Cars Yeah with Mark Greene

Jimmy Dinsmore is a nationally syndicated automotive journalist who for years has reviewed new vehicles, offering up a unique look and an interesting voice in his weekly national column titled Driver’s Side. He writes from a consumer viewpoint sharing his real-world view of vehicles. Jimmy has co-authored the book Mustang by Design, published by CarTech and it covers the 40-year career of Gale Halderman, the original designer of the first Mustang. Mustang by Design takes you on a journey from a design standpoint and features many inside stories correcting much of the misinformation surrounding this iconic pony car.

One lucky Cars Yeah subscriber will win a copy of Jimmy’s book Mustang by Design compliments of Jimmy and CarTech books.

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Amanda Gutierrez is the Vice-President for Automotive Restoration at McPherson College, offering the only accredited bachelor’s degree in historic automotive restoration in the United States. Amanda leads the team in strategic planning, fundraising, promotion, academics, and career services. Her work takes her around the country engaging with car collectors, restoration specialists, and industry leaders. In 2012, Amanda led the effort to create a strategic plan for the program, engaging automotive experts, alumni, faculty, and administration. The result was a vision to compete at Pebble Beach with a car restored by students. Amanda is a neophyte car enthusiast whose highlights so far include racing a 1963 Corvette in a regional “Run What you Brung” drag race, accepting the 2015 International Historic Motoring Award's Industry Supporter of the Year in London on behalf of the college, and driving the 1953 Hughes-Kircher Special in the Colorado Grand this year.

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Dennis Savage is the Producer of the YouTube channel Bring ‘Em Back to Life. He spends his time traveling around the country interviewing salvage yard owners creating what he calls ‘Memory Candy’ through the old cars and trucks he finds and their caretakers. Dennis was raised riding in Model T’s and A’s, homemade doodlebugs, touring cars including a Pierce Arrow, and his Grandpa’s 1934 Rolls Royce. He and his fiancé Renee eloped in a ’57 Chevy he named ‘The Blue Angel, and that started a 50-year love affair with Tri-Five Chevrolets. Dennis loves the challenge of getting an old car running again and then making it go… and stop!

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Rich Pepe and his best friend Frank DiPaola founded the Carmel Mission Classic, a Concours event that is held during Car Week in August at the 300-year-old Spanish Mission in Carmel, California. He is a retired New York City Police Department officer who has worked as an EMT, in law enforcement and the highway patrol. He caught the car bug early in life and his quest to go fast came in handy while working in the highway patrol. He started organizing car shows in the parking lot of St. Columbanus Church. That lead to the Carmel Mission Classic and they have raised close to a quarter million dollars for the Knights of Columbus and their charities. Pretty cool for two kids from Brooklyn. He also put together the unique Peekskill Vintage Grand Prix on the banks of the Hudson River. Today, Rich works at Deutsche Bank overseeing Health & Safety for all of the bank's offices located throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Rich’s motto is, “Cars are made to be driven.”

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Kevin Williams is the CEO of RGK Innovations, the maker of the Brush Hero, an innovative cleaning tool that is powered by water. Brush Hero was designed to be the best wheel brush ever and it can be used to clean muck off a multitude of surfaces. You’ll also find cleaning and detailing supplies on the Brush Hero website. This is Kevin’s 4th start up and his second in the automotive space. Prior to RGK, Kevin ran the international businesses of the largest canoe and kayak manufacturer in the world, developed environmental training systems in China, built the world’s first hot dog vending machine, and ran a 15 truck mobile tire installation business titled TireVan. RGK is a decentralized company with staff in five states and in five countries. 

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Ed Golden is the owner of Golden Customs NY, the East Coast's premier fabrication specialists. Located an hour north from New York City in Pine Island New York, he’s been designing and building custom vehicles for over 30 years. He and his team do all the work from paint and body to custom interiors and audio systems, custom engine and driveline work, and complete automotive electronics. No doubt you’ve seen Ed on many of his television appearances including Overhaulin, with Jay Leno, Mike Rowe’s Returning the Favor, Car Wars with Funkmaster Flex, and on Gold Rush with Dave Turi, where he built a SEMA show truck. 

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Mike Furnari is the Chief Business Development Officer at HyreCar. HyreCar is a car sharing marketplace for ridesharing. It’s a company that helps people find a car quickly by renting a vehicle that they can then use to earn income as a hired driver with Uber and or Lyft. The HyreCar motto is ‘Building Roads to Financial Freedom – One Driver, One Vehicle, One Road at a Time’. Mike participated in Seed, Series A, and Bridge fundraising rounds to expand HyreCar and he is also the primary point of contact with fleet operators including Uber and Lyft, and other strategic external relationships for the company. Prior to joining the executive team, Mike managed a fleet of vehicles on the HyreCar platform.

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Patrick Thiele is a co-founder, along with his business partner, Gianni Cabiglio, of Corsa Lusso:The Enthusiast Coffee, an automotive-inspired lifestyle brand. Patrick manages daily operations, retail and e-commerce oversight, and business development opportunities.  As a lifelong motorsport enthusiast, Patrick grew up around a variety of cars, motorcycles, and boats, and learned at a very young age that his passion involved driving anything with a motor. Patrick also works as a consultant in the international trade industry, specializing in sales of food, hardware, equipment, and vehicles. When he is not working, Patrick enjoys traveling, snowboarding, drinking great coffee, and driving fun cars!

We met at the Revival Road party and Pete Stout’s Rare Shades event at Bruce Canepa’s shop.

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Amber Blonigan founded Gi Automotive in Beverly Hills, California in 2004. Amber is one of the most accomplished females in the high end automotive and aftermarket industry. Her business is a premier automotive repair and service center focusing in high-end marques including BMW, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Bentley, and McLaren catering to both luxury and exotic automobile owners. Amber’s passion for cars pushes her to strive to provide her customers with the best experience possible when caring for their prized automobiles. She owns and drives exotics and at Gi Automotive, they offer maintenance, repairs, plus performance and restyling upgrades. 

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Randy Carlson is the owner and founder of Carchaeology.com, Oldbug.com, and Californiacar.com. He has been a very active member of the SoCal automotive scene since the 1980’s providing a platform for buyers and sellers. Randy is an old car, odd car, and Volkswagen know-it-all. He is an appraiser and automotive TV show host and his awards, appearances, and magazine features keep growing. You’ve seen him on Discovery Channel’s Sticker Shock, on Jay Leno’s Garage, the web series Barn Find Hunter, and in The Bug Movie. Randy’s also played a part in Lords of the Car Hoards, Rusted Development, Monster Garage, Herbie Fully Loaded and in numerous magazines as well. 

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Alex Ostanin is the Co-Founder and CTO of Hudway. Also joining us today is Nadia Noskova, Chief Operating Officer. They provide hardware and software solutions that enhance driving safety and comfort while staying connected behind the wheel. Products include their Glass, Cast and the Hudway Go app that are used by over 4 million drivers and riders worldwide. Their Hudway Sight is an AR heads-up display for cyclists and motorcyclists that attaches to the rider’s helmet within the drivers’ line of sight and a brain that mounts on the back of the helmet to transmit information to the lens. In addition to his launching the hardware products for Hudway, Alex also founded a legal consulting company in 2004 that specializes in bankruptcy and crisis management. He is a skilled driver who loves to rally race in Europe and Russia. 

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Roberto Guerrero is a professional race car driver who started racing at the age of twelve when he captured two Colombian National Championships in the country where he was born. His father, Roberto Guerrero Sr., competed in the 1948 Olympic Games in cycling representing Argentina. Roberto raced Formula Fords, Formula 3, and raced for the German Maurer-BMW Team in European Formula 2. He joined the Morris Nunn Formula 1 Team and raced for two years in the Formula 1 World Championship. In 1984, he started racing Indy Cars and in 1992, he won the Pole Position for the Indianapolis 500 setting the one and four-lap records of 232.618 mph. He’s raced off-road, the Baja 1000, and NASCAR, and today he’s a pro driver, lead driver, product specialist, broadcaster, and instructor in numerous automotive venues and marques. I was fortunate to catch up with Roberto at the Monterey Historic Races this past summer where he was representing Jaguar.

