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Collision Course: The Murder of Don Aronow 

In the 1980s, powerboat racing was to Miami what polo was to Palm Beach: a sport for the rich with an insatiable appetite for speed and adventure. To this day, the most famous brand names ... See full summary »
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In the 1980s, powerboat racing was to Miami what polo was to Palm Beach: a sport for the rich with an insatiable appetite for speed and adventure. To this day, the most famous brand names associated with power boating were the creation of Don Aronow - Cigarette, Formula, Donzi, Blue Thunder. Aronow was a handsome family man who moved to Miami after making a fortune in New Jersey construction, but soon became world famous as a champion boat racer and international businessman, selling boats and fostering close personal relationships with some of the most powerful men in the world. But in Miami in the 1980s, the most formidable group with a need for speed on the water who also could afford the astronomical sticker prices on Don Aronow¹s Go-Fast boats were drug smugglers. "Collision Course: The Murder of Don Aronow" recounts the rarely told fast life and times of one of the world¹s most intriguing adventurers and explores, Don Aronow. Written by rakontur

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Murder Unsolved
1 November 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

30 for 30: Collision Course: The Murder of Don Aronow (2013)

This fifteen-minute short starts off talking about the rise of Don Aronow, the man many considered to be the greatest boat maker in history. We learn about how he got the business up and running and then things turn to his murder, which is still an unsolved mystery. The documentary points to the fact that Aronow was making boats for countless drug smugglers and we learn that one bad deal might have led to the murder. This is yet another very good episode in the series and this here manages to work perfectly well as a mystery. I thought the film did a fantastic job at really building up the mystery of the death by giving us various clues to what happened as well as a couple different options as to why Aronow was killed. It seems pretty clear that there was a hit placed on him but with one suspect dead and another claiming his innocence, the truth will probably never be learned. The film is certainly among the best in the series thanks in large part to some fine direction as well as interviews with the police doing the investigation as well as the only eyewitness.

Episode: A-


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