Cars Yeah with Mark Greene

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.  

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.  

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Bruce Kessler had a short but sweet racing career from 1953 to 1959. It started when he borrowed his mother’s XK120 Jag at the age of 17. He raced all over the world and Sports Illustrated called Bruce “Daring young Bruce Kessler.” He was sent to Le Mans in 1957 to drive for Porsche and tested for Centro Sud F1 250F Maserati in Modena. He drove for Scarab, raced Ferraris, and ran at exciting venues including The Cuban Grand Prix, the Nassau Classic, Sebring, Silverstone, Lime Rock, Watkins Glen, and Riverside. A serious accident ended his racing career and he landed in Hollywood where he became a film and television director. His film The Sound of Speed represented the USA at the Cannes Film Festival in 1962 and won the first Golden Eagle awarded by the American Film Institute. Just a few of his many other credits include The Monkees, The Flying Nun, Mission: Impossible, Marcus Welby, MD, and The Rockford Files, to name just a few.

Direct download: Ep1300-Bruce_Kessler.mp3
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Katie Hargitt was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, a city that lives and breathes two things: basketball and racing. She never mastered a jump-shot, but she was hooked on horsepower. At just nine-years-old, she began racing quarter midgets across the country. Just two years later, Lyn St. James invited her to attend "Women in the Winner’s Circle” and driver development. After racing for more than ten years, Katie stepped out of the driver’s seat and in front of the camera. She scored her first job in local news in Terre Haute, Ind., a city rich in motorsports history. She worked her way back into motorsports as a pit reporter on NBCSN’s IndyCar series broadcasts. In the spring of 2018, Katie established “Fuel the Female,” an organization dedicated to empowering women to achieve their dreams. She has also worked as a reporter for Fox Sports Midwest in college football, basketball, the Indiana Pacers, and NCAA.

Direct download: Ep1299-Katie_Hargitt.mp3
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Rob Howden is the ‘Voice of the Road to Indy’, and he works on the IndyCar Radio Network broadcast Team. For the last 25 years, Rob has dedicated his life to the coverage of kart racing and open-wheel formula car racing in North America as the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of past publications such as Shifter Kart Illustrated and FormulaCar Magazine, and most currently, the industry-leading website eKartingNews.com. He’s been the trackside play-by-play on the PA for the primary karting series and events across the continent and he is considered the primary announcer in the North American karting community. Rob will call 26 different racing events this year, which will take him to all four corners of the country.

Shout out to Chris Pantani at Cooper Tires for introducing me to Rob.

Direct download: Ep1298_-Rob_Howden.mp3
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David Ankin, AKA “Doghouse” Dave, is a hands-on entrepreneur, former stunt man, motorcycle racer, and custom motor vehicle fabricator. He founded his business, ToyMakerz, in 2014 where he and his business partner, David Young, along with their team specialize in one-off custom builds and OEM enhancements. In addition to building unmatched rides, David is the host on the reality TV show ToyMakerz that just completed its third season on the History channel after two successful years on Velocity. The show is shot with aerial cinematography and thrilling drive sequences featuring VR technology and concept animation and includes a companion app, available on iTunes, that connects fans to the show.

Direct download: Ep1297-David_Ankin.mp3
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Tim Considine is the author of the book Twice Around The Clock - The Yanks at Le Mans, a huge multi-volume, unapologetically chauvinistic personal history of over 320 American drivers and the American cars that have participated in the epic 24 Hours of Le Mans. His book is a frank, sometimes blunt, personal account that makes history human – and these volumes unique. Each of the three books is close to 120,000 words in length with approximately 300 black and white and color images, per volume, from around the world, interspersed throughout – many never seen before. It is the culmination of Tim’s research and interviews conducted for over 26 years and written over the last six years and covers from 1923 through 1979. Tim was my guest back in June of 2015 and you may know him from his time on TV on the original Mickey Mouse Club, Shaggy Dog, My Three Sons, and many more. His son Chris, CEO of CXC Simulations, has also been a guest here on Cars Yeah.