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Bruce Meyers grew up in Southern California during the days of drag racing, surfing, and dune buggies. Bruce designed and built the first lightweight dune buggie and called the Meyers Manx. He built the first 12, all monocoque bodies, in 1964. The first Meyers Manx was named Old Red and Bruce still owns that Manx today. B.F. Meyers & Co. built 5,280 Meyers Manx kits, several hundred Manx II’s and 1,000 Meyers Tow’ds, a few hundred Manx SR’s and 75 Resorters/Turista’s - a total of nearly 7,000 kits. He started a storm that became an icon. Old Red beat the standing Tijuana to La Paz motorcycle record by over five hours culminating in the first Baja off-road race. Old Red was inducted into the Historic Vehicle Register as a car of significant design and construction. Today Bruce and his wife, Winnie, run Meyers Manx Inc. which offers 5 different models of kit cars out of Southern California.

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Tod Warmack and his brother Scott along with partner Jim Dowling in Tallahassee, Florida collaborated with graphic designer Kevin Morgan to bring to life the vision of a modern-day Trans Am. And that’s exactly what this team did building these iconic cars for enthusiasts. Starting as Trans Am Depot in 2011, Tod, his brother, and their team, partnered with legendary Hurst Performance making history as the first ever licensed Hurst Edition Trans Am. Demand grew and their small shop became a full production facility. Today, Trans Am Depot and Trans Am Worldwide builds retro-mods, restores classics as well as offering new technology muscle cars with a classic retro look and feel. You can enjoy Tod on Discovery’s all-new Trans Am TV show that premieres today, Tuesday, October 2 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. 

If you missed yesterday’s Cars Yeah show with Tod’s brother Scott, you’ll find it on the Cars Yeah website.

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Scott Warmack, his brother Tod, along with partner Jim Dowling of Tallahassee, Florida, collaborated with graphic designer Kevin Morgan to bring to life the vision of a modern-day Trans Am. And that’s exactly what this team did, building cars for enthusiasts. Starting as Trans Am Depot in 2011, Scott, his brother, and their team, partnered with the legendary Hurst Performance making history as the first ever licensed Hurst Edition Trans Am. Demand grew and their small shop has become two full production facilities. Today, Trans Am Depot and Trans Am Worldwide build retro-mods and restore classics as well as offer new technology muscle cars with a classic retro look and feel. You can enjoy Scott and the team on Discovery’s all-new Trans Am TV show that premieres tomorrow, Tuesday, October 2 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. 

Don’t miss tomorrow’s show when I talk with Scott’s brother, Tod Warmack, here on Cars Yeah.

 

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Gary Bennett is the Vice President of Consignment for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. His career in the collector car industry has spanned over 45 years by actively buying, selling, and participating in the collector industry. Known for his knowledge of cars and extreme honesty, integrity, and credibility, he spent 17 years as Vice President of Barrett-Jackson Auctions. During his time, they grew from $18M to $130M in sales and saw attendance grow from 70,000 to 350,000 for their signature event alone. Gary has been President of Lister North America, Lister Restoration and of Coach Connection. Aside from his love of automobiles, he is also passionate about motorcycles, he’s raced vintage NASCAR, Trans-AM, European sports cars, and open wheel racecars as well. No doubt you’ve seen his writing for the New York Times, Autoweek, Motor Trend, and many other publications and seen him on numerous automotive television shows.

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Muffy Bennett is the CEO at Bennett Automotive Specialists and the Director of New Business Development at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in Phoenix, Arizona. Her addiction for all things wheeled began as a child. After a successful 17-year career as a paralegal, she became Operations Director for ASAA Auction Company. She then opened a collector car dealership and in 2013, she was asked to set up a retail dealership division for Barrett-Jackson Auction known as the Barrett-Jackson Collection offering a full-service center, detailing, insurance, sales, and more. Muffy and her husband, Gary, were recruited to spearhead Ritchie Bros. Auction company’s entry into the collector car auction niche. She retains her collector car dealership and specializes in brokering to elite and celebrity clientele. When she’s not chasing cars, Muffy enjoys riding motorcycles, target shooting, being a Professional Ringman for charity auctions, and judging for the annual International Auctioneer’s Championship. 

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Steven Aghakhani is a 15-year-old racer who started racing go-karts, when he was just seven years old, after spending time at the racetrack with his father. When Steven was ready to move from go-kart racing to exotics, he began training with Michael Essa, the 2013 Formula Drift Champion. Steven was named US RaceTronics’ development driver at the age of 13 and has set record speeds for his age and he just secured an FIA Pro license scheduled to be active for his 16th birthday next year. His racing this year included first place titles at the NASA and SCCA pro series southern region championship. Steven currently drives the Huracán Super Trofeo Evo.

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Sam Schmidt is a former IndyCar driver and the current co-owner of Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports in Indianapolis, Indiana. He grew up working on racecars and his father was a drag racer. At the age of 32, he embarked on his first season of IndyCar competition and he became a pole and race winner in 1999. Sam was severely injured in a testing accident at Walt Disney World Speedway and was later diagnosed as a quadriplegic due to a severe injury to his spinal cord. Sam was not deterred and he forged on to create The Conquer Paralysis Now Foundation and Sam Schmidt Motorsports, just 14 months after his accident. Despite Sam remaining paralyzed from his chest down, he has been granted a drivers license, the first of its kind, which allows him to drive a semi-autonomous vehicle.

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Peter Higham has been working in the British Motorsport Press since 1986 when he joined Autosport. His time with Autosport spans 28 years and includes running the annual Autosport Awards, a little party for 1,200 guests ranging from Ayrton Senna to Richard Petty, Lewis Hamilton, and Mario Andretti. Peter managed their photographic archives for 17 years and was Autosport and F1 Racing Magazine’s Publishing Director before going freelance in 2014. His first book, The Guinness Guide to Motor Racing came out in 1993 and was updated as the International Motor Racing Guide a decade later. His three-volume World Encyclopedia of Racing Drivers was published in 2013 and he is currently working on a decade-by-decade history of Formula 1–F1 Car-by-Car, with the 1960s and 1970s, already published. 

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Chris Corrado is an automotive artist from Boston, Massachusetts. He studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and Art Center College of Design and Concept Design Academy in Los Angeles. He loves to draw hot rods and concept cars in a loose and colorful style.

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Jim Osborn, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon, Assistant Professor at UT College of Medicine and the Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder at the Austin Hatcher Foundation. The mission of the Austin Hatcher Foundation is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and to optimize each child’s quality of life through essential, specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship. So what does this have to do with cars, hot rods, and racing?  Their new Education Advancement Center includes programs available for individuals along with families in which to participate including the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Building Challenge and Driving Performance Improvement Programs in simulators. They are also the Proud Charities recipients of the International Motor Sports Association, (IMSA).

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Ryan Truax is the President and Founder of Advanced Fuel Dynamics, a company that manufactures performance flex fuel systems that bring E85 to the bolt-on world. E85 ethanol is used in engines modified to accept higher concentrations of ethanol. His systems unlock performance that is unattainable when running on gasoline and allow performance enthusiasts to safely and reliably make big power with E85. Ryan has been a gearhead all his life and he was an early pioneer in using E85 as a race fuel. He’s a foremost expert on E85 and flex-fuel technology.

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Tom Perazzo is a Porsche enthusiast who enjoys wrenching on old cars as much as he loves driving them. His passion to share his enthusiasm spurred him to launch a YouTube channel he calls Ahhgaragetime, where he shares his car restoration tips and tricks geared toward DIY’ers. Tom has designed and manufactured a handful of car-related products that support his ongoing restoration addiction which include VW/Porsche engine test stands, custom Porsche 356 toe boards, and some rust repair parts. After tackling a Porsche 356 restoration, he dove into a Porsche 911 and Ahhgaragetime became a weekly restoration vlog. Cars don't need to be a money pit if you’re willing to learn to do it yourself, and as we all know, the journey is often more fun than the destination.

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Her Royal Highness, Vidita Singh of Barwani started her career as a professional automotive artist about 15 years ago. Her passion for automobiles has been passed down for generations from her great-grandfather onward. He was the Maharaja of the state of Barwani in Central India and one of the first people to bring the steam locomotive and paved roadways into Central India. Her father, past Cars Yeah guest, His Royal Highness Rana Manvendra Singh, is a renowned figure in the automobile industry and was responsible for bringing a magnificent collection of the Cars of the Maj to Pebble Beach this summer. Vidita works in a range of mediums including oils, charcoals, and watercolors. She alludes to the novelty automobiles that were in the bygone era and the artistic and mechanical masterpieces they are today.

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Vidita at the AFAS event on the lawn at Pebble Beach during the Concours last month.

