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1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Replica 'Daytona Spyder' 1978 Corvette-based replica

1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Replica in Miami Vice, TV Series, 1984-1989 IMDB Ep. 1.02

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: IT — Made for: USA

1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Replica 'Daytona Spyder' 1978 Corvette-based replica

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

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ben68 BE

2006-02-07 20:51

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In Episode 2 of the first season, the black "Daytona" has front lights behind plexiglas plates...

...while in the Pilot film (part II) (episode 1.1/2), it has retractable front lights.

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ben68 BE

2006-02-07 21:04

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Rocker B. J.

2006-02-10 00:10

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It is a replica. It is a modified Corvette with Ferrari Hardware inside.

antp BE

2006-02-10 10:20

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Quote Up to Antoine to decide to merge both of them :)


Since they are both about the same car we could merge them, except if both are seen a lot...

ben68 BE

2006-02-12 11:06

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No objection. The car(s) is (are) well replica's, of course.

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ben68 BE

2006-02-14 21:45

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2 nice pics of the 'Daytona' from Episode 1.9...

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ben68 BE

2006-02-15 11:39

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Found on the Web... About Crockett's Daytona... (i could have put a link, but you would have discovered a lot of other stuff not related to the car).

Detective Sonny Crockett was granted a number of undercover props to augment his identity as a high rolling, fast dealing drug runner. At the start of the series, he drove a midnight black Ferrari Daytona Spyder, Florida license plate ZAQ178, on loan to him by the Metro Dade County Vice Department. The Daytona was Crockett's prized "possession" and served as the perfect complement to his low key, yet high living identity. While more exotic cars such as the Lamborghini Countach could have been selected, the Daytona proved to be a wise choice by the producers.
Crockett's Daytona was an important visual part of the show. The sleek, mysterious Ferrari was integral to the undercover role of ultra cool Sonny "Burnett". A more exotic car would have been too conspicuous for his underworld drug running role, although many of his nefarious contacts preferred the flashy cars. The Daytona also provided a large dose of V-12 muscle in the high speed pursuits through the streets of Miami.
More formally known by Ferrari aficionados as the 365 GTB/4, the Daytona was not well known to the general public. In fact, when the pilot episode aired, viewers were confused by the relatively obscure Daytona, and mistakenly identified it as a custom Corvette (although ironically, they were correct -- read on).
The original Daytona was introduced as a Berlinetta (coupe) model in Paris by Enzo Ferrari in 1968. Production continued in the U.S. for ten years until it was discontinued in 1978. The 4.4-liter V-12 (60o slant) was one of the last front-engined production models in the Ferrari stable. A 1971 road test review proclaimed the Daytona as the "fastest production car of all time." The 352 bhp engine was housed under the shapely front hood and provided spectacular performance in both the standing 1/4 mile (13.7s @ 104 mph) and 0-100 mph (12.6s). For comparison with other sports cars, the Daytona reached 0-60 mph in 5.4s. The Aston Martin Vantage and the Porsche 911 were contemporary cars with similar performance.
The Spyder was a convertible version which was originally made by the Scaglietti house in Modena, Italy prior to the alliance of Ferrari, Pininfarina and Scaglietti. Original Scaglietti Spyders are quite rare, especially in the U.S., and most conversions are performed by custom car companies specializing in exoticar restorations. Berlinetta models were transformed into Spyders by sawing off the roof and remanufacturing the entire rear end. European Auto Restorations in Costa Mesa, California reworked Berlinetta models in 1979 for $15k and delivered a Daytona in three months.
Car design genius Pininfarina was responsible for the sharp, angular lines of the Daytona which was in marked contrast to the rounded shape of vintage Ferraris. The clean aerodynamic lines of the long-nosed Daytona allowed Group 4 racing without major modifications. Spoilers were not used at all. Early models were manufactured with unique Plexiglas fairings which spanned the entire length across the headlights. Later models, designed for the U.S. market, had retractable headlights.
Crockett's Daytona Spyder was actually a look-alike replica, built using a 1980 Corvette chassis with Ferrari-designed body panels and real Ferrari hardware inside. According to Popular Mechanics, the original replica was "spotted on a lot in Newport Beach by the show's producer." Motor Trend magazine, however, claims the two show cars were bought at an auction. Al Mardikian, an auto importer had the two replicas built by Tom McBurnie, but he found himself in legal trouble and the two cars were confiscated by the Feds. The producers in turn purchased the cars from the government.
In 1986, McBurnie Coachcraft and California Custom Coach both offered Daytona Spyder kits for building replicas, and turn-key models built on a Corvette chassis were available for $45k.
By the start of the third season, Ferrari executives were getting miffed that the ersatz Daytona was gathering so much attention. The television audience was unaware that the show cars were fake. The producers intended for the car to be treated as a genuine Ferrari and Crockett never hints that the Daytona is a replica. Given the constructed reality of television, it is no wonder that the fake car was treated as real. In any event, Ferrari North America offered to provide two bona-fide Ferraris for Miami Vice, and they chose their flagship model, the 12-cylinder muscle machine, the Testarossa.

