Cars Yeah with Mark Greene

Chuck Moreland is the Founder and CEO of Elephant Racing, a company he started in 2002. Elephant Racing is the leading manufacturer of suspension products for the Porsche aftermarket. Under Chuck’s leadership, the company has successfully developed and marketing innovative products that are commercial successes worldwide. In 2018 he founded Vonnen, a company focused on a hybrid aftermarket performance system for Porsche models. Vonnen’s system fits an electric motor between the engine and transmission on stock 991 generation Carrera Prototypes that adds power and torque. Plans are in place to offer this system on older Porsche models as well.

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David Grainger is the Founder of The Guild of Automotive Restorers, a company he and his wife Janice established in 1991. His shop is a world-renowned facility that repairs, restores, and sells classic and antique cars. They do mechanical work, bodywork, paint, upholstery, fabrications, transportation, and storage. David is the host of a successful worldwide broadcasted television series Restoration Garage, now in its sixth season. Located in the town of Bradford, about 45 minutes north of Toronto, Canada, The Guild of Automotive Restorers is open to the public with a fantastic showroom, a fun store, workshops, and talented craftsmen who work on and restore some of the finest automobiles in the world. 

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Ed Welburn is the former General Motors VP of Global Design and was responsible for the design of all GM vehicles worldwide from 2003 to 2016, the same position once held by Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell.  He was only the sixth person to have led GM Design in the company’s history. He was involved in the design of over 540 cars and trucks for GM. Ed was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, received the Eyes On Design Lifetime Achievement Award, and is the only car designer to have his archives placed in the Smithsonian Museum. A wing of the Detroit Institute Of Arts has been named in his honor, and he received an Honorary Doctorate Of Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.  Ed is an active board member of Tony Bennett’s foundation, Exploring The Arts and a judge at Concours events including Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Hilton Head, Suzuka Japan, and Radnor Hunt. In this new chapter in Ed’s life, he is CEO of Welburn Media and is an Executive Producer of an exciting movie project.

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Martin Pagh Ludvigsen is the Director of Creative Technology at MullenLowe, a Los Angeles advertising agency where he works primarily on their Acura account. During his tenure, Martin has directed a series of increasingly innovative, award-winning technology-driven experiences for Acura. One example was “What a Race” the launch of the 2018 Acura TLX, where a custom augmented reality-helmet was created and the race reached more than 3 million people. He’s created unique and innovative campaigns for Acura’s RDX, ILX, and others that stretched well beyond the norm. A graduate of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark Martin has used his degree in Computer Science, Digital Communications, and Theatre to apply his curiosity and perspective on global brands including Coca-Cola, GE, Google Play, Etihad Airways, H&M, Volvo, McDonald’s, Nike, Toyota, Acura, and others.

I had the pleasure of meeting Martin during Pebble Beach Car Week at the Acura Type S Concept Reveal.

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Eddie Alterman is the Chief Brand Officer for Hearst Autos. He develops new areas of business for Hearst Autos’ consumer brands, Car and Driver and Road & Track. Previously Eddie served as Editor-in-Chief of Car and Driver, the world’s largest car magazine brand. While at the University of Michigan, Eddie began writing for Automobile Magazine, and stayed there for 13 years, rising to senior editor. He later founded MPH magazine; contributed to Men’s Journal, GQ, the New York Times, and New York Magazine; and launched motivemag.com, an automotive-lifestyle website. Widely regarded as the nation’s top automotive editor, Eddie was named 38th Most Important Person in the Automotive Industry by Complex Magazine. In 2005, he was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business “40 Under 40.”

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Seth Burgett is the Chairman and CEO of Gateway Bronco, a company where they restore and build the finest vintage Ford Broncos available. At Gateway Bronco he and his team build the way Henry Ford envisioned, on an assembly line. This enables them to offer an up to 5-year warranty, and deliveries as short as 2 months. They supply the donor Bronco or build using your truck. 100% of the work is done in-house in a 60,000 square foot "Bronco Factory". Seth is a seasoned entrepreneur, global executive, and board member. He is an inventor with over 40 patents pending or granted. He has created medical device robots, consumer products, and technology companies. He’s been involved in numerous successful startups and sales of companies. He is a frequent speaker at the Olin School of Business and an executive mentor. Seth is progressing toward becoming a licensed vintage racer with venues in his target including Goodwood and the Monterey Historic races.

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Constance Smith works for the Dealertrack Division of COX Automotive where they design software used by thousands of automotive dealers. She has worked in the automotive industry for over 40 years graduating from Pratt Institute with a Masters in Industrial Design. She worked under Bill Mitchell at General Motors and was the first woman in the Advanced Concepts Group. After leaving GM she taught in the Pratt Grad schools at the University of Bridgeport and earned an NEA Award and Grant. Constance is the recipient of several GM Mark of Excellence Awards and both the Chrysler Gold and Silver Awards. She has authored an award-winning book titled: Damsels in Design; Women Pioneers In The Auto Industry and Constance will be at the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance signing her book. Constance is an AACA National Judge and volunteers at Vision Honored and the Eyes on Design charities.

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Dr. Paul Sable is an automotive historian, an author, a fervent collector of hybrid cars of the1950s who claims he’s on his LAST restoration, a 1955 Debonaire. He is the Co-Founder of the Concours of the Eastern United States and more recently a Founder of The Elegance at Hershey. He is an advisor to numerous Concours and has judged at most every well-known Concours around the country including Pebble Beach for 17 years. He has served as an advisor to a number of individuals for their collections and authored writings for Automobile quarterly, Automotive History Review and a number of automotive magazines. Paul is on the advising panels of a number of antique car price guides including NADA and Cars That Matter. He will be the honorary Chief Judge at the inaugural Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance taking place October 25-28.

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Ed Gilbertson is the Chairman of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group (ICJAG), a new group he formed since his last visit here on Cars Yeah in 2015. Ed is also the President of the Jury – Salon Prive’ Concour d’Elegance, a role that pulled him out of retirement to handle all the judging at this event that is held at the Blenheim Palace in the UK. Ed has been active in the car hobby for over 45 years. He is the Chief Judge Emeritus for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and continues to serve as a senior member of the Pebble Beach Selection Committee. He is also the Chief Judge Emeritus for the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic and the Ferrari Club of America. In addition, he was Chief Judge for the Legend of the Motorcycle International Concours and multiple shows across the country. Ed is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the International Advisory Council for the Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile and contributing Editor for Cavallino magazine and other publications plus he’s co-authored a book on the Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California. 

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DR Rawson is the President of the Las Vegas Cadillac Club and the General Manager of the inaugural Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance that will be held October 25 through the 28 at the beautiful Dragon Ridge Country Club in Henderson, Nevada. DR has always been a car guy and at 20 years old he sold Rolls Royces and Jaguars while working his way through the Air Force. His first sports car was a 1967 Jag E Type and a 1956 Porsche 356A he raced in the mid-sixties. He switched from Mercedes to Cadillac in 1994 when he proposed to his wife, as she was a Controller for Coast Cadillac in Long Beach, California.

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Stuart Sobek is the Founder and Chairman of the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance. This inaugural event will debut on October 25 through the 28 at the exclusive Dragon Ridge Country Club. Stuart has been in the car collector world for more than 31 years. Fueled by his first visit to Pebble Beach in 1987, he has been collecting and showing cars ever since. His passion began and still remains in exotic cars. Being a long-time member of many car clubs, including the Lamborghini and Maserati Clubs, enabled him to learn and increase his knowledge and passion for these unique automobiles. As a collector, he has personally owned and logged many miles behind the wheel of some fantastic rides, both on the street and the track. Stuart is a member of the CCCA and Checkered Flag Lifetime Member of the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, California. Today he returns to Cars Yeah after a visit here last February to update us on this new Concours event.

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Bill Rothermel will serve as the Master of Ceremonies at the inaugural Chattanooga Motorcar Festival and the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the AACA Museum, Inc., and The Elegance, both in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He currently serves as the Master of Ceremonies of numerous events including the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, The Elegance, the Concours of America, the Radnor Concours d’Elegance, the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance, The Hemmings Concours, Eurofest, Greenville-Spartanburg, and the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. Bill also serves as a judge at numerous Concours events around the country and he is a freelance writer and his works have been featured in national and international publications and auction catalogs.