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Mark Nureddine is the CEO of Bull Outdoor Products, a company that provides grills, islands, and grilling components to over 900 dealers and distributors within North America and an additional 15 other countries and growing. For most people, tinkering, and testing on open flame grills in your garage is not advised but Mark is not most people. His efforts with developing grills in a closed environment led to his success. He grows his own grapes in his vineyard in Lodi, California, and is a hobbyist winemaker along with having a passion for international culinary endeavors. He is a Certified Barbeque Judge for the Kansas City Barbeque Society and served as a judge for Bull Outdoor Products and their Bull Burger Battle. Mark is also an enthusiastic car collector and international auto enthusiast having traveled the world attending car events. His company is also the Ironstone Concours Tour Sponsor for 2018.

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Karl Ludvigsen lives in Suffolk, England, and is respected as a close and knowledgeable observer of, and participant in, the world of motor industry. In addition to his activities as an executive at GM, Fiat, and Ford, and head of a consulting company, he has been active for over 60 years as an author and historian. As an author, co-author or editor, he has some five dozen books to his credit, most concerning cars, drivers, racing, and technology, which is his life-long passion. Many have been garlanded for their high standard of writing and research. His newest book, Reid Railton: Man of Speed, is a two-volume set that tells the story of Cheshire-born, Reid Antony Railton, an engineer par excellence and his life creating an extraordinary range of cars.

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Bob Devlin is a fourth generation Californian having grown up in his family’s native Sacramento prior to moving to Pebble Beach at the age of 14 where he enjoyed the second running of the Pebble Beach Races and Concours d’Elegance. Bob started competing in Sports Car and Formula Junior racecars in 1957 and took to Concours judging some forty years ago. He just completed his 32nd year at Pebble Beach as a Class, Chief of Class, and now Honorary Judge. He has authored or co-authored more than 135 articles for various automotive and travel magazines and event-related programs. Bob authored two books:  Pebble Beach, a Matter of Style, in 1980, and Pebble Beach, The Art of the Poster, in 2003. He has begun his third year of teaching at The Academy of Art University: The History of Automotive Design. Bob is also an Ironstone Concours d’Elegance Board Member.

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Louise Noeth is the founder of LandSpeed Productions where she has provided film and TV consulting, photography, writing, graphic design, and more since 1984. She is a storyteller known for taking complicated subjects and making them entertaining and educational. Her award-winning works have been published around the world. Dubbed LandSpeed Louise, she concentrates on land speed racing and the people who do extraordinary feats by designing, building, and driving fast cars, trucks, and motorcycles. She’s one of the few women journalists in the automotive field who’s also comfortable and competent behind the wheel. Today she’s returned to talk about a very important subject, the Bonneville Salt Flats, their condition, and their future. Louise was my 285th guest back on Monday, July 6, 2015.

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Nick Pon has been an associate perpetrator at the 24 Hours of Lemons since 2006. The 24 Hours of Lemons is an endurance road racing series where the drivers are limited to $500 or less to build their cars. Pretty much any four-wheeled machine, that is street legal when made, is eligible. Nick’s past includes being the editor at Corvette Magazine, assistant editor at Excellence Magazine, and he’s written for Sports Car International, a variety of online outlets, and he is a professional photographer having shot for numerous automotive events and publications. Nick’s also a Vespa enthusiast and rider. The 24 Hours of Lemons was founded by past Cars Yeah guest Jay Lamm and other past Lemons guests include Jeff Bloch, known as Speedy Cop, and Eric Rood.

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Jason Rose is the Director of Global Training for RUPES USA. With a total of 40 years in the car care industry, Jason spent 20 years with Meguiar’s in their Professional Division before joining RUPES. RUPES is an Italian company with a 65-year history of designing and producing the finest in innovative machine tools and their reputation in the automotive surface care sector is world renown. RUPES recently built and opened a facility in Colorado as they continue to grow in the US marketplace. Jason is a top industry leader in surface care and correction, product development, and training. His history in car care goes back to detailing cars in high school and that business financed his college education. Today, one of his focuses is training for the RUPES BigFoot as its Car Detailing Academy Director.

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Ralph Sheheen is the FOX Sports Play-by-Play Talent for Monster Energy Supercross and the Host Talent for FOX Sports coverage of Formula E.  He is the owner of Speed Sport, the oldest and most trusted brand name in American motorsports journalism. Speed Sport is 84 years old, having started in 1934 and used to be owned by the iconic Chris Economaki. He produces two magazines, Speed Sport and Sprint Car & Midget and they host the website SpeedSport.com. They produce over 30 National TV shows a year including the award-winning Suzuki Presents Speed Sports series for MAVTV. Ralph is a true automotive and motorcycle enthusiast, he is a racer, logging laps in everything from sports cars and Indy cars to karts and Thunder Roadsters. He has also competed in the Baja 1000 and took a second-place finish in Class 7, 4X4.

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Mark Gessler is the President and Founder of the Historic Vehicle Association, known as the HVA, and the National Historic Vehicle Register, a public/private partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior and Library of Congress. The HVA’s goal is to document and preserve America’s automotive heritage for the next 500 years. A former tech entrepreneur turned social entrepreneur, Mark is focused on preserving the global automotive heritage and he also serves as North American Ambassador, representative, and board member for FIVA since 2008. He is the founder of Scuderia SPORTS Zagato that has achieved two overall victories and seven podium finishes in the Mille Miglia since 2010. Mark is a frequent advisor, speaker, judge, competitor, and participant in historic automobile events including the Amelia Island Concours, Pebble Beach Concours, and many others.

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Nick Skeens is a freelance journalist who lives on a barge that he helped build in Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex, UK. He is an author who started writing about creativity for the UK’s Design Council covering subjects ranging from design education to creative thinking. He is the co-author of Future Present, Creative Island, and Creative Island II, books that celebrated British design genius by focusing on the creative process. His latest book, The Perfect Car, by EVRO Publishing, is a biography of the incredible John Barnard, who revolutionized motorsport across the world. Barnard introduced aerospace technology to the sport and designed game-changing innovations such as the first use of the carbon-fiber monocoque chassis with McLaren, and the paddle-shifted, semi-automatic gearbox with Ferrari. Nick’s past includes time as a news editor and producer in television. 

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Eric Rood works for the 24 Hours of Lemons as a Media Stooge, BS Judge, and Special Projects' Puppet for this $500 endurance-racing series. Eric is a latecomer to the car hobby, having delved into the automotive world by helping to build a Lemons car in 2010. After racing Lemons a couple times, he started writing about cars in his spare time, focusing on cheap-car endurance racing and the oft-ignored world of obscure or forgotten Rust Belt junk. That grew into full-time, general automotive and motorsport freelancing work in 2016 with contributions to Roadkill, BangShift, and other outlets. Today, Eric enjoys spending his spare time in junkyards, watching motorsports, and wrenching on his own Lemons-grade project cars.

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Shami Kalra is the founder of Omologato, a British watch brand that was established in 2015. His goal is to create fine motorsport-inspired timepieces designed to celebrate iconic locations, cars, and figures. Shami has more than 25 years of experience in the watchmaking industry and brings his passion for all things motorsports to his brand, Omologato. His focus is to ensure that every timepiece he produces is a real tribute to the sport. The watches are hand assembled using a world-leading chronograph movement, housed in British design cases with bespoke faces, and straps. They offer the broadest and most accessible range of watches designed specifically for the automobile enthusiast in the today's world.

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Lee Stratton is a User Experience Engineer at DriversEd.com, the number one online driving school. Lee’s a passionate and experienced car craftsman who spends much of his days and nights customizing, building, and rebuilding cars and motorcycles. DriversED has courses offered directly through partners including some of the largest schools in the country. It is an industry leader in teaching defensive driving and safety-related tips, news, and strategies. The sight offers comprehensive solutions, online drivers education, in-car driving lessons, traffic school, insurance telematics and more. Lee is a CRO Specialist, analyst and experimental designer with over 10 years of experience in UI Design. He’s also a very talented pinstriper. 

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Julia Taylor-Stanley has a demonstrable track record in feature film financing, production, and distribution and she is one of the most well-respected film producers in the UK. Her most recent film, Ferrari: Race to Immortality is a groundbreaking motor racing documentary. It won the prestigious FOCAL Award for the best use of footage in a sports production. Julia began her career as a songwriter and record producer working with artists including Meatloaf, Roger Daltrey, and Diana Ross. She wrote her first novel Mystica as well. Ferrari: Race to Immortality is about racing in the 1950s and the dawn of the iconic Scuderia Ferrari in the Formula One World Championship, which was the deadliest decade in motor racing history. The film tells the story of the loves and losses, triumphs and tragedies of Ferrari’s most decorated drivers.

