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ATA Carnets for Motorsports and International Race Car Competitions

Friday, November 17, 2023

Boomerang Carnets — the ATA Carnet Specialists

The world stage of motorsport competitions unites vehicles, racing cars, drivers, enthusiasts, and devotees together to witness the speed, agility, and elegance of the sport.  Vehicles range from team and individual creations that navigate rugged terrains in 4x4 off-road competitions, to the sleek and sophisticated race cars that harrowingly conquer racetracks at high speeds worldwide. All types of motorsport vehicles benefit from ATA Carnet use to cross international borders. In addition, manufacturing, design, and engineering companies use ATA Carnets for conducting tests across international borders and exhibiting their vehicles in other countries.  In the realm of this dynamic sport and artistry, the ATA Carnet plays a pivotal role in getting the vehicles, equipment, goods, and merchandise to the race in-time for the start of the race.   

The ATA Carnet is an internationally accepted customs document for temporarily exported merchandise, goods, or professional equipment and allows cross border movement of goods import-duty and -tax free into any of the 87+ carnet countries and territories for up to a year.  Also known as the Merchandise Passport, ATA Carnets are used by many industries in many sectors.  With ATA Carnet use you avoid payment of import-duty and -tax and Customs clearance of the goods is easier, saving you valuable time.  They also serve as the Registration of Goods with Customs upon re-entry to the U.S. or U.K. saving you additional paperwork and cost. 

Renowned race car driver and artist, Dr. Ernest Nagamatsu, has been a loyal longstanding boomerang carnets customer for 17 years.  Having started racing over 35 years ago, Dr. Nagamatsu, based in California,  competes internationally and is the owner of Old Yeller II, a world-famous race car built in 1959 by the legendary Max and Ina Balchowsky.  Old Yeller II has raced in England at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Revival Meeting Races- Sussex Trophy races over 12 times.  Other international racing events also include competitions in New Zealand and Australia.

Dr. Nagamatsu reflects on his journey with boomerang carnets stating, “The journey with Boomerang Carnets started in 2006 as we race internationally, and that first year with Boomerang, we had to secure our first Carnet as the Goodwood Race event in U.K. had covered the Carnet details prior.  Boomerang is ’response ready’ always with follow-ups and tracking with Carnets.”

For the fast-paced schedule of international competitions, savings and ease are key and at boomerang carnets we understand that.  The ATA Carnet is a game-changer, providing both savings and a hassle-free customs clearance process.  Valid for a year, the ATA Carnet makes the cross-border movement of goods, equipment and merchandise affordable.  Without it, each international border crossing would incur import-duty and -fees that can accumulate into substantial costs over the course of a year.  With an ATA Carnet you avoid the duty and fees and clear customs quicker.

Along with racing the 1959 Old Yeller II, Dr. Nagamatsu and his team also race a 1958 Porsche Speedster, a 1964 Shelby Cobra CSX 2203, and a 1971 Two Door Datsun 510.  These cars, considered priceless treasures, captivate spectators worldwide in both competitive races and exhibition events.  Notably, Old Yeller II made an appearance in the film “Viva Las Vegas” starring Elvis Presley. 

With his background in art, Dr. Nagamatsu’s artistic flair was expressed in letters of appreciation to Curt E.H. Wilson, President, and CEO of boomerang carnets.  These hand-illustrated letters are works of art that reflect joyous expression of gratitude for Boomerang’s personalized expert customer service and the longstanding mutually appreciated relationship.

Call boomerang carnets

If you have questions about ATA Carnets and the many benefits they offer, call us.  Boomerang’s Carnet Specialists offer expert customer service and are here to assist you 24/7.  Call the Carnet HelpLine® 1-800-ATA-2900 |1-800-282-2900 or email us.  If you want to ship your goods as cargo, Boomerang has freight forwarder partners who can deliver your carnet to you, as well as handle your freight.  Ask about our new service, Boomerang Freight Solutions when you call or email us.

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