 

Direct download: Ep1296-Tim_Considine.mp3
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Mike Tatro is a car collector whose automotive enthusiasm has filled his garage with over 100 cars. He is a retired business owner who enjoys his days with a number of automotive activities. He is the Chairman of his local chapter of the Golden Gate Lotus Club, a member of the Shelby Club of America, the MG Club, the Austin Healy Club, Porsche Club of America, the Datsun Club, and the BMW Club. He loves to work on cars and his collection, which he calls ‘CarMichael Vintage Vehicles’ is an eclectic group of vehicles which houses in an 18,000 square foot garage/warehouse near his home. That collection includes 105 cars, 7 motorcycles, 2 wooden boats, and a motorhome.

Direct download: Ep1295-Mike_Tatro.mp3
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Ron Baker is the founder of Driven, a marketing organization where he has found a way to weave his passion for cars into his career. He has created over 500 car events for major automotive manufacturers. He has produced car related television programming – 5 series in total spanning 9 years on the air. Ron has also created numerous promotional and training presentations and written marketing programs and developed technology to enhance the consumer experience at car shows. He also developed the broadcast facility at Cobo Hall, Detroit, for the North American International Auto Show. Ron is a driving instructor who teaches performance and defensive driving courses as well. He continues to race, campaigning a 2-litre formula car and he is an accomplished musician who performs professionally. 

Direct download: Ep1294-Ron_Baker.mp3
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Randy Kerdoon is a multi-award-winning sportscaster who has been on the airwaves for 30 years on KFWB, Fox-11, and currently KNX 1070 Newsradio in Los Angeles, California. He has earned numerous broadcasting awards including a “Best of Radio”, a Gold Medal and Golden Mike awards. In 2014, he decided to wrap his passion for cars into a podcast that he calls “Talking About Cars” where he interviews a wide variety of guests who love classic cars. I was honored to be a guest on his show during my attendance at The Classic Auto Show in Costa Mesa, California where I was interviewed by Randy and past Cars Yeah guest Bob Beck. Randy loves old cars and he currently has two collector cars, a 1957 Pontiac Custom Safari 2 door wagon and a 1964 Dodge Polara hardtop.

Direct download: Ep1293-Randy_Kerdoon.mp3
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Andy Leach is the owner of Cal Automotive Creations where he and Ron Cizek, and their team build custom cars. His father got him into cars at the age of 14 and his first car was a 1937 Ford that he learned how to weld and form metal on. He worked with Troy Trepanier at Rad Rides by Troy for 5 years where he honed his talents. Andy and Ron built a 1940 Ford they titled Checkered Past and won the 2013 Ridler Award which was an incredible accomplishment given it was the first car out of their newly formed shop. I had the honor of meeting Andy at The Classic Auto Show in Costa Mesa California where I interviewed him on their Celebrity Stage along with his friend Wayne Carini, another past Cars Yeah guest.

Direct download: Ep1292-Andy_Leach.mp3
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Burt “BS” Levy is known as the World’s Fastest Novelist. He is an award-winning motorsports journalist, an infamous author, a lifelong British car nut, and notorious racecars ride mooch who has earned over 80 amateur and vintage race wins. He is the author of the celebrated cult classic 1950s sports car novels The Last Open Road, its sequels Montezuma’s Ferrari, The fabulous Trashwagon, Toly’s Ghost, The 200 MPH Steamroller and his utterly hilarious short story collection, A Potside Companion. Today Burt returns to Cars Yeah to share his latest venture, The Last Open Road audiobook. A true automotive entrepreneur, Burt is sure to fill our ears with his humor and iconic “BS”, so hide your car keys and listen up.

Burt was first on Cars Yeah way back on August 3 and 4, 2014, and he was my first two-part show being guest on episodes #47 and #48.

Direct download: Ep1291-Burt_Levy.mp3
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Mike Dennison is the President of Powered Vehicles Group and CEO of Fox Factory. For more than 40 years, FOX Factory has been an industry leader in the design and development of high-performance shock absorbers and racing suspension products for bicycles, on-road and off-road vehicles and trucks, side-by-side vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, specialty vehicles and applications, and motorcycles. Prior to FOX Mike was entrenched in Silicon Valley’s high-tech industry, spending almost 20 years with Flex Ltd., a diversified technology manufacturer of products from printers and smartphones to audio systems and wearables. As CEO Mikes oversees relationships with Ford Performance, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Carroll Shelby International’s Raptor development programs, and countless other projects that allow him to live his automotive dreams. 

