Cars Yeah with Mark Greene

Dennis Koleber has been building model cars professionally for over 31 years. I ran in to Dennis during Car Week while walking the paddock at Laguna Seca. He was carrying a very detailed model of a Ferrari F1 that I couldn’t stop admiring. He built his first model at the age of 6 and started winning contests with his builds at the age of 11. His careers over the years have ranged from teaching ballroom dancing, sales and training, time at the Coleman company, and 10 years in the Air Force as a cryptographer, but his passion is in model building. Today, Dennis is 70 years old, a 48 time national Champion in building model cars, and still builds highly detailed models for his clients around the world.

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Adrian Mitu was Cars Yeah guest number 94 back in October of 2014. He is an artist living in Bucharest, Romania who sketches and paints beautiful works of automotive art in watercolors. What started as a morning ritual, enjoying a coffee while sketching and painting, Adrian had the inspiration to use that coffee as his medium so he dipped his artist’s brush in his espresso he discovered a new technique. Since then he’s created thousands of paintings and traveled to many countries sharing and exhibiting his art. His business is titled Aquarelief and you can enjoy seeing his art on his Facebook page. Plus Adrian has been married since we last spoke so congratulations to the bride and groom.

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Christi Schimpke is a jewelry artist who founded Crash where she uses the cast off sheet metal of crashed exotic cars to form her beautiful jewelry. She has a master’s degree in Renaissance Art and worked for years at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. A metalsmithing class set her on a course to start her own jewelry business that she called Minabea, named after her grandmother. Christi’s husband Dan owns the Beverly Coachcraft collision repair shop where they repair new cars with an emphasis on high-end luxury marques. Seeing the damaged parts of Porsche’s, Maserati’s, Bentley’s and others Christi got an idea and Crash was born from the mangled parts of once beautifully crafted parts in to pieces of jewelry that is reimagined and made new again.

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Erik Lunseth and Caroline Connor just launched a new, and free, car enthusiast app titled Pedal. The mantra at Pedal is Passion for what moves you. The Pedal app is a social networking community for the motoring enthusiast. Erik spent the last 17 years in the financial services industry and he has served as a board member for the Gasparilla International Film Festival and co-founded the Skyway Film Festival where he is the Executive Director. He is also a writer and an actor with a life long passion for cars and the automotive industry. Caroline has spent 16 years on the film and television industry in all areas of production. She has produced numerous films and she’s written and directed an award winning short film.

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Jeffrey Einhorn, a Manhattan attorney and partner at the Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman, has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with driving, restoring, collecting and racing vintage cars. He has been a member of the Former Glory Racing Team of Connecticut since its near inception, which presently fields a 1964 Austin Healey 3000 in races throughout the Eastern Seaboard, and has been a fixture at vintage automobile auctions, shows and races throughout the United States. In 2016, Jeff co-founded The Bridge, an exclusive vintage exhibition at the former Bridgehampton Race Circuit featuring some of the world's most rare post-war sports and racing vehicles on an annual basis. He followed up on his success with The Bridge by creating Bridgehampton Cars and Coffee, a public event set to debut on September 17, 2017 in downtown Bridgehampton featuring classic cars, fine wine and some of New York's top food purveyors. Starting in 2017, Jeff became the chief of judges for the Americana Manhasset Concours in Long Island. 

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Nate Boyer is the owner of Kultured Customs, a top-of-the-line restoration shop in Gardner Kansas. He and his talented team have forged a reputation for immaculate restorations to high-end custom builds and have grown from humble beginnings to become an award-winning shop in the forefront of the collector car world. Seeing a need in the market for rentable workspaces, Nate expanded and opened the Dog House community garage. In the Dog House Nate offers enthusiasts space, tools, and the expertise of the Kultured Customs crew. He also partners with builders, trading labor and parts for a cut of the profits from their sales. A skilled builder and a bold entrepreneur, Nate is exactly the kind of shepherd his Dog House needs.

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What initially started out as an attempt to cheer up a sick friend ended up inspiring thousands around the world when John Nikas and a 1953 Austin-Healey 100 – known as Grace – covered more than 300,000 miles visiting children and adults afflicted with cancer. Beset by daily mechanical difficulties and traveling through heat, hail, rain and snow, Grace became a rolling metaphor for people struggling with the terrible disease.

Rusting badly by the hour, sagging on tired springs, and covering almost a 1000-miles per day, Grace and John spread their message of hope and resilience across the country, refusing to give in to the daily obstacles that appeared in their path. As John once explained, “sometimes we don’t have the luxury of going forward when things are great; sometimes we have to sally forth when things are falling apart – physically, emotionally or financially. The key is to press on regardless – even when the night is dark, the wind is cold, and the oil pressure is falling into the single digits.”

The journey received worldwide press coverage, including national and local television features and profiles in the Extra, New York Times and USA Today. Today, Grace appears at museums across the country, while other Drive Away Cancer cars have assumed the mantle of visiting children to bring some light – and oil leaks – into their lives.

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John Nikas has dedicated his life to British sports cars, which has seen him own and race models from most of the country’s great marques. Born into an Anglophile household, he learned to clean oil spots and diagnose electrical gremlins from a young age, which has served him well in later life. As an accomplished vintage racer, he has collected multiple class championships and special awards from his time behind the wheel of various Austin-Healeys, Jaguars, and Triumphs. The overall champion of the Mille Miglia North America Tribute in an Austin-Healey 100, John’s unlikely victory was featured in a television special that aired on the Bravo Channel. John has authored several books on a number of automotive subjects, including the critically acclaimed Rule Britannia – When British Sports Cars Saved a Nation, not to mention hundreds of articles and columns for various publications and websites. A frequent speaker and panelist at automotive events, he is particularly known for his entertaining opinions on automotive evolution and history, as well as the future of classic cars in the 21st Century.

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Marco Borraccino is the Managing Director and Co-Founder at Singer Reimagined Watch Company in their Geneva Switzerland office. Marco’s career has been in the design consulting business, specifically in product design of luxury products, timepieces, consumer electronics, and leather goods. He spent time at the Geneva School of Art and Design and was responsible for the creation and the set up of the Chair in Watch Design. At Singer Marco has helped create the first Singer Chronograph Reimagined. It is a take on the sports Chronos from the 60s with a completely new approach to the movement and design with the help of master watch builder Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.

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Scott Nelles is an artist who has worked in cast bronze for over three decades. He designs and creates everything from decorative art to toys and his work displays a childlike playfulness, elegant design, and superb control of his medium using the timeless methods of sand casting and hand finishing his work. His foundry and studio are in northern Michigan. Scott pulls his inspired from the natural world and its creatures. His inspiration is also derived from his childhood in Detroit and his automotive, ship, boat, and airplane sculptures combine beauty, strength, and a little or a lot of whimsy. His work has been exhibited worldwide and I’m proud to say I have one of his pieces on display in my home, his Land Speed Racer sculpture.

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