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Michael Ledwitz is an automotive artist and aspiring TV Host. His professional career in automotive art started after he was in a near fatal car accident in 2005. He was forced to slow down from work in franchising in order to heal. His painting began as a hobby; a way to relax and reflect. Soon after, people started to notice Michael's talent and began requesting commissioned pieces of their own. Since then, Michael's accomplishments include silent auction pieces for Zoo Atlanta, commissioned paintings for Carroll Shelby's 85th birthday in Las Vegas, Shelby Licensee, and he was the featured artist for this year's Atlanta Concours 'd Elegance at Chateau Elan.  There is the inception of a TV show titled SPEEDWELL with Michael Ledwitz as well as developing the most amazing network of car enthusiasts; many of which are clients and all of which are now considered friends.  

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Theresa Gilpatrick is the Executive Director of the Ferrari Club of America. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, the heart of car culture. Always having the car bug, she collected Matchbox cars, built Revell models and anticipated her driver’s license far too early. After a post-college move, her association with Ferraris grew deeper and she acquired a 308 QV, a 330 2+2 two headlight, a Testarossa, a 250 Cabriolet Series II, among others. She earned a Masters degree in Non-profit Management in 1996 and has served in the non-profit sector for over 25 years. Her position with the Ferrari Club of America allows her to use her education, support the collector car hobby, and give back through a wonderful platform filled with Ferrari tifosi. 

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Paul Mathers is the Event Director for Motorclassica, Australia’s most prestigious classic motoring event attracting over 23,000 automotive enthusiasts annually. His passion for cars was realized when Exhibitions & Trade Fairs hired Paul to envision and deliver the first Motorclassica – the Australian International Concours d’Elegance and Classic Motor Show, which has taken place in Melbourne since 2010. Paul’s passion for automobiles goes back to his childhood and he still owns his first classic, a Jaguar Mk II, that he purchased 30 years ago. Paul’s career has seen him manage some of Australia’s largest events and expos. In addition to Motorclassica, his current portfolio also includes Australia’s largest capital city 4x4 outdoors show.

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Brad Phillips is the National Relationship Manager and Brand Ambassador for Hagerty Insurance. Over his lifetime, he’s attempted to restore over 30 vehicles from the Nickel era through the 1990s. Brad’s a road trip fanatic, having been coast to coast and everywhere in between. He is a multi-year veteran of long-distance rallies and tours including the Great Race, and he’s the only person to attempt driving an Amphicar from Tennessee to Vermont. It didn’t go well. He’s in the middle of a two-year project restoring a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger. Brad’s been involved in the collector car insurance business since 2003 helping enthusiasts worldwide to protect their ‘fun stuff’. He is also a speaker, moderator, judge, a regular at The Concours d’Lemons and hosts an annual Amelia Island or Bust caravan.

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Scott Brandt is the owner of MotoExotica in St. Louis, Missouri, where he and his team have been selling collectible, special interest, pre-owned, and exotic automobiles since 1988. You’ll find vehicles from late model sports cars and touring cars to hot rods, muscle cars, replicas, American, and European classics, trucks, jeeps, customs, and race cars. At MotoExocita, you can sell or consign a vehicle. It's one of those destination dealerships that’s like walking through a museum filled with fun, inspiring automobiles and there's no doubt you’ll find something you’ll want to drive home.

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Tanner Foust is a multi-talented driver known for his supreme car control and proven track record of podium finishes, national championships, and world records. He is a three-time U.S. Rallycross Champion, a four-time X Games gold medal winner, and two-time Formula Drift Champion. He has held multiple world records including his incredible Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare and his indoor speed record for TV's Top Gear USA, setting a distance jump record with a Hot Wheels ramp-to-ramp leap of 332 feet. Tanner is the first American driver to win a round of the European Rallycross Championship and he is a dominant driver in Rallycross here in the USA. He’s competed in open wheel, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, SCORE Baja and numerous other racing venues. You’ve seen him on the History Channel’s Top Gear as their on-camera host and he’s completed many stunts for various films, TV shows, and commercials.

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Marshall Buck is the Founder of Creative Miniature Associates, known as CMA Models where he creates and builds some of the world’s finest model cars. His client list is a virtual who’s who of “movers and shakers” in the collectible automotive world. Marshall builds the finest, highly detailed, custom built to order models, one-off models, his own line of limited edition models, represents other top level craftsmen, artists, brokers, and sells some of the rarest one-of-a-kind scratch-built models from around the world. In his latest venture, Marshall is helping launch a new publication titled AutoMobilia: The Collector’s Resource, an all-new publication for lovers of automotive collectibles. He will be the editor of this new publication and website that will surely be an instant resource for all enthusiasts who love to collect anything that is tied to the automotive world.

If you’re in Monterey, Carmel, and Pebble Beach during car week, stop by the Automobilia Monterey booth located in the Embassy Suites  Seaside on Tuesday and Wednesday.

One lucky Cars Yeah subscriber will win a year’s subscription to AutoMobilia. To be eligible, go to the CarsYeah website and click on the Free Book button.

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Samuel Chuffart is the Vice President and Global Design Director for Icona Design Group in Torino, Italy. He was also one of the company’s founding members in 2010. In eight short years, Icona’s client list now reads like the Who’s Who of global and Chinese automakers. The company had a turnover of 18 million Euro in 2017. Samuel manages a team of 74 designers across three continents and dozens of projects simultaneously. Icona has created iconic and successful designs including the revered Fuselage, the Maxus SUB D90 concept, the Nucleus, and the Vulcano Titanium, the world’s first titanium supercar. Samuel is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in California and he’s worked at Nissan’s European design studio. He was also a Senior Designer at Jaguar Land Rover and Chief Designer at Stile Bertone in Turin, Italy. 

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Tom McDowell is the President of Concorso Italiano, an annual event that takes place on the Saturday before the Pebble Beach Concours. This annual tradition is celebrating its 35th anniversary and is a key part of the iconic Monterey Automobile Week. You’ll enjoy between 800 and 1,000 vehicles of Italian origin, on the beautiful rolling green lawns of Black Horse Golf Course in Monterey, California.The atmosphere combines cars, people, conversation, style, design, food, music, and art, all with an element of Italian style. I’ve attended Concorso Italiano since it’s inaugural event and it’s a must-do during Car Week, always exciting, always different, and always inspiring.

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Luca Venturi was the Director of Marketing and Communications and Brand Manager at PAGANI Automobili in Italy. PAGANI is an Italian manufacturer of extreme sports cars and carbon fiber components. Founded in 1992 by Horacio Pagani near Modena, Italy, the company creates some of the most incredible automobiles found today. Luca helped to focus on the company's international experience by providing a picture of PAGANI’s brand development known for passion, art, science, sensibility, charisma, and people. He helped build a global following of the PAGANI brand through fan experience and online assets and he oversaw the design and construction of the new PAGANI Museum and ideated the new Motor Valley Association that brings together local automotive manufacturers to promote tourism in the region. Today, Luca is working on many different projects as a consultant, writing books, supporting car manufacturers, and collaborating on a new project in California. 

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Paolo Garella is the Founder at Manifattura Automobili Torino, known as MAT. There he and his talented team have worked on numerous projects including cars for Scuderia Cameron Glickenhause and their racing program at the Nürburgring, they developed and manufactured Apollo Intensa Emozione prototypes and the restoration program of the Ferrari Modula by Pininfarina. His career includes time as a testing engineer at Goodyear International Technical Center and with PTI-Albatech in the Alba Group C Motor Racing division. He worked at Pininfarina for years on many projects including managing the Prototype Engineering and Manufacturing Department, the Jaguar X-Type Estate Project, and the Pininfarina Special Projects division. During his guidance, the company completed major one-off projects including the Ferrari P4/5 for James Glickenhaus, a past guest here on Cars Yeah, and the Ferrari 612 Kappa for Peter Kalikow and notable other prominent collectors.

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Cesare Gasparri Zezza is an automotive enthusiast who is a descendant of the prominent entrepreneurial Florio family in Italy. Known for their businesses in fishing, banking, winemaking, and more, it was the family founder, Vincenzo Florio Sr., who in 1906 created the iconic Targa Florio, one of the oldest car races in the world covering 277 miles in Italy. Cesare worked as a journalist in television and later as the President of the Lazio Region and went on to become the Prime Minister of Health. He has always been passionate about anything with an engine; cars, motorcycles, boats, airplanes, helicopters, and racing. He is, of course, a fan of Italian marques including Lamborghini, Maserati, Horacio Pagani and Serio Marchionne. When he’s not in an Italian car you’ll find Cesare in a Mercedes AMG GT or aboard a boat in the Mediterranean Sea. 

