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Nate Boyer is the owner of Kultured Customs, a top-of-the-line restoration shop in Gardner Kansas. He and his talented team have forged a reputation for immaculate restorations to high-end custom builds and have grown from humble beginnings to become an award-winning shop in the forefront of the collector car world. Seeing a need in the market for rentable workspaces, Nate expanded and opened the Dog House community garage. In the Dog House Nate offers enthusiasts space, tools, and the expertise of the Kultured Customs crew. He also partners with builders, trading labor and parts for a cut of the profits from their sales. A skilled builder and a bold entrepreneur, Nate is exactly the kind of shepherd his Dog House needs.

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What initially started out as an attempt to cheer up a sick friend ended up inspiring thousands around the world when John Nikas and a 1953 Austin-Healey 100 – known as Grace – covered more than 300,000 miles visiting children and adults afflicted with cancer. Beset by daily mechanical difficulties and traveling through heat, hail, rain and snow, Grace became a rolling metaphor for people struggling with the terrible disease.

Rusting badly by the hour, sagging on tired springs, and covering almost a 1000-miles per day, Grace and John spread their message of hope and resilience across the country, refusing to give in to the daily obstacles that appeared in their path. As John once explained, “sometimes we don’t have the luxury of going forward when things are great; sometimes we have to sally forth when things are falling apart – physically, emotionally or financially. The key is to press on regardless – even when the night is dark, the wind is cold, and the oil pressure is falling into the single digits.”

The journey received worldwide press coverage, including national and local television features and profiles in the Extra, New York Times and USA Today. Today, Grace appears at museums across the country, while other Drive Away Cancer cars have assumed the mantle of visiting children to bring some light – and oil leaks – into their lives.

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John Nikas has dedicated his life to British sports cars, which has seen him own and race models from most of the country’s great marques. Born into an Anglophile household, he learned to clean oil spots and diagnose electrical gremlins from a young age, which has served him well in later life. As an accomplished vintage racer, he has collected multiple class championships and special awards from his time behind the wheel of various Austin-Healeys, Jaguars, and Triumphs. The overall champion of the Mille Miglia North America Tribute in an Austin-Healey 100, John’s unlikely victory was featured in a television special that aired on the Bravo Channel. John has authored several books on a number of automotive subjects, including the critically acclaimed Rule Britannia – When British Sports Cars Saved a Nation, not to mention hundreds of articles and columns for various publications and websites. A frequent speaker and panelist at automotive events, he is particularly known for his entertaining opinions on automotive evolution and history, as well as the future of classic cars in the 21st Century.

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Marco Borraccino is the Managing Director and Co-Founder at Singer Reimagined Watch Company in their Geneva Switzerland office. Marco’s career has been in the design consulting business, specifically in product design of luxury products, timepieces, consumer electronics, and leather goods. He spent time at the Geneva School of Art and Design and was responsible for the creation and the set up of the Chair in Watch Design. At Singer Marco has helped create the first Singer Chronograph Reimagined. It is a take on the sports Chronos from the 60s with a completely new approach to the movement and design with the help of master watch builder Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.

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Scott Nelles is an artist who has worked in cast bronze for over three decades. He designs and creates everything from decorative art to toys and his work displays a childlike playfulness, elegant design, and superb control of his medium using the timeless methods of sand casting and hand finishing his work. His foundry and studio are in northern Michigan. Scott pulls his inspired from the natural world and its creatures. His inspiration is also derived from his childhood in Detroit and his automotive, ship, boat, and airplane sculptures combine beauty, strength, and a little or a lot of whimsy. His work has been exhibited worldwide and I’m proud to say I have one of his pieces on display in my home, his Land Speed Racer sculpture.

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David Freers has been a professional photographer for over 24 years. You’ve seen his work in a number of publications including Motor Trend, Motor Trend Classic, Truck Trend, Hot Rod Magazine and he has shot over 30 magazine covers. He coordinates all the photography for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and one of his many clients is the Ford Motor Company where he has shot for over 16 years. David travels across the United States and internationally to captures his images of automobiles. You find him in his studio, or on location, laying on the ground in dirt to capture a shot, or in the back of chase car on the track or a back road, and even in helicopters hanging out the door. David’s work will be featured in the soon-to-be released book, Goldenrod: The Resurrection of America’s Speed King by John Baechtel.

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Kristen Hall-Geisler is a freelance automotive journalist and book editor living in Portland, Oregon. She's honed her research and interviewing skills for the New York Times, TechCrunch, How Stuff Works, Popular Science, US News & World Report, Sports Car Market, and many more. There are few things she likes better than falling down the rabbit hole of research and emerging with a book or article that others find useful and—she hopes—entertaining while still being based on solid sources. She is the author of the recently published monograph Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Vehicle Victories.

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Darren Frank is the National Account Executive for Sports Car Market and American Car Collector magazines. He’s worked in advertising and sales for over 36 years and was VP of Sales at the New York Times. When he moved in to the collector car hobby and began working with Sports Car Market three years ago, it changed his life being able to integrate his passion for cars in to his vocation. Combining his passion with his job feels like he’s never at work and business trips now consist of venues including Monterey, Pebble Beach, Carmel by the Sea, Scottsdale, Amelia Island, Hilton Head, and SEMA in Las Vegas. Regular listeners will remember the Editor-in-Chief, of these fine publications, Keith Martin and his daughter have been guests on Cars Yeah.

