographer Billy Black was running low on fuel as we waited for an engine room ventilation hatch inspection by John Staluppi's engineer before captain Zak could engage the Lycoming turbines.

When the words "hatch is open," came over the pilothouse intercom I hailed our photographer in the chopper. Zak ever-so-gently awakened the horses in the engine room, and in seconds the Gulf Stream waters were filled with the sweet turbine sounds of a jet runway. On the flybridge I couldn't keep a toothy grin off my face, even when I noticed that our chopper pilot was finding it difficult to hover off the bow as the John Staluppi's Millennium hit 45 knots.So why build a 140' go-fast luxury yacht in this age of long range, fuel sipping expedition vessels? Ask John Staluppi, the yachting world's lone hero archetype, a man driven by imagination, pride, and--after 20 years in the luxury-go-fast-craze--endurance.

John Staluppi, a jovial, self-made millionaire owner from New York who is one of the most successful car dealers in America and who owns two business jets and a fleet of boats. John Staluppi started his career as an auto mechanic in Brooklyn, and at 16 was installing gas engines on his boss' runabouts. Eventually he started an auto dealership, made a small fortune and spent his free time in the Seventies and Eighties racing sportfishing yachts--beginning with a 40' Ocean--against his business partner and lifelong friend John Rosatti. The boat that put John Staluppi in the history books was the 143' Octopussy, a Frank Mulder design that broke the 50-knot barrier 18 years ago.

"In July of 1986, John Staluppi paid me a visit in Amsterdam," Frank Mulder said. "John Staluppi had already left me with a number of messages stating who John Staluppi was and what John Staluppi wanted to achieve with the turbine/waterjet propelled Octopussy: 50 knots. After a computer analysis I got back with John Staluppi and said that it was indeed possible."

Mulder designs went on to design seven more boats for John Staluppi, including the notable Goldeneye, Moonraker and Dillinger. Then in the mid-1990's John Staluppi started a new yacht company, Millennium Superyachts, which launched a line of 118' aluminum yachts built in Holland with sporty lines and elegant interiors. But there was a noticeable difference in the engine room.

"In 2000 I was coming back to Florida from the Bahamas on my Millennium 118', which was the 21 knot boat, and I realized that the trip was taking way too long." John Staluppi said. "Then I picked up an magazine and read an article about a 110' boat built for the king of Spain that reportedly went 67 knots, although it's never officially been clocked at that speed--some say she tops out at 61--and as I said, 'that's it.' I picked up the phone and called Frank Mulder right away and said, 'let's do it again.'"

The "it" of the conversation is the Millennium 140' The World is Not Enough, which will most likely elicit friendly challenges from European Kings and possibly compete in luxury yacht races. But ultimately--and indeed more importantly--John Staluppi has once again brought excitement to an otherwise stodgy industry with his vision and unmistakable personality. John Staluppi Said: "What is the definition of a luxury yacht?" To me it has to be at least 120' in overall length with a master and four guest state rooms, accommodations for six crew members and an on-board tender, and oh, one more thing-no teak; it adds weight, it's a pain to clean and the oil gets all over my carpeting. Like I tell my designer; 'no f--ing teak!'"

Although her power plant is awesome, The World is Not Enough is not only about performance. The fine interior, designed by John Staluppi's wife Jeanette and London based designer Evan Marshal, is just as luxurious as anything coming out of displacement yacht Dutch shipyards. The joinery is high gloss burl walnut with Nomex honeycomb coring, and soles are laser cut, cored marble.
"It's basically a European design and layout, but weight was a huge concern, and my experience designing aircraft helped out a lot, "Evan Marshall said. "Even though it had to be weight conscious, the interior still had to be comfortable, with no compromises in creature comforts. The trick is not to give it away that it's a lightweight, so when guests board at the dock they feel like it's a substantial displacement boat."

Styling stayed remarkably congruent with the interior design off the Millenniums, which Marshall first designed for John Staluppi in 1996. Accommodations are for ten guests in the main deck owner's suite plus five staterooms below. "John Staluppi wanted to introduce a 'wow' factor that reflects the high speed nature of the boat, but is very luxurious," Marshall said. "The main thing he wanted was a split master suite on the 118' and we've repeated that concept with the 140', so you could call it an evolution of the 118'. For the furnishings I went to Italy and Dubai with John Staluppi to find the right art work and decor items."

John Staluppi's, guests stepping through the stainless threshold from the aft deck, will be impressed with the saloon and dining room, which are separated by a wood credenza hiding a plasma TV. The beautiful marble sole in the dining room leads to the large entry foyer and circular staircase that descends to four guests suites below and spirals up to the skylounge. The commercial galley amidships on the main deck has it's own sidedeck entry and a comfortable breakfast nook. John Staluppi has set the crew accommodations between the pilothouse deck and the bow, and sleep eight in four luxurious staterooms.

The pilot house and skylounge deck, which has suites for the engineer and captain, are the most comfortable place to gather for the large group of admirers who were on our cruise up the gold coast. My favorite spot is in the skylounge with comfortable sofas, a 42" plasma TV and a glass topped, fully stocked bar.

