Tue, 30 April 2019
Joe Mattioli is the co-managing partner of Mattioli Weber Consulting, where they specialize in strategic planning, marketing campaigns, branding, and efficiency. He has over 40 years of experience as a CEO, managing mass population events, developing and executing regional and national marketing programs and partnerships for a diverse range of organizations and events including national brands, sports venues, and race teams, concerts, fairs and festivals and the development, production and sale of broadcast properties. Joe’s diverse background also includes running professional sporting events and teams and overseeing programs that include professional athletes. His past also includes guiding the Pocono Raceway to success with events including NASCAR, IndyCar, Sports Car, and Motorcycle events.
Mon, 29 April 2019
Alexander Rossi is a five-time Indy car winner. He won the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, the first rookie to win the 500 since 2001 and the first American rookie to win since 1928. This year he returns to Andretti Autosport for his fourth season in the NTT IndyCar Series. Alexander moved to Europe at the age of 17 to chase his Formula 1 dream and he made five starts for the Manor Marussia team in 2015 and became the third American driver to race in Formula 1 since 1990. He has won races in the GP2 series, now known as F2, and the World Series by Renault and has completed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Fri, 26 April 2019
Jeff Lambert is the President of Race Sponsorships.net, an organization that helps grassroots racers obtain sponsorships through their sponsorship proposals. He is also the President and Founder of Armed Forces Racing which is a non-profit 501C3 that provides veterans with an opportunity to compete in motorsports, more specifically drag racing. He offers veterans the opportunity to experience the excitement of building a drag car and to drive it while building friendships with other veterans. Jeff is a veteran of the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Carl Vinson as part of the Crash and Salvage crew. He is a drag racer who has earned two track championships.
Thu, 25 April 2019
Mike Smith is the Ferrari Club of America Sacramento Chapter President. He joined the Ferrari Club of America ten years ago after reaching a life goal of owning a Ferrari and what he found was great camaraderie and this year he’s been elected Chapter President for his second 2-year term. His career history has been in business management and insurance that afforded him his Ferrari dream. The Ferrari Club provides lots of options including drives, tours, wine tasting, tech sessions, track events, Concours, and community charity events. A very cool aspect of the Ferrari Club is that you don’t have to own a Ferrari to join.
Wed, 24 April 2019
Jill Trotta is an ASE Certified Technician/Advisor with over 25 years of experience in the industry. She is the Vice President of Marketing, Industry, and Sales at RepairPal. She has played an integral role in their Certified program and along with her team they have evaluated over 6,000 independent repair facilities. Passionate about consumer education Jill has appeared on radio, TV, and in print sharing her knowledge and she is a regular on RepairPal.com, Geico.Com, and many others. Jill was awarded the Kukui Humanitarian of the Year award and she was named the Women in AutoCare Woman of Excellence and serves Vice-Chair on the Executive Committee of Woman in AutoCare. Most recently she was recognized as the leading expert in the industry on Price Transparency.
Tue, 23 April 2019
Mark Moskowitz MD is a retired surgeon, racer, and car collector. He is Director and Curator of The Museum of Automobile History, manages the estate of the renowned automotive artist, Carlo Demand, serves on the Board of Directors of Carolina Motorsports Park and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He is a frequent contributor to multiple motoring publications. Dr. Moskowitz is a member of International Chief Judge Advisory Group and has been privileged to judge Concours events at Boca Raton, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Arizona, Greenwich, Hershey (the Elegance), Radnor Hunt, Cobble Beach, Hilton Head, Dusseldorf, Knokke-Heist Zoute Grand Prix, Monticello Raceway, and Delhi, India. Mark has served as chief judge for the race car Concours at Monticello Raceway, the Trump Charlotte Concours and the Miami Concours.
Mon, 22 April 2019
Mark Raffauf is the Senior Director of Race Operations at IMSA. He has been involved in professional motorsports for over 40 years, spending most of his time officiating for IMSA from the early 70s through the 90s and then in Grand-Am from 1999 through 2013. He has been part of developing numerous sports car categories including GTX, AAGT, GTP, WSC, Ferrari Challenge, Firestone Firehawk, Exxon World Sports Car, Rolex Sports Car, plus prototype cars. Mark has also been involved in the creation and updating of many racing circuits in North America. He is the current United States delegate to the FIA, International historic Car Racing commission and he is an Honorary member of the Road Racing Drivers Club known as the RRDC, in the United States. Mark is currently the FIA Historical Race car Commission U.S. representative.
Mark is a co-author on the new book IMSA 1969–1989 along with past Cars Yeah guest, Mitch Bishop. It is the inside story of how John Bishop built the world’s greatest sports car racing series in the world.