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Chris Bock is the Chief Judge and a member of the Selection Committee for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. He’s served as Chief Judge since 2013 and he attended his first Pebble Beach Concours back in 1963 at the age of 18. Over the decades, he’s served as a Class Judge and numerous other roles helping make the Concours a success. Chris has been an entrant on five occasions – often showing Packards, a marque to which he is devoted. He has also served as President and National Head Judge of the Classic Car Club of America and as editor of The Cormorant for The Packard Club. This year, Chris put together a display of Eisenhower Era Dream Cars for Pebble Beach. Chris is a retired real estate broker and a foster parent.

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Mark Lieberman is the President of Nostalgic Motoring Ltd. in Auburn Hills, Michigan, where he and his team deal in classic and collectible automobiles. Mark has several patents to his credit and in 1991, he purchased the first of 5 Tucker automobiles that he has owned. Mark is actively involved in restoration, preservation, and manufacturing parts for Tucker automobiles. He continues to serve the AACA Museum on their board of directors, the Tucker Automobile Club of America as their Technical Advisor, Historian, and Director of the Archives. This year, Mark will serve as a judge for the Tucker Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This is the first time a Tucker will be on the lawn at Pebble Beach and in fact, there will be 12 Tuckers on display in addition to the Tucker test chassis.

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Elad Shraga was born in Israel and has been fascinated with all things mechanical since he was a child. While his career is in finance, his passion is cars and he began collecting at the age of 17, starting with motorcycles and then cars. His true love is light, small package Italian cars and in particular, the OSCA. He is bringing to the Pebble Beach Concours two of his OSCAs; a 1949 OSCA MT4 Siluro (Cigar), the second OSCA ever made, and the only Cigar body left in the world. The other is a 1952 MT4, a unique inside-grill headlight model with extensive West coast racing history. Both of these cars are featured on this year's Pebble Beach Retro-Auto poster this year. Elad is a fan of touring, including the Mille Miglia, Colorado Grand, the Leggenda di Bassano and of course, the Holyland 1000. With his partner, Amir Almagor, they were instrumental in putting on the Holyland 1000 Rally, and it is their way to give back to the hobby in a unique and diverse setting, which included 80 cars from 12 countries.

Cars Yeah guest and Chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours, Sandra Button, and her husband Martin, recently participated in the Holyland 1000 and drove one of Elad’s OSCAs on their incredible journey.

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Thomas Plucinsky is the Head of BMW Group Product Communications for BMW of North America. Tom has been with BMW for 29 years in both Canada and the USA, spending time in product strategy, parts and service, and the motorcycle division prior to his current role. Tom leads a team that is responsible for product and technology communications with the media for BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad, as well as Motorsport and Classic. He is the BMW North America historian and is responsible for the BMW USA Classic Collection which includes a range of vehicles that represent the 40 plus year history of BMW in North America. He is an avid automotive enthusiast who has been honing his driving skills in cars and motorcycles since he was old enough to drive and he is the only BMW North America employee checked out to drive all the classic race cars in the collection.

I was fortunate to meet Tom at the opening of the LeMay – America’s Car Museum, Heroes of Bavaria exhibit where he brought some of BMW Classic’s race cars to the museum, which are now on display through May 2019.

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His Highness, Rana Manvendra Singh, belongs to the erstwhile royal family of Barwani in Madhya Pradesh, India. Keenly interested in automobiles from an early age, he successfully melded his passionate hobby with work, starting India’s first vintage and classic car restoration workshop in 1978. Today, he is a well-known and respected authority on vintage and classic cars in India. As such, he has been featured on numerous television programs and has written for many publications. He co-authored the book Automobiles of the Maharajas with Sharada Dwivedi. A founding member of the Vintage and Classic Car Club of India, Manvendra Singh serves as Curator for the Cartier Travel with Style Concours d’Elegance and has judged at many other car events including Pebble Beach for the past six years. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians and has represented India on the FIA International Historical Commission. He is also a Judge at the Peninsula Best of the Best Awards.

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Colin Feichtmeir is on the Selection Committee and he is a Chief Class Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Born and raised in Mountain View, California, Colin's father and uncle exposed him to antique cars from infancy. Together they had a collection of over 100 cars, half of which were pre-1925 American antiques and post-war sports cars. At the age of 19, Colin and his brother bought their first old car, a Model T chassis, restored into an authentic, period racer. Since then, his automotive interests pretty much border on unhealthy obsessions, ranging from everything pre-war (American and European) and post-war European sports cars up to 1965 (with a couple exceptions of course). 

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Mike Caudill is the CEO of Driven360 in Temecula, California. His company is an international public relations and marketing agency serving clients on a global level. With a focus on the automotive sector, Driven360 has developed successful media programs in the US and multiple foreign markets. Mike is a nationally recognized on-air TV personality who provides key insights and expert commentary from general news to politics and the automotive sector. He’s been featured on TV news stations nationwide where you may have seen Mike on America’s #1 cable morning show, Fox & Friends, sharing great things happening in the auto industry. He’s also appeared on Fox Sports and the automotive industry insider website OurAutoExpert. Mike is also a “hired gun” and corporate consultant helping companies with their public relations and restructuring efforts.

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Dave Sparks, known as Heavy D., and Dave Kiley, known as Diesel Dave, run DieselSellerz in Woods Cross, Utah. You’ll also recognize them from the Discovery Channel’s Diesel Brothers TV show. They are two entrepreneurs who love the outdoors and building four-by-four trucks and Jeeps. But their builds aren’t your average, everyday truck builds… these are really big, badass diesel trucks that will blow you away. DieselSellerz is a haven for diesel fanatics everywhere and they sell you everything from accessories, gear, to full-blown off-road trucks. Their motto is “Let Diesel Freedom Ring!”. Their Diesel Brothers TV show is filled with cool builds and shenanigans that take you on a wild ride. 

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John Gardner is the host of two popular televisions shows on Velocity; Tech Garage and Motorhead Garage. John is an ASE master certified automotive technology instructor at Chipola College where his motto is “Outdo one another in showing honor”. He completed the General Motors ASEP, Associate of Science degree programs at Broward College and John worked for several years at General Motors as a lead technician. His communication skills and wide knowledge base led him to pursue a career in education completing further studies through Florida International University. His passion for the automotive trade has developed into training for much of the automotive industry. 

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Peter Wallman is a Consultant at Kidston SA Company located in Geneva, Switzerland. Kidston is a company that’s been in the automotive business for 30 plus years. Today, he works out of London as a consultant for the Kidston business in the United Kingdom. He has extensive knowledge of sports and racing cars from the 1950s and 60s. While in Milan, he consigned a fine selection of cars from the Laidlaw collection from Italy for the inaugural and record-breaking Automobiles of London Auction. One of his many career highlights was consigning the ex-Fangio 1956 Works Ferrari 290 MM to RM Sotheby’s New York Auction in 2015. Peter is also a dedicated enthusiast of classic Riva wooden boats. Some of his auto collection includes a 1961 Jaguar E-Type, a Ferrari 365 GT 2+2, and an original 1961 Riva Ariston. 

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Bruce McCallum is the owner of Epic-Exposure, a professional digital content creation business, where he is a photographer offering multi-faceted image creation focusing on action, adventure, and automobiles. His studio is 3,000 square feet plus a variety of mobile access platforms that allow for remote, difficult to reach, weather-impaired photo assignments. He shoots portraits to automobiles and offers an on-site large format printing service. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest Bruce has worked in the fishing industry, raced motorcycles, was a long-time Microsoft employee; however, it was his passion for photography and automobiles and people where he focuses his time and talents today.

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Bruno Silikowski is the President at AutoMotorPlex in Chanhassen, Minneapolis. Founded in 2008, AutoMotorPlex was an idea that was born in a garage and built from a passion for automobiles. It’s a private garage condominium complex that has become the “place to be” for all motorsport enthusiasts and provides owners with a comfortable place to house their collections with access to an engaged community of like-minded automotive enthusiasts. You own your space and can decorate and outfit your ultimate garage to your wildest dreams. Bruno’s second facility is located in the suburb of Medina and will include up to 40,000 square feet of retail space integrated into the campus. The AutoMotorPlex was designed by and for motorsport enthusiasts.