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ben68 BE

2006-02-16 22:24

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From Episode 1.11... Without Plexi's in front of the front lights... Beurk...

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ben68 BE

2006-08-27 20:13

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Master pic (here above) replaced by another one...

MaindrianPace US

2006-09-18 03:52

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[quote=maindrianpace]It was a 1980 Chevrolet Corvette C3 that had been modified with Ferrari-designed body panels by specialty car manufacturer McBurnie. The car was designed to look like a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4.

As legend has it, Michael Mann spotted the car in a used car lot some time prior to shooting the pilot movie and thought it would look nice in the series.

The original color was Canary Yellow with Black Interior, with Blackwall Tires, and Alloy Rally Wheels, Michael Mann decided to have it painted Midnight Jet Black, by having the interior reapostered in tan, by leaving the Blackwall Tires alone, and removing the Alloy Rally Wheels, and adding Spinner Spoke Wheels and by leaving the retractable front square headlights with pexiglass plates, and the chrome door handles alone.

In the 1980s the car gained new notoriety as Detective Sonny Crockett's car in the first two seasons of NBC's hit television series Miami Vice Ironically, the actual car used for filming the show was a modified 1980 Chevrolet Corvette C3. In reality, Don Johnson didn't actually drive a Ferrari in the first two seasons. For publicity reasons Ferrari, reportedly upset and unhappy, that a replica was getting so much attention, and being portrayed as a bona fide Ferrari,the automaker later supplied, and donated two brand new Testarossas for use in the show. However, the stock twelve cylinder Ferrari engines were removed and replaced with eight cylinder Chevrolet engines to decrease maintenance costs.

The last time the 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 was shown was during the last two episodes during the third season, until it was blown to pieces with a hand held stinger missile launcher during an illegal arms deal.

Both the 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 and the 1986 Ferrari Testarossa, were stripped and had camera mounts which were mounted all over the place.

G-MANN UK

2006-10-16 13:54

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I'm just thinking, is it fair to call this a Ferrari since Ferrari didn't build it and underneath it is a Corvette?

ducati749s IE

2006-10-21 14:50

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It is not a real ferrari but in its own right it is a beautiful car,remember it is just a rebodied c3 corvette.About the front lights issue,there were two cars for filming,one a big block car,the other a small block and if you watch carefully you can see the subtle differences between them

datsunZ IT

2006-10-23 23:04

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ducati749s wrote It is not a real ferrari but in its own right it is a beautiful car,remember it is just a rebodied c3 corvette.About the front lights issue,there were two cars for filming,one a big block car,the other a small block and if you watch carefully you can see the subtle differences between them