Fri, 19 April 2019
Tom Jones is the CEO of Taper Roller Bearings, Evergreen Properties, and Hilltop Marine. Taper Roller Bearings has been a family company since 1972 offering 24-hour machinist who provides unmatched service through their Speed Program® with same-day manufacturing of assemblies. Tom has served as an honorary judge for multiple concours, he has raced in SCCA for over 3 years and participated in vintage events on tours in the United States and Europe. He’s served on the Classic Car Club of America as a national board Director and held the position of President in 2016 and 2017. He and his wife Connie founded and continue to Co-Chair the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance in Lexington, Kentucky, now in its 16th year, which benefits the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Tom has served on the Lexington regional board of Central Bank, Advisory Board of The Reefs in Bermuda, the advisory board of the University of Arizona Department of Alternative Medicine, and the Hospice of the Bluegrass Board.
Thu, 18 April 2019
Kyle Petty is an auto racing icon, a champion of philanthropy, and one of the most popular personalities in NASCAR. The son of NASCAR champion Richard Petty and grandson of NASCAR pioneer Lee Petty - Kyle followed in their footsteps, starting his 30-year NASCAR career as a Sprint Cup driver in 1979 at age 19, before also becoming an owner and media commentator.
In 2004, Kyle and the Petty family opened the doors to Victory Junction - a camp created for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses - in honor of his late son, Adam Petty.
For the past 25 years, Kyle Petty has hosted hundreds of NASCAR fans, drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts on his annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. The Ride travels cross-country each spring to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction. To date, the Ride has raised more than $18.5 million for children with chronic illnesses and is the most successful philanthropic event staged by any person in the NASCAR family.
Wed, 17 April 2019
Mitch Bishop is the son of IMSA founder John Bishop. He grew up at race tracks all over the country and early on became part of the IMSA family business. IMSA's Camel GT Series was the world's most popular professional sports car racing circuit in the 1970s and 1980s. Over the last 40+ years, Mitch has built a successful career as a marketing, sales, and software engineering leader in Silicon Valley. More recently, Mitch co-authored an impressive 372 page, coffee table book (now released) called "IMSA 1969-1989" that gives readers a fascinating inside look at his father's life and the first 20 years of IMSA's history. He is an active racer and sits on the board of directors of the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, NY.
Tue, 16 April 2019
Dr. Stephen Olvey has been involved in saving lives and improving safety in motorsports for nearly 50 years. His primary role as Medical Director for the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) racing series in the US, a position he held from 1979 to 2003. Stephen remains active in motorsports as a member of the Fédération Internationale de I’Automobile Medical Commission, a Consultant to the Indy Car Series, and Motor Sports Director of University of Miami Concussion Program. He is an associate professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has republished his memoir book Rapid Response; My Inside Story as a Motor Racing Life-Saver, with the forward by Alex Zanardi.
Mon, 15 April 2019
Don Barry is the President and CEO of Edelbrock where he supervises the overall operations of this iconic aftermarket performance brand. Before joining Edelbrock, Don served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at ISN, a global leader in the distribution of automotive tools. Prior to ISN, he was the President and CEO of The ACCEL Performance Group where he oversaw the introduction of new product lines and brand re-positioning strategies, leading to increased revenue growth across the business. Don entered the automotive industry as Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and International at Dorman Products. He has also held positions at SC Johnson and 3M, where he was President of Consumer Business Europe.
You’ll see Don and me in an upcoming Cars Yeah TV show on MAVTV where I visit the Edelbrock team at the California headquarters.
Fri, 12 April 2019
Angela Ruch is a NASCAR driver racing with NEMCO Motorsports in the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Racing runs in her family as she is the niece of former Daytona 500 Champion Derrike Cope. She and her twin sister, Amber Cope, made NASCAR history in 2010 by being the first twins to compete in one of its top three series. Her debut at the historic superspeedway in the No. 8 JJ Resources Chevy is one for the record books. On February 15, 2019, she became the first female in the NASCAR Truck Series history to lead laps at Daytona International Speedway. She ran at the Las Vegas Speedway last month, leading the way for female NASCAR drivers and women athletics. She and her husband, Mike Ruch, are based in Miami, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina where they await the arrival of their adopted newborn baby boy. Watch for their new Facebook Watch web series, The Ruch Life, chronicling their busy lives.
Thu, 11 April 2019
Christina Nielsen is a 26-year-old sports car driver from Denmark. She is a two-time champion who, in 2016 with her team, won the IMSA Championship and she became the first woman to ever win a major full-season sportscar championship in North America, a success she repeated in 2017. At Daytona this year, she drove for Meyer-Shank Racing in an Acura NSX 57, as part of an all-female line-up by Caterpillar. Her father, Lars Erik Nielsen, raced for many years including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona, and 12 Hours of Sebring. She started karting at the age of 13 and since then has dedicated her life to racing. She has raced the Porsche Carrera Cups, the IMSA Tudor Championship, Pirelli World Championship, and the ADAC GT Masters. Christina’s mantra is “I’m not a female who is a sports car driver, I am a sports car driver who is a female.”