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Mark Gillies is the title sponsor at the Inaugural Chattanooga Motorcar Festival taking place October 11 – 12 at the Westin Hotel and Chattanooga’s West Village. He is a lifelong automotive enthusiast whose career as a journalist included editing Supercar Classics and CAR magazines in the UK before arriving in the States in 1995. He became Executive Editor of Automobile and Car and Driver magazines. Eight years ago he moved into PR at Volkswagen and he is currently head of product communications for the North American region. Mark has owned a number of interesting vehicles and has raced a number of great old cars for collectors over the years. He and his son own and drive a 1992 Golf GTI race car.

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Mike Tilson is the Chief Judge at the Inaugural Chattanooga Motorcar Festival taking place October 11 – 12 at the Westin Hotel and Chattanooga’s West Village.  He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Radnor Hunt Concours d' Elegance, now in its 23rd year. He is Chief Judge at the Carmel Concours on the Avenue and as a member of the International Chief Judges Advisory Group ( ICJAG ). Mike judges at many major Concours events in the US, Canada, and Europe. He is a former race car driver in the World Endurance Championship, SCCA, and IMSA. Mike competed at Sebring 12 hours, Daytona 24 Hours, and Watkins Glen 6 Hours, as well as racing in Mexico and Canada with many notable co-drivers, such as Innes Ireland, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Bruce Jennings and Al Holbert. He competed in the Mille Miglia on the BMW team in a BMW 507. For over forty years Mike owned a sales, service and restoration shop specializing in high-performance European automobiles.

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Dorsey Schroeder is the Competition Director for the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival’s Time Trials. He is currently the Competition Director for the HSR and Trans-Am Chief Steward and since 2015, has served as Race Director for the World Challenge Series. As a member of the SCCA Hall of Fame, Dorsey’s career as a racecar driver has earned him 40 professional races in 242 starts including 17 Trans-Am Series wins. In 1971 at the age of 18, he became the first person under the age of 21 to be issued an SCCA National Competition License. He won numerous championships throughout the 90s and in recent years competed in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races at Daytona and Sebring in the Prototype class. He has served as a color analyst for Fox Sports 1 and was a color analyst for the Speed Channel. 

Photo credit: ISC Archives & Research Center via Getty Images

 

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Jim Pace is the Co-Founder of the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival, an inaugural event that joins Byron Defoor’s 50 Plus Racing Foundation in bringing this fundraising event to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Jim is a professional racecar driver who has competed since 1987. He’s earned wins as the Overall Winner and GT Winner in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, and at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Jim’s a sports car Series Champion in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) GTU class. He is recognized as a top driver having raced formula, Prototype, GT, and vintage cars around the world including Spa in Belgium and Germany’s Nurburgring circuits. He is also a driving instructor, racing coach, and adventure consultant. As a principal in Historic Sportscar Racing since 2015 Jim has been a Race Advisor for the Classic 24 at Daytona and Classic 12 at Sebring. 

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Rob Fisher has spent a lifetime devoted to machines that turn fuel into noise and he loves anything with four wheels, two wheels, or a propeller.  Rob is currently the CEO of the up and coming San Francisco Auto Museum located in the heart of the City by the Bay. Prior to finding his dream job with the museum, Rob spent over 30 years leading global sales organizations at 6 different start-ups in Silicon Valley, which took him and his family to London for 6 years. He spends his free time doing all things automotive as the most recent president of a private vintage car club, collecting post-war cars and vintage racing his Formula Atlantic.  Rob is a supporter of the Ironstone Concours and he is also the Chairman of the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance – the longest continually running Concours in the world.

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Firman Brown serves on the Ironstone Concours Board of Directors as well as the Sonora Regional Horseless Carriage Club and he is in his third year on the Calaveras County Grand Jury. His career included farming, working for a wholesale liquor, beer, and wine distributor, and eventually purchasing his own distributorship, which he eventually sold. He lived in Pebble Beach for 30 years and had a great relationship with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and after moving to Calaveras County, he founded The Friends of the Calaveras County Fair and the Jumping Frog Jubilee. Today he is the Project Manager for the Utica Hotel restoration and development when he is not in his shop playing with and working on his old cars.

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Charles Test is part of the Ragtime Racers, a group the racer Brian Blain put together where he runs Blain Motorsports Foundation. There Charles helps research the various automobiles they restore. Charles is the great-grandson of Charles E. Test, one of the founders of the National Motor Vehicle Company in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1900-1924. He graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 1978 and lives in Minneapolis. He got into motorcycles and his first bike was a 1938 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead. He’s had Nashes, a Studebaker, an Edsel, and a Chevy pickup. He started the website Chuckstoyland.com in 2006 where he shares his collections of historic postcards and photos. Charles got into vintage racing in 2014 as a Mechanician with Brian in a 1911 National Racer that Charlie Merz drove to a 7th place finish in the first Indy 500. Today Charles pilots his own 1911 National Speedway Roadster.

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Gail Kautz is the Vice-Chairman of Ironstone Vineyards and is involved in all aspects of the family farming operation in Lodi, California. She and her husband John have been married over 60 years and started the Ironstone Concours in 1996. Her education, career, commissions, and board appointments are vast and cover decades of service in California. Her son Stephen is the oldest of their four children and is a third-generation California farmer. He is the President of Ironstone Winery, located in the Sierra Foothills town of Murphys. He is involved in numerous organizations promoting Calaveras County, is a Director of the California Association of Wine Grape Growers, and is past Director of the California Wine Institute. He is also a board member of the Ironstone Concours Foundation that has raised over a million dollars for its charities.  

Gail and Stephen are the first mother and son to be guests here on Cars Yeah.

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Ryan Skelly is the Sales Manager at Mercedes Benz of Stockton in California. His dealership is a sponsor of the Ironstone Concours. For over 30 years, Mercedes Benz of Stockton has earned trust through sincere customer service in their state of the art dealership. They provide new and used cars along with their Certified Technician care team. Ryan began his automotive career working with his father who sold Fords in the 80s in Ohio. He passed out flags and popcorn on sales days and he says if he closes his eyes, and thinks of those days, he can still recall the new-car smell of a new Ford. His career began at Prospect Motors in Jackson and he’s been with Mercedes Benz of Stockton for 3 years.

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Debbie Briscoe is a wife, mother, former teacher, and vintage race car driver. She spent 25 years teaching and mentoring children, parents, and fellow teachers. Then one day, while enjoying time at the race track she decided to get a racing license. She quickly became a favorite in the annual ProFormance Ladies Track Day at Pacific Raceways where they called her ‘Speed Racer’. She attended the Bondurant Racing School and started racing at tracks including Pacific Raceways, Portland, Spokane, Road America, Indianapolis, and Daytona. In her second season, she added tracks including Sonoma and Laguna Seca. She races with her husband and sons and has been interviewed by past Cars Yeah guest Bob Varsha on Motor Trend and today she has friends who include: Brian Redman, Lyn St. James, and Karen Salvaggio, all past guests on Cars Yeah, plus a whole lot of other racers.

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Cassie Nunes is the Host and Event Coordinator of the 5th Annual ADA Charity Car Show that takes place Sunday, November 17 at the MB2 Raceway in Thousand Oaks, California. The show is an annual charity showcase of beautiful cars including classics, domestics, modified and exotics that all come together to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Their mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by this disease. Cassie owns a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu and was born and raised into a family of automotive enthusiasts. Her father was a drag racer and her mom builds and shows cars. Being a Type 1 Diabetic, she has discovered how to combine her passion for cars and raise money to fight diabetes. 

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Kelly Whitton serves as the Director of the Copperstate 1000 Vintage Car Road Rally, as well as the Copperstate Overland Vintage Off-Roading Adventure. Kelly started her career in Washington DC working for a small lobby and political fundraising firm. In 2005, after spending six years teaching English in South Korea and traveling the world, she found herself in Arizona and in the employment of the organizers of the Copperstate 1000 – an event that would change her life. Kelly spends as much of her free time as possible in or around vintage cars. She served as a judge at the Santa Fe Concorso for four years, participates in numerous rallies across the US, and most recently completed and won her class in the 2019 Peking to Pairs Endurance Race.

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Kai Goddard is the Co-Founder and Driver/Coach at Track Rekord a company born out of a need to provide consistent, high-quality track day driver instruction across the US and Canada. The ultimate goal of Track Record is to reduce risk, improved safety, increased enjoyment, lower lap times, and reduce insurance costs. He was born into a racing family, the son of two-time World Superstox Champion and former factory BMW Touring Car racer Geoff Goddard. Kai has over 24 years of racing, testing, development, marketing, driving events, coaching, precision driving, and high-performance driving experience. He’s run in SCCA Formula Vee, Improved Touring Car, American Sedan to Factory Stocks, Short Track Racing, PBOC Racing, and NASA Pro Racing. He’s worked with numerous marques in driving events, hot laps, stunt shows, film, and more. 

