Here's the latest tidbit on Visionary Vehicles' Malcolm Bricklin - from the July cover story in Inc. magazine describing one of Bricklin's early meetings with Chery Automobile Co. executives in China:
"The word I hear about doing business in China is relationship," declared Bricklin, his face flushed. He then ratcheted down his red silk tie and punctuated his next words by unbuttoning his once-dry white shirt:
"The way I see it, (pop)
we have two choices. (pop)
We can either take our time (pop)
and get to know each other, (pop)
or we can get naked!"
With that, Bricklin tried to rip off his shirt - only to be foiled by a button snagged in his belt. As the Chinese executives smirked and exchanged sideways glances, he applied a final burst and yanked the garment free, leaving his audience to gawk at a chest overgrown with white hair.
"I came here as Malcolm Bricklin, but I'm leaving you as Visionary Vehicles," he declared, pulling on a baseball cap embroidered with his company logo.
-- By Darren Dohl
&Copy; Gruner+Jahr USA Publishing; reprinted with permission