Fri, 29 April 2016
499: Ken Lingenfelter is the President of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and resides over the Lingenfelter collecitons of over 200 cars.
Ken Lingenfelter is the owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, a 42 year old company that is the leader in aftermarket engineering and performance products and parts. In addition to this iconic brand, Ken owns the Lingenfelter Collection that consists of over 200 historically significant muscle cars, late model exotics, and Corvettes. It is one of the most noteworthy private collections in the United States. His mission for the collection is charity fundraising and they have raised thousands of dollars for local and national charities. Ken serves on the board for the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. Johns and is a past honorary chairperson for the Eyes On Design Cars Show in Detroit.
Thu, 28 April 2016
Mike Hennessey is the owner of Mike Hennessy Automotive in Santa Clara, California where for over 35 years they have specialized in purchasing, restoring and selling antique, classic, and collector cars. He’s has won the W.A.V.E and CreaTive awards for his Car Guy Channel television show where he takes his viewers to exciting automotive events around the country. For over 8 years Mike has hosted the Hot San Jose Nights event that draws hundreds of cars and enthusiasts and raises monies for local charities. As Mike says, “It’s not just a car show, it’s an event for the entire family.”
Wed, 27 April 2016
Adrian Hamilton is the Managing Director at Duncan Hamilton & Company in Hampshire, England. They have been purchasing and selling the world?s finest motor cars for over 65 years. Some of the most iconic racing cars in history have passed through the company to become part of the most prestigious collections in the world. Adrian took the reins from his father, Duncan Hamilton, who from 1947 to 1957 was one of Britain?s celebrated racing drivers. Among his many victories was Le Mans in 1953. Adrian was a racer as well competing in touring cars including the iconic Ford GT40. I?ve had the great pleasure of visiting Adrian at his facility in England and it is magical place where the English country and incredible cars come together.
Tue, 26 April 2016
496: Hunter Brayton is a young up and coming racer who comes from three generations of race car drivers.
Hunter Brayton is a third generation racer from Coldwater, Michigan. His grandfather was a Sprint Car racer who set records around the country and his uncle, Scott Brayton, raced Indy Cars but tragically lost his life at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1996. His father raced in the IMSA series running in GTU and Camel Lite. Hunter started racing at 9 years old in a kart and moved to the national level at the age of 13. He raced SCCA Formula 600 at the age of 15 and that’s where he currently races today.
Mon, 25 April 2016
495: Dylan Murry is a young race car driver with 9 karting championships and winner of the Gorsline Scholarship.
Dylan Murry has been racing for eight years earning nine championships in Karts and Legends cars, and he is currently in the chase for his 10th. He won the 2010 Andretti Pro Cup Karting title, the 2012 and 2013 GSKA and Southeastern divisional championships, the 2011 and 2013 World Karting Association national championships, (in two classes) and the 2014-15 Legends Atlanta Motor Speedway Championship. Dylan raced in the 2015 Legends Series, including “Thursday Thunder” at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and he earned a test in Spraker Racing's Late Model car. Dylan was also the 22nd winner of the Gorsline Scholarship for mental training with Dr. Dallaire. Did I mention Dylan’s only 15 years old? Dylan’s father David Murry, a past Cars Yeah guest, who is a Firestone Firehawk, World Challenge Series’, and Sports Renault champion.
Fri, 22 April 2016
Tomas Martin is the U.S. Operations Manager and designer at GTO London. He designs and offers automotive enthusiasts a line of the finest luxury goods inspired by some of the world’s greatest automotive designs. His engineered luxuries include: leather goods, cufflinks, travel accessories, key fobs, gifts, and more with distinct automotive design elements that embody the raw, simple engineering and design of motoring history. Imagine a tie-pin that is a Ferrari connecting rod, fine leather wallets and phone holders stitched like a 250 GTO seat, and you’ll get just a taste of what GTO London has to offer. Brilliantly designed, jewelry level craftsmanship, GTO London is every classic car lovers wish.
Thu, 21 April 2016
493: Diane Fitzgerald is the National Director of the Hagerty Education Program at LeMay – America’s Cars Museum
Diane Fitzgerald is the National Director of the Hagerty Education Program at LeMay – America’s Cars Museum. She is continuing the work of the Hagerty Fund and Collectors Foundations to promote America’s automotive heritage and the interests of the collector community. Prior to her role with Hagerty Diane was the museum’s National Club Auto Director helping to reach beyond their campus in Tacoma, Washington. She’s an avid microcar and motorcycle enthusiast who has traveled the world by four and two wheels, often to exotic destinations including Bhutan and India. Diane and her husband Burt Richmond were on the board at the Museum and are major donors to this day.