Direct download: Ep1290-Mike_Dennison.mp3
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Ben Clymer is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of HODINKEE. Widely considered a leading voice in the watch industry, Ben founded the company in 2008 as a means to write about his passion for wristwatches, a passion that started when he received his grandfather’s Omega Speedmaster. Ten years later, Ben has grown HODINKEE into the foremost destination for all things in the world of horology - a robust media and retail platform that brings its readers and consumers the best wristwatch content and products in a way that is approachable, authentic and honest. 

Ben is an avid photographer, watch collector and classic car enthusiast. He has been recognized as part of the Hypebeast 100, Digiday’s Changemakers, and Crain’s New York’s 40 Under 40, while HODINKEE has been named as one of Time’s 50 Best Websites, and Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies Of The Year. 

Direct download: Ep1289-Ben_Clymer.mp3
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Dean Cusano is the CEO of Motorcars Incorporated in Plainville, Connecticut. He is involved in the Automotive Restoration industry and a certified judge for Concours d'Elegance by Jaguar Cars. Dean has been responsible for the restoration of over 215 E-type Jaguars and has been a worldwide distributor of Vintage Jaguar Motorcars for over 35 years. Dean is the North East Regional Director for Jaguar Clubs of North America and serves on many automotive Concours Judging teams in the North East. Dean is the Lead Judge and also the initial creator of the “Dream Show” in Farmington Connecticut for the Hometown Foundation that is based in Cheshire Connecticut. Started in 2013 the Dream Show has grown to one of the largest Cause-related Motorcar shows in North America. The Hometown foundation has donated over 2 million dollars to benefit various charities ranging from Special Olympics and Unified sports and programs for the developmentally disabled to Pet Rescue programs.

Direct download: Ep1288-Dean_Cusano.mp3
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Rupert Banner is the Group Motoring Director for Bonham Auction House based at Bonhams, New York and is responsible for overseeing the International Motoring Department. He is an auctioneer, business acquisition extraordinaire, cataloguer, researcher and valuer with 25 years' experience in the auction industry, at all three major international houses. In 1994, he began converting his lifelong automotive enthusiasm into a career, which has included 13 years with two other major fine art auction houses and for the last dozen years at Bonhams the most car-centric of the three. He has handled numerous major collections auctions including celebrities, large collections, and automobile museums. Throughout his career, he has retained an overriding passion for cars from the dawn of motoring, campaigning a variety of jalopies on the British London to Brighton Run each November since the 1980s.

Bonhams will hold an auction at this year’s Greenwich Concours d’Elegance.

Direct download: Ep1287-Rupert_Banner.mp3
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Michael Arnolt is the son of Stanley H. Arnolt who customized sports cars, including the legendary Arnolt-Bristol. In all, 142 Arnolts were built for the track and the street. The Greenwich Concours will be celebrating Arnolt cars including the Arnolt-MGs, Arnolt-Bristols, and Arnolt-Aston Martins at this year’s event. Michael is a journalist working as a newspaper reporter and columnist and he has been integral in helping his mother run the family business after his father passed about 10 years ago. Michael is also a high-level competitive racquetball player.

Direct download: Ep1286-Michael_Arnolt.mp3
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Mary Wennerstrom is the Chairman of the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance that takes place the weekend after Memorial Day each year in Greenwich, CT. She is also the director of the legendary Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society that meets monthly at Sardi's Restaurant in Manhattan. Mary helped her mother-in-law, Genia, and her father-in-law, Bruce Wennerstrom with the Greenwich Concours since it began back in 1996. Genia passed away in 2011, and then Bruce passed in late 2015, and Mary has taken the reigns since that time. Raised in Greenwich with her 6 older brothers, Mary was exposed to cars and racing at an early age. When she met her husband, Leif, her love of cars grew even more. Together they continue the legacy of the concours and the chowder club that Bruce and Genia so greatly cherished.

Direct download: Ep1285-Mary_Wennerstrom.mp3
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Jack Griffin is the Co-Founder of Garages of Texas, a property where automotive enthusiasts own their own space. Garages of Texas provides owners a luxury garage suite that is an optimal place for their cars and themselves, a perfect place for both man, woman, and machine.

Jack has over 40 years of experience in real estate development, brokerage, and motorsports. For 12 years he was partner in charge of developing suburban office building properties in Texas for Trammell Crow Company developing over two million square feet of office buildings. Motorsports has always been his passion including touring, collecting, restoring, and racing old cars. He’s raced at venues including Daytona, Sebring, LeMans, Mosport, Road America and many other tracks around the world. Jack’s collection has been featured in magazines and he is a past Board member at his local Porsche Club. You can see more of Jack with me on the Cars Yeah TV show.

