Cars Yeah with Mark Greene

As a young boy, Michael Furman first picked up a camera to photograph a 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe, and thus began a life-long love affair with cars and cameras. Throughout his forty-year professional career as a photographer, Michael has had the pleasure to work with the world’s most significant cars and collectors.  In 2003 Michael’s efforts turned from commercial projects for manufacturers to editorial with his first two books, Motorcars of the Classic Era and Automobiles of the Chrome Age, 1946-1960.  These photographic essays are unique to the publishing world in that they celebrate the beauty and history of the world’s most iconic cars in studio imagery.  Many book projects have followed and Michael felt the need to control the content so he started his own publishing company Coachbuilt Press. This changed his professional life and opened a new world of adventure. Since then he’s published many outstanding automotive books including three new books this year.  Michael’s immersion in the collector car world is evidenced by his presence at many of the major concours events around the world as a featured artist, author, judge and sponsor.

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D. Randy Riggs is an award-winning photojournalist and author with 42 years of publishing experience in the automotive and motorcycle fields. He is the former Senior Editor of Cycle World, Editor-in-Chief of Vette and Sports Car International  magazines and has been Editor-in-Chief of Vintage Motorsport magazine since 1997. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians, Motor Press Guild, International Motor Press Association, Western Automotive Journalists and American Society of Media Photographers. Randy’s award-winning book, Flat Out RacingAn Insiders Look At The World of Stock Cars, was published in 1995. His automotive photography has appeared in hundreds of books and magazines. In his youth Randy raced flat-track motorcycles and Formula Fords and he began vintage racing in 1999.  The car he most loves to race is a Porsche 935K3.

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Ed Barr is an Assistant Professor of Technology at McPherson College in McPherson Kansas.  McPherson College stands alone as the only school in the United States to provide a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Restoration Technology.  Ed grew up in Tyler, Texas. He received a B.A. from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and an M.A. from the University of Kansas.  After graduate school, Ed began a career in art museum administration.  Between 1999 and 2005 he served first as the Assistant to the Director, and then as the Director of the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.  In addition to his museum duties, he taught several art history courses and museum studies at Washburn.  With a passion for automobiles  he went on to earn a B.S. in Automotive Restoration Technology from McPherson College in 2007.  From there he worked at Vintage Restorations Ltd. in Union Bridge, Maryland, where he restored British cars.  Then in early 2010, Ed joined the McPherson College faculty.  He currently teaches sheet metal restoration and the history of automotive design.

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Ray Marchica is the owner of Roadster Salon, a restoration company that focuses on building the finest Fiat Roadsters available.  The company reflects the passion of its founder, Ray’s father, John Marchica who was a sports car enthusiast with a fondness for all things Italian.  John’s affection for Italian sports cars was passed on to his son Ray, who first sold and restored Fiat, MG and Alfa Romeo sports cars as a hobby while attending college.  Ray began helping his father in the business about ten years ago.  Each year, the number of projects and their scope increased.  Soon, Roadster Salon had grown from a retirement hobby to the largest Fiat based restoration company in North America.  When John took ill in 2010, Ray stepped in to provide support and direction.  Sadly, John passed away in 2011 so Ray and his wife Chris stepped in full time and personally supervise every phase of the restoration process.  Rob Baird, Production Manager, who has been with the company for over 8 years, along with the team at Roadster Salon, are a skilled and talented group of automotive enthusiasts and craftsmen who focus on creating their clients dreams. Their Spiders provide a dose of nostalgia and exclusivity that’s impossible to surpass with contemporary sports cars.

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Chris Runge owns and operates Runge Karosseria and Flyer Motorwerks.  Flyer Moterwerks began in a rural Minnesota barn.  The very place where Chris, 25 years prior, sat in his first Porsche while it was being stored for the winter. That Porsche left an impression that he would never forget.  A lifelong passion for the automobile and more specifically post WWII German design grew as Chris owned and modified several Porsche vehicles over the years.  In 2011 he embarked upon a new journey, to hand hammer his own aluminum bodied car.  The goal was not to build a replica but capture an era through a simple yet beautiful design. In the process Chris applied Traditional European Coachwork techniques to build the Prototype “Frankfurt Flyer” Sports Racer.  FF001 has gained attention and admiration in the motoring world.  Today, Chris is preparing to introduce a series of coach built auto designs based on different eras and country of origin.  Chris can also provide panel replacement, repair or reskin an entire body for your vintage sports car.  Chris can also design and build from scratch, your very own custom coach built automobile.

 

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Chris Runge owns and operates Runge Karosseria and Flyer Motorwerks.  Flyer Moterwerks began in a rural Minnesota barn.  The very place where Chris, 25 years prior, sat in his first Porsche while it was being stored for the winter. That Porsche left an impression that he would never forget.  A lifelong passion for the automobile and more specifically post WWII German design grew as Chris owned and modified several Porsche vehicles over the years.  In 2011 he embarked upon a new journey, to hand hammer his own aluminum bodied car.  The goal was not to build a replica but capture an era through a simple yet beautiful design. In the process Chris applied Traditional European Coachwork techniques to build the Prototype “Frankfurt Flyer” Sports Racer.  FF001 has gained attention and admiration in the motoring world.  Today, Chris is preparing to introduce a series of coach built auto designs based on different eras and country of origin.  Chris can also provide panel replacement, repair or reskin an entire body for your vintage sports car.  Chris can also design and build from scratch, your very own custom coach built automobile.

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Tim Miller is the Founder and CEO of Surf City Garage in Huntington Beach California.  Surf City Garage is a company that creates superior, high-quality car care products for automotive enthusiasts.  Tim’s passion for automobiles goes back to his childhood when he saved up and purchased his first car, a 1967 Pontiac GTO with a 4-speed.  He raced on weekends all over southern California.  Fast-forward 30 years and Tim’s car collection is now over 130 show-quality vintage muscle cars, known as the Surf City Garage American Muscle Car Collection.  They are on display in a showroom decorated with neon and memorabilia and includes a complete restoration shop.  In 2007, in order to keep his collection looking great Tim decided to create his own line of surface care products and Surf City Garage Detailing Products was born.  Now sold worldwide, in over 30 countries, the Surf City name has brought the southern California car culture shine to enthusiasts everywhere.

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Jesse Alexander has been involved in photography and especially motorsports  photography since the early 1950s when he covered the original Mexican Road Race.  He spent many years in Europe covering Formula One and famous long distance sports car races including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, and Targa Florio. In that period of time he also photographed theater and music personalities for the New York Times.  His work is held by numerous private collectors and has been exhibited in museums in the United States, including the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Akron Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He has produced several films and published many books with his most recent being Monaco, The Golden Age of the Grand Prix with the foreword by Sir Jackie Stewart.  Jesse’s current body of work includes travel photographs of Iceland, the Galapagos Islands, and birds.

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Stacy Pucket is the Specialist Operations Manager at RM Auctions in Ontario, Canada.  As a graduate of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, she didn’t plan on a career in the classic car hobby. But after a lifetime of attending car shows with her parents, it wasn’t until she purchased a 1965 Ford Fairlane 500 that the car bug bit her. Instead of grad school she went to the acclaimed McPherson College and received a degree in auto restoration. She trained as an apprentice mechanic with Mercedes-Benz at their Classic Center in Fellbach, Germany. From there she spent time at the LeMay Museum and then five years as a Resource and Research Manager at the acclaimed Paul Russell and Company. There she worked on many different prestigious vehicle restorations including the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Sautchik Torpedo that became the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show winner.  Stacy has also been a judge at the Greenwich, Barrington, Misselwood and Radnor Hunt concours. Now at RM Auctions Stacy gets to play with some of the finest motorcars in the world. 

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Joe Kyte is owner of Topiary Joe. He is a very unique, topiary sculpture artist who creates living garden sculptures.  Now I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t this Cars Yeah, Inspiring Automotive Enthusiasts? Entrepreneurs who have figured out how to make a living around their passion for cars? Yes, you’re in the right place. Joe, is an automotive enthusiast through and through, who in many cases has figured out how to combine his passion for cars in to the creative living sculptures he creates for clients around the world. If you want a full size Ferrari F1, a vintage Bugatti or a Porsche in your garden, Joe will make it happen. Want a Ferrari prancing stallion or the hood ornament off a Jaguar? Joe can do that too.  Of course if you like full size elephants, dinosaurs, or anything your imagination can come up with, Joe is your guy. He’s figured out how to combine his passion for cars, gardens, sculpture and more in to a thriving entrepreneurial business that makes people smile.

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