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Brad Mcrae is the Founder of Authentic Details in Austin, Texas. His mission is to bring that new car feeling back to owners and teach them the simple ways to maintain the value of their automobiles. Brad is a vehicle transformation specialist with a focus on exotics, daily drivers, show cars, and more with a talent for paint correction. Brad is a life long auto enthusiast and his friends and customers say a perfectionist in automotive appearance. As a kid he restored anything he could his hands on from his hot wheels to his BMX bikes. After a career in the corporate world Brad decided to make the jump and do what he loves and focus full time on his detailing business, something he had been doing on the side for years. His is a modern approach to a detail shop focused on perfections and protection.

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Kyle McCullough is the Founder and CEO of Vexen Motors in Scottsdale, Arizona. Vexen Motors is an industry disruptor with a mission to dramatically impact the efforts of climate change. Instead of simply reducing carbon emissions, Kyle plans on removing carbon emission from the atmosphere in multiple industries. Specializing in carbon-negative technology, Vexen focus is on renewable energy. Kyle’s mission is to create a vehicle that is carbon negative meaning it actually removes harmful emissions from the atmosphere. His goal is to be a major player in the ecological harmony of our planet. Regular Cars Yeah listeners will remember guest Bruce Dietzen and his company Renew Sports Cars and his vehicle made from cannabis hemp. Kyle is working with Bruce as well.

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Lewis Furguson is the Education Program Director at the World of Speed Museum in Willsonville, Oregon. Regular listeners of Cars Yeah will remember I had David Schaeffer, the museum’s Director and Ron Huegli, the Curator on Cars Yeah in December of 2015. The museum encompasses many aspects of motorsports including drag racing, road racing, land speed racing, motorcycle racing, open-wheel cars, NASCAR, and hydroplanes. Lewis oversees the museums programs designed for students. They team up with high schools to teach children the fundamentals of automobiles by allowing them to work on cars. They earn high school and college credits and learn valuable hands-on experience. Lewis’ goal is to introduce the next generation to opportunities in the automotive industry.regon.

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Rick Houston is a veteran journalist with 25 plus years of experience. He’s produced countless bylines for a variety of publications and websites and he’s authored nine books. His latest book, Dale vs Daytona: The Intimidator’s Quest to Win the Great American Race has just been published by Car Tech Books. It’s the detailed chronicled events about Dale Earnhardt’s attempts to win the Daytona 500. Rick has covered NASCAR since 1991 and was the Busch Series editor to NASCAR Winston Cup Scene. Rick’s authored numerous books on NASCAR including NASCARS’s Greatest Race: The 1992 Hooters 500. Rick has a fascination with ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things and has authored books on racing, and the human spaceflight program.

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Murray Smith is the Festival Chairman at the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival that takes place at the historic Lime Rock Park race track in Lakeville, Connecticut during Labor Day weekend. Now in its 35th year, it’s five days of events including a concours, parade, a gathering of the marques, an auction, and vintage racing. This year famed British driver Richard Attwood is the Honored guest for the Historic Festival. Murray was born in Scotland and ran a successful career in advertising helping clients from around the world. His enthusiasm with cars has been life long. He is a member of the BRDC and the RRDC and has raced and rallied in both modern and historic cars around the world. He’s owned numerous historic automobiles including: Porsche RSK, RS60, F2, 917, Maserati 250F Birdcage and 300S and today he drives Morgans, Porsches, and a pre 1930 Austin Seven.

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Tom Cotter is an accomplished author who wrote the icon six-book series on barn finds starting with The Cobra in the Barn. He’s a long time magazine contributor and travels around the country looking for cool cars and writing stories. Michael Alan Ross is an automotive photographer who has taken his passion and love for car design and carved out a career photographing the cars and people that define the industry. His work is featured in a wide range of advertising and editorial in the U.S. and Europe. Tom and Michael have collaborated and created a new book titled Motor City Barn Finds, Detroit’s Lost Collector Cars published by our friends at Motorbooks where Zack Miller runs the company, another past Cars Yeah guest. This isn’t the first time these two have been on a road trip. They have created several other books including Barn Find Road Trip, Rockin' Garages, and Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip.

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Davey Hamilton is a former Indy Car driver and is currently the Sponsorship Director for Calumet Products. Calumet Specialty Products Partners, is a leading independent producer of high-quality, specialty hydrocarbon products and fuel products in North America. The company also blends and markets specialty products through its brands including Bel-Ray and Royal Purple. Hamilton has competed in 11 Indianapolis 500s and twice placed second in series points. In 2001, he was involved in a serious accident that sidelined him for several seasons; however in 2007 he was able to return to racing. In 2011 Davey retired from Indy Car driving and later began his career at Calumet. His son, Davey Hamilton Jr., has followed in his father’s footsteps and begun his racing career in Indy Lights and Stadium Super Trucks.