Wed, 10 April 2019
James Page grew up in South-West England and inherited his passion for cars from his father. He earned a journalism degree before embarking on a short career as a professional golfer. At the age of 26, he got back into journalism and secured a job at Future Publishing. He later became deputy editor of Classics Monthly Magazine, before leaving in 2011 to carry out the same role at Classic & Sports Car Magazine. He became editor of C&SC in 2014, then left at the end of 2016 to become a freelancer. Since then, he's worked for a number of clients and has written two books for Porter Press – the latest of which is the story of Aston Martin's DB4GT continuation cars where James had exclusive access behind the scenes. He has two more books due for publication in the near future.
Tue, 9 April 2019
Antonietta Polsinelli is the Technical Placement Manager at Ford Motor Company. She has over 18 years of experience in the automotive industry. Antonietta started working with Ford while she was a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying Electrical Engineering. After graduating, she worked in several positions at Ford Motor Company, including Powertrain, Diagnostics, Globalizing Service Publications, as a Field Service Engineer in the Metro Detroit area and now leading the Technician Recruitment Initiative. Her passion in the continued success of Ford’s dealerships and Technicians has brought her to her current role. Her team is changing the culture of the Technician trade from a grassroots approach, by building the relationships between the dealers and their local automotive schools.
Mon, 8 April 2019
Paul Fernandez is the General Manager at Automotive Touchup Paint. Automotive Touchup is known for producing automotive touchup paint for any vehicle, and its paint options extend from the newest models on dealer lots to classic marques and models. The company also provides perfect match OEM paint color matches for vehicles which are now discontinued and whose paint is difficult to find as a result. The company is a division of Microfinish, which produces coatings for vehicles and industrial equipment repair and refinishing in its state-of-the-art facility. Paul is in charge of production, human resources, recruitment, and most of the day to day activities. He was born in New Orleans, attended the university there, and joined Automotive Touchup soon after the company was started.
Fri, 5 April 2019
Dr. Richard Greenfield is an orthopedic surgeon who specialized in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. He earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford and it was at that time he caught the car bug and in his spare time, he started working on hot rods. Richard bought his first collector car, a 1927 Packard, some 40 years ago and since then his passion for old cars has not diminished. The La Jolla Concours was a big inspiration for Richard and he’s displayed several of his collector vehicles at the event. This year he will bring his 1937 Cadillac Limousine Coupe, the only one ever made.
Thu, 4 April 2019
Mike Kunz is the Director of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California. Mike is a 34 year veteran of Mercedes-Benz USA, the official importer, and distributor of Mercedes-Benz cars in the United States. Mike established the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center as a business unit in 2006 to support owners of classic Mercedes-Benz cars with a host of services including vehicle sales, service, parts, and restoration. Mike is a certified car nut from birth who lives in Laguna Beach, California and has the good fortune of having turned a life-long hobby into a life-long career.
Wed, 3 April 2019
Jeremy Hunziker is a Sales Specialist at O’Gara La Jolla where they sell high-end exotic sports cars. He is originally from the East Coast and moved to California seven years ago after circumnavigating the globe prior to college graduation. An avid motorsports enthusiast, Jeremy jumped at the opportunity to work for O’Gara La Jolla as it fulfilled his dream to work within the exotic automotive industry and representing such prestigious brands: Lamborghini, McLaren, Bentley, Bugatti, and Rolls-Royce. He loves the ocean and goes diving and surfing often during the summer and winter months. He is also a passionate content creator and is often found with a camera in hand. His favorite supercar currently is the Lamborghini Aventador S that he describes as being the pinnacle of your everyday supercar form and function.
Tue, 2 April 2019
Lance Stander has been in the automotive industry for over 39 years. He opened Hillbank Motor Corp, originally located in Costa Mesa, California in 1999 after years in South Africa where he worked with his father. Hillbank specializes in Selling of Shelby and Superformance Cobras, Shelby Daytonas, GT40s, Corvette Grand Sports and other 60s Classic and Sports cars. In 2005, Lance purchased Superformance dba Shelby Legendary Cars and he is the worldwide distributor for all Superformance manufactured cars. He also trades as Shelby Legendary Cars, the company that manufactures and distributes all Shelby Continuation Sixties Cobras, Slabsides, FIA, GT40s, Daytonas, and other cars. His is the only company licensed by Shelby Licensing and authorized by Shelby American to manufacture the Cobra MKIII.
Mon, 1 April 2019
Bill Lyon is Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors of William Lyon Homes. Bill’s father, General William Lyon, entered the building business in 1954. His combined companies have produced more than 100,000 residential units spanning a history of more than 60 years. Today they build attached and detached homes throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Texas. Bill started working in the company at age 11 and he has been an integral part of the company after graduating from Stanford University. He grew up around classic cars as his father was an avid collector. The family collection includes Packards, Duesenbergs, and Mercedes Benz to name a few marques, and Bill has raced vintage cars, mainly Porsches, for over 20 years. Bill is an entrant in the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance.