Fri, 30 June 2017
Dan Taylor is the Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, an annual event now in its 35th year that takes place in Schenley Park and the surrounding Pittsburgh areas. This is Dan’s second year as CEO where his responsibilities range from pounding in stakes for the snow fence to sitting in the board room deciding on how monies to be allocated. Dan is a hands-on kind of guy whom overseas the entire event that includes over 1,200 volunteers. This 10 plus day event includes vintage racing, many car shows, a black tie gala, tours, a jet party, and much, much more. Dan is the President at Jerry Taylor Ford, a family run business that’s been operating in Grove City, Pennsylvania since 1968. Dan is also the Chairman of the Ford Dealer Council representing over 1,900 Ford dealerships across the country.
Thu, 29 June 2017
John Putzier is the CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Auto Dealers Association. The GPADA is a metro dealer association representing over 200 franchised automobile and truck dealers and related industries in Western Pennsylvania. John and his team are the Presenting Sponsor of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. For over 25 years John has worked in private practice as a consultant in process and people improvement, primarily in the automotive sector. His first client was Saturn back in 1985 before they broke ground. By 2010 he was a bit road weary and tired of living out of a suitcase and had the opportunity to use his turnaround talents with the GPADA. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is 10+ days of automotive events, car shows, racing, a black tie gala, a jet center party, tours, and much, much more.
Wed, 28 June 2017
802: Ted Sohier is the voice of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and sits on their Executive Committee.
Ted Sohier is a member of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s Executive Committee. It’s an annual event now in its 35th year that takes place July 7 through the 15. He is a retired career broadcaster in radio and television who is also a lifelong automotive enthusiast. Ted began competing in SCCA autocross and moved to road racing earning a National license and winning several minor championships in the Northeast driving a Showroom Stock B, Chevy Citation in the early 80s. Ted got involved in the PVGP at the beginning to help run the race as an announcer and today he is the event’s Chief Announcer. He and a huge team help make the event a reality and they raise monies for local charities. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is 10+ days of automotive events, car shows, racing, and much, much more.
Tue, 27 June 2017
801: Bernie Martin is a branding and marketing profession who helps put on the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and The Cortile.
Bernie Martin is the Founder and President of Rapid Production Marketing in Pittsburgh. It’s a branding and consulting agency that develops strategies and tactical implementation. A long time resident of Pittsburgh, Bernie has combines his passion for cars and in 2009 created The Cortile in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix week. The Cortile takes place at the Bob O’Conner Gold Course at Shenley Park. It is a unique car show as it is one of the few events during the race weekend managed by the PVGP Association. Most of the other car marque shows are managed by the individual car clubs. As the Managing Director of the event Bernie and his team bring a wide range of Italian marque cars to this very special show with this year’s highlight being Alfa Romeo.
Mon, 26 June 2017
Spike Feresten is the co-CEO at Hangar 56 Media. He is a past Automotive Emoter at Esquire Network where he had three successful seasons on the TV show Car Matchmaker. He is a former presenter at FOX Television Studios, he was a Writer/Producer at the TV show Seinfeld where he earned three Emmy nominations, and on Late Night with David Letterman where he earned five Emmy nominations. Today Spike is launching a new project, it’s a cars and comedy podcast titled Spike’s Car Radio. He records live from the porch of his favorite breakfast spot, the Malibu Kitchen, from 10:00 AM till noon on Sundays, where you’ll frequently see one of his cool old cars parked about front. He’ll answer all of your Car Matchmaking questions and talk about cars over a cup of coffee and a tasty breakfast.
Fri, 23 June 2017
799: Richard Webb is an automotive artist whose passion for design, the romance of classic cars, and race cars is reflected in his paintings and drawings.