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Andy Lee is the Co-Founder and Driver/Coach at Track Rekord a company born out of a need to provide consistent, high-quality track day driver instruction across the US and Canada. The ultimate goal of Track Record is to reduce risk, improved safety, increased enjoyment, lower lap times, and reduce insurance costs. Andy is both a driver and a mechanic who has raced since 2003. He’s run in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup and in the Pirelli World Challenge Series in a Camaro. He garnered Rookie of the Year honors and a second place in the Championship. Since 2008 Andy has recorded 8 wins, 24 podiums, and 11 poles and he has raced in several series including IMSA Continental Series, Trans Am, NASA, and SCORE Off-Road Racing. He’s tested and raced a variety of cars including Lamborghini, Cadillac, and Porsche. 

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Steve Kimpton is the Director of Operations at Track Rekord, a company born out of a need to provide consistent, high-quality track day driver instruction across the US and Canada. The ultimate goal of Track Record is to reduce risk, improve safety, increase enjoyment, lower lap times, and reduce insurance costs. Steve has a Masters Degree in Engineering, Economics, and Management from Oxford University. He is a retired consulting actuary who loves to race. He built his first sports car after leaving university and restores English roadsters. He started racing in 2005 in a Lotus Elise and has competed at Lime Rock, Monticello, and was one of only three US drivers to compete in the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in South Africa, driving a Saleen Mustang. Steve joined Track Rekord after it was founded by past Cars Yeah guests, Kai Goddard, and Andy Lee. They realized that two professional racing drivers left to their own devices might be a little problematic. Steve brings his business background to the table and is the voice of reason behind Track Rekord.

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Patrick Kelley is an author with a fascination for all things automotive. About 15 years ago he expanded this passion and started collecting original automobile concept art. These are drawings and paintings of what future automobiles might look like. He decided that these designs, that came out of art schools across America, and the ‘Big Three’ automotive manufacturing companies, had to be shared. Today he shares his new book, Imagine! Automobile Concept Art From the 1930s to the 1980s, published by Dalton Watson Fine Books. It takes the reader back to a time when the sky was the limit, dreams and visions were encouraged and restrictions were few. With 235 wonderfully unique images and 324 pages, it is a must-have for your library.

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Jeff Stumb is the Director of the Great Race, an annual vintage automotive driving event that has taken in the United States for 36 years. The drive has grown to unprecedented heights, from a record number of rookies to the overall number of teams. Jeff grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and saw the Great Race for the first time in 1987. He participated in the event in 1994 competing through the years with friends, his father, and his wife. He had a career in the newspaper business for almost 25 years and has owned over 150 classic cars ranging from a 1916 Hudson to a 1965 Chevrolet Bel Air. The Great Race began in 1983 and has raised thousands of dollars for charity. In 2010 Corky Coker of Coker Tires took over leadership and the company he founded owns the event to this day under the leadership of past Cars Yeah guest, Wade Kawasaki.

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Sawyer Dell’Aquila is a 21-year-old automotive enthusiast who works at On The Road Again Classics as an apprentice technician in Morgan Hill, California. The company was started in 2008 by Bill Hiland and they do everything under one roof in a 12,000 square foot facility. The team specializes in high-quality restoration for classic British automobiles. Sawyer owns a project ‘67 MGB, modified first-generation Miata, and a family-owned-since-new, 5 speed ‘91 Acura Integra with 1/4 million miles. Inspired to create his own business giving vintage cars a new life with modern touches, Sawyer hopes to appeal to more people in the classic car market. His goal is to bring a younger crowd attracted to cars that are slowly being forgotten. Regular Cars Yeah listeners will remember I had Sawyer’s father, Dave, on the show a few months ago.

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Zef Eisenberg is the CEO of Eisenberg Racing, a specialized engineering company with a talented team that works to develop some of the world’s most extreme and powerful motorbikes, cars, quads, and land speed vehicles. His MADMAX Race Team is behind multiple world land speed records on bikes, quads, and in cars. This team is most known for its dedication to racing and building turbine-powered motorbikes for extreme speed. MADMAX Racing holds numerous Guinness World, British and Local Guernsey records. He has extensive experience in competing on high-powered 2 stroke race quads that have a reputation of taking every Quad hill climb record they enter. Best in class is what the brand’s DNA is all about. Catch his new Speed Freaks TV show on ITV4 that debuted August 7, 2019.

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Michael Miles is a filmmaker and co-director whose most recent production is a film documentary titled Rapid Response that will be in movie theaters September 6 and beyond. You’ll recall past Cars Yeah guest Dr. Stephen Olvey who wrote the book Rapid Response, a story about his life working in motorsport to save drivers who have been in racing accidents. Michael was born disabled and his experience gave him a conquering spirit plus the ability to overcome adversity along with great respect for modern medicine. Over the past 15 years, he has worked as an editor on Independent film Documentaries and in 2014 he and Roger Hinze formed A Mile A Way Productions and their first television documentary is Rapid Response. The film also honors one of the doctors who took care of him when Michael was a child, Dr. Jerry Trammell.

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Michael Giusti is a journalist, insurance expert, and automotive enthusiast with a special interest in electric vehicles with more than 20 years of writing to his credit. He specializes in business and financial reporting, including the insurance and automotive industry. Michael has worked at a daily newspaper in Florida and at a regional business journal in New Orleans, as well as for magazines and websites across the country and around the globe. He is also the chairman of the Journalism Department at Loyola University New Orleans. Michael is here today to talk about his career and a recent NetQuote article by a colleague Jason Hargraves, an insurance specialist, and freelance writer. The article was on NetQuote.com and is titled How to Best Repair Your Car After a Natural Disaster.

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Boston native, George Levy, is an author, the former editor of Autoweek Magazine, and is the director of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He is also the author of multiple books on motorsports, including 2016’s Can-Am 50th Anniversary, a project on which he worked with the late and deeply missed photographer Pete Biro, who was a past Cars Yeah guest. The great racer Sam Posey said about the book, “Your book is just fantastic. As far as I know, you've got the facts exactly right, which must have been the product of a lot of hard work and good thinking.” His current book, F1 Mavericks:  The Men and Machines that Revolutionized Formula 1 Racing is a sweeping account of the most innovative and glamorous period in Formula One racing history, 1958 through 1982. The forward is by Mario Andretti and the afterward is by the late Niki Lauda.

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Francis Abate decided to reinvent himself after twenty-five years in sales, consulting, and business development in the defense industry, by going to McPherson College. He returned to school to pursue his passion for automotive restoration and preservation. While in his second year of school he is the Vice President for CARS Club, facilitating fellow students' involvement in a variety of activities involving cars and fundraising. Francis is focusing on craftsmanship skills in sheet metal restoration, trim, upholstery, electrical systems, and woodworking. A few of his projects include a Jaguar D-Type Race Car, a 1953 Mercedes Benz 300S Cabriolet and a 1951 Mercury Coupe. Over the years Mike has been active in community service and the International M100 Group, a Daimler/Mercedes Benz sanctioned club.

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Andrew Evans is a young American race car driver currently competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the LMP2 category and he is the 2019 12 Hours of Sebring winner. Andrew raced in both Europe and the United States in 2017 and 2018. This included several podium finishes, a win, and numerous pole positions in the British LMP3 Cup with teammate and recently retired 2x All-Star MLB player, CJ Wilson.  Andrew also raced select events in the IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship for Charles Wicht Racing and Performance Tech Motorsports. Andrew is on-track virtually every week, as lead instructor for ProFormance Racing School in Seattle, a school past Cars Yeah guest Don Kitch owns and operates.  He also travels frequently to drive professionally at marketing events for auto manufacturers including Jaguar and McLaren.

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Aaron Shelby is the Executive Vice President at Legacy Texas where he and his team operate as the Subsidiary Manager overseeing LegacyTexas Title, Mortgage, and Commercial Lending. He also operates the Shelby family timber business in East Texas – JFS Timber Partners. In 2016 Aaron was named to the Board of Carroll Shelby International, the umbrella organization under with the Shelby entities operates. In this role, he acts as brand ambassador for Shelby and helps to maintain the relationship with Ford Motor Company. His charity work includes being on the Board of Directors of the Carroll Shelby Foundation and the NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship). Aaron Shelby is the grandson of Texas racing legend Carroll Shelby.

