Cars Yeah with Mark Greene

Larry Chen is an automotive photographer in Los Angeles, California. No doubt you’ve seen his work on the cover of Hot Rod magazine and on line at Speedhunters.com. Larry has a knack for focusing in on the essence of what makes a particular car compelling and on documenting car culture at the pavement level. He has been an avid participant in driving events from autocross to track days, but it is capturing automobiles that drives his passion. He travels the world to document car culture and for a while his focus was on shooting celebrities as he ventured into the world of paparazzi. Today Larry is a Speedhunters Senior Editor, a contributor to Hot Rod magazine, he is the Pikes Peak Hillclimb and Formula Drift official photographer, and he works closely with Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing.

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Jonathan Kotyk is a young racing driver who has been competing in karts on a national and international level for years. He drives for teams including Ocala Gran Prix and Top Kart USA. This year he made the jump to F1600 Pro series and SCCA Majors representing Team Pelfrey and Gap Guard. Jonathan was selected as a team USA Scholarship recipient allowing him to compete in England at the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and in the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone. With the support of Mazda, Honda, Safeisfast, Mockett, and Cooper Tires he is on his way. He’s tested a USF 2000 car before heading to Phoenix for the Mazda Road to Indy on a $200,000 scholarship. His goal is to race in the Verizon Indycar Series.

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Uwe Makrutzki is the manager of factory restorations at Porsche Classic in Stuttgart, Germany. He has 36 years of experience with Porsche, including 17 years as a technician in a Porsche Center, 13 years as a sales manager at a Porsche Center and he’s been a manager of the Porsche Classic since 2014. At the Porsche Classic Center, they repair and perform factory restorations on classic Porsche automobiles using genuine Porsche parts. They have an enormously talented team of craftsmen who meticulously care of classic Porsches, ensuring their heritage and parts match those used in the original builds. Over 70% of Porsche vehicles ever built are still on the road today. Uwe and his team makes sure it stays that way using only quality made in Germany parts, with access to over 52,000 parts from over 1000 classic suppliers.

 

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Mark Jones is the Proprietor at Britsport of Seattle in Seattle, Washington. Since 1992 he and his talented craftsmen restore and repair classic British cars of all marques. They are a full-service restoration business performing award-winning work utilizing experience from over 30 years of painting, restoring, repairing a wide spectrum of vintage cars. They rebuild British gearboxes and Laycock overdrive units as well and perform pre-purchase inspections, in addition to buying and selling fine classic automobiles. Mark worked in the train industry in his prior profession from the time he was in high school working the graveyard shift and attending school in the daytime. He was a dispatcher, telegrapher, yard clerk and more until his passion for cars turned in to a full-time business at Britsport of Seattle.

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Santa Claus, also known as St. Nicholas, Chris Kringle, Father Christmas, and by many other names by children everywhere, just spent the night delivering gifts and good cheer around the world. Santa invited Mark to spend the day at the North Pole, and Mark couldn't wait to take a test drive in that sleigh!

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Leigh Dorrington is an automotive researcher, writer and historian, and the founder and president of Pendine International Automotive Media and Marketing in Essex, Connecticut. He has written for numerous online publications and he is a senior contributor at Vintage Motosport. Leigh has contributed to many book projects and event programs from the Indianapolis 500 to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. He has served as a Director to multiple prestigious concours events, judged, and helped create and curate automotive-related exhibits. He is a founding partner of the Collectors Car Garage in Bedford Hills, New York and in his early career he was a pioneer in the field of motorsports marketing providing strategic guidance, program development, management evaluations and much more.

 

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Rob McCrary, Managing Director of SONAX USA, has more than 25 years of progressively directing and leading companies in both sales and distribution capacities.  Rob has led these companies through start-up, turnaround and growth modes.

Rob has spent the past 6 years as the Managing Director of Vision Investments – the parent company of SONAX USA based in Indianapolis, IN.  Prior to that, he was the Executive Vice President and Partner at RFC Franchising with an emphasis on distribution channels and sales growth.  RFC is a national retail chain in the restaurant industry that saw double digit growth in both sales and locations during his tenure.  He has a strong understanding of both domestic and international distribution channels used in his previous and current positions.

Vision Investments, LLC has seen double digit sales growth, year over year, during his tenure.  SONAX, a manufacturer of quality car care products based in Neuberg, Germany, is a leading manufacturer brand in the automotive industry with partners in 104 countries worldwide.  Vision is the exclusive distributor in the US and continues to see sales and brand awareness growth year over year.