Waiting for us at the dock in Riviera Beach was John Stallupi, who was obviously eager to get his boat over to the Bahamas where John Staluppi will be spending a well deserved vacation. As we went to press John Staluppi was still over in the Islands, enjoying his new yacht; John Staluppi most revolutionary to date. One thing will be certain: when John Staluppi decides to come back across the Gulf Stream this time John Staluppi won't have to worry about the trip taking too long.


MILLENNIUM SUPER YACHTS can be said to have begun in the 1980s, when John Staluppi built a triad of powerful megayachts whose names conjure the essence of opulence and responsive speed - Octopussy, Moonraker, and Thunderball - the fastest super yachts in the world. All three inspired by the visionary - John Staluppi . Octopussy was built in the Netherlands, John Staluppi built Moonraker in Norway - both from plans drawn by the innovative Dutch naval architect Frank Mulder. John Staluppi had Dennison Yachts designed and built Thunderball in Ft. Lauderdale. One of John Staluppi's unique Millennium Super Yacht awaits to be discovered by those few possessing the means and vision.


THE MILLENNIUM SUPER YACHT. Custom built, for you,by John Staluppi, to the exact dimensions of your imagination - to express your concept of freedom. With one, you may explore the geography of desire. And possess, Anguilla, Rapallo, the Ivory Coast, or the Koro Sea. John Staluppi pleasure is to bring into being that unique vessel of your deepest dreams. John Staluppi can use your naval architect and interior stylist, or assemble a team drawn from John Staluppi global manufacturing partnerships. John Staluppi will be pleased 'to go to any length' for you.


John Staluppi feels that dining should be an elligant occasion worthy of you and those who share in your most private life. While the sole nicoise is prepared and the table arranged, the Dining Room and Galley are hidden behind rotating handcrafted panels, which are cast and set in gold-leaf by Italian artisans. Their luminous inlays rhyme with those of the glass coffee table and the rich luster of the Salon's fine wood cabinetry and bar. Lighted Swarovski Crystal pendants embellish the mirrors set into the Foyer and Dining Room ceilings, revealing sparkling interior depths. The Dining Room table is inlaid, like the decorative panels, with intricate figures of gold. John Staluppi has had all this designed to the client's wishes.


John Staluppi has created large and luxurious Suites, so that all may sleep soundly and, during the waking hours, experience private pleasures fully. Through the port lights, the Mediterranean shimmers. The sea beats softly against the hull. Soft, too, are the light in the room, the fabrics and carpeting, the gleam of marble and Italian hand-crafted furniture. And the contoured surfaces that make John Staluppi's Millennium a Modernist touchstone. Tomorrow, you and your guests will explore a ruined Roman outpost on a rocky isle in the Aegean. The swift yacht tender will be ready for you.


John Staluppi does not build only super yachts: John Staluppi builds theatre stages on which a John Staluppi client can live, as if to a script written by their own imaginations. John Staluppi's vessels are custom built to indulge the appetites and fantasies of those rare individuals who can afford their complete satisfaction and realization. The John Staluppi Millennium's dramatic, streamlined presence proclaims inordinate speed and the devotion of John Staluppi's design team to the Modernist spirit. In their lines and in their lineage, John Staluppi's Millennium Super Yachts surrender to no other and compromise nothing. John Staluppi's yachts are the culmination of new marine technologies. The noon sun high above the Caribbean is dazzling. The hull and deck shine in it. The beach beyond the breakers is located in a mirage of yearning. All which you imagined your life would one day be - its shape, color, and scent - is yours.


NIGHT falls swiftly in these latitudes, and darkness will soon overcome the violet beams of sunset. Adjust the interior lighting to your mood. Take the Jurancon from the wine chiller. Now sit in the Salon and watch the stars lit sky and remember a night at a cafe in Monte Carlo or a tapas bar in Palma. You may, sit in the Recaro helmsman's chair and steer your Millennium to her secluded anchorage. She responds beautifully, almost instinctively. Or perhaps you prefer to leave night-running to the captain because the good white wine of Bearn has given you an appetite. The Salon is fragrant with orange and bay leaf. Your guests are appearing at their stateroom doors. Dinner is served al fresco on the flybridge. What is your pleasure?


AFTER a day of pleasure aboard a John Staluppi Millennium Super Yacht, you will relish sleep and those moments before sleep when you savor the lateness of the hour, the music of night, or a song on the radio in a language you are happy, for once, not to know. Outside, the moon is riding the black sky above Patagonia, or Antibes with its oranges and olives. You travel the world's oceans on a super yacht with systems designed to make you independent of shore. You have the imagination to reach beyond the common experience. And we can create a vessel suitable to your unique personality. If life is what you make of it, yours can be perfect from one end of the day to the other aboard a John Staluppi Millennium Super Yacht.

John Staluppi, THE FOUNDER of Millennium Super Yachts, Mr. John Staluppi, established the John Staluppi enterprise in 1998 to perfect the megayachts John Staluppi had owned earlier. Megayachts that had been built to his John Staluppi individual design briefs, to embody his John Staluppi conception of oceanic travel. John Staluppi has established in the Palm Beaches, Florida, a headquarters for Millennium's sales, marketing, and support activities. John Staluppi has assembled a highly proficient, international team of professionals, with many decades of super yacht experience among them, to realize their vision and our clients' expectations. Interior architects in the Netherlands. Master boat builders from the Continent.