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Tim Medvetz is the Founder of The Heroes Project, a foundation that makes the impossible a reality by empowering our injured veterans through physical and emotional training. He and his team organize expeditions to challenge vets who have been severely wounded to redefine their personal limits post-injury. Tim is a custom motorcycle builder and rider who built bikes for the Hollywood elite. He is a lifelong wanderer, nomad, and natural extreme athlete who rode his chopper across the country numerous times. He was a member of the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle club and has traveled all over the world. His adventures have taken him to Mt. Everest which he has summited and it was one of those treks that inspired Tim to take a wounded veteran to Everest and to start The Heroes Project, a foundation dedicated to raising funds to help more severely injured men and women veterans.

Direct download: Ep1363_Tim_Medvetz.mp3
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Tim Medvetz is the founder of The Heroes Project, a foundation that makes the impossible a reality by empowering our injured veterans through physical and emotional training. He and his team organize expeditions to challenge vets who have been severely wounded to redefine their personal limits post-injury. Tim is a custom motorcycle builder and rider who built bikes for the Hollywood elite. He is a lifelong wanderer, nomad, and natural extreme athlete who rode his chopper across the country numerous times. He was a member of the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle club and has traveled all over the world. His adventures have taken him to Mt. Everest which he has summited and it was one of those treks that inspired Tim to take a wounded veteran to Everest and to start The Heroes Project, a foundation dedicated to raising funds to help more severely injured men and women veterans.

Direct download: Ep1362-Tim_Medvetz.mp3
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Jason Fiorito has been President of Pacific Raceways for 17 years, and President of Pacific Innovation Center for 6 years. Jason is responsible for financing, strategic planning, governmental relations, master planning and developing track and innovation center relationships and partners. Jason was instrumental in working with local governments to secure legislation that allows for the development and improvements that are planned for Pacific Raceways, including Pacific Innovation Center, a tech campus designed to accelerate innovation in automotive technology. He is the third generation of his family to have involvement with the Kent facility. Prior to becoming raceway and Innovation Center President, Jason worked in the family’s heavy highway construction business in quarrying, mining, and commercial development. 

Direct download: Ep1361-Jason_Fiorito.mp3
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Ryan ZumMallen is the founder of Carrara Media and the author of its first title, Slow Car Fast: The Millennial Mantra Changing Car Culture for Good, which is available for preorder now. It will release today, August 19 as an eBook at CarraraBooks.com. Most recently, Ryan served as Senior Writer for Trucks.com and his freelance work has appeared in Road & Track, The Verge, Autobytel, and many other publications. His weekly newsletter on car culture is called Race Day and new issues release every Wednesday on Substack.com.

Direct download: Ep1360-Ryan_Zummalen.mp3
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Steven Posner is the CEO and Partner at Putnam Leasing, a company he joined in 1983. Putnam is the largest independent lessor of exotic and collectible automobiles in the country. Putnam has over a quarter billion dollars in high-end motorcars in its fleet employing over 25 specialists and offices from coast to coast. Steven started in the leasing business at the age of 18 and worked at several different companies in a variety of roles. He has been a member of the National Vehicle Leasing Association since 1989 and served as chapter Chairman of the New York-New Jersey Connecticut chapter from 2000 to 2002. He also serves on the executive board of the Carrington Charitable Foundation, an organization that assists severely wounded war veterans. 

His colleague, Karen Sundstrom, is a past Cars Yeah guest and is a Finance Specialist for Putnam Leasing in Orange County California.

Direct download: Ep1359-Steven_Posner.mp3
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Matt Nasworthy is the Florida Public Affairs Director for AAA – The Auto Club Group. He has worked at AAA for over 20 years with expertise in Learning and Development and Public Relations. In 2007, Matt developed an innovative training curriculum for Road Service technicians. It focused primarily on safety at the roadside and this program has continued to reduce crashes, injuries, and damages in 11 states. Matt also spent several years managing the Teen Driver Safety and Impaired Driving Programs for the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. AAA is a huge supporter of the Gasparilla Concourse, an annual event that takes place in April. Through AAA’s support, the Concours donated over $20,000 to Shriners Hospital for children.

A shout out to Joanne Pistorious and her husband Brando who introduced me to Matt. They are the Founders of the Gasparilla Concourse and both are past guests here on Cars Yeah.

Direct download: Ep1358_Matt_Nasworthy.mp3
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Ben Tarlow is the Owner of Mid-Century Motoring located an hour outside of New York City in the beautiful Hudson River Valley. They are a fully licensed, bonded, and insured classic car dealer and brokerage firm accepting consignment, sourcing cars for clients, and providing auction consulting. Each classic automobile is treated as a personal automobile while in Ben’s care. Ben originally worked in the auction industry and soon embarked on purchasing unique cars out of Europe and that lead to an import business. He is also an avid vintage racer who campaigns an old Mini and a ’59 Bugeye Sprite. Today Ben is embarking on a large expansion of the business and starting with a new facility in the very near future.

Direct download: Ep1357-Ben_Tarlow2.mp3
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Rick Ivester is the Founder and Owner of The Vault Tampa Bay, located in Tampa, Florida. The Vault is respected and recognized for their “Fine Preservation and Storage Solutions”. It’s the ideal place for their clients to store exotic and classic automobiles. Rick also offers Brokerage Services for cars, limited and rare race collectibles, automobilia and petrolina related items that are for sale.  His entrepreneur nature started at the early age of 6 when he sold his pencil-drawn pictures of early model Ford roadsters to fellow classmates for their lunch money.  In addition to The Vault, trucking has been Rick’s primary business for the last 42 years working for 3 large corporations and as an independent salesperson for the last 12 years. 

Rick is on the Board of Directors of the Gasparilla Concourse, an annual event that takes place in April. He has been instrumental in gathering business owners and fellow philanthropists to donate good and services for their annual charity event. Through those efforts, they have donated over $20,000 to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

A shout out to Joanne Pistorious and her husband Brando who introduced me to Rick. They are the founders of the Gasparilla Concours and both are past guests here on Cars Yeah.

Direct download: Ep1356-Rick_Ivester2.mp3
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Jenifer ‘Jeni’ Swanson is a member of the Board of Directors for Athena Racing, an organization founded by past Cars Yeah guest Loxley Browne, designed to support young women in racing. Jeni is a racer herself who loves to wrench on her cars, both race cars, and vintage cars. She and her daughter are restoring a 1964 Ford Ranchero. Her career started in commercial real estate and property management more than 20 years ago. She went back to law school and has been a practicing real estate attorney since 2012 where she helps commercial landlords with their transactional needs. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Corvette Magazine for her racing and she is a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star for two consecutive years. Jeni is also a member of the Executive Committee for the California Lawyer’s Association Real Property Law Section.

 

Direct download: Ep1355-Jenifer_Swanson2.mp3
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Christopher Pagani is the Head of Marketing for Pagani Automobili America. Pagani Automobili is an Italian manufacturer of spectacular sports cars and pioneer in the carbon fiber technology. The company was founded in 1998 by Christopher’s father Horacio Pagani and is based in San Cesario Sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy. Christopher is currently living in the United States where he has been developing and supporting the Pagani dealer network in North America. He organizes and manages Pagani corporate events and activations bringing awareness about the brand through the press, media, and PR activities. You’ll see a Pagani at the Concept Car Display, on the upper lawn at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.  

Direct download: Ep1354-Christopher_Pagani.mp3
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Ed Loh is the Senior Vice President of content at MotorTrend Group and serves as Editor-in-Chief for MotorTrend. He has nearly 20 years of experience in automotive journalism and has held leadership positions as Editor-in-Chief of Import Racer! Magazine (managing editor of Road & Track's Speed magazine, and editor-in-chief of Sport Compact Car. Ed moved to MotorTrend in the spring of 2007, became its executive editor in 2010 and then editor-in-chief in 2011. In his time with MotorTrend, the brand has become the leading automotive enthusiast magazine and the industry leader across the web, social media, and video. In February 2016, Ed was promoted to senior vice president, in-market content for MotorTrend Group, overseeing the editorial direction of MotorTrend and Automobile magazines. In April 2018, this role was expanded to include all automotive content for the MotorTrend Group.

