THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | #342
Monterey Car Week was in full swing last weekend, and Alan sat down with some of the best guys the car hobby has to offer at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. First off, Justice Brothers, Inc. President and CEO, Ed Justice, Jr., was blown away by the auction of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, which sold for an astounding $48.5 million, awe inspiring historic races, an unrestored IndyCar from the 60s, and a rare 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo Pininfarina Coupe. Monterey Car Week truly is a window into the automotive past. Next, Ken Eberts, President and Co-Founder of the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS), shares his journey from New York City’s High School of Music and Art to co-founding AFAS. With a mission to legitimize and promote the work of its members, and build a fellowship among automotive fine artists and enthusiasts, AFAS has been attending Pebble Beach Concours since 1986. Then, Barrett-Jackson Auction Company Chairman and CEO, Craig Jackson, fills us in on new projects he has in the works, including two of the three-car limited run of 1967 Shelby GT500s, Little Red and the Green Hornet. Craig is making use of crowdsourced photos, information, and parts to help restore these beauties to their original glory. Also, we get a snapshot of upcoming Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2018 where a very special 2015 Shelby GT350 will be auctioned off to benefit the Driven Hearts Charity Initiative. Changing gears, ACURA Executive Creative Director for Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Dave Marek, mentions his new podcast, Man Seeks Adventure, and and how he’s drawing inspiration for a designer like Dave Marek is in abundance at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Switching lanes, Wade Kawasaki and Corky Coker of Coker Tire Group, Chasing Classic Cars Host, Wayne Carini, and Meguiar’s President, Barry Meguiar, discuss all things Pebble Beach, Coker Tire Group, Chasing Classic Cars, SEMA, Car Crazy, and mustache related. Wayne Carini has three classic cars on the green at Pebble Beach: a 1954 Studebaker, Osca MT4 TN, and a Bugatti Type 57SC. Wayne isn’t worried about winning any awards, showcasing his cars at Pebble Beach is a win of its own. As Wayne Carini, Corky Coker, and Wade Kawasaki depart, Barry Meguiar is left in the middle of an Alan Taylor sandwich! Classic Car Restorer Alan Taylor’s reputation as one of the best car restorers in the hobby precedes him, and he gives us the details on his 1949 Delahaye Gilroy bodied Cabriolet he is showing at Pebble Beach. Alan shares the story of a Bugatti he had on the lawn at Pebble Beach a few years ago whose legitimacy came into question. Then, Kelley Blue Book’s Karl Brauer shares his highlights from Monterey Car Week, from a stunning 1937 Cadillac Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet to the premier of the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition at the Laguna Seca race track. We catch up with Barry Meguiar to close out our 25th show from Pebble Beach, as he fills us in on the brand new Preservation Award. Last, we discuss the truly amazing 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta took home the Best in Show award. If you missed out on Monterey Car Week this year, be sure to get your tickets now for the 2019 event! If you love cars, you’ll love Monterey Car Week.
- [00:00:00] Welcome to 2018 Pebble Beach!
- [00:06:11] Rich History at Monterey Car Week
- [00:12:30] Automotive Fine Art Society
- [00:19:51] Little Red and the Green Hornet
- [00:28:16] Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Preview
- [00:35:52] “Man Seeks Adventure” and Inspiration
- [00:42:12] Coker Tire Group Crashes the Party
- [00:48:29] Osca MT4 TN and Bugatti Type 57SC
- [00:54:43] Respect Between Brothers
- [01:02:04] Alan Taylor Sandwich
- [01:11:46] Karl Brauer’s Top Pebble Beach Picks
- [01:18:05] The All New Preservation Award
Discover more about segments and guests below…
[00:00:00] Welcome to Pebble Beach 2018!
We’re joined on the green of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance during Monterey Car Week 2018 by Justice Brothers, Inc. President and CEO, Ed Justice, Jr. as he shares some of his favorite moments. A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was auctioned off for a record breaking $48.5 million, making it the most expensive car ever sold. Ed Justice, Jr. especially liked the IndyCars out on the lawn, including Ray Evernham’s Mario Andretti rookie car. Monterey Car Week is one of the biggest weeks of the year for auto enthusiasts, but has it outgrown itself? Find out what Ed Justice, Jr. thinks.