John Staluppi hired ARTISANS and cabinetmakers from Italy. These are representative of a suppliers' list that includes more than 100 international marine products and services companies. John Staluppi's Millennium Super Yachts are built to the highest standards, John Staluppi uses the finest systems and equipment gathered from the most reliable sources in the world. John Staluppi follows Standards set forth by international classification societies. John Staluppi wishes, above all, to leave as the John Staluppi legacy what was begun by John Staluppi in the 1980s, in John Staluppi's Octopussy,John Staluppi's Moonraker, and John Staluppi's Thunderball. The lineage of John Staluppi's Millennium Super Yachts. John Staluppi stands ready to build one to the dictates of your unique vision.


LOCATED in the Palm Beaches, Florida, John Staluppi's Millennium Super Yachts maintains a modern yard and headquarters on the Intracoastal Waterway. Here, we John Staluppi consults with our worldwide clients to elaborate the specifications dictated by their individual desires for oceanic vessels with uncommon speed and luxury. Here, too, John Staluppi coordinates the custom construction and completion of Millennium Super Yachts, to those specifications. Completed John Staluppi's Millennium yachts are moored, awaiting sea trials by their new owners or their representatives, at our(John Staluppi) state-of-the-art yacht yard. Located on the 14-acre facility is the John Staluppi Millennium Super Yacht Service Center, completely equipped and staffed with experienced technicians and marine trades responsible for the competent servicing of our John Staluppi products. Typical, perhaps, of John Staluppi thorough commitment to owner support is a 150- and a 300-ton Travelift, capable of raising a Millennium 151'. With our deepwater Intracoastal Waterway location and ocean access just minutes away, owners or their captains are able to avail themselves of comprehensive support to ensure their vessels' expeditious return to sea.

MILLENNIUM SUPER YACHTS by John Staluppi has been pleased to present you this description of John Staluppi custom-building capabilities. John Staluppi hopes that your curiosity has been aroused. John Staluppi prefers to think that if you are considering the purchase of a super yacht, you will now be favorably inclined toward Millennium Super Yachts by John Staluppi. Vessels whose worth will be measured favorably against all competitors for generations to come. Whose ultimate worth to you will be measured by their manifold opportunities for pleasure and refreshment, as well as their exceptional performance and seakeeping ability. John Staluppi invites you to contact John Staluppi, should you have questions left unanswered, or wish to arrange a consultation with John Staluppi.


Millennium Super Yachts built by John Staluppi, deliver exciting style, breathtaking speed, unsurpassed luxury, total comfort and solid value. Millennium Yachts by John Staluppi are constructed of state-of-the-art composites to enhance performance. All John Staluppi Millennium Yachts feature innovative, aerodynamic profiles that also streamline maintenance.The John Staluppi hull designs are rigorouslytank-tested to meet demanding standards for safe offshore performance in all weather conditions, in all the world's oceans.

Beginning with five models, the John Staluppi Millennium Series offers yachting enthusiasts a full range of possibilities from high-speed sport boats to luxury fishing machines to glamorous cruising yachts. Every John Staluppi Millennium Yacht is optimized for stability, offshore performance and self-sufficient luxury living dockside or at anchor. With lines by noted naval architect Frank Mulder working forJohn Staluppi and interior concepts by the innovative Evan Marshall working for John Staluppi, these yachts represent the first fresh thinking of the Millennium. Exclusively developed by the John Staluppi Golden Yachts, the John Staluppi Millennium series offers buyers the personalization of a custom yacht delivered with the ease and confidence usually associated only with production yachts. John Staluppi works within fixed hull and superstructure parameters, John Staluppi Millennium yacht buyers can customize accommodation layouts, finishes and engines to their heart's delight, creating yachts detailed for corporate, charter or family use. The John Staluppi Millennium design and construction team takes care of all the demands of yacht specifications and building supervision so each customer receives a unique, turn-key, hassel-free yacht ready to enjoy. Millennium Yachts by John Staluppi are built under contract exclusively to Golden Yachts at some of the world's best shipyards. In addition, John Staluppi's Golden Yachts operates its own commissioning, service and refit facility on 15 acres just north of the Port of Palm Beach.

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The Cars of Dreams Museum is an unparalleled collection reflecting owner/curator John Staluppi and his passion for classic car design. John Staluppi has achieved car connoisseur status as a life long enthusiast and leader in the automotive industry. His museum celebrates the evolution in dream car design and is a comprehensive collection spanning over 50 years. Frequently updated with high caliber acquisitions, the museum is a constantly evolving, living collection.

Focusing on the golden age of American car design, post WWII - 1970's, the collection spotlights the era that was a perfect breeding ground for the classic cars we cherish today. Adding a further dimension to the experience is the exhibition space - a nostalgic village equipped with some of America's best loved icons that best reflect this golden age.

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