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Linda Vaughn is perhaps the most photographed personality in automotive and motorsports history. This year she was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame. She’s entertained fans and has been a premier marketer of automotive good for more than 55 years. From her first days as Miss Atlanta Raceway representing the iconic Hurst brand through her annual appearances at America’s top automotive and racing events, she engages her fans with a beautiful smile and energetic personality. In her new book, published by CarTech, The First Lady Of Motorsports Linda Vaughn takes us on a journey through her career in motorsports and promotions sharing her personal photographs and stories. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Linda at The Classic Auto Show in March where she appeared with a panel of Women on Wheels. 

One lucky listener will win a copy of Linda’s new book Linda Vaughn: The First Lady Of Motorsports.

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Bob Beck is a lifelong automotive enthusiast who has built vehicles that gained prominence in automotive magazines, shows, and books. His career after college started as a High School auto shop instructor. Later he worked for major vehicle manufacturers at the corporate level including BMW, Nissan, Isuzu, GM, and most recently as the Collector Car Representative for AAA in Southern California. Bob has been an NHRA drag racing announcer at multiple tracks over the last 40 years and he has been an announcer for the California Hot Rod Reunion and Holley National Hot Rod Reunion for the past 20 plus years. He is a regular contributing personality at Speed Scene Live TV and he does guest spots on the nationally syndicated Horsepower for an hour radio show and on Talking About Cars with Randy Kerdoon. Bob is also the host of the Great American Auto Scene show.

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Joe Mattioli is the co-managing partner of Mattioli Weber Consulting, where they specialize in strategic planning, marketing campaigns, branding, and efficiency. He has over 40 years of experience as a CEO, managing mass population events, developing and executing regional and national marketing programs and partnerships for a diverse range of organizations and events including national brands, sports venues, and race teams, concerts, fairs and festivals and the development, production and sale of broadcast properties. Joe’s diverse background also includes running professional sporting events and teams and overseeing programs that include professional athletes. His past also includes guiding the Pocono Raceway to success with events including NASCAR, IndyCar, Sports Car, and Motorcycle events. 

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Alexander Rossi is a five-time Indy car winner. He won the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, the first rookie to win the 500 since 2001 and the first American rookie to win since 1928. This year he returns to Andretti Autosport for his fourth season in the NTT IndyCar Series. Alexander moved to Europe at the age of 17 to chase his Formula 1 dream and he made five starts for the Manor Marussia team in 2015 and became the third American driver to race in Formula 1 since 1990. He has won races in the GP2 series, now known as F2, and the World Series by Renault and has completed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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Jeff Lambert is the President of Race Sponsorships.net, an organization that helps grassroots racers obtain sponsorships through their sponsorship proposals. He is also the President and Founder of Armed Forces Racing which is a non-profit 501C3 that provides veterans with an opportunity to compete in motorsports, more specifically drag racing. He offers veterans the opportunity to experience the excitement of building a drag car and to drive it while building friendships with other veterans. Jeff is a veteran of the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Carl Vinson as part of the Crash and Salvage crew. He is a drag racer who has earned two track championships.

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Mike Smith is the Ferrari Club of America Sacramento Chapter President. He joined the Ferrari Club of America ten years ago after reaching a life goal of owning a Ferrari and what he found was great camaraderie and this year he’s been elected Chapter President for his second 2-year term. His career history has been in business management and insurance that afforded him his Ferrari dream. The Ferrari Club provides lots of options including drives, tours, wine tasting, tech sessions, track events, Concours, and community charity events. A very cool aspect of the Ferrari Club is that you don’t have to own a Ferrari to join.

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Jill Trotta is an ASE Certified Technician/Advisor with over 25 years of experience in the industry. She is the Vice President of Marketing, Industry, and Sales at RepairPal. She has played an integral role in their Certified program and along with her team they have evaluated over 6,000 independent repair facilities. Passionate about consumer education Jill has appeared on radio, TV, and in print sharing her knowledge and she is a regular on RepairPal.com, Geico.Com, and many others. Jill was awarded the Kukui Humanitarian of the Year award and she was named the Women in AutoCare Woman of Excellence and serves Vice-Chair on the Executive Committee of Woman in AutoCare. Most recently she was recognized as the leading expert in the industry on Price Transparency.

