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Dave Kunz