Richard Webb is an automotive artist whose passion for design, the romance of classic cars, and race cars is reflected in his paintings and drawings. He’s owned over 374 classic cars in his life and while he’s tried retiring a few time, Richard quickly discovered painting to be his encore career. His art begins as a design process with meticulous attention to composition, the backdrop, landscapes, architectural icons, and detail in his automotive subject matter. Mostly working with acrylic paint he mixes sand, modeling paste, epoxy, and sometimes deep set wood panels to create his images. In addition to painting on canvas he’s been knows to use nontraditional surfaces including surfboards, doors, and barn wood. While most of his work is easily recognizable Richard has painted abstracts, portraits, and landscapes as well. Richard has been commissioned by art collectors, auto aficionados, and major global brands. His work can be found in the homes and businesses of art collectors worldwide.
Thu, 22 June 2017
Doug Hansen is a General Partner at H&H Motors in the Silicon Valley, California. H&H Motors is an auto and power sport dealership Doug and his business partner have owned and operated for over 15 years. Doug’s a life long automotive enthusiast who has driven thousands of cars, motorcycles, carts, and quads. He’s raced at Altamont/Sears Point and at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows California in the 24 hours of Lemons and the Chump Car races.
Wed, 21 June 2017
Megan Gilkes is a 16 year old racer from Richmond Hill, Canada who’s been in the driver’s seat since the age of nine. She started with karting and won the Barbados 2011 Easykart 60cc half-season championship. A crash and recovery kept her off the track in 2012 through 2014 but she was back at it in 2015 winning multiple races in the Ottowa Challenge Karting Series. Last year she graduated the Skip Barber Racing School and became a member of Dare To Be Different and competed in her first real race car in a Miller Oils F1200 at Mosport. By her fourth race she earned a second place in the US Majors series and today competes in a Formula Vee at Mosport, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with the Vallis Motor Sport team. This summer she’ll run in South Africa and Brazil with the Challenge Cup Series.
Tue, 20 June 2017
796: Mark Pribanic is a vintage Porsche and VW Bus enthusiasts who runs the Bulli Brigade a vintage VW bus event.
Mark Pribanic is a vintage car enthusiast who lives in Neptune Beach, Florida. Unlike many car collectors, Mark drives his 1958 Porsche 356 and Brumos Porsche race inspired 1958 VW bus daily. We’re talking over 275,000 miles through 33 states over 19 years of ownership. For over six years he has organized the Bulli Brigade Vintage VW bus event where the mission is to promote and preserve 1967 and earlier split-window VW bus enthusiasts. Mark is an entrepreneur and owns a catering business and when he’s not working you’ll find him at IMSA road races, HSR Road Races, at vintage Porsche events or traveling around the USA in his number 59, Brumos tribute race bus or his 356 Porsche.
Mon, 19 June 2017
795: Matt Davies is the eMarketing Specialist at 3M Automotive Division supporting Meguires and Bondo.
Matt Davies is a Digital Marketing Brand Manager and Social Media Manager and currently acts as the eMarketing Specialist at 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division or AAD for short in Minneapolis, MN. For the past seven years Matt has focused on the automotive aftermarket in the digital marketing space working with multiple brands for the U.S. market. His daily focus is online strategy, content generation, ad placement, and digital program management. Before moving to Minneapolis Matt lived in Asia for over six years as a global sales manager providing him with a worldly perspective on the market. A current event he’s passionate about today is is the 3M Car Guys for United Way where Chip Foose and Barry Meguire, a past Cars Yeah guest, will be on hand along with a multitude of cool rides. The event’s on June 23 and is hosted by the AutoMotorPlex in Minneapolis.
Fri, 16 June 2017
794: Jacques Braunstein is a French journalist and author of the new Stars & Cars: Mythical Parings.
