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Bertone Cancer Car In Doubt...YOU CAN HELP!

by Gary Kaberle, former owner of the B.A.T. 9, and co-innovator and promoter of the B.A.T. 11.

18 February 2008

As we all wait for the famous Italian car styling company Bertone to decide whether or not the B.A.T. 11 concept car will debut at the Geneva Auto Show March 4-16th, I want to release a message of support. The new era B.A.T. 11 is painted and nearly ready for travel to Geneva now.

The B.A.T. 11 was a concept that I came up with to honor two of the most important parts of my life: my wife, Debbie, and the B.A.T. heritage, which when I bought the B.A.T. 9 when I was a 17 year old kid in 1963, was endangered as it is again today. As many automotive aficionados know, I spent the next 28 years restoring and showing the B.A.T. 9. During that time, I became an expert about this extraordinary line of vehicles, and a friend to many of those responsible for creating the original three B.A.T.’s.

As special as the B.A.T.’s were -- and the B.A.T. 9 was to me -- the B.A.T. 11 is far more important. In 1990, Deb, my wife of 12 years by then and the mother our children, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was told the cancer already had metastasized. Like so many women who face this disease, she was devastated by the diagnosis, but determined to fight. As she faced a certain death sentence, we learned of important new but experimental treatments being offered through the National Institute of Health. They were Deb’s only hope -- but they also cost a small fortune. There was only one way we could pay for them -- for Deb’s very survival.

I sold the B.A.T. 9.

Deb lived another two precious years we never will forget. As I struggled through my mourning -- which continues -- I pondered a way to help women avoid Deb’s fate. And that’s when the idea of the B.A.T. 11 came about.

What if the B.A.T. line was revived -- combining the revered heritage of these vehicles with an exciting new line of B.A.T. cars, equal in aerodynamic beauty but with 21st century technology? And if such a car could be built, and shown around the world, what if I could use that to bring awareness about breast cancer? I call it ‘Dreams and Design for a Cure.’

I began to think about designing and building such a car. But, while my passion and knowledge about B.A.T.’s was formidable, this was my quest, and I wouldn’t give up. Deb wouldn’t have wanted me to. I needed help. I knew the only people to talk to where those at Bertone. I went to Italy, we talked, and the B.A.T. 11 car began in earnest and faster than I ever expected. Alfa Romeo was set to provide a marquee and possibly a chassis as well.

I know certain forces have put into question a final decision on the display of the B.A.T. 11 in Geneva. I do not take sides and I do not judge. But I hope that ultimately the force of faith, hope and survival prevail -- that breast cancer can be prevented and one day healed -- prevails in this controversy. I hope this message of support for all of those who have worked to make this car a reality helps bring the B.A.T. 11 to Geneva and to the rest of the world.
--Gary Kaberle
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Members of the AR1900 Register and other friends sympathetic to the cause may support Gary’s quest by emailing [email protected] to say they would like to see B.A.T. 11 appear at the Geneva Show.
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by Gary Kaberle, former owner of the B.A.T. 9, and co-innovator and promoter of the B.A.T. 11.

18 February 2008

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I know certain forces have put into question a final decision on the display of the B.A.T. 11 in Geneva. I do not take sides and I do not judge. But I hope that ultimately the force of faith, hope and survival prevail -- that breast cancer can be prevented and one day healed -- prevails in this controversy. I hope this message of support for all of those who have worked to make this car a reality helps bring the B.A.T. 11 to Geneva and to the rest of the world. --Gary Kaberle,
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May God Bless all of your efforts.

Respectfully,

Robert
 

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It will be great if this car makes it to Geneva, and if Bertone can work out its troubles so it they can keep pushing the design envelope. And if it can raise awareness of the need for more work for a cure, so much the better!

At first I didn't understand why art and cancer-cure advocacy go together, but eventually I got it--It's about imagination: We need to be able to imagine a world without cancer so that we can make it happen.

Good luck, Gary!
 

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Cancer Car...You Can Help!

Members of the Alfa BB, AR1900 Register and other friends sympathetic to the cause may support Gary’s quest by emailing [email protected] to say they would like to see B.A.T. 11 appear at the Geneva Show.
 

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Thanks for this thread, Bob. I sent an e-mail, as well. I hope that Gary's wish and fabulous design receive the support they deserve.

Best regards,
 

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Thanks for your support, folks, it'll mean a lot to Gary. He's worked hard on this project for several years and to see it possibly come crashing down around him at the very last minute is heartbreaking.

Hopefully many more Alfisti will click on the link at the bottom of Post #1 and send messages to the show organizers to give BAT 11 a chance!
 

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You go, Gary! I have responded myself and forwarded the link to this forum to my Alfisti friends also. I will also be posting to the arocsd.org website.
 

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Bertone to show BAT-11 concept in Geneva!

This snippet just in from the newsletter Automotive News Europe -- In-depth coverage of the European automotive industry with special features for subscribers:

"Bertone plans to unveil a concept car in Geneva Tuesday (March 4), but not at the auto show in the Palexpo. “We will unveil the B.A.T. 11 in a nice location in the city of Geneva,” said Stile Bertone Vice Chairman Marie-Jeanne Bertone." (That's all I could get without a paid subscription.)

A HUGE "thank-you" to all who may have emailed the show organizers on Gary's behalf and perhaps played apart in making this happen!

7:24 EDT, my son forwarded this photo of one slick concept:
 

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So was the car shown? Any other pictures? Any follow-up would be appreciated.

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Yes. See this article further down in this forum.
Geneva 2008: Bertone B.A.T. 11's clandestine debut
 

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From the link I posted above:

The car looked absolutely fantastic last night, possibly the coolest car in Geneva, partly because it wasn’t actually at the show.

You see it was displayed at the Le SIP bar in downtown Geneva, a kind of dirty converted warehouse that looked like the venue for an illegal rave rather than the launch venue of the most important car in Bertone’s history...
 

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Interesting. From the angle in post # 16, the relationship of BAT-11 to the 8C foundation is much more apparent.
 

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Interesting. I was one who responded to the request to send emails in support of showing the BAT 11 at Geneva.

But now we read that it wasn't that Bertone was slighting the BAT 11, but trying to gracefully deal with its financial crisis and not having a stand at Geneva.

Kudos to Bertone for finding an alternative way to show the car and create an underground buzz. The car looks fantastic.
 

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Bertone Cancer Car in Doubt

Technobob said:
by Gary Kaberle, former owner of the B.A.T. 9, and co-innovator and promoter of the B.A.T. 11.

18 February 2008

As we all wait for the famous Italian car styling company Bertone to decide whether or not the B.A.T. 11 concept car will debut at the Geneva Auto Show March 4-16th, I want to release a message of support. The new era B.A.T. 11 is painted and nearly ready for travel to Geneva now. ...
Interesting. I was one who responded to the request to send emails in support of showing the BAT 11 at Geneva.

But now we read that it wasn't that Bertone was slighting the BAT 11, but trying to gracefully deal with its financial crisis and not having a stand at Geneva.

Kudos to Bertone for finding an alternative way to show the car and create an underground buzz. The car looks fantastic.
My heart goes out to you and your cause having experienced more than my share of death. But more than that, Pat would be appreciative of the cause and the tie to the car that he loved and spent a large portion of his life writing about, enjoying, and sharing its heritage with others.

For those that do not know, while Pat's wife, Marie, ultimately succumbed to liver failure, before liver transplants were available, her battle with cancer began with breast cancer and what was considered at that time crude, by our processes today, a mastectomy.

My best wishes for your success in getting the car into the Geneva show.
 
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