Direct download: Ep_1353-Ed_Loh.mp3
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Jackie Frady is the President and Executive Director at the National Automobile Museum/The Harrah Collection in Reno Nevada. Her career in the collector car field began in 1981 with the former Harrah’s Automobile Collection. Following a progression of management positions, she was promoted to Executive Director and later elected President. During her tenure, the Museum was named one of the Top 10 Auto Museums in the nation many times over. Since 1995 Jackie has been an honorary judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, one of a few women to serve in this role. She is a 2015 Top Business Woman of the American Business Women’s Association. She’s helped author and edit two books published by the Museum, Against All Odds and a souvenir book about the Museum’s history. She also helped produce a short film, The Bill Harrah Story and The Legendary Journey to the Museum. 

Direct download: Ep1352-Jackie_Frady.mp3
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Nic Waller worked for twenty years as the Marketing and Design Director for the Lavenham Group in England where they specialized in the publication of fine automotive books. His passion for old cars is genetic, born of parents who shared with him the golden age of British motor racing. His father Derek Waller raced Bentleys in the 1950s and 60s. In 2006, Nic joined the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as an automotive consultant representing the Concours in Europe. He is also a member of the Pebble Beach Concours Selection Committee and a familiar voice as the Pebble Beach Award Show announcer on Concours Sunday. Nic is a class judge at several Concours in Europe and Japan as well as being the Chief Judge at the Valletta Concours in Malta and at the Warren Concours in England.

Direct download: Ep_1351-Nic_Waller.mp3
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Sandra Button has been the Chairman of the 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, along with the Society of Automotive Historians.

Direct download: Ep_1350-Sandra_Button.mp3
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Brook Banham is the Founder and Owner of Middlecott Design, based in downtown Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Coventry University with a BA in Transport Design, Brook has undertaken a number of projects working mainly as a vehicle and industrial designer for Fortune 500 companies as a concept designer such as Daimler/ Benz, Volkswagen, BMW, Puma, Nike, Adidas, Microsoft, HP, Motorola, Hot Wheels, and Sony Entertainment.  Today his company provides graphic, industrial, and automotive design services for companies including Hasbro Transformers, Delta Airlines, Mobsteel, Ford, General Motors, Ram, and many others. He has also been teaching product, fashion and transport design sketching at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) part-time for 3 years now. Brook also founded Middlecott Sketchbattle Championships, the Fight Club of Design; a live automotive design sketching competition and party blowout held annually at the LA Auto Show, SEMA, Detroit Auto Show, and at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Direct download: Ep_1349-Brook_Banham_01.mp3
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Troy Dunn is the Founder of Branded Title Marketplace, the world’s only website dedicated exclusively to branded Title vehicles. Branded vehicles are those that have experienced an insurance incident and are then reconditioned. Troy is known to millions of TV viewers as “The Locator”. He has been on national TV for over 28 years and he along with his team have reunited over 40,000 families worldwide. He has made over 500 appearances on national TV and been interviewed by Oprah, Barbara Walters, and Dr. Phil. With a deep appreciation for rebuilt cars and trucks, Troy is setting out to change the narrative around branded vehicles. Through podcasting, magazine, and television he and his team are working to celebrate and elevate the value of salvage vehicles and the talented people who rebuild them.

Direct download: Ep_1348-Troy_Dunn.mp3
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Jim Cantrell is an American entrepreneur, mechanical engineer, and road racer. He is CEO and co-founder of Vector Launch, Inc.  After working at the French Space Agency CNES (Centre Nationale D’Etudes Spatiales) and the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, he worked as an independent consultant to aerospace companies for fifteen years and was on the founding teams of SpaceX and Moon Express.  Jim received the NASA Innovation Award for Mars Balloon Technology in 1989. He is also the author of twenty technical papers. Jim also participates in road racing and has run in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill at Thunderhill Raceway and he’s raced in the 24 Hours of Daytona Classic. In 2005, he founded Vintage Exotics Competition Engineering, which designs and restores race cars.

Direct download: Ep_1347_Jim_Cantrell.mp3
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Ed Greco has been the poster and event artist for the Carmel Mission Classic. He spent the bulk of his career as the owner of a marketing agency with the emphasis on advertising and collateral production for companies both nationally and internationally. His scope of work included assignments in TV and corporate image film production, animation, art direction, illustrating and cartooning. With several national awards, his work is displayed in the U.S. as well as Europe and the Middle East. Though retired from the agency world, Mr. Greco remains active as a consultant and gallery artist with special emphasis on commission assignments for personalized art projects.

Direct download: Ep_1346-Ed_Graco.mp3
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Hilary Noack is the Owner of Ink N Iron, a shop specializing in classic car restoration, custom work, and empowering women. Her business is an all-female, auto body repair shop where she also encourages the next generation of female techs through teaching. Hilary got into the trade at the age of 17 and while attending trade school, she was the only woman in her classes throughout her school years. Knowing she would one day have her own shop, she set out to make it different than her competition, all the while noticing more women were entering the trade. After hearing their stories of struggle and discrimination and how they overcame those challenges working in a male-dominated field, she was inspired. After running an IndieGoGo campaign to fund her startup she hit the ground running and Ink N Iron opened the doors in April of 2015.

Direct download: Ep-1345_Hilary_Noack.mp3
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Rod Egan is the Owner and Chief Auctioneer at Worldwide Auctioneers. He has managed some of the largest auctions and collections in North America and held senior positions at a number of the world's leading auction houses. Having sold over $3 billion of assets over the past 30 years, both privately and at auction, he is among an elite group of auctioneers to have overseen major asset transfers at that level. Rod specializes in the valuation of vintage automobiles and is always accessible to collectors, also overseeing Worldwide's private sales division. An avid collector himself, Rod has extensive knowledge of pre-war European and American classics and sports cars. When not on the auction podium you will often find him enjoying Concours and club events, road rallies and tours, throughout North America and Europe.

Direct download: Ep-1344-Rod_Egan.mp3
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Mike Vietro, aka Corvette Mike, founded Corvette Mike in 1982 and over the decades, he has earned a reputation of unsurpassed integrity and expertise while becoming one of the world’s leading classic and sports car dealers. Mike is known as “The Leader of the Pack” in dealing in Corvettes, classics and American muscle cars, as well as exotic imports such as Ferrari, Porsche, and Jaguar. Corvette Mike is your one-stop for your classic car collection and sports car needs.

Direct download: Ep-1343-Mike_Vieto.mp3
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John D’Agostino is the owner of Celebrity Kustoms / D’Agostino Kustoms in Discovery Bay, California. Born in Pittsburgh, John got into building and customizing model cars when he was a child. Inspired by the works of Barris, Winfield, Hines, Starbird, and Watson, John embarked on a lifelong journey of designing and building custom cars. He’s become an icon in the world of customs with numerous awards so extensive that they rival anyone in the business. He’s a prolific builder and his builds are in private collections and museums around the world.

Direct download: Ep-1342-John__DAgostino.mp3
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Don Weberg is the Editor, Publisher, and Founder of Garage Style, a quarterly published magazine and monthly digital newsletter devoted entirely to the lifestyles of automotive collectors and automotive enthusiasts. Featuring a number of decked-out garages every issue, Garage Style also highlights automotive collectibles, automobilia, petroliana, neon, porcelain and various items that enhance garages such as workbenches, tool chests, flooring, doors, and much more.    Garage Style Magazine aims to bring the community together and inspire homeowners, car guys or not, to embrace, amplify, and enjoy what is normally the largest room in the house - the garage.  An enthusiast his entire life, Don's enthusiasm for all things automotive shines through in each issue.

Direct download: Ep-1341-Don_Weberg.mp3
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Frank Dipaola is the Founder/Creator and Event Chairman of the Carmel Mission Classic, now in its seventh year which takes place during Car Week in Carmel by the Sea, California at the Carmel Mission. 100% of the net proceeds from his event go to charities. Frank is a 25 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, an undercover narco cop whose undercover name was Frankie Apollo, and he was a detective and patrol officer as well. He created the LAPD Juvenile Impact Gang Diversion Program helping re-direct over 10,000 at-risk youth from a life of crime. He was a Juvenile Justice appointee of the California Governor and he authored his autobiography titled From Hell To Hail Mary: A Cop's Story. He has also appeared on numerous television shows. Frank is also an active shooter work place violence instructor with M.C. Kimball and Associates.