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Derek DeBoer is a race car driver who currently drives for the Racers Group in a Porsche, Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR/Evo. He’s an Ashland, Oregon native who grew up in a family where racing and the love of cars was the center of everyday life. His grandfather raced on dirt car circuits and his father ran a Top Alcohol dragster. In college, Derek was a pro-level wakeboarder and is today part of a start-up company designing and manufacturing wakeskates. He started his racing career 18 years ago at Laguna Seca in a Formula Dodge. He’s raced in the Formula Renault Open Wheel Series and the ST class of Grand Am. Derek has won at Le Mans, had a top 10 finish at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, ran multiple times at the 25 hours at Thunderhill, and competed in many IMSA Continental Tire Series races. He found a home racing in Aston Martins and Lamborghinis for The Racer’s Group and competed in the Pirelli World Challenge racing in both the GTS and Sprint X categories. His 2016 season included two wins at Road America and Utah Motorsports Campus and seven podium finishes at Laguna Seca, Circuit of the Americas, and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. You can also find Derek on his Amazon Prime TV show Fastlife.

 

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Emmet O’Brien is a Co-Founder, CEO, and Managing Director of NOH2O Limited, a company he established in Dublin, Ireland with his father, Eoin O’Brien, in 2007. He is also the brains behind their unique, specialty products and services, after determining a major gap in the market for an eco-friendly, convenient car-care solution. NOH20 manufactures and distributes a line of unique, waterless cleaning products for automobiles. From 2000 to 2009, Emmet was a successful, professional racing driver in the FIA World Touring Car Championships and FIA European Touring Car Championships where he finished second in 2006. During this time, he represented and raced professionally for several major international manufacturers including BMW, VW Group, Ferrari, and Coca-Cola. 

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Jamie Kitman, a lawyer, is an award-winning journalist who writes about cars, the automobile industry for Automobile Magazine, for whom he has written a monthly column (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) for 25 years. The former US editor of England's CAR and Top Gear magazines, he's contributed to dozens of other publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, The Nation, GQ, Harper's, Men's Journal, and Newsweek. His report on The Secret History of Lead (gasoline) for The Nation won the IRE medal for investigative magazine reporting and his column for Automobile won the National Magazine Award for commentary, the only time a car magazine or car magazine author has ever won an award from the august editors' group who choose winners. The owner of dozens of old cars, Jamie is particularly fond of old Lotuses, Lancia, Rovers, MGs, Jaguars, Volvos, and Peugeots, but also owns a '68 International Travelall, a Saab and a Morris Minor pickup. Jamie recently set up a business that supplies cars (not just his own)  to movies and television programs shooting in New York, working recently on director Steven Spielberg's acclaimed film, The Post. For the past thirty years, Jamie has also served as president of The Hornblow Group USA, Inc., a full-service music management company. 

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Joe DiFiore is the owner of DiFiore’s Auto Detailing in Norwich, Connecticut. He’s been in business for over 30 years, is an IDA certified owner/operator and has cared for over 35,000 vehicles. What began as just another routine chore while growing up in Cleveland, turned in to a business when he was just 17 years old, and that was back in 1978. In 1983, he purchased a building for his detailing business and on August 14th, 1988, he opened that facility to continue to grow his company. Joe served in the US Submarine Force from 1979 until 1984, was the Southeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year and is currently the Chair of the IDA Membership Committee.

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Jon Summers is an automotive historian, researcher, and consultant. A Roman Historian by training, Jon is embedded in the concours and museum communities, serving as a VIP/Sponsor show field tour guide, judge, or emcee at various concours, including Pebble Beach. He interned at the National Motor Museum in England, was a Docent at the Blackhawk Museum for nearly a decade and advised for the newly re-opened Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. Jon is an autoblogger, new car road tester, and has television and film production experience including appearing on National Geographic and Discovery Channels. He’s also a producer and writer for the Mullin Automotive Museum and an instructor at the Revs Institute at Stanford University.

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Roger Falcione is the founder of ClassicCars.com. He was one of the first to understand the importance of online classifieds in relation to the classic car market. He created a ground-breaking online marketplace built on the love of technology and classic cars. Ten years later, the company has seen tremendous growth and in 2015, 2016 and 2017, it was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States as part of the Inc. 5000. In 2018, the marketplace attracts over 2.5 million visits a month, has 30,000 vehicles for sale, supports the largest online network of classic car dealers and auction houses, and delivers daily industry-leading news coverage. ClassicCars.com has become the trusted home of the collector car enthusiast.

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Jason Tang, a photographer capturing shapes and lines of automobiles, has an innate sense for capturing every nuance of cars and has been doing so a for over 20 years. What began as a hobby developed into a full-fledged professional career. Through many years of working with a number of mentors, Jason sharpened and focused his skills. His lifelong fascination with cars and photography merged to create a career of passion. Jason has owned a number of special cars ranging from the relatively mundane to supercars. Currently, his garage holds marques from Audi, BMW, Porsche, McLaren, Toyota, and Ducati. I’ll also add that Jason is a friend of mine who lives up here in the Pacific Northwest who has photographed my iconic Porsche Turbo Orange Crush, and he is the first deaf guest to grace the Cars Yeah podcast.

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Sandra Button has been the Chairman of the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance since 2002. She was the Executive Director for decades prior and has helped to inspire and guide the growth of the collector car hobby into a truly global celebration of the automobile. Sandra participates and officiates automotive events from Asia and the Middle East to South America. She and her husband, Martin, have an eclectic collection of automobiles that they drive in events including the Mille Miglia, the 1000 Millas Sport Argentina, the London to Brighten Veteran Car Run and many others. She’s a member of the Royal Automobile Club, the Classic Car Club of America, the Motor Press Guild, and the Society of Automotive Historians.

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Richard Thompson is a creative director & photographer in Los Angeles, California whose body of work includes automotive projects with marques such as BMW, Bentley, Chevrolet, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Pagani Automobili, and a variety of personal projects focused on classic cars. He attended The Savannah College of Art and Design and it was at a race track down the road while he was shooting cars, where the drivers first asked if his images were for sale. Richard’s deep technical knowledge from his passion for cars extends to the camera and these skills became complementary, uniting production know-how with innate appreciation for detail in order to get the most out of every shot. You’ll find his images in major automotive magazines, manufacturer advertisements, and in art publications around the world.

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Tom Putnam is the founder of BeeLine, a company he and his buddy Mark Jenner created to make journeys better. They design and build simple, smart products that make getting around a pleasure. It’s a navigation tool for bicycles that is focused on helping you better experience the world around you. Tom’s love for adventure stems from spending his infancy in Zambia, camping trips in the Welsh hills, hitch-hiking from Buenos Aires to New York and driving Land Rovers through the Congo. Then there was dirt bike riding in the Sahara and the Savannah in Kenya. Tom’s worked in several other industries, was an officer in the British Army and he studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bristol.

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Steve Lang is the Co-Developer of the Long-Term Quality Index. It is a study covering over 1.8 million used vehicles that have been professionally inspected by ASE Certified Mechanics. His vast experience with the used car market and having liquidated over 10,000 used vehicles for an automotive finance company has given Steve an insiders view of the reality of the used car market. In January of 2013 he and Nick Lariviere developed the Long-Term Quality Index to create the real story about used vehicles. Steve is also a long time automotive auctioneer, car dealer, and feature writer who has been fortunate enough to share his unique world of auctioning and purchasing experiences with millions of readers.

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Ryan Harrison is the Owner of Rain Drops Detailing Supply located in Bangor, Pennsylvania. His career began in car audio with a focus on custom installations. Then he migrated back to his passion for detailing. Ryan spent years as a mobile detailer while establishing an online car care business and Rain Drops Design Studios, a design and graphics business. Along with his fiancé, Lenni Rae, they now operate out of a two-bay lift and a showroom. He and Lenni Rae provide full detailing services including paint correction and ceramic coatings. Their car care supply business offers several major brands including Angelwax, Gtechniqu, ADG, IGL, QP-On, Nanoskin, Autofiber, Black Pearl, Adam’s Polishes, and Solution Finish.

 

 

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Marek Polcak is a co-founder and CEO of the startup VRgineers, where they develop and produce high-end, enterprise, VR headsets. Due to VRgineers’ exclusive and patented optical system and the use of the latest technologies, XTAL, the company’s flagship product, produces the crispest image and provides the most immersive experience currently offered on the market. With some of VRgineers’ clients, such as BMW, Audi, ŠKODA AUTO and Opel, Marek and his team have gained great traction within the automotive industry and they are committed to bringing virtual reality into other sectors, including architecture, training simulation, and the medical industry.