Jacques Braunstein is a French journalist and author and the former Editor-in-Chief at Technikart. He’s written a novel and two graphic novels including Les Week Ends Du Père Célibataire, Famille, recompose Toi! and Les Week-Ends Pere Celibataire. Jacques also created a documentary film. His latest book, published by Aurum Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group is titled Stars & Cars: Mythical Pairings. Jacques takes us on a celebration of the most unforgettable automotive moments in film, TV, and popular culture. Lavishly illustrated Jacques takes us on a fun ride covering many iconic stars including Steve McQueen, Bond films, Batman, The Blue’s Brothers, James Dean, Paul Newman, and many, many others. Jacques used to drive a Lancia Flavia Coupe by Pinifarina and an Audi Quattro but the Parisian traffic has relegated him to his vintage Dutch motorcycle.
Thu, 15 June 2017
793: Nico Wijnberg is Director of International Investment, at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Nico Wijnberg is Director of International Investment, at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the State of Georgia’s sales and marketing arm. He and his team are responsible for exposing Georgia’s business advantages around the world and providing assistance to expanding companies interested in doing business in Georgia including the automotive industry. Nico has extensive experience in international economics and business and served in the Dutch Federal Department of Economic Development as a specialist in Russia and Central Asia. He recently purchase a car from the BMW factory via their European delivery.
Wed, 14 June 2017
792: Chris Collard is the Editor-in-Chief of the Overland Journal, an international Vehicle-dependent adventure magazine.
Chris Collard is the Editor-in-Chief of the Overland Journal, an international Vehicle-dependent adventure magazine. He took a leap toward his passion and left a 17-year position to pursue a career in photojournalism. That was the late 90s and since then he’s published hundreds of articles and thousands of images in over a dozen publications on six continents. He’s traveled the world shooting in the outback of Australia, the Moroccan Sahara, the jungles of Venezuela to the Kalahari Desert. He raced James Garner’s 1970 Oldsmobile 442, the “grabber Olds” with off-road legend Rod Hall and he drove Mark Smith’s original Expedicion de las Americas Jeep CJ-7 across South America just to name a few of his many adventures. In 2013 Chris was inducted in to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame as a pioneering journalist.
Tue, 13 June 2017
791: Ethan Bowers is the Archives Manager at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana.
Ethan Bowers is the Archives Manager at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana. While obtaining his MA in History, he was hired as an intern at the ACD Museum, where he discovered a whole new side to cars and their influence on American culture. In 2015, Ethan was hired to head the museum’s new digitization project. Since then he has been immersed in the world of automobiles. He currently manages the museum’s digitization project and cares for its archival collection. Ethan also helps design and install exhibits, contributes to publications, presents at speaking engagements, and assists museum patrons in utilizing the museum’s collection for research.
Mon, 12 June 2017
790: Georges Kiener is the Managing Partner at Barnes Swiss Licensing, sponsors of the Concours d'Elegance Suisse.
Georges Kiener is the Managing Partner at Barnes Swiss Licensing, the entity in charge of developing the BARNES brand and network in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. BARNES is a global luxury real estate services provider throughout the Americas, continental Europe, the UK, Asia Pacific, and the MENA region. BARNES is also a major sponsor of the Concours d’Elegance Suisse that takes place at the Château de Coppet in Switzerland on June 23 to 25, in 2017. Georges who is an avid automotive enthusiast has worked throughout Europe in a variety of business activities and is now based in Geneva Switzerland with BARNES and no doubt you’ll find him on the lawn amidst a wide variety of classic and collectible automobiles at the Concours d’Elegance Suisse.
Fri, 9 June 2017
789: Richard Prince is an automotive photographer, journalist, and author who has been shooting since 1991.
Richard Prince is an automotive photographer, journalist, and author who has been shooting since 1991. Involved in the car hobby since his childhood, he founded a vintage car restoration business after completing graduate school in 1988 and operated that business until selling it in 1995. He began writing and providing photography to various car magazines and accumulated a wide range of experience photographing vehicles, motorsports, events, facilities, and people for many of the world's major automobile manufacturers and a diverse array of other companies, including: Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Cadillac, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and many others. He has published three books and authored and illustrated approximately 2,000 magazine articles. No doubt you’ve seen his photography in dozens of books and over 400 publications in more than 80 countries around the world.