Direct download: Ep1340-Frank_Dipaola.mp3
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Rob Waller is a Sales and Leasing Consultant with Kuni Lexus of Portland, in Portland, Oregon. He has been with Lexus of Portland for almost 4 years now. Prior to April of this year, Rob gained experience as a Lexus Technology and Delivery Specialist, supporting new and existing Lexus owners in understanding how to utilize and operate the various features, technology, and services integrated within their Lexus automobiles. Previous to this, Rob operated as a Client Care Specialist within the dealership’s Sales Business Development Center.  Originally from the Motor City of Detroit, Michigan, Rob visited Oregon for the first time on a one-week vacation twenty-two years ago and has been living in Portland ever since. Kuni Lexus of Portland is a key sponsor for the Forest Grove Concours taking place July 21.

Direct download: Ep1339-Rob_Waller.mp3
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David Charvet is the founder of Charvet Classic Cars where for over 15 years he has sold classic and vintage automobiles. Several years ago he branched out into selling car collectors' estates that include automobiles, automotive memorabilia, Petroliana, and other auto-related items that collector amass over their lifetime. In his previous careers, David was a performing magician and he is known as one of the foremost historians in the world of magic. He’s authored over a dozen books about magic’s practitioners and his writings have garnered multiple awards. For over 40 years David performed magic around the world. David is a long-time judge at the Forest Grove Concours, now in its 47th year taking place on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. 

Direct download: Ep1338-Dave_Charvet.mp3
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Andreas Werner is the Founder and Designer of Herrenfahrt, a premium car care brand, and a group of products. Born in the Black Forrest in Southern Germany, Andreas discovered his passion for classic cars and captured that enthusiasm in creating a specialty line of car care. What began as a wax formula quickly grew into a complete line of products that focus on outstanding functionality, understated excellence, and exclusive design. All this was created around the name Herrenfahrt, a German word used to describe “Men’s Drivers”, car owners who managed and cared for their own cars, many of which were race car drivers, amateur athletes, and enthusiasts. You can find Herrenfahrt at Esoteric Car Care in Ohio, and that’s where I met Andreas at their open house event earlier this year. 

Direct download: Ep1337-Andreas_Werner.mp3
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Martin Port has worked in automotive publishing for 18 years and is an author, art editor, freelance writer, and photographer. He is the Art Editor for Classic & Sports Car Magazine, writes and shoots photography for Classic Land Rover magazine, and is the editor for Built 2 Last Magazine. Martin also writes for the Land Rover Series 2 Club magazine. His latest book is Mini Scrapbook – 60 Years of a British Icon published by Porter Press International in the U.K. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Mini, a little car that made a big impact. This is the latest in a Scrapbook Series from Philip and Julie Porter at Porter Press. Martin has also worked as the Art Editor for Liverpool Football Club Matchday magazine and the official McLaren F1 team magazine as well. 

Direct download: Ep1336-Martin_Port.mp3
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Eric ‘Spook’ LeClair is what happens when you cross an Engineer with an Artist.  A vintage steel restoration guru with a passion for paint, Spook dreamed of Airkooled Kustoms long before opening the shop, located in Hazel Green, in 2004. The mastermind behind the proprietary processes that yield Darkside dubs that Volkswagen and Porsche enthusiasts drool over, Spook doesn’t do anything halfway. Raised in California and transplanted to Alabama; he doesn't exactly blend in, but he's an adaptable fellow. He also has a new book out, How To Restore Your Volkswagen Beetle.

Direct download: Ep1335-Eric_Spook_LeClair.mp3
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Cara Adams is the Chief Engineer and Manager of Race Tire Engineering at Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. She has over a decade of race tire engineering and development experience. Today she is responsible for overseeing all design, development, and track-side support of Firestone race tires used in the NTT IndyCar® Series. Cara also serves on the boards of several community organizations as Secretary for the Akron section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a board member of Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Services and with Akron Public School’s Project Lead the Way, a pre-Engineering program for high school students. She has earned multiple awards and was recently selected to be in the Inaugural Akron Urban League’s Academy of Leaders. As if she’s not busy enough, Cara also competes in triathlons and marathons.

Direct download: Ep1334-Cara_Adams.mp3
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David Rose has spent his career in the fashion industry, successful as a designer, merchandiser, and company principle. All else that followed with his passion for cars and racing began in a Cinerama theater in Boston, in 1988 with the viewing of the film “Grand Prix”. Formula 1 racing became a prime focus for his future aspirations. David loves British sports cars and purchased an MGA when he was young, but the east coast winters were harsh so he switched to a 289 Mustang. David is a long time vintage racer having run many cars including formula cars with SCCA in a Formula Ford, Formula Atlantic, Formula 5000 Le Grand, and Grahm Hills Formula 1, Shadow DN1-3A. He is also a writer who has written for magazines including Rewind and some others. 

Direct download: Ep1333-David_Rose.mp3
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Kristen Krissy Wells is the Membership & Development Manager, better described as the “FUN” in Fundraising at LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington. Krissy oversees membership, member events, driving tours, and development planning for this great museum. In September Kristen will be celebrating 5 years with LeMay-America’s Car Museum and plans to continue sharing ACM’s mission; Preserving the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Driving the Future.  Kristen has discovered that her true calling, her passion, is her love for people and cars.  She grew up out on the race track, raced go-karts, and has a love for wake surfing in her spare time.

Direct download: Ep1332-Krissy_Wells.mp3
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Eric Keller has transformed his hobby and passion for all things BMW into Enthusiasts Auto Group (EAG), a specialized business known for quality preservation of the most significant BMWs produced over the past four decades. Started in a college dorm room, he surrounded himself with talented BMW experts including his brother Evan Keller. At EAG they source, rehabilitate, and find top-level BMWs for fellow enthusiasts all over the globe. They manage all functions of BMW preservation in-house from mechanical service and repairs to complete restoration work in their paint and body department.  Focusing primarily on BMW M-Cars, thousands of cars have gone through their rejuvenation program.  

Direct download: Ep1331-Eric_Keller.mp3
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Gary and Monika Wescott have spent the last 45 years globetrotting around the world, from the deserts of Turkmenistan, following the Silk Road, to the jungles of the Amazon and across Siberia in the dead of winter. This couples’ travel adventures have been published in ten countries and eight languages. They travel in their meticulously prepared research trucks, from the original Land Rover to the current Ford F550 they named The Turtle V. The Turtle Expedition’s popular blogs are currently describing details of their fifth truck which they are preparing to ship to South America for another extensive exploration. Their last expedition took them 40,000 miles through 26 countries for 2 years following the Silk Road and around the world. You can follow them at www.turtleexpedition.com

Direct download: Ep1330-Gary_Wescott.mp3
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Chris Nunes is known as the ‘California Kid’. He is a 17 year old senior at Steel Canyon High School in San Diego, California. His scholastic interests include engineering when he’s not racing, and he hopes to one day design the world’s fastest Electric Formula E race car. Chris has raced competitively since he was 4 years old and has won numerous national and regional motocross titles and in 2014, he started racing off-road modified karts. He is the only youth racer to win championship titles in both Motocross and Off-Road Racing Trucks. In 2018 he turned pro, racing a Pro Buggy in Lucas Oil's Off-Road Short Course and this season, he won the Race Series opener on the CBS Sports Network. In his spare time, he trains younger off-road racers and he trains the all-girl Athena Racing Team, run by past Cars Yeah guest, Loxley Brown.

Direct download: Ep1329-Chris_Nunes.mp3
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Richard Francis has been producing his blog, Motor Sport for Mental Health since 2015. He created the blog to raise awareness for mental health issues within the automotive community to help others who are going through a difficult time within the automotive community and motorsports. Having suffered himself with a mental breakdown at age 19 in January of 2013, he discovered that pursuing motorsport encouraged him to push through his challenges, fears, and insecurities and as a result he started his own business, traveled around the world, expanded his social relationships, and became a better and stronger version of himself.

Direct download: Ep1328-Richard_Francis.mp3
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Curt Hooker recently retired after 50 years of helping build the Edelbrock company, in Los Angeles, California. I had the pleasure of meeting Curt while shooting an episode of Cars Yeah TV at the Edelbrock headquarters. Curt was in charge of developing and testing performance products for the company. A life-long automotive enthusiast who loves wrenching on cars and going fast, for six years Curt raced his 1968 Chevelle Super Stock Racer winning numerous bracket races on Wednesday and Saturday nights. From there he ran an A/ED front engine dragster and set a national record at 7.8 at 180 mph back in 1977 and 1978. Curt and his wife Theresa have been married for 41 years and their two sons have followed in their dad’s footsteps, loving cars and his 11-year-old grandson races a Mini Hydro boat.