[00:06:11] Rich History at Monterey Car Week
Are you a fan of classic Marmons? Well, Ed Justice, Jr. met the guy you can thank for their continued survival during Monterey Car Week. Find out how an aerospace engineer took that expertise and solved a cylinder head issue Marmons were having and created jobs during the 2008 crisis at the same time. Also, Ed fills us in on an end-over-end crash that happened during the Monterey Historic Races. Don’t worry! Nobody died; although the driver did break his leg. The wreck and an old, unrestored IndyCar from the 60s that was on display made Ed realize just how far safety features in cars have come over the last century. Are you a car history buff?
[00:12:30] Automotive Fine Art Society
The Automotive Fine Art Society (AFAS) has made it their mission to publicize and legitimize automotive fine art and create a fellowship among automotive artists. President and Co-Founder, Ken Eberts, shares the story of how he went from drawing cars on his homework at New York City’s High School of Music and Art to co-founding AFAS. The society has been attending Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance since 1986, just three years after its creation. Are you interested in becoming an automotive fine artist? Listen in to find out how they induct new members.
[00:19:51] Little Red and the Green Hornet
In 1967, Shelby American release three very special Shelby GT500 Mustangs: a fastback, notchback and a convertible. Barrett-Jackson Auction Company Chairman and CEO, Craig Jackson, has found two of them, Little Red and the Green Hornet, and gives us the tail of how he was able to locate these cars, previously thought to be destroyed. Making use crowdsourced information, manufacturer archives, and old auto show photos Craig hopes to restore these beauties to their original glory. Little Red and the Green Hornet are the DNA blueprint for all of the supercharged GT500s out on the road today. Do you have any information on these classic Shelby masterpieces? Visit ShelbyPrototypeCoupes.com.
[00:28:16] Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Preview
As we sit on the lawn of the beautiful Pebble Beach Golf Links, we take a look ahead at another of the automotive industries’ finest events: Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2018. Barrett-Jackson Auction Company’s Craig Jackson will be auctioning off a very special 2015 Shelby GT350 for the Driven Hearts Charity Initiative. Driven Hearts works with the American Heart Association to raise funds and awareness for life-saving heart research. In other Barrett-Jackson news, Scottsdale, Arizona is hosting a parade to commemorate 48 years of classic car auction history. Also, Craig fills us in on a 1948 Talbot-Lago 226 Record that he’s been restoring for a long time that will be on the lawn of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next year. This Talbot-Lago has been in his family a long time; his father and brother worked on it in their garage before Craig was born, and now he’s finishing the job. Keep up with The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions at Barrett-Jackson.com.
[00:35:52] “Man Seeks Adventure” and Inspiration
In an ever-evolving world of car design, how can someone like ACURA Executive Creative Director for Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Dave Marek, continue to find inspiration? Dave describes the abundance of classic shapes and designs that lend themselves to new ideas he has for projects like the NSX. Even ideas as wild as the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo Pininfarina Coupe can be inspiration to the design of the newest, sleekest cars of today. Also, Dave has a new podcast about cars, bars, eats, and adventure, check it out at ManSeeksAdventure.com!
[00:42:12] Coker Tire Group Crashes the Party
Monterey Car Week is as much about the people as it is the cars, and boy do we have some of the best people stepping up to the mic on the green at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Like a tornado of excitement, Wade Kawasaki and Corky Coker of Coker Tire Group, Chasing Classic Cars Host, Wayne Carini, and Meguiar’s President, Barry Meguiar, discuss all things Pebble Beach, Classic Car, and mustache related. Corky gives a personal endorsement of Wayne Carini’s mustache as one of the best mustaches in the automotive hobby. Oh, and his show, Chasing Classic Cars, is pretty good too! Wayne details his 1954 Studebaker Commander Starlight coupe with original paint and interior, which is out on the green as we speak.
[00:48:29] Osca MT-4 TN and Bugatti Type 57sc
This year marks Alan Taylor’s 25th year of broadcasting from Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, but Chasing Classic Cars Host, Wayne Carini, has been going for 35 years! Coincidentally, that’s how long he has been married, and he has his wife to thank for his continued appearance at the annual show. While the show has been steadily growing year after year, the show has shot up by double the attendance rate in the past five years. Wayne describes the honor of getting to show his car at Pebble Beach, and says that just being here is reward enough for him. The 1954 Studebaker wasn’t Wayne’s only car on the green this year, he is also showing an Osca MT-4 TN, and a Bugatti Type 57SC. Also, we recognize the interconnected nature of the car hobby – If SEMA didn’t exist, neither would events like Monterey Car Week and vice versa.
[00:54:43] Respect Between Brothers
The automotive hobby is alive and well at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The western car culture and car crazy enthusiasm starts right here at Monterey Car Week and it has influenced the entire world. Coker Group President and COO, Wade Kawasaki, reports that thanks to this proliferation of car obsession, Coker Tire has a presence in 40 countries around the globe. Also, Wayne Carini had no idea how educational Chasing Classic Cars was going to be, and people ask him how he knows so much about cars. To them he gives this analogy: If you go to pick up your mother from the train station, and 500 people get off the train, you just know which one is your mother. If you’ve been around something long enough it’s like second nature. Are cars second nature for you?
[01:02:04] Alan Taylor Sandwich
As Wayne Carini, Corky Coker, and Wade Kawasaki depart, Barry Meguiar is left in the middle of an Alan Taylor sandwich! Classic Car Restorer Alan Taylor’s reputation as one of the best car restorers in the hobby precedes him, and he gives us the details on his 1949 Delahaye Gilroy bodied Cabriolet he is showing at Pebble Beach. Once restored previously to a level of quality acceptable at the time, Alan had to restore it again. Classic Car Restorer, Alan Taylor, says “Pebble Beach is breathtaking and awesome, but almost to an uncomfortable level – a spectacular event on the world stage – every car here has a story, even the ugly ones.” Alan shares the story of a Bugatti he had on the lawn at Pebble Beach a few years ago whose legitimacy came into question; but due to excellent documentation he was able to dispel any doubt of the car’s restoration legitimacy.
[01:11:46] Karl Brauer’s Top Pebble Beach Picks
Karl Brauer shares his highlights from Monterey Car Week. A stunning 1937 Cadillac Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet caught Karl’s eye, and he believes it’s likely to win awards, if not take home Best of Show. The much talked about Ferrari Modulo was something Karl had never seen before; it was like an old concept car that had been uncovered. Also, the premier of the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition at the Laguna Seca race track was probably Karl’s top moment for the whole event. Do you have any favorite cars from this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance?
[01:18:05] The All New Preservation Award
We catch up with Barry Meguiar to close out our 25th show from Pebble Beach, as he fills us in on the brand new Preservation Award. This award pays respects to classic cars that have not been restored, even once, since they came off the factory line. Among the winners were a 1910 Underslung, whose paint was so rusted it rolled across the stage as a brown rustbucket, and Wayne Carini’s 1954 Studebaker Commander Starliner, with only 7,000 original miles on it! Last, we discuss the truly amazing 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta took home the Best in Show award. If you missed out on Monterey Car Week this year, be sure to get your tickets now for the 2019 event! If you love cars, you’ll love Monterey Car Week.
Explore More with Helpful Links:
- Contributor: Ed Justice, Jr. | President and CEO, Justice Brothers, Inc.
- Contributor: Karl Brauer | Executive Publisher, Kelley Blue Book
- Special Guest: Ken Eberts | President and Co-Founder, Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS)
- Special Guest: Craig Jackson | Chairman and CEO, Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
- Special Guest: Dave Marek | ACURA Global Creative Director, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
- Special Guest: Wayne Carini | Host, Chasing Classic Cars
- Special Guest: Wade Kawasaki | President and COO, Coker Tire Group
- Special Guest: Corky Coker | Owner, Coker Tire Group
- Special Guest: Barry Meguiar | President, Meguiar’s / Host, Car Crazy
- Special Guest: Alan Taylor | Owner and Classic Car Restorer, Alan Taylor Company
- Website: Justice Brothers, Inc.
- Website: Automotive Fine Art Society
- Website: Barrett-Jackson
- Website: Shelby Prototype Coupes
- Website: Driven Hearts Charity Initiative
- Website: Automotive Fine Art Society
- Website: ACURA
- Website: Man Seeks Adventure
- Website: Coker Tire
- Website: SEMA Show
- Website: Chasing Classic Cars
- Website: Car Crazy Central
- Website: f40
- Website: Taylor Made Fitted Luggage
- Website: Karl Brauer
- Website: Kelley Blue Book
- Event: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
- Event: Monterey Car Week
- Event: The Quail
- Vehicle Mention: 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
- Vehicle Mention: 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition
- Program Host: Alan Taylor
- Producer: Dave Milligan
- Production Assistant: Joanne Bolden
- Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
- Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
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