 

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Ricky Miller is the Senior Application Engineer at 3M Auto. He’s been a part of their team for over 11 years. At 3M Auto they work toward improving your automotive life through smarter solutions for your auto projects. Their comprehensive line of 3M and Bondo branded products includes waxes, compounds, adhesives, sandpaper, body filler, and do it yourself kits for all types of projects. Ricky started working in the automotive industry in 1991 honing his skills in bodywork at his local collision repair shops, restorations facilities, and at Delta Airlines where he painted everything from motorcycles to automobiles to aircraft. Ricky is still active in restoration and collision work today. His hobbies include anything around cars, car shows, drag racing, and spending time with his family and children helping them work on their vehicles.

 

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Dean Morash owns and operates So Cal Classic Car Storage in Orange County, California. Dean is a late life entrepreneur and has leveraged his marketing experience in high technology and in aerospace manufacturing and a lifetime of wrenching on and buying and selling cars to create this unique business. His vision for this business is to provide Orange County car owners the opportunity to continue to enjoy their cars and secure them in an environment that is designed with their cars and their lifestyles in mind. So Cal Classic Car Storage is more than car storage we are an experience, a valet service that doubles as a destination for customers who periodically need to decompress in a purpose-built car environment". 

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Jay Schneider is the President of Lake Country Manufacturing in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Lake Country has over 40 years in the industry and is a pioneering manufacturer of buffing and polishing products that are sold worldwide. They offer a wide variety of automotive detailing supplies including buffing and polishing pads, microfiber, backing plates, scuff balls, applicators, cleaning accessories, and more. Jay spent time in the sports business and non-profit organizations that put on both professional and amateur events as well as FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. Today he is the second generation to lead the Lake Country Manufacturing Company.

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Zachary Dillinger (no relation to John) is a freelance automotive writer and USPAP-compliant appraiser at Wipiak Consulting and Appraisers who writes about cars for RM Sotheby's and Auctions America. He also collects and restores cars with a special focus on pre-war American examples. Though his first love is cars, Zachary is also a passionate woodworker who specializes in reproducing antique American furniture. He is the author of With Saw, Plane and Chisel: Building Historic American Furniture with Hand Tools (F&W Media) as well as numerous nationally published magazine and journal articles. His second book, “Duct Tape is Flammable: an automotive life” is due out next year.

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Iain Wood is the Commercial Director at Hemmels in the United Kindgdom. At Hemmels, Iain and their skilled craftsmen restore and maintain classic Mercedes-Benz automobiles, with an emphasis on the Pagoda models, using their tried and tested methods, what they call the Neugeboren process. Whether you want your car rebuilt to your own specific requirements with modern characteristics, or perfectly original, just as it left the factory, Hemmels delivers. They do it all from metal work, engine building, paint, and interior restoration. Iain is originally from Canada and has worked in the UK for over 20 years for start-up companies in IT, Bio-Tech, and today his focus is on his passion for automobiles. He is drawn to businesses that are pioneering, globally focused, and in pursuit of excellence.

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Rich Duisberg lives in the United Kingdom and he is an occasional writer and presenter who once earned a living helping companies to put new cars together properly. He is the Editor at the website, Motorpunk, an eclectic mix of road trips, budget motorsport, intercontinental banger rallies, appreciation of modern classics, and above all, a genuine passion for the ‘best of British’. Rich’s writing has been published in numerous magazines including Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Banzai, Evo, GT Porsche, and more. He has often appeared on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels enthusing about historic motoring twaddle. His latest book, Confessions From Quality Control, is a light hearted traipse through various car factories around the world, and is described by SniffPetrol as “hilarious”. Among the clutter in his garage is an Alfa Romeo GTV, MK1 MX-5, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell was once quoted about Rich when asked to ride in Morgan 3 Wheeler, “I’m not getting in a car with him!”

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Ernie Francis Jr. is a Trans Am TA Class racer driving for Breathless Racing running a Ford Mustang TA race car. He grew up in a racing family, his father was a racer, and Ernie’s been behind the wheel since he was 13 year old when he moved from karts to a Spec Miata. At 14 he won championships in both NASA and FARA grabbing 32 top ten finishes, 26 top five finishes, 25 podiums and 21 wins. At 15 he became the youngest, licensed driver in the Pirelli World Challenge Championships earning Rookie of The Year. In 2014 he raced a Mazda MX-5 and a Camaro GTS and he claimed the title of Trans Am Champion. In 2015 he raced again in the trans Am and World Challenge. In 2016 Ernie ran a Ford Mustang Boss 302R and clinched his third straight Trans Am TA4 Championship.

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Francesco Ginocchio is the Global Marketing and Communication Manager at RUPES near Milan, Italy. He’s been a part of the RUPES team for over 6 years after spending 10 years at Caterpillar as a Brand and Marketing Manager. Rupes is an Italian company with a 70-year history of designing and producing the finest in innovative machine tools and their reputation in the automotive surface care sector is world renown. At RUPES, Francesco is responsible for the global marketing for the brand to grow awareness for the companies Bigfoot brand in the detailing marketplace. He holds Masters degrees in Marine Engineering and Business Administration. RUPES just built and opened a facility in the United States as they continue to grow in the marketplace and you can enjoy my talk with Dylan von Kleist, their US Marketing Manager here at Cars Yeah.

