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Exotic Car Share Opens Doors for Micro-Car Show & Free Drives

Attracts over 175 auto enthusiasts despite noon rain shower

Palatine, Illinois October 3, 2006 Exotic Car Share opened its doors to over 175 Chicagoland auto enthusiasts and technology buffs at the membership’s club and fractional ownership firm’s headquarter campus. On display were 14 micro cars from around the world plus 15 rare, exotic and specialty cars from the Exotic Car Share Collection. A lunchtime rain burst gave a short pause to the fifteen-minute private drives, but gave time to enjoy the custom creations from the Pasta Chef.

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The Micro Car Show was a huge draw, with some of the most fuel-efficient cars (attaining up to 70 mpg) from around the world including Italy, Spain, England and Germany. Many commented on the Smart Car Convertible on display, a vehicle not yet available in the U.S. and what many say represents the future of automobiles.

“It was a wonderful contrast, seeing the Smart Car with the absolute latest technology and comparing it to the great classic 1961 Fiat 600 from the Giovanni D’Avola Collection,” said George Kiebala, the firm’s co-founder and CEO. “Having spent summers in Barcelona growing up, I remember hearing little Vespas and Fiats buzzing by and it’s what started my passion for unique automobiles. We even had a 1960 Fiat 600 Multipla, thought of as the original mini-van with a super efficient 767 cc engine that produced 32 hp,” said George.

Members and non-members alike were able to drive classic and exotic vehicles from the fleet. Kiebala said, “The two new cars we just added to the fleet, the Ferrari 355F-1 Spider and new 06 Corvette Z51 convertible, were the most popular. Both cars have 6-speed paddle shifters and give our members without manual transmission experience the thrill of driving an exotic sports car.” The 1969 Mustang Mach 1 and the ’64 Corvette ran a close second, reconfirming the popularity of the classic cars in the collection.

Kathy Kiebala, co-founder and CFO said “the weather wasn’t a huge issue. It was sunny and clear in the morning and just around noon, the clouds came in, it poured but the sky cleared in about an hour and the sun came back out. We were able to resume the drives, and for those who left during the rain we gave out over 25 rain checks for the free private drives, so on one left disappointed, they can come back any time.”

“A number of visitors took advantage of the special discounted membership offer and booked, as an example, usage of the Ferrari 355 F-1 for a wedding, the new ’06 Corvette for a week’s vacation and the classic ’64 Corvette Convertible for a 3-day weekend.” Kathy said the event was a huge success. “I was happy to visit with so many members,” she said and added “with over 680, it’s hard to keep up with each one so it was great so many could come out and enjoy the day with us.”

Ten raffle prizes were awarded adding to the excitement of the day. The Ferrari Office Clock and the Wine Country Gift Basket had the most entries, but the classic and exotic car models all drew great attention.

The Kiebalas were also happy with the interest in their fractional ownership business Curvy Road, and introduced their latest offering, a new Ferrari 360 F1 Spider along with a Bentley Continental GT.

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"We pioneered the concept of time share for automobiles with our Membership club in 2000, said George, “and now are extending that concept to fractional ownership so customers can enjoy the privileges of driving the most elite automobiles at a fraction of the cost and without the headaches.”

Private Drive Rain Checks were handed out to many and the rain didn’t dampen the success of the Exotic car Share Open House. All were able to see the various fuel-efficient Micro Cars from around the world, and many were able to drive their favorite classic or exotic car from the Collection. Even a new member’s 10 year old son wasn’t put off when he wasn’t allowed to drive the new Z51 Corvette – he got a ride and said he’d be back when his feet could reach the pedals.