Right,the Daytona Spyder driven by Don Johnson into 1st series of the show was actually a 1982 Mardikian 350 GTS,a uncanny replica of true 365 GTS/4 Series 1(fixed headlights,1968-1970)realized in small series by Syrian-origin mechanic-engineer Albert Mardikian(that would own a garage already in Syria,before to come in USA,where set up in Hermosa Beach,California,just a workshop-garage for done body modifications--one of our early realizations was the Targa-version,US-specs,of Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S);when was marketed the Mardikian's Daytona replica was billed popularly as"Ferralet",after the fact that would fits a(fake)Ferrari Daytona Spyder GFRP body clone mated with a 1978-1982 Chevy Corvette Stingray 5.733 cc. V-8 engine,chassis and running gears(Ferralet=Ferrari-Chevrolet);for bore an aura of luxury,the customer at moment of its own car delivery
would got the replica with a gold-plated ignition key!!!The photos at time of press release shown the car with quad rounded headlights under a plexiglas fairing--just matches original Daytonas--but strangely,into show,they were replaced by quad squared headlights--the true Daytonas don't had shown so-shaped headlights never,being rounded-shaped either 1968-1970 fixed-way or 1970-1973 tilt-extraible pods-mounted

BTW,were done also other tricks:seems that was recordered a Ferrari V-12 engine sound when accelerates and shifting gears,to replace and hide the original Corvette's engine sound into running scenes and give the credibility of a Daytona,while was only a fake Prancing Horse-badged-replica,US-made

ducati749s IE

2006-10-25 19:21

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you are wrong,Mcburnie made the Vice cars, www.Thunderranch.com ,and the daytona was in the first 2 seasons actually and 1 episode in the 3rd season there was no Mariadan spyder or whatever you called it,Al had the two cars built by Mcburnie,they were confiscated by ferrari north america and the show bought the two from a government sale so please dont try to say that Im wrong cos ,Im not and find a website that says what you said was right,you cant I am a diehard vice fan and show me a link to a website that reinforces what you are saying

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wickey SK

2006-10-25 20:59

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lot of words, lack of meanings...

datsunZ IT

2006-10-26 02:01

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ducati749s wrote you are wrong Al Mardikian had the two cars built by mcburnie,they were confiscated by Ferrari north america and the show bought them from a government sale,A ferralet-what?,You are talking to a corvette owner and the c3 which was produced from 68 till 82 and not from 78 to 82,,you have all the facts mixed up,find a website that reinforces what you are saying and tell me that www.thunderranch.com are wrong,I am wrong and you are right.


I don't would say you that are wrong,but you've interpretated in wrong way some words that I've told before:

1)I had told that Daytonas by Mardikian fits(production ones in small series,not the ones of show,that just to clarify better)5.7 lt.V-8 powerplants(for that reason had told '78 to '82'Vettes engines,'cause early '70s 'Vettes fits a V-8 7.4 lt. and production Mardikian Daytona replicas--or better 350 GTS as were commercially-named--never were fitted into the engine bay of that replica with the'Vette's bigger capacity power unit);

2)For many times was told me(even by US-penfriends at which into'80s--no Internet,guys--had ask infos about the car of Don Johnson)that the Daytona into series was a fake one,but one told me that was got sawn off the roof of a true Ferrari coupč,turning it as a spider,another had told that was a made-for-serial replica;now,knowning that into Eighties' the sole Daytona replica made in the world was that of Mardikian,was automatic guess could be one of them...(the sole other replica-Make of Daytona Spyder that I knew was the English Southern Roadcraft V12,but their replica will appear later,when show was closed,so was excluded could be that)

BTW,on one thing we are agree...That's not a Made-in-Maranello true Ferrari 365 GTS/4"Daytona"(unofficial name for Italian Make to use in the States,'cause would exist there also a Dodge car called Daytona)

ducati749s IE

2006-11-02 19:04

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I am not going to get into an argument with you,whoever views these comments can choose which one to believe,I still stick by my story.

dongawoy EN

2007-01-06 01:29

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I wasnt real, but its still cool. If money was no object? would you?

ben68 BE

2007-08-18 17:41

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End of the story for Crockett's Daytona! :(

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TheHeartbreakKid15 EN

2007-08-19 22:13

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The 1st screenshot above lookes like a model to me. Plus didn't the Daytona make its first appearance in Brother's Keeper (the pilot), not in Hearts of Darkness?

ben68 BE

2007-09-04 21:14

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From Episode 3.07...

