Cars Yeah with Mark Greene

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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