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Kevin Bobbitt is the Director of Marketing and Communications at iRacing.com in Bedford Massachusetts. iRacing is the world’s premier motorsports racing simulation. They put you in the driver’s seat by allowing members to experience today’s newest form of competitive motorsports; virtual racing. iRacing is an ultimate global racing portal allowing you to experience NASCAR, World of Outlaws Sprint cars, open wheel IndyCar racing, Australian V-8 Supercar, IMSA Prototype or Touring Cars and FIA Grand Prix racing. Kevin’s been with iRacing since 2007, he’s an avid soccer fan and player of that sport, a racing enthusiast, and most call him a Porsche nut! Nothing wrong with that Kevin, I share your affliction.

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Ingo Schmoldt has been photographing fantastic subjects since he was a teenager. His longtime love affair with automobiles has focused his artistic energies on cars, the people who own them, and the events at which they appear. Shooting for various magazines, Ingo has covered some of the most iconic motor events in the world including the Monterey Car Week, Villa d’Este and the Goodwood Revival. He’s also a regular at motorsport events including the 25 Hours of Thunderhill where he’s able to document many phases of the human condition along with the racing itself. His photography has spurred his unique artwork that starts with a photograph, but through digital manipulation, appear to be more of an illustration. Ingo is also starting a new company called Genau AutoWerks, which will assist people in selling their cars and will also produce video content, t-shirts, and other accessories.

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Bob Merlis is the founder of FeralCars.com and its more recent offshoots, Feral Cars on Instagram and Feral Cars on Facebook.  Bob has had an ongoing career in the music industry dating back to the late ‘60s but his abiding interest in automobiles and automotive history dates back even further.  He is currently a contributing writer at Automobile Magazine where his Collectible Classic features run regularly.  He has been a regular contributor to Car and Driver and has also written for the New York Times, New West, Feature and served as Car Culture Editor for LA Style. He contributed automotive chapters to The Catalog of Cool (Warner Books) and its sequel, Too Cool (St Martins). He was the curator for The Petersen Auto Museum’s Cars and Guitars of Rock ‘n’ Roll exhibit in 2001 and, again, for Cars & Guitars of Rock ‘n’ Roll 2 in 2006.  

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Carson Lev is the founder of Redphin Productions, a licensing and marketing agency specializing in the automotive industry. Along with his son Aaron, their daily focus is the exclusive management of the brands and trademarks owned by some of the biggest companies and celebrity names in the automotive world. Their services include everything from marketing programs to conceptual design work. Growing up in Southern California Lev was immersed in the hot rod car culture. His early career included biomedical product development, computer technology and automotive design and manufacturing. His client list is vast and includes many international brands and accomplished builders and designers. Carson has hosted and been a featured guest on numerous hot rod and automotive related television and radio programs. He was inducted into the Inaugural Class for the Die-cast Hall of Fame in 2008 and was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by California State University, Long Beach.

 

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Aaron Hagar is an artist, designer, and entertainer and he is the owner of Rat Runners Garage in South Lake Tahoe, California. Rat Runners Garage is about the “Art of Resurrecting and Preserving Old Metal”. This is an art-based, hot rod and custom shop where he and his team create outrageous and over-the-top Rat Rods, motorcycles, painting, and original art. Utilizing and preserving old relics in his builds, Aaron and his crew love to re-purpose objects when creating their full-blown hot rods. His focus is to pass along the love and passion of traditional hot rodding mixed with the modern lifestyle of Kustom Kulture. You’ll see Aaron on an upcoming episode Jay Leno’s Garage, and he’s also been working with Sammy Hagar’s Rock and Roll Road Trip. He’s the new host on Design, Cut, Build on YouTube Podcaster alongside  Brad Fanshaw and Matt D’Andrea on Shift & Steer. No doubt a bit of Aaron’s talents came from his father, rock star Sammy Hagar.

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Chris Muller is a serial entrepreneur who enjoys creative writing and lives in Southbury, Connecticut. He just launched PITFUND, a social, funding, and marketplace platform built exclusively for the racing community. PITFUND allows racers, teams, tracks, the media, manufacturers, and fans to connect and support each other. PITFUND is also race, vehicle, and geography agnostic. It’s free to sign up, be social, and get your racing goals funded. 

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Karl Noakes is a photographer who loves the Pacific Northwest car scene. In his photography, he strives to build a visual connection between people and passion for their automobiles. Karl spent some time as a co-driver in the Group B World Rally Cars in the United Kingdom Championships when he lived across the pond. He settled in the Seattle, Washington area in 2008 after moving from the U.K. His work was recently published in several magazines and books including Porsche Club of America, Ferrari Club North West, MG Sports Cars, and the Porsche 912 Registry. Karl’s owned a lot of fast Fords, hot hatches, BMWs, and he’s currently on his third Porsche, a 2010 C4S. I met Karl at our local Exotics @ Redmond Town Center Car Show.

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Ellen Spear is the President and CEO of Heritage Museums & Gardens located in Sandwich, Massachusetts. She previously served as President and CEO of Hancock Shaker Village in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Ellen served as Executive Director of the USS Constitution Museum in Boston and she was the VP for Development, Marketing, and Public Relations at the American Textile History Museum. Heritage Museums & Gardens is the largest public garden in Southern New England having 100 acres of magnificent grounds and trails on the banks of the Shawme Pond in Historic Sandwich. There are three gallery buildings housing permanent exhibits of world-class automobiles, a working vintage carousel, American folk art, and featured special exhibitions. Currently, a special display titled Start Your Engines features Cars and Stars of the Indy 500.

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Katie Osborne is a television reporter and host on PowerNation TV, number 1 in the automotive how-to. The show airs on Paramount, NBC Sports, and CBS Sports. She is also a reporter for Mecum Car Auctions on NBC Sports, a trackside reporter for Snocross on CBS Sports and a  digital pit reporter for the IndyCar Series. She manages to split her career between TV reporting and hosting for Fox Sports, ESPN, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, NHL, NFL, X Games, live event hosting and fashion designing. Katie grew up as a competitive, national level swimmer and earned a Sports Communication-Broadcast Degree from Indiana University, “Go Hoosiers”! She coordinated several Make-A-Wish experiences and works alongside several foundations serving the community. She is also working to create the FindJoy-Project:  a virtual crossroads for companies and individuals to share life lessons and to share positive stories to help others to find joy in their lives.

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Tim Esterdahl is an award winning, freelance automotive journalist who lives in Western Nebraska. He has published work in many major publications including the Boston Globe, Chicago Sun Times, Truck Trend, Four Wheeler, Motor1, Pickuptrucks.com, and more. Tim’s focus is covering pickups and SUVs along with classic pickups. He also hosts the Pickup Truck + SUV Talk podcast and oversees the brand’s YouTube, website, and social media channels. In addition to covering the industry, he is currently writing a restoration book on 1960 through 1966 Chevy C10 pickups. 

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Kyle Marcelli is a professional sports car racer. For 2018, he races as part of the 3GT Racing team, driving the #14 Lexus RC F GT3 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Kyle also races for Roush Performance / KohR Motorsports in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at the wheel of the #60 Ford Mustang GT4, and in the PFAFF Motorsports in their #13 Porsche Cayman GT4 in the Pirelli World Challenge and for Fields Racing in their #96 Chevrolet Camaro TA2 in the Trans Am Series. His career started in go karts and single seaters before making a debut in the American Le Mans Series in 2010. He’s been part of successful programs in Prototype and GT racing in the European Le Mans Series, the Grand Am Rolex SportsCar Series, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Pirelli World Challenge, and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series.

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Linda Weldon Feldhorn is an automotive photographer who just launched her latest book Road Racing – Drivers of the 60's and 70's. It takes you on a journey with an incredible cast of talented drivers in American road racing via a 100 page,hardcover book. Back in those days, Linda was unique, being a female sports photographer. Her images brought a special humanity to a dangerous, male-dominated sport. A trip to Riverside International Raceway and a meeting with Sir Sterling Moss provided her access to the inner-world of racing, along with the people involved and that turned into many years of capturing racing images. Linda also worked in the entertainment industry as a set photographer for films, TV commercials, and television sports shows. She’s been a casting director, stylist, script supervisor, and even a stunt double. She’s a member of the Checkered Flag 200 Club, participates in rally events, and collects vintage cars alongside her husband, Bill Feldhorn. 

And today, one lucky Cars Yeah subscriber is going to receive a signed copy of Linda’s new book. Go to the Cars Yeah website and click on the Free Book Button to subscribe.