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Dave Friedman is a world-renowned photographer and motion picture still photographer known for his photographs of celebrities, cinema, racing, and classical ballet. In 1962 he became the company photographer for Shelby America capturing some of the biggest icons in racing. He then went on to work on the Ford Le Mans racing program in 1966. His first venture in to motion pictures was working on the movie The Sound of Music. He went on to work on movies including Doctor Doolittle, The Sand Pebbles, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Hello Dolly, and Tora! Tora! Tora! Dave has captured many of the major stars in motion pictures and television and in 1986 he was the first and only Still Photographer to be voted in to the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. He’s authored or co-authored over 30 books on motor sports and recently completed a book for Warner Bros titled Enter The Dragon.

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Jim Edlund and his wife Chris are the Co-Founders of the Danville d’Elegance  and its Foundation. The Foundation was started over 14 years ago and has raised over 3.5 million dollars for Parkinson’s research and patient care. Jim has been involved with the Danville d’Elegance since creating the Foundation and the concours takes place every year in September in Danville, California. The event includes the concours, a Tour d’Elegance, a Gala dinner, and more. Jim is a senior coach for Hooked on Driving where he works with past Cars Yeah guest David Ray Jim and Chris own their own business, Christe James Jewelers, in Danville, California.

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Pilar LeMay is the Operations Manager for LeMay Clean, a new car care company she and her husband, Eric LeMay recently launched. Pilar is an east coast native, growing up in Clifton, New Jersey who graduated from Emerson College in Boston. She met Eric at Emerson and they have been married for 21 years. Early in her career she focused on television communications and writing. She then spent 15 years volunteering at libraries and one of her current roles is managing the LeMay Family Collection’s library at their Marymount car museum in Washington State. You’ll recognize the LeMay name as it relates to the late Harold LeMay who once had the largest car collection in the world. Eric LeMay has been a past guest on Cars Yeah. Part of today’s talk on Cars Yeah will focus on being the spouse of a car fanatic, especially one whose name is LeMay.

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Rich MacDonald is involved in sales and promotions at Hillbank/Superformance in Irvine, California. There they build continuation models of the Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupe, Ford GT40, Caterham, and the Corvette Gran Sport. You can walk in and purchase a new car or have them build one to your exacting specifications. Rich’s father Dave MacDonald raced Cobras to many victories in the 1960s so Rich feels right at home representing these iconic sports cars at Superformance.

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Doug Campbell is in charge of Marketing, Public Relations, and Sales at Hillbank/Superformance in Irvine, California. There they build continuation sports cars including the Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupe, Ford GT40, Caterham, and the Corvette Grand Sport. His career was as an engineer for Texas instruments, then at Ericsson, EF Johnson, and Itron transitioning from engineering to marketing and product development. After another 20 years at Southern California Edison he retired but quickly realized he needed more in his life. A meeting with Lance Stander, the owner of Superformance lead to his current position with the company and now he’s wrapping his passion for automobiles and performance with his new career. You’ll often find him driving his 12 year old Superformance Daytona Coupe in which he’s logged over 50,000 miles in the car on the track, in tours, and traveling.

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Shaun Day is the owner of Stinger Motorsport, a Michigan based professional race team and he works as the Assistant Marketing Manager at Ford for their Global Small, Medium and Sports Car Marketing division. He is a second-generation Ford Motor Company employee and played a major part in the development of the latest Shelby GT350/GT350R. Stinger was forged from Shaun’s love for motorsports and is composed of high performance automotive professionals with a passion for speed. Their proven racing successes sets them apart as they focus on OEM high performance vehicle development. Stinger competes in NASA Time Trial road racing, NMCA True Street drag racing, SCORE Sportsman Unlimited Truck and Rock Crawling. Shaun is also an industry mentor to the McGill University FSAE, Formula SAE team.

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Ed Isky Iskenderian is a treasured legend in the world of American hot rodding. To tell the life story of Ed “Isky” Iskenderian is to tell the history of hot rodding in America. Born in 1921 to first-generation Armenian immigrants, Isky got heavily into hot rodding early in his life. He was in to car clubs before World War II and became known as a cam grinder, making cams for himself and other hot rodders. He grew his business and became the leading authority in less than 10 years. A gifted machinist, an innovator, a leader in the aftermarket performance industry, and with a natural knack for promotions his company, Isky Racing Cams in Culver City, California became known worldwide. He’s made cams for all the greats and many a famous racer including Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and James Garner.

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Jared Kugel is the CEO and Co-Founder of Tire Agent. It is a new smart tire recommendation platform for consumers. Tire Agent takes their driving habits and the purpose of their vehicles into consideration to suggest the perfect tire at the best price. At 31-years-old Jared boasts an impressive 11 years in the tire industry working with manufactures, distributors, and retailers. Many of Jared’s early years in the industry were spent working with his family’s business, where he initiated the company’s first online ordering system, which now represents a significant portion of their sales. Tire Agent dot com provides their customers a fool-proof way to make sure they make the best choice for their automotive tire needs.

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