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Mark Moskowitz MD is a retired surgeon, racer, and car collector. He is Director and Curator of The Museum of Automobile History, manages the estate of the renowned automotive artist, Carlo Demand, serves on the Board of Directors of Carolina Motorsports Park and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He is a frequent contributor to multiple motoring publications. Dr. Moskowitz is a member of International Chief Judge Advisory Group and has been privileged to judge Concours events at Boca Raton, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Arizona, Greenwich, Hershey (the Elegance), Radnor Hunt, Cobble Beach, Hilton Head, Dusseldorf, Knokke-Heist Zoute Grand Prix, Monticello Raceway, and Delhi, India.  Mark has served as chief judge for the race car Concours at Monticello Raceway, the Trump Charlotte Concours and the Miami Concours.

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Mark Raffauf is the Senior Director of Race Operations at IMSA. He has been involved in professional motorsports for over 40 years, spending most of his time officiating for IMSA from the early 70s through the 90s and then in Grand-Am from 1999 through 2013. He has been part of developing numerous sports car categories including GTX, AAGT, GTP, WSC, Ferrari Challenge, Firestone Firehawk, Exxon World Sports Car, Rolex Sports Car, plus prototype cars. Mark has also been involved in the creation and updating of many racing circuits in North America. He is the current United States delegate to the FIA, International historic Car Racing commission and he is an Honorary member of the Road Racing Drivers Club known as the RRDC, in the United States. Mark is currently the FIA Historical Race car Commission U.S. representative. 

Mark is a co-author on the new book IMSA 1969–1989 along with past Cars Yeah guest, Mitch Bishop. It is the inside story of how John Bishop built the world’s greatest sports car racing series in the world.

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Tom Jones is the CEO of Taper Roller Bearings, Evergreen Properties, and Hilltop Marine. Taper Roller Bearings has been a family company since 1972 offering 24-hour machinist who provides unmatched service through their Speed Program® with same-day manufacturing of assemblies. Tom has served as an honorary judge for multiple concours, he has raced in SCCA for over 3 years and participated in vintage events on tours in the United States and Europe. He’s served on the Classic Car Club of America as a national board Director and held the position of President in 2016 and 2017. He and his wife Connie founded and continue to Co-Chair the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance in Lexington, Kentucky, now in its 16th year, which benefits the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Tom has served on the Lexington regional board of Central Bank, Advisory Board of The Reefs in Bermuda, the advisory board of the University of Arizona Department of Alternative Medicine, and the Hospice of the Bluegrass Board. 

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Kyle Petty is an auto racing icon, a champion of philanthropy, and one of the most popular personalities in NASCAR. The son of NASCAR champion Richard Petty and grandson of NASCAR pioneer Lee Petty - Kyle followed in their footsteps, starting his 30-year NASCAR career as a Sprint Cup driver in 1979 at age 19, before also becoming an owner and media commentator. 

In 2004, Kyle and the Petty family opened the doors to Victory Junction - a camp created for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses - in honor of his late son, Adam Petty.

For the past 25 years, Kyle Petty has hosted hundreds of NASCAR fans, drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts on his annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. The Ride travels cross-country each spring to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction. To date, the Ride has raised more than $18.5 million for children with chronic illnesses and is the most successful philanthropic event staged by any person in the NASCAR family.

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Mitch Bishop is the son of IMSA founder John Bishop. He grew up at race tracks all over the country and early on became part of the IMSA family business. IMSA's Camel GT Series was the world's most popular professional sports car racing circuit in the 1970s and 1980s. Over the last 40+ years, Mitch has built a successful career as a marketing, sales, and software engineering leader in Silicon Valley. More recently, Mitch co-authored an impressive 372 page, coffee table book (now released) called "IMSA 1969-1989" that gives readers a fascinating inside look at his father's life and the first 20 years of IMSA's history. He is an active racer and sits on the board of directors of the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, NY.