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Paul Schmucker is the co-host and co-creator of Everyday Driver, a YouTube show that focuses on helping people find fun-to-drive cars that are both usable and affordable. Along with YouTube, Everyday Driver is also a top ranked podcast and content on Velocity. Paul is a graduate of Art Center College of Design, worked at Ford Motor Company in Detroit, and Kawasaki Motors in Southern California. He’s produced design work for Volvo Trucks North America, BMW USA, and Alpine Electronics. He was also a subject matter expert for Autodesk. He’s a photographer and cameraman for Everyday Driver and twice a week he joins his buddy and co-host, Todd Deeken, on The Car Debate podcast. Todd was a past guest here on Cars Yeah.

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Diana Balboni is an outlier in the business of professional automobile detailing. She owns and operates N2 Details, a type of business where you’ll rarely find women sharing their passion for polishing, waxing, and detailing fine automobiles. For over 30 years, Diana honed her interpersonal relationship skills in retail jobs, and finally, she retired from a civilian government job in late 2014. There would be no resting on her laurels. Within a week, she turned her beloved hobby of detailing cars into a small business. She invested in detail training from past Cars Yeah guest, Renny Doyle of Detailing Success, and she is also a ‘made woman’ of the infamous Detail Mafia, who are leaders and mentors to younger detailers across the country. Diana is also a certified member of the International Detailing Association, (IDA) holding an advanced Skills Validated certification as well. Her expertise has not gone unnoticed as she has secured a coveted spot on the US Air Force One Detailing Team!

 

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Tim Spell is an automotive columnist for Insurancequotes.com and he is their writer for the Auto Spell Check column, featuring update articles on self-driving-car technology. InsuranceQuotes.com provides customers with an effective, free way to compare insurance quotes online, as well as resources to learn more about auto, home, health, life, and business insurance. Tim spent 38 years at the Houston Chronicle/Hearst Corp and was their editor and columnist for the automotive sections and “Mixed Metal” magazine.  He spent 25 plus years as “Truck Talk” columnist for the Motor Matters syndicate and is a past contributing writer to Road & Track “Open Road” magazine and “Car and Truck Buyers Guides.”. He’s hosted the weekly “Auto Show Weekly” radio show and “Test Drive” TV show for United Airlines Inflight TV. He is a five-time winner of the International Automotive Media Awards “Best of Newspapers” award and past President of the Texas Auto Writers Association and co-founder of the Texas Truck Rodeo. 

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Brandon Shriver is the founder of Alpha Gearhead, a website where he explores his signature category, “Gearhead Philosophy”, exploring WHY it is that for some of us enthusiasts, cars connect directly to our soul, far beyond simply being a means of transportation. Brandon is a sidepreneur whose day job is being an engineer for Mack and Volvo Trucks in North Carolina. In his spare time, he’s working on a 1955 Jaguar XK140. He recently found a 1959 MGA race car that he hopes to run with his father in a vintage racing series. In the past, Brandon has raced in SCCA, driving an RX-7. 

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Joanne and Brando Pistorius have been married since 2000 and together they own and operate Pistorius Collectible Autos (Oldwheel.com) where they preserve history through the restoration of the fine automobile. They are always on the hunt for that elusive barn find, rare collections, and unique collector cars. They buy, restore, and sell interesting automobiles to collectors from around the world. They are also the founders of the exciting and new conours event titled Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance, that will debut on April 13, 2019, in downtown Tampa, Florida. Proceeds will be donated to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa. 

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Paul Jho is the Motorsports Senior Manager at Nexen Tire USA, joining the team after an eight-year stint at Hankook Tire. Paul brings more than 26 years of automotive industry expertise to Nexen – having touched various parts of tire industry including suspension, body kits, wheels, and rims before taking the reins of Nexen’s world-class motorsports program. Paul’s career accomplishments are particularly noteworthy because he worked his way up through the automotive world relying on his knowledge of and experience with cars, and the automotive industry. He lives in Walnut, CA where he enjoys collecting and modifying cars, mountain biking, and the occasional track day. 

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David Bingham is the CEO and Chairman of Park Place Limited, located in Bellevue, Washington. In 1989 David partnered with his college roommate Butch Bockmier and capitalized on their shared love for cars. They built a business unlike any other on the west coast. Park Place Motor Group has a campus that features almost 50,000 square feet of indoor showrooms. They offer the finest high-performance, special interest, classic, and collectible cars while offering a full-service Auto Salon. They are the Northwest’s exclusive official Aston Martin dealership and the oldest and largest Lotus dealership in the USA. They are also the Seattle area’s only official SAAB store and they represent Superformance and Spyker automobiles. David is an avid vintage racer, campaigning his ex-Stirling Moss Lotus 23 sports racer and he and his wife are involved with many local charitable organizations including Children’s Hospital and the Le May Museum.

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David Muhlbaum has been covering cars and car maintenance for Kiplinger.com and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine since 2012.  Inspired when he was a boy by writers including P.J. O’Rourke and David E. Davis, David was bitten by the car bug long ago and that infection remains today. He’s the designated car guy at Kiplinger’s personal finance publication. He writes consumer-focused information that is useful to people who see cars as simply expensive appliances in a way that is still amusing to automotive aficionados and enthusiasts. Kiplinger’s approach to automotive content is this: How can we help save you money? David’s passion for cars goes back to his first two words, “away-away” – baby talk for "wheel.” 

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Josh Maule is the co-founder of Heel Toe Socks located in Phoenix, Arizona. Josh and his business partner Brain Richardson are automotive enthusiasts who came up with the idea to design bold patterns inspired by legendary Ford, Datsun, and Porsche racing cars onto lightweight, breathable socks that are made in the USA. Josh is particularly fond of vintage cars and his past includes mountain bike racing. Heel Toe Socks is a sidepreneur venture as Josh’s day job is running Swimming Pool Science, a pool service and repair company. As a Father’s Day Special, Josh has offered two cool gifts to a couple lucky Cars Yeah Subscribers. The first winner will receive 1 pair of TF70 socks, a Heel Toe t-shirt, and a Heel Toe Socks poster. The second winner will receive one pair of TF70 socks that are autographed by Gulf Racing Team Director John Horseman, plus a t-shirt and poster. 

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Gordon King is the owner of ProPac in Charleston, South Carolina. He founded the company in 1989 after doing work for the Red Cross and Salvation Army. ProPac specializes in emergency preparedness and disaster response supplies. But it’s Gordon’s passion for automobiles that brings him to Cars Yeah. He grew up in Capetown, South Africa where his father worked for Atlantic Refining Company and BP. That lead to encounters with the elite in racing including Sir Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, and the who’s who of motorsports and so the car bug bit Gordon. He raced motorcycles and cars and has immersed himself in the car hobby having over 40 bikes and cars in his collection. And ask him about the time he ran into Bernie Ecclestone at the Bass Pro Shop in Austin, Texas that led to a 30-minute racing story swap.

 

 

 

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Martin C. Klein is the Vice President and Global Head of Adient’s premium brand RECARO Automotive Seating in Germany. He leads the complete automotive branch of RECARO being responsible for their performance car seat business. Martin’s past includes time at Daimler-Benz in their M&A, their worldwide Special Trucks Operation and on strategic projects including turning the single-brand dealer network into a multi-brand organization after their merger with Chrysler. His final assignment for Daimler was serving as the Director of a Mercedes-Benz branch in Germany. After 25 years at Daimler, Martin joined a privately held German Investment Company. Today, heading RECARO Automotive Seating is an honor for him and an obligation at the same time, carrying the torch for such an iconic brand.

Martin and I met at SEMA in 2017 and RECARO associate Ulrich “Ulli” Andree was guest #919 in December of 2017.

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Todd Wertman is a Partner at European Collectibles, a leading retailer and restorer of vintage Porsches and European sports cars located in Costa Mesa, California. Todd spent 9 years working in film before pivoting to a career in the automotive world. He’s written catalogues for David Gooding, then the President of RM Auctions. He worked for four years with actor Nicolas Cage to build his car collection and in 2010, he opened European Collectibles. Todd is an authority on values of classic cars and meets often with a group of industry professionals with Hagerty Insurance and their Valuation Team. You will see Todd on Discovery Channel’s new show, Sticker Shock, with past Cars Yeah guest, Dennis Pittsenbarger.

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Dan McCrary is an automotive artist who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He started drawing when he was a child, and all his efforts, of course, involved cars. A high school rock band led to a career in the music business but in 1980 Dan decided to focus on being a full-time automotive artist. His favorite medium is watercolor. His work has been shown at numerous concours events and in a variety of automotive publications. He’s earned awards for his work, and his art hangs on the walls of prominent enthusiasts and corporate collections. 

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