Wed, 20 April 2016
492: Dan Parker is a long time drag racer who lost his vision and is now setting speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats
Dan Parker is from Columbus, Georgia and has been in to racing since he was 16 years old. At his company Parker Chassis, he was a fabricator, chassis builder, crew chief, and drag racer who in 2005 won the title as the ADRL Pro Nitrous Pro Mod Champion. One of his dreams was to build a Bonneville car and a tragic racing accident set him on that course. Today Dan is realizing his dream and has designed and built a custom bike that in 2013 he took to the Bonneville Salt Flats and successfully ran, setting a world record. Dan returned in 2014 and set his F.I.M. class record. And what were these records for? Dan was the first blind man to independently race a motorcycle on the salt. Dan’s motto is: “I’m not a blind man trying to race. I’m a racer who went blind.”
Tue, 19 April 2016
491: Tom Collins is an off-road expert with experience in the Camel Trophy leading expeditions and more.
Tom Collins owns and operates Tom Collins Off Road Enterprises. He is a guy who has never let a road, or the lack of one, stop him from getting somewhere. Tom builds off road tracks, provides off-road driving instruction and training for Land Rover, Porsche, Toyota, Audi, Hummer, Jeep, Ford, Nissan, Overland Expo, and SEMA. He and his teams have been the first to traverse Madagascar, Borneo, Siberia’s Elictare River Valley and the first 4X4 crossing of Colorado along the Continental Divide and the Trans America Trail. He’s won numerous events, appeared on television shows, written articles, and traveled to where few have dared venture in a vehicle.
Mon, 18 April 2016
Sue Steele Thomas has been painting automobiles since 1988 but her art career began at the tender young age of five years old. Her unique and colorful paintings have been exhibited at invitational and juried venues around the country and hang in private collections as well. Her medium is gouache and they merge nature and the automobile in a colorful juxtaposition of the mechanics of each subject she paints. Sue is a Professor of Art, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Radford University and she is an associate member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society.
Fri, 15 April 2016
489: Bill Patterson is a world-class motionsports artist who is well known in the international motor racing world
Bill Patterson is a world-class motionsports artist who is well known in the international motor racing world. He is the official artist at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and is seen at tracks and events around the world performing live art and showing his studio paintings. Bill has an eclectic mix of styles and looks. He paints commissions for both private and corporate clients and although he’s best known in auto racing circles, he is widely accepted in other sports including: tennis, hockey, skiing, soccer, and sailing. What’s Bill’s favorite painting ever? “The next one!”
Thu, 14 April 2016
488: Jason Killmer is a professional detailer in the Pacific Northwest who owns JK Automotive Detailing and KXK Dynamics
Jason Killmer is a professional detailer in the Pacific Northwest who owns JK Automotive Detailing and KXK Dynamics, a new company he’s just launched. He cares for a number of high-end collectible and exotic cars and often travels to detail entire collections of unique and historic vehicles. He’s been utilized as a tester of new product testing for car care companies to help them develop and improve on their products. One of his many specialties is in the area of color sanding and polishing where his skills come in to play to bring older, original paint finishes back to their original luster and shine.
Wed, 13 April 2016
487: Paul Deutschman is the President at Deutschman Design, one of the most respected and prolific automotive designers in North America
Paul Deutschman is the President at Deutschman Design in Montreal, Canada. He is one of the most respected and prolific automotive designers in North America. His work covers an impressive range of vehicle designs from exotic sports cars, to electric city cars, from utility vehicles to funky scooters, from electric boats to hand dryers. Paul has created designs for Rover, GSM New York, Specs Design, Porsche, Bombardier, and Reeves Callaway where he's designed numerous models including the GT3R, and the new AeroWagon Corvette. In 2014 the University of Hertfordshire awarded Paul with an honorary doctorate degree in recognition of his outstanding contributions to automobile design.
Tue, 12 April 2016
Drew Alcazar is the owner of Phoenix-based Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles and he is a recognized expert in the collector car market and restorations. He and his wife Josephine launched Russo and Steele in 2000, featuring two specialty auctions annually, one in Scottsdale and the other during Car Week in Monterey, California. They specialize in European Sports Cars, American Muscle Cars, Street Rods, and Customs. In 2016 Russo and Steele is celebrating its sixteenth year auction events and is considered one of the “Big Three” premier auctions to attend for enthusiasts and collectors alike.