Direct download: Ep1327-Curt_Hooker.mp3
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Matthew Field is the world's leading authority on The Italian Job. In 2009 he co-produced and directed a feature-length documentary about the film for Paramount Pictures. He has written numerous books on cinema including the best selling Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films. Matthew has worked on feature films around the world producing behind the scenes marketing materials and most recently completed work on Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again for Universal Pictures. Matthew s has directed a number of documentaries including a one-hour retrospective to accompany the 3D re-release of James Cameron’s Terminator 2 in 2018He was the editorial consultant on the official MGM film Everything or Nothing, which marked the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series. He currently serves on the board of The Ian Fleming Foundation that owns over 20 vehicles used in the popular series.

Direct download: Ep1326-Matthew_Field.mp3
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Loxley Browne is the driving force and Executive Director behind Athena Racing. She has taken her love for the automobile and combined it with her business acumen, marketing skills, and intense devotion to create Athena Racing. It is a serious platform from which to learn STEM principles that helps open young minds to all the possibilities that lay before them. She works with young women who are primed to race towards the finish line and demolish the status quo.   Loxley is a member of the San Diego Women in STEM ecosystem. She volunteers with the Veterans Museum to chair the kidFUNfest and volunteers with the La Jolla Concours as well as TEDx in Southern California.

Direct download: Ep1325-Loxley_Browne.mp3
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Rob Sass is Editor-in-Chief of Porsche Panorama, the official publication of the Porsche Club of America, also known as the PCA. He is also the PCA’s Director of Content, and his role was recently responsible for the launch of Rennbow, the Porsche Color Wiki which is the largest collection of Porsche car color images on the Web, all organized by color. Rob started his career as a lawyer; a prosecutor with the Missouri Attorney General’s office. He transitioned to automotive publishing over 15 years ago, first as a freelancer. His work appeared in Car and Driver, Sports Car Market, Classic and Sports Car, The New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He spent six years at Hagerty Insurance and was Editor-in-Chief of Chevrolet’s official brand publication New Roads.

Direct download: Ep1324-Rob_Sass.mp3
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Danny Baker is a diehard automotive enthusiast, driver, and a Partner at Marshal Goldman Motor Sales in Cleveland, Ohio where for over 40 years they have offered pre-owned collectibles and high-end automobiles. He is just as passionate about business as he is collecting and racing his Ferrari 488 Challenge car. He competes in numerous motorsports events around the world for the last four years including the Ferrari Challenge Series. When not on the track, Danny guides the day-to-day operations of Marshall Goldman Motor Sales and their sales and marketing efforts. He’s spent nearly 20 years in dealership sales and marketing building strong and long-standing relationships with customers, friends, and his team.

Direct download: Ep1323-Danny_Baker.mp3
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Gunner Mench is the President of the Porsche Club of America chapter on the Big Island of Hawaii. He and wife Elli own Harbor Gallery, an island fixture that's been there for 30 years, where they support over 200 local Island artists and their creations. Born in Germany, Gunner immigrated to the US with his parents when he was just 2 years old. His father had a ’59 1600 Super 356 Porsche that instilled his passion for air-cooled German cars. His father was a Porsche Club of America member and that legacy was handed down to Gunner who worked to create the PCA Club on the island of Hawaii after purchasing a Porsche 356. Gunner was an ASC Certified Mechanic and today he is an avid air-cooled Porsche collector.

Shout out to past Cars Yeah Podcast and TV guest Sara Dakarmen for introducing me to Gunner.

Direct download: Ep1322-Gunner_Mench.mp3
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Kathryn Reinhardt is a 17-year veteran of the aftermarket automotive industry. She started in Atlanta, GA as a street racer, drag racer, road racer and then a car builder. She relocated to California to pursue her automotive dreams and has worked for some powerful automotive companies including CEC Wheels, Spectre Intakes, Dirt Sports Magazine, Go Rhino! Truck accessories, MagnaFlow Exhaust, and today she is with Pilot Automotive. Kathryn is the current Chairwoman of TORA, SEMA’s Truck and Off Road council, she is a newly-elected member of the SEMA Board of Directors, and she’s the Chair of the SEMA Pinewood Derby committee.

Direct download: Ep1321-Kathryn_Reinhardt.mp3
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Billy Baugus is the owner of American Detailer Garage. His company provides car care cleaning products that improve efficiency providing the user with the simplicity of use. Billy is a veteran in the car care industry and a proud American Patriot who began his career in his late teens. He was first a DIY guy, a weekend warrior in detailing Marines vehicles during his time in the service. From there he grew his detailing business to service production shops, auction houses, and body shops. For over two decades he has turned his methods and processes into a car care brand through his training classes and US made products. Billy won the Supplier of the Year award from the IDA in 2018.

Direct download: Ep1320-Billy_Baugus.mp3
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Dr. Tom Matano is the Executive Director at the School of Industrial Design, at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. He has over thirty years of experience in the automotive design industry. He has held design positions at General Motors Design in Michigan, GM Holden’s in Australia, and with BMW in Germany. Tom was a Chief Designer at Mazda North America and worked at the Mazda Headquarters in Japan where he managed the Chief Designers group that creates the entire Mazda car line. His accomplishments there include the MPV, MX 5, RX7, Miata “M-Coupe” and the “M-Speedster” concept cars. Dr. Matano has been enhancing the Industrial Design department at the Academy of Art University since 2002.

Direct download: Ep1319-Tom_Matano.mp3
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Stephanie Ray is an automotive artist who finds inspiration from her childhood memories. Her father always had a classic car in the garage he was restoring and it was those cars that she chooses as subjects for her art today. A majority of her recent art has been classic cars reimagined in psychedelic colors. As inspiration Stephanie wanders through junkyards with camera in hand looking for the next work of art she can bring to life. Her goal is to provoke thought, document history, and inspire conversation. Her latest series documents the muscle car drive-in era and evokes that nostalgia.

Direct download: Ep1318-Stephanie_Ray.mp3
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J.D. Wyczalek (why-zall-ick) is the founder of A.Z. College Planning, a college-consulting firm that helps students get admitted to schools and get high dollar scholarships. J.D. is also an automotive entrepreneur, a business owner, philanthropist, inventor, husband, father, and a racecar driver. After competing in several amateur endurance road races, he noticed there was a need for better safety products and he couldn’t find anything on the market that met his wishes, so he invented one. He came up with FireSack, a simple idea where a wearable bag drapes over the head and shoulders with a large, kangaroo-style pocket that holds a fire extinguisher. It provides quick access to fire suppression and reduces fatigue while cutting down the time it takes a safety worker to engage the extinguisher.

Direct download: Ep1317-J.D._Wyczalek.mp3
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Jonathan Mill is the Senior Content and Marketing Director at WheelWell, the #1 social marketplace for the automotive enthusiast that helps you easily find and purchase the very best products for your vehicles. Jonny, as his friends call him, is a bit of an automotive renaissance man. He entered the industry as a product inventor, winning product of the year, SEMA Launchpad and eventually Gen III Innovator, The highest honor for under 40 in the aftermarket. After a successful exit from the company he built, he went into advertising, eventually taking the helm of Hot Rod Magazine as Publisher and GM. He recently joined the social commerce site Wheelwell where he heads their marketing and content.

Direct download: Ep1316-Jonathan_Mill.mp3
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Mark Atkinson is the founder of Speed of Cheese Racing where he builds some very unique, unusual, and bespoke motorcycles. Ever since Mark could ride on two wheels his passion for bikes has been burning rubber. From his Schwinn® bicycle to a Taco Mini-bike, and then a Yamaha YZ80, he has a life-long infatuation with motorcycles. Mark raced an old Yamaha RD400, a bike he bought from Ed Erlenbach who set world records on that bike. He has built street motorcycles most of his life, self-taught in fabricating, welding, and painting and most of his professional career has been machining hard core race car products. Just a few of his projects include electric motorcycles, race bikes, show bikes, café racers, land speed bikes, and more.

Direct download: Ep1315-Mark_Atkinson.mp3
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Michael Bodell is the Deputy Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum located in Los Angeles, California. The original museum opened in June of 1994 and since then has gone through several remodels, the last being in 2015 when it underwent an extensive $90 million renovation. The building façade is a massive statement toward the future. With over 400 vehicles on display, the Petersen’s mission is to explore and present the history of the automobile and its impact on global life and culture. Michael is a collector, motorcycle racer, and product developer. In addition to his role in growing the Petersen brand, Michael is a Lotus enthusiast and collector.