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Ulrich, or Ulli as his friends call him, is the Director of Global Communications for Recaro Automotive Seating in Germany. Ulli was born in Cologne/Germany in 1965 and has been working in the automotive industry for over 30 years, filling various communications roles from a free-lance journalist via sales marketing to being the global media spokesperson for the world wide leading automotive seating manufacturer Adient. In this function, Ulli is also responsible for internal and external communications for Adient’s premium brand RECARO Automotive Seating. Born as the son of an automotive engineer who took him to race tracks at a very young age, Ulli was infected with the racing virus. He worked his way up to professional touring car and GT-racing, being a factory driver for Volvo from 2002 until 2004. His greatest success was the overall title win in the 2012 German Endurance Championship plus four class wins in the 24 hour race in the so called “Green Hell”, the Nürburgring, from 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2017 with Audi.

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Justin Bell is a TV and Web Show Host with a lifetime of experience in the racing and automotive world. His career began in 1988 and since then his accomplishments include the 1997 FIA GT2 World Championship, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998 and a second-place finish in Le Mans and Daytona, and a pair of SCCA Trans-Am wins. He’s raced for major car manufacturers including: Saab, Peugeot, Porsche, BMW, Dodge, and General Motors. He’s driven for Dodge Viper and General Motors in their Corvette Racing Team at Daytona 24 Hours and Le mans and Petit Le Mans. Today Justin spends a lot of time expanding his broadcasting and hosting career living in Los Angeles, writing new shows and hosting for a variety of clients. And of course, his father is the famed Derek Bell, the noted professional race car driver with a long career racing and winning numerous Championships.

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Derek Bell is a legendary motor racing driver who is regarded as one of the greatest sports car and endurance racing drivers of his era. He is a five-time Le Mans winner, three-time Daytona 24 winner and two-time World Sports Car Champion. His career spans the Ferrari 512 and Porsche 917, Gulf-Mirage era, Renault’s turbo effort at Le Mans, Porsche 936 and 962, the Kremer Porsche K8, Ferrari 333 SP and McLaren F1 which earned him yet another Le Mans podium with his son Justin in 1995. Splitting his time between homes in the United Kingdom and the United States, you will find Derek at the world’s major automotive and motor sports events. In 2012 Derek was inducted in to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and in 2013 inducted in to the Le Mans 24 Hours Drivers Hall of Fame.

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Jonathan Sierakowski is your Passionate, Trusted Advisor at Sierakowski Classic Car Advisors in Raleigh, North Carolina. There he provides a variety of services including acquisitions and sales, collection consulting, historical automotive research, appraisals and estate planning. It all started in his teens when Jonathan worked for Butch Gordon at Manchester Motor Car Company, cleaning up and chasing parts. He began writing auction descriptions, reporting on sales, and much, much, more. He spent time with RM Auctions researching and reporting on cars and today helps clients around the world find their dream automobiles. Jonathan is an active member of the American Society of Appraisers, Society of Automotive Historians, STuTZ Club, Classic Car Club of America, the Marmon Club and a dozen of other organizations and automobile clubs.

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Kevin Pranger is the Director of Motorsports at Katech. Kevin started at Katech when he was only 15 years old and has been there ever since, a rare dedication for someone in the racing world. Katech was founded in 1977 and they provide their customers with innovative products and cutting edge technologies in the area of engine design, prototyping, testing, R&D, manufacturing, and vehicle modifications. During his years in school he worked as an apprentice engine builder and after years of training under Katech’s veteran builders he was offered the opportunity to manager one of General Motors engine programs and it was Chevrolet’s SCCA Trans Am class. That was 1991. There he developed the 310 CID V-8 with which they won the Championship. He’s managed GM’s road race programs and went on to develop an engine for what was the beginning to the most successful road racing programs in GM’s history. He was promoted to Director of Motorsports at Katech.

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Chris Walters is the Director of Marketing at Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care. Jay Leno isn’t just known for his long comedy career, he is a serious automotive enthusiast with a large and eclectic collection of classic and vintage automobiles. He recently launched a complete line of surface care products and that’s where Chris comes in to the picture. Chris is a life long automotive enthusiast with an obsession for air-cooled Volkswagens and a passion for protecting and preserving all forms of automotive heritage. He was the Business Products Developer and Sales at System 51, for 6 years, prior to joining Jay Leno’s Garage in 2016 to help launch and promote this new and exciting brand. You’ll find the entire car care line at Leno’s Garage. And be sure to catch Jay Leno’s Garage on YouTube and NBC TV.

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