Many of you know fellow Woody Boater Phil Andrews from New Zealand. Phil is a regular here and a pal for sure. Phil is a big Century guy. He has some nice boats down there on the other side of the planet. But Phil’s dream was to some day own a rare Century Palomino. A while back Phil had found the one he wanted but had to wait for Todd Warner to get realistic with the price. Enter the Warner Auction. And the perfect all original Palomino that was on the block.
In an interesting twist. And this story has lots of them and examples of how patience can pay off. Woody Boater was reporting on the show live as you may recall. And in this case the sale reporting was happening so fast that we were out pacing the live streaming on the Mecum site. Phil found out he was the winner on Woody Boater. I still get goose bumps over that. Across the globe and me and my iphone.. And there he is. WOW! We have been following the drama ever since. Getting pics from the Antique Boat Center who handled the entire transaction and shipping and a new trailer and cover. Not child’s play for sure. Since the Warner action this has been underway. And late last week. She made it. Yup. The Palomino is in New Zealand.
All the way from Minnesota to Cincinnati then across the Pacific and now..home. Phil.. Says.. “After nearly two years of foreplay the ex Warner collection, 1956 Century Palomino is finally safe in my boat shed in Wellington New Zealand.
You may recall the excitement the Mecum Warner Auction created last year with many of F Todd Warners gorgeous antique boats going under the hammer. With the assistance of Lou and the boys at Antique Boat center, I was the very lucky winner of the completely original 1956 Century Palamino. I had had several conversations with Todd the year before hoping to secure the boat which was marked for sale on the Mahogany Bay website but for one reason and another we never did the deal.
These three pictures are shots from the website and for almost two years I kept them as my screen saver on my laptop at the office and on my iphone.
I discovered that once anything makes it to your screensaver you’re committed!”
It gets better, just this weekend was Phils Birthday, his Partner Amelia had sent away to ask The Wangards to mail 7 back issues of Classic boating Magazine as a present for him. And just by chance. What was in the magazines.. To quote Phil again.“the Nov Dec 1994 issue number 62 and there on page 4 is a picture of the Palamino. The exact same boat. How nuts is that!”