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    All the best to John and all involved, So sorry to read this.

    Best Regards

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    +1 to what Jerry said
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr9146 View Post
    Chatted with John last night ... he's surprisingly upbeat considering the circumstances. Obviously he's devastated, but his comment to me was that his primary concern is that his people and clients are taken care of. He's facing forward rather than looking back which is truly the best thing at this point.
    I shared a few texts with him the night he posted. I have known John about 18 years, am glad to consider him a friend, and sometimes even a mentor.

    The good news is the main building of the shop is unscathed - so hes not shut down. Though the loss of his warehouse, and all of the contents with in - it will resonate for some time.

    You're absolutely right Marco. John is one resilient and determined mother *******. I know few that push as hard as he does, and he always bounces back twice as strong from any set back. He is absolutely looking ahead and he will be bigger than ever.

    Keeping John, Brenda, Ian, Val, Eric and the rest of the Benton crew in our thoughts and always wishing for the best for them.
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    Hi Everyone, John now has a go fund me page. $3 million in irreplaceable cars, matching number drivetrains, tools, and Porsche memorabilia was lost.


    "Many have asked how they could help support us during this difficult time. So, I am reluctantly asking you for help, because we humbly need it. Although we have insurance, we do not have enough coverage to get us through a rebuild."


    John has given a lot to our community. He has always been one to lend a hand and provide advice. I think now is a great time to pay it forward, pay it back, and help a man who has helped so many of us.


    https://www.gofundme.com/f/benton-pe...jwWVSpURvQcT38



    Also of interest is a new Road & Track article that sheds a lot of light into what happened, and the current state of things.

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cul...lifornia-fire/
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffman912 View Post
    . . . $3 million in irreplaceable cars, matching number drivetrains, tools, and Porsche memorabilia was lost . . .
    Stuff like this always feels like a gut-punch --- + it's happened before . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Beck View Post
    . . . Impossible to imagine what he's going through right now. At least no one was hurt and hopefully the cars were WELL insured.

    A very unpleasant reminder as to how cars are stored, insured, or even... heaven forbid, not insured. (Don't scoff; there are people out there who do not insure their cars at all!)

    Personally I could not sleep well without fire suppression systems in all of our buildings
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    Harry-
    Thanks for the link...
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