Thu, 8 June 2017
Andy Beckman is the Archivist at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana. He has been with the museum since 1999 where their state-of-the-art, 55,000 square-foot facility, has been open since 2005. The building has three levels and features galleries and storage facilities where they honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area and the Studebaker marque. He also serves as President of the Society of Automotive Historians. Andy grew up in a family of Studebaker owners, and drives a 1964 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop. Andrew previously worked at the Sheboygan County Historical Society and Wade House State Historic Site. He’s authored two books: The Studebaker National Museum: Over a Century on Wheels, and Studebaker’s Last Dance: The Avanti.
Wed, 7 June 2017
Ryan Toth is the Owner and Operator of Elliot Remington Motorsport Classics & Concierge. He provides secure, climate-controlled automotive storage and concierge services in Charleston, South Carolina. He opened his business on April 1, 2014. His goal is to be the best automotive storage solution and aftercare specialists… bar none. In addition to offering a secure space for one’s special vehicles Ryan and his team offer after care services and full detailing as well. When Ryan’s not caring for his customer’s needs you can find him in the garage working on his 300ZX or assisting in high-profile car sales for clients.
Tue, 6 June 2017
Doug Freedman and his wife Genie are the Founders of Carmel by the Sea Concours on the Avenue. It’s an annual event that takes place during Car Week in August where the other events vintage racing, Concorso Italiano, The Quail, the Pebble Beach Concours and numerous other events. Carmel by the Sea Concours on the Avenue is on Ocean Avenue in the heart of Carmel and it kicks off Car Week on a Tuesday benefiting the Carmel Foundation. Theirs is a gathering of collectible cars, race cars, and multi-marques, where originality and participation are the focus with a dash of fun thrown in, all adding to the casual nature of the show. Doug started this concours 11 years ago after retiring from a career in real estate development. He’s been a car guy ever since he was a kid and what better way to throw a party every year for thousands of of your friends and automotive enthusiasts.
Mon, 5 June 2017
785: Renee Brinkerhoff is the Founder and driver of Valkyrie Racing where she races a Porsche in the La Carrera Panimercana.
Renee Brinkerhoff is the Founder and Driver of Valkyrie Racing where she currently races a 1956 Porsche 356 A coupe in road and rally racing events. In 2013, at the age of 57, in her first race car of any kind, Renee became the first woman in the 30-year history to win her class in the La Carrera Panamericana, an event known as the world’s most dangerous road race. Raised in the U.S. and Southeast Asia her enthusiasm for life was no doubt shaped by her surroundings. For 30 years a voice in her head told her she would some day race a car. In her three years of running the La Carrera Panamericana, Renee continues to be the only woman driver amidst 80 plus men.
Fri, 2 June 2017
Bhuvan Chowdhary is from Pune, India and he is the Founding Editor of ColumnM.com, an international online daily website that covers motoring culture, gear, travel, and lifestyle. He previously worked as a marketing professional helping automotive companies in India create relevant properties and campaigns that suit the Indian market. Bhuvan worked at EVO India Magazine which is the Indian franchise to EVO in the United Kingdom. He also worked extensively with KTM creating properties related to customer sports in India and with Volkswagen Motorsports India as a photographer to cover their racing events.
Thu, 1 June 2017
Scott Dishman is the Executive Director of the BMW Car Club of America Foundation, overseeing a nationwide car-control program for teenagers, and the largest BMW Museum & Archive in the Americas. Scott spent 21 years in corporate marketing and brand strategy starting with Automobile Magazine and eventually serving as the Director of Communications for the $3 billion Michelin consumer brand in the U.S. In 2006 Scott left the corporate world to work on behalf of Children at risk and led the launch of The Family Effect. Today in addition to his role with BMW, Scott serves on the Board of several philanthropic organizations and children’s causes and in 2015 Scott was selected to receive the Ethics in Action Award by the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University. He is one of only three people to receive the award to date.