Mon, 11 April 2016
Charlie Postins grew up in Coventry, England. His father Bill Postins was a touring car racer and his grandfather Ted Loades founded Abbey Panels responsible for Jaguar C-type prototypes and the XJ220. ChaCharlie raced karts, Formula First, and a Renault Clio. In his early career he was an automotive clay sculpture working at design studios for Saab, Audi, VW, Rolls Royce and Porsche. He worked at Nissan Design America in La Jolla, California for ten years. Today Charlie has dusted off his helmet and competes as much as possible with fellow Cars Yeah guest Cameron Clay and recently won his class at the Thunderhill 25 Hour race. When he's not on the track Charlie runs a successful pet food business, The Honest Kitchen, with his wife and team where they produce human grade food for pets.
Fri, 8 April 2016
484: David Murry, owner of David Murry Motorsports, is a driver for all classes who's raced for over 35 years.
David Murry, owner of David Murry Motorsports, is a driver for all classes who's raced for over 35 years. His company provides driver’s coaching, trackside support, track days, and automotive storage and maintenance. David started his racing career in 1981 in a Formula Ford. Since then he’s raced in the Sports Renault series, the ALMS series Petiti LeMans at Road Atlanta, the Daytona 24 Hour, and the ALMS GT2 in a Ford GT. He was a factory driver for Nissan competing in the Grand American/Rolex Series driving GT cars and he raced in Daytona Prototypes driving a Porsche powered Doran chassis. He’s also raced a Porsche 968, BMW M3-GTR and today he drives for Team TGM in a Porsche GT4 Cayman in the IMSA Continental Tire GS Series.
Thu, 7 April 2016
483: James Clay owns Bimmerworld where they sell funer and performance, racing, and part for BMW automobiles.
James Clay owns and operates Bimmerworld which he founded in 1997 in southwest Virginia. Bimmerworld is the premier BMW tuner and performance, racing, and parts warehouse in North America. In addition to providing OEM products plus performance and racing parts, he and his group run a professional racing ream in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge. James’ passion for the BMW marque started with an E30 M3, a car he promptly tore apart and rebuilt to go racing. While in grad school he sold off parts of his M3 to pay for his racing habit and Bimmerworld was born. His customer’s satisfaction is the fuel that drives the company every day.
Wed, 6 April 2016
482: Rico Macaraeg is a recognized creative expert in marketing, advertising, and public relations and currently leads the Marketing division of Automobili Lamborghini America.
Rico Macaraeg is a recognized creative expert in marketing, advertising, and public relations and currently leads the Marketing division of Automobili Lamborghini America. He and his team drive the brand strategy of the global iconic brand for 35 Lamborghini Dealers across Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Chile, and Brazil. Previously Rico worked at Audi and he spent a decade of service to the U.S. Government in the U.S. Navy with numerous service awards. He is the Co-Chair of the Leadership Council with Miriam’s Kitchen focused to end chronic homelessness and he is an advocate with the Semper Fi Fund.
Tue, 5 April 2016
481: Steve Trafton owns and operates Black Horse Racing in Seattle, and is preparing to participate in the Paris to Peking Rally
Steve Trafton owns and operates Black Horse Racing in Seattle, Washington. After a successful career in the banking industry, he embarked upon a series of long distance adventures that included walking, kayaking and boating. At the age of 64, in 2010, Steve set the World Land Speed Record for the AA Blown Fuel Modified Sport class at 275.401 mile per hour. That is a record that still stands. Today, Steve and his wife Katherine are preparing for the 9,000 mile Peking to Paris car rally. He is an intense advocate of the motto: “If you’re not moving, you’re standing still.”
Mon, 4 April 2016
Ralph Marano owns Marano & Sons Auto Sales in Garwood New Jersey. For over 35 years he has been in this family owned company, now with two locations, that buys and sells cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Ralph has had a 38-plus year dedication and contribution to the classic car hobby with a special affection for the Packard and Darrin marque. While Packard’s are his first love, his Darrin collection is unique in that Ralph owns a Darrin from every year they were built from 1937 to 1942.
Fri, 1 April 2016
479: Matt Farah is the Executive Producer and Host at The Smoking Tire videos, podcast, movies, TV, reviews, and more.
Matt Farah is the Executive Producer and Host at The Smoking Tire in Playa Del Rey, California. Founded in 2009 as a way to improve upon his already-successful internet series Garage 419. Matt and his crew create automotive videos, reviews, editorials, and a podcast about automobiles and anything on wheels. Their Smoking Tire video series can be enjoyed on YouTube’s premium Drive Channel and you can keep up with his travels on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as well. He's been on television shows, produced movies, and work with the Drive Network. The Smoking Tire is also available as a full service in-house production company available for editorial and promotional projects.