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Dr. Stephen Olvey has been involved in saving lives and improving safety in motorsports for nearly 50 years. His primary role as Medical Director for the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) racing series in the US, a position he held from 1979 to 2003. Stephen remains active in motorsports as a member of the Fédération Internationale de I’Automobile Medical Commission, a Consultant to the Indy Car Series, and Motor Sports Director of University of Miami Concussion Program. He is an associate professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has republished his memoir book Rapid Response; My Inside Story as a Motor Racing Life-Saver, with the forward by Alex Zanardi.

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Don Barry is the President and CEO of Edelbrock where he supervises the overall operations of this iconic aftermarket performance brand. Before joining Edelbrock, Don served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at ISN, a global leader in the distribution of automotive tools. Prior to ISN, he was the President and CEO of The ACCEL Performance Group where he oversaw the introduction of new product lines and brand re-positioning strategies, leading to increased revenue growth across the business. Don entered the automotive industry as Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and International at Dorman Products. He has also held positions at SC Johnson and 3M, where he was President of Consumer Business Europe.

You’ll see Don and me in an upcoming Cars Yeah TV show on MAVTV where I visit the Edelbrock team at the California headquarters. 

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Angela Ruch is a NASCAR driver racing with NEMCO Motorsports in the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Racing runs in her family as she is the niece of former Daytona 500 Champion Derrike Cope. She and her twin sister, Amber Cope, made NASCAR history in 2010 by being the first twins to compete in one of its top three series. Her debut at the historic superspeedway in the No. 8 JJ Resources Chevy is one for the record books. On February 15, 2019, she became the first female in the NASCAR Truck Series history to lead laps at Daytona International Speedway. She ran at the Las Vegas Speedway last month, leading the way for female NASCAR drivers and women athletics. She and her husband, Mike Ruch, are based in Miami, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina where they await the arrival of their adopted newborn baby boy. Watch for their new Facebook Watch web series, The Ruch Life, chronicling their busy lives.

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Christina Nielsen is a 26-year-old sports car driver from Denmark. She is a two-time champion who, in 2016 with her team, won the IMSA Championship and she became the first woman to ever win a major full-season sportscar championship in North America, a success she repeated in 2017. At Daytona this year, she drove for Meyer-Shank Racing in an Acura NSX 57, as part of an all-female line-up by Caterpillar. Her father, Lars Erik Nielsen, raced for many years including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona, and 12 Hours of Sebring. She started karting at the age of 13 and since then has dedicated her life to racing. She has raced the Porsche Carrera Cups, the IMSA Tudor Championship, Pirelli World Championship, and the ADAC GT Masters. Christina’s mantra is “I’m not a female who is a sports car driver, I am a sports car driver who is a female.” 

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James Page grew up in South-West England and inherited his passion for cars from his father. He earned a journalism degree before embarking on a short career as a professional golfer. At the age of 26, he got back into journalism and secured a job at Future Publishing. He later became deputy editor of Classics Monthly Magazine, before leaving in 2011 to carry out the same role at Classic & Sports Car Magazine. He became editor of C&SC in 2014, then left at the end of 2016 to become a freelancer. Since then, he's worked for a number of clients and has written two books for Porter Press – the latest of which is the story of Aston Martin's DB4GT continuation cars where James had exclusive access behind the scenes. He has two more books due for publication in the near future. 

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Antonietta Polsinelli is the Technical Placement Manager at Ford Motor Company. She has over 18 years of experience in the automotive industry.  Antonietta started working with Ford while she was a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying Electrical Engineering. After graduating, she worked in several positions at Ford Motor Company, including Powertrain, Diagnostics, Globalizing Service Publications, as a Field Service Engineer in the Metro Detroit area and now leading the Technician Recruitment Initiative. Her passion in the continued success of Ford’s dealerships and Technicians has brought her to her current role. Her team is changing the culture of the Technician trade from a grassroots approach, by building the relationships between the dealers and their local automotive schools.

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Paul Fernandez is the General Manager at Automotive Touchup Paint. Automotive Touchup is known for producing automotive touchup paint for any vehicle, and its paint options extend from the newest models on dealer lots to classic marques and models. The company also provides perfect match OEM paint color matches for vehicles which are now discontinued and whose paint is difficult to find as a result. The company is a division of Microfinish, which produces coatings for vehicles and industrial equipment repair and refinishing in its state-of-the-art facility.  Paul is in charge of production, human resources, recruitment, and most of the day to day activities. He was born in New Orleans, attended the university there, and joined Automotive Touchup soon after the company was started.

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