Direct download: Ep1314-Michael_Bodell.mp3
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Peter Nielsen is the CEO of WheelWell, the #1 social marketplace for the automotive enthusiast that helps you easily find and purchase the very best products for your vehicles. Peter was born into an automotive family and his career has included equities trading, a record label, a business intelligence firm, a mobile payment solutions provider, and a Sonoma County winery. Before joining Wheelwell, he developed the automotive parts business for one of the most successful racing teams in North America, K-PAX Racing. In his spare time, you’ll find Peter on the racetrack clicking off laps in one of his racecars.

Direct download: Ep1313-Peter_Nielsen.mp3
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Dave Dell’Aquila is a Senior User Experience Designer who was the Product Designer for eBay Motors, a site all of us love to visit. He is the Founder and CEO of Sports Car Adventures, a company that provides tours in classic sports cars around the back roads of Northern California. Dave is also in charge of the Coyote Creek Concours Drive that takes place the day before the car show. As a life-long automotive enthusiast, Dave started with a 1968 MGB-GT his parents gave him in college. He and his family are regular participants in rallies around Northern California and they have amassed a collection of great driving automobiles including MGA Twin Cam, Triumph GT6+, MGB roadsters, BMW E36 M3 and E39 M5, and a 2.5L Mazda MX-5. 

Direct download: Ep1312-Dave_Dellaquila.mp3
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Sara Dakarmen is the Co-Founder and owner of L.A. Dismantler, your source for quality late model Porsche parts for over 20 years. She is known as the “Porsche Queen” and since its conception, Sara has seen thousands of Porsches cycle through her company. The constantly changing inventory provides Porsche owners with over 100,000 parts that can be found at L.A. Dismantler’s website, on eBay, and at auctions. Her Co-Founder was her late husband, Todd Dakarmen, who was my 459th guest here on Cars Yeah on March 4, 2016. Sara continues to grow the company while attending car events and raising her four daughters. 

Direct download: Ep1311-Sara_Dakarmen.mp3
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Mike Donick is the Senior Manager at Toyota responsible for their North American Ride and Handling R&D Activities. He and his Team are responsible for developing the ride and handling performance and hardware for all of Toyota’s North American developed vehicles. He has worked as a technician for the Skip Barber Racing School, spent a season in NASCAR and went into Automotive Engineering specializing in vehicle dynamics. Mike has raced sports cars and formula cars for over 19 years and participates in vintage racing, vintage car rallies, and hill climbs in his Allard K3, a ’66 Morgan Plus 4, and his latest project a Porsche 911 hotrod.

Direct download: Ep1310-Mike_Donick.mp3
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Mark Perleberg is the host of The Sunday Drive, a video show where he takes you behind the scenes into the world of automobiles and racing. Mark talks with industry leaders, celebrities, and some times he has a co-host where they explore everything from concept cars, classics, motorsports, car shows, and events. For as long as he can recall, Mark has had a love affair with automobiles. At the age of 12, he began working at the family’s car dealership in Wisconsin that ultimately lead to an opportunity to work as a technician for a Formula Atlantic race team. Mark’s worked for Kelley Blue Book, and as a lead automotive expert for NADA Guides.

Direct download: Ep1309-Mark_Perleberg.mp3
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Bracken Helmes is the founder of Circuit SixFour, a premium, high-end art, and apparel company in Brentwood, the Bay Area of California. Circuit SixFour started as a small group of like-minded friends whose aim was to bring raw beauty, precision, and exhilaration to the automobiles that inspire them. He also conducts interviews and writes articles that have been published in Porsche Panorama magazine, on the Petrolicious website, and in other automotive related publications and sites. When he’s not enjoying spirited drives in his Porsche you’ll find Bracken at events including Rennsport Reunion, the L.A. Literature Show and a multitude of Porsche events around the Bay area.

Direct download: Ep1308-Bracken_Helmes.mp3
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Hannah Grisham is a young and upcoming race car driver who started driving at the age of 3, was on a motorcycle at the age of 4, and racing karts by the time she was 6 years old. At the age of 16 she was racing spec Miatas and today, at 19, Hannah has over 300 races from the club to national levels. She holds multiple karting class championships and she’s earned the IKF Expert designation. She is the second female to win the prestigious IKF Lake Speed Achievement of Excellence in Karting award. And she has earned the So-Cal Sprinters Driver of the Year and High Point Eagle awards as well. Hannah has earned the nicknames “The Closer” and “Hannah-Zillah”. 

Direct download: Ep1307-Hannnah_Grisham.mp3
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Barry Rodenberg is the General Manager at Chevrolet of Stevens Creek, the Presenter of this year’s Coyote Creek Concours. He started working in the automobile business in 1979 as a salesperson, was promoted to Sales Manager and eventually partnering with John Anderson. They owned three Chevrolet dealerships and then six stores that were sold to Auto Nation in 1998. After a year off he and John partnered again and bought their old rival Courtesy Chevrolet and another store, then selling both businesses in 2011. He then worked at a Honda store in Palo Alto where he and his team built it up into a great success until his retirement in 2017. 

Direct download: Ep1306-Barry_Rodenberg.mp3
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Myles Kitchen is the Emcee for the new Coyote Creek Concours. During his career as an engineer and entrepreneur, his focus was on electronics and technology for the automotive industry spending time at Motorola, National Semiconductor, Intel, and others. Today he owns a specialized consultancy assisting start-ups to Fortune 100 firms in automotive electronic technology. Myles is an accomplished vintage racer, instructor and a three-time Champion of the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) Seniors Tour. Myles is believed to be the only person known to have campaigned a Lamborghini Countach in a sanctioned race in North America. He is a past President and Director of the Ferrari Club of America, Pacific Region, and he is a lifetime member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and member of the International Association of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 

Direct download: Ep1305-Myles_Kitchen.mp3
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John Neff is the Global Editor in Chief at Motor 1 where they provide automotive news, reviews, features, and more. John is an automotive journalist who has helmed some of the biggest automotive digital publishing brands on the web. For 10 years he was Editor in Chief of AOL’s car site, Autoblog, and for the last three years, he’s been Global Editor in Chief of his new automotive news and review website called Motor1.com, which operates 10 editions around the world and is written in 9 languages. 

Direct download: Ep1304-John_Neff.mp3
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Carl Iseman is a Board Member and Concours Chairman for the Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance, an annual event that takes place on June 9 in Ault Park, Cincinnati, Ohio and has been an ongoing event since 1978. While his career included being a hospital CEO, and owner of several marketing research companies, Carl’s passion for cars, and Porsches, in particular, included being the President of The Drie Staaten Gruppe, a Porsche 356 and early 911 Club and a member of the Porsche Club of America and 356 Registry. His garage has included 12 Porsches, a Triumph TR4, MGB/GT, several BMWs, and a ’48 Chevrolet Woody. 

Direct download: Ep1303-Carl_Iseman.mp3
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A motor racing broadcaster, commentator and journalist, Will Buxton has had the rare pleasure of turning his great passion into something resembling work for the better part of 20 years. His career has taken him around the world countless times to report on everything from Formula 1 to World Rally to Indycar. While the happy mistake of falling into television as a Formula 1 pitlane reporter in the United States for the SPEED channel and later NBC Sports, followed by his current role as the first Digital Presenter in F1 history, has made him one of the most recognized faces and voices in the sport, his first love was and remains writing. Will lives in Oxfordshire, England, and he’s here today to talk about his new book: My Greatest Defeat: Stories of hardship and hope from motor racing’s finest heroes.

Direct download: Ep1302-Will_Buxton.mp3
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John Ficarra is an automotive historian and professional automotive enthusiast. He bought his first car at the age of 14, restored cars in his garage to help put himself through college, owned a picture car company called Creative Film Cars in NYC, ran an illegal cross-country Cannonball event called The 2904, was the marketing director and in-house historian for Bruce Canepa at his amazing facility in Scotts Valley, California, wrote and researched 72 cars for the Porsche’s historic tent at Rennsport VI, and has been ill-advisedly building and racing cheaty cars in the 24 Hours of LeMons. An accomplished researcher, writer, and storyteller, John’s work has appeared in magazines including 000, Vintage Racecar, Classic Porsche, and Speed Sport; on the Luftgekühlt website, and his VINwiki Car stories have over a million views on YouTube. 

Direct download: Ep1301-John_Ficarra.mp3
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