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:think: :??: [:crazy] What is the black Daytona doing there??

From TV.com (Link to "www.tv.com") : Originally intended as the first episode of the 1986-87 season, 'El Viejo' was pushed back because Don Johnson was in a dispute with Universal and NBC over a pay raise; reportedly the hijinx threw off Willie Nelson's busy schedule and he nearly backed out. Johnson returned to the set when Michael Mann reportedly leaked plans to replace Johnson with Mark Harmon.
Because the episode was pushed back from its intended air date, Crockett's black Ferrari briefly rises from the dead, though it is not explained in the episode.

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Mr. Black AU

2007-11-26 23:15

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The genuine article, no wonder they used a replica!
Link to "www.finecars.cc"

and here's what happened to that replica
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Wampa-One US

2008-05-08 17:22

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Wouldn't this and Crockett's other Ferrari be iconic enough to merit 5-star rankings?

Mr. Black AU

2008-06-17 09:44

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By the way acording to wikipedia Don Johnson was sitting in a real Ferrari Daytona Spyder briefly in the pilot, can anyone confirm this?

ebt12 US

2008-06-18 04:38

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Yes, Don Johnson was sitting in a real Daytona Spyder in the pilot. It's during the first hour. Crockett was waiting for someone to come out of a small restaurant, and the camera angle showed the car from the left side. The triangular window is clearly visible, which is an item that did not exist on the replica. I think the wheels were also visible, wire wheels, which were real Ferrari wheels. The next time Crockett is shown in a Daytona was slightly into the 2nd hour as he and Tubbs were driving somewhere, and at the point it is clearly the replica (no triangular window).

musicmax US

2008-08-08 04:56

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The producers borrowed a real Daytona Spyder for the pilot from a local doctor. The doctor claimed that there was damage to the car after it was used in the show and never let them use it again.

blackdr US

2008-09-02 04:06

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Anyone got a 140 k laying around?
Link to "www.finecars.cc"

and just for the hell of it
http://www.dailymotion.com/legallien/6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_dbZyuG0RU

blackdr US

2009-04-07 19:09

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musicmax US

The producers borrowed a real Daytona Spyder for the pilot from a local doctor. The doctor claimed that there was damage to the car after it was used in the show and never let them use it again.

well he did hop out of it like a dumbass in that scene, maybe he scratched the paint?

CRAFT372 US

2010-10-22 18:36

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ben68 wrote End of the story for Crockett's Daytona! :(

Damn you Phil from GTA Vice City :( :( :(

woody CA

2010-12-08 04:56

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I am new and miami vice is still my favorite show of all time! However I was devastated when I read your forum and learned the daytona was a corvette. It was way easier for me when I was 7 and learned Santa was dad. Still enjoyed your comments sob and still covet a real Daytona however at this point a replica that looks like that may get me through. So any info on kits please forward to cyeates05@gmail.com At least the easter bunny is still real have a good one!

ingo DE

2010-12-08 16:52

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Is it correct to list this Replica as origin Italy? :??:

blackdr US

2011-06-05 11:09

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Who cars? just consider it an old school hybrid, american powerplant with italian looks. After all its still a cool car either way and hell of alot more practical than the testarossa which Don was always crunching gears in during the 3rd season.

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blackdr US

2011-06-05 11:13

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woody wrote I am new and miami vice is still my favorite show of all time! However I was devastated when I read your forum and learned the daytona was a corvette. It was way easier for me when I was 7 and learned Santa was dad. Still enjoyed your comments sob and still covet a real Daytona however at this point a replica that looks like that may get me through. So any info on kits please forward to cyeates05@gmail.com At least the easter bunny is still real have a good one!


