Cars Yeah with Mark Greene

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”. 

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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. 

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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. 

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