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Parker Hall has retired

Discussion in 'Vintage (thru 365 GTC4)' started by 330gt, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. 330gt

    330gt Formula 3

    Nov 12, 2004
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    Kerry Chesbro
    I just heard that Parker Hall has retired. But the business, Kilimanjaro Designs, will continue. Motion Products in Wisconsin has purchased it. The plan is to continue the business using the same name, have a website (yeah), etc. It looks like some integration with MPI's mercato page has already been done. The link to Stickers and Tags (http://mpi-ferrari.com/Stickers_and_Tags.pdf) has a number of Parker's reproductions shown.

    I wish Parker well in his "second" retirement and hope he will continue to attend Ferrari meets so we can all keep in touch.
     
  2. Nembo1777

    Nembo1777 F1 Rookie

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    Still have a Kilimanjaro design polo shirt he gave me maaaany years ago, class, act, always a pleasure to meet him though it has been a long time too. All the best to him.
     
  3. kevfla

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    gone 4 good
    Maybe he can now afford to have his 250 S2 Cab restored!:D

    Great guy. Hope he will continue to judge at Cavallino.
     
  4. Nuvolari

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    Parker Hall is an absolute gentleman and I wish him all the best in his retirement. MPI is the perfect company to take up his mantle and it is great to have them to continue to offer Parker's fine restoration items.
     
  5. Jack-the-lad

    Jack-the-lad Three Time F1 World Champ
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    All the best to Parker. I recently saw him at a bicycling event in north Texas. He seemed even happier than usual. Perhaps this explains it!
     
  6. Lowell

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    I agree that Parker is a really nice guy. I have several of his products in my 330GT. He was always a pleasure to talk with and was always very helpful.

    Sad, Sad, Sad, I will no longer be getting catalogues with photos that I spent hours trying to figure out what they were.
     
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  7. Ed Niles

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    Parker, you have been a great friend to all of us, and what you have done for some of us is beyond description. Now relax!
     
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  8. daytonaman

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    Hi Parker, what will we do without your encyclopedic knowledge and kindness.
    Will miss you greatly.
     
  9. synchro

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    Parker always had the personal touch, his innovative spirit will be missed. As new Dino owner in 1992 I would call him up and ask Dino variety questions. Always polite and enthusiastic (yet Dinos were not his thing), this is the type of person Ferrari SpA should recognize for his passion.

    Let me add, I'm sure many of us ended up contacting Parker because we could not get what we needed anywhere else or any better quality and he was a saving grace.
    Massive appreciation
     
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  10. patknapp14

    patknapp14 Karting

    Aug 24, 2016
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    Patrick Knapp
    Hello gang!

    This is Patrick from MPI. I don't want this to come off as advertising or a sales pitch, so please do not take it like that. I know there is a ton of love and support for Parker here (as well as everywhere else in the Ferrari community) and I wanted to get everyone up to speed on the MPI/Kilimanjaro situation.

    I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know that we do not plan on changing anything with Kilimanjaro designs, other than adding a bit of technology to make it a bit more user friendly. We are currently building a website with detailed photos and descriptions of all of the products Parker has offered over the years. (Please do not use the current MPI website as a reference, that site is 10 years old and in much need of updating!) We plan on having the website set up for e-commerce, so that international customers will have an easier time ordering parts, and for US based customers who prefer to click and order, rather than having a conversation via email or phone. We have the ability to process credit cards here, so hopefully that simplifies things for customers as well. Product quality and pricing should remain relatively consistent as we have worked with Parker to establish a database of all the vendors he has used over the years.

    The company name will NOT be changed, it will always be Kilimanjaro designs. We hope to keep the level of service as close as possible to what Parker has offered all of you over the years. I will not pretend to have a shred of the experience and knowledge Parker has, but we will always do our best to help his customers the way he has done for decades.

    We would love to expand the line over the coming years, working forward into 308 and TR products as well as other models. If anyone has items they believe should be re-created, please feel free to reach out to us. If anyone else produces parts that they think would be a great addition to the Kilimanjaro line, please reach out! We have been working with a few of the other moguls in the restoration world to try and compile the parts everyone makes into one place/catalog to simplify the restoration process if at all possible!

    As soon as the website is complete and running, we will be working to produce a current catalog as well. The current red catalog is a few years old now, so the new offerings and any pricing updates need to be addressed. We will try to keep the catalog in the style that you have all come to know and love.

    Please do not hesitate to offer any feedback you might have for us.

    Thank you all!
     
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  11. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    A legend, I always thought of him, as I passed thru MS.....
     
  12. John Vardanian

    John Vardanian F1 Rookie

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    Patrick, good to hear this. Maybe you can also resurrect the old Mad Enterprise... or if you are unable to do it, at least start making us some window wash bags.

    john
     
  13. patknapp14

    patknapp14 Karting

    Aug 24, 2016
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    John,

    Thank you for the kind words. Washer bags are a project we have wanted to tackle for years. Unfortunately we keep getting distracted with the overwhelming amount of restoration work we have been blessed with, and have run short on time to dedicate to projects of that size. I will mention it to the team in our component shop, and see if we can dig into that project sometime in the future. I know we have struggled to source proper washer bags, and I know I receive several calls a month regarding them. There is definitely a market, we just need to get on that project!

    Patrick Knapp
     
  14. Rossocorsa1

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    Fantastic news. There are many in the preservation and restoration community that have/are not being served. Very happy to hear.
     

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