Oh give me a break you could easily get that thing to whoop the real daytonas ass with a C5 motor and transaxel, after all its already about roughly 700 pounds lighter than the actual daytona

and its not a kit its a rebodied vette, specifically an 81 and a 79, camera car and the stunt car respectively, however the stuntcar bit the dust but the camera car which was the only car used in the pilot besides the real daytona he sat in for 5 seconds is still around and in loving hands:
Link to "www.priceofaddiction.com"

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Nightrider RU

2011-06-05 11:56

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blackdr wrote Who cars? just consider it an old school hybrid, american powerplant with italian looks. After all its still a cool car either way and hell of alot more practical than the testarossa which Don was always crunching gears in during the 3rd season.


We cares. And no one said that it isn't cool and not practical.

blackdr US

2011-06-11 17:55

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Sorry but its just kinda funny that people are laying into it so hard considering how much they had to tone down the action scenes when they switched to the testarossa just to keep those cars intact, and they had a detomaso pantera stunt car for that very purpose and they were still afraid of even using that.

by the way there is shots of the actual daytona they used in the pilot over at one of the miami vice websites, and by actual I mean a REAL daytona spyder I guess the plan originally was to do what they did with the testarossa in S3 but it fell through and they stuck with the markadian cars.

HunterMan US

2013-03-22 06:49

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ben68 wrote From Episode 3.07...

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:think: :??: [:crazy] What is the black Daytona doing there??

From TV.com (Link to "www.tv.com") : Originally intended as the first episode of the 1986-87 season, 'El Viejo' was pushed back because Don Johnson was in a dispute with Universal and NBC over a pay raise; reportedly the hijinx threw off Willie Nelson's busy schedule and he nearly backed out. Johnson returned to the set when Michael Mann reportedly leaked plans to replace Johnson with Mark Harmon.
Because the episode was pushed back from its intended air date, Crockett's black Ferrari briefly rises from the dead, though it is not explained in the episode.


This is correct of why what us "MV" fans call the "ghost Spyder" shows back up after its been destroyed.

However, the whole Mark Harmon replacing Don Johnson rumor or "story" is actually questionable. :think: Michael Mann and Mark Harmon have both stated in interviews that neither one knew anything about that and Harmon was never considered for the show. The rumor is that production purposely leaked the so-called Harmon replacing Johnson thing to the press to try and "scare" Don to come back to the show--however, in reality Mark Harmon was never considered for the show and he was never contacted about it. Don Johnson did not return to the show because supposedly they were going to replace him with Harmon...he did demand a higher pay raise to stay on the show...which he subsequently got. Without Crockett the show would have faded out way sooner than it did, and the producers knew it. ;)

I love both his cars...and enjoy seeing both Ferraris, even if one is a replica built on the chasis of a Corvette. :lol:

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dr.john US

2013-11-26 17:34

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In the 80's I provided some cars for the Miami Vise show (Film Cars) Yes there was a contract with a Local Doctor for the real car that ended up with some slight damage,
There were several cars produced after the Mcburnie's by Roberts, according to one of the show's camera men Will Williams. I have one built on a 70 that has four camera mounts and coax cables still on the car. We used it recently on the spring break film in St. Pete. Fl.

SubDude US

2014-10-25 18:42

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I recently purchased one of the replica's with Roberts name on the left headlight lens. It is titled as a 1978 Chevrolet. It had a 350 5.7 Corvette engine and a 4 speed Muncie manual transmission. I just replaced the engine with a new 5.7 crate engine and new 6 speed manual for better highway performance. It has 37K miles on the odometer and the top of the left rear fender is somewhat wavy. The previous owner said that was where a camera had been mounted for the Miami Vice series. Imay consider selling it.

George 248-330-1394

genygaard1@gmail.com

antp BE

2014-10-27 17:22

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Nice, thanks for the info :)
Do not hesitate to post a few photos of the car

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Black Bart 2 US

2015-12-08 00:13

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The main shot is from Season 2, episode 6.

ricky bobby US

2018-10-04 09:01

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Thomas McBurnie is the Man how built the replica. Thunder Ranch built some of the best replica's out there. I have theThunder ranch riot that was used on the show baywatch that was Mcburnie's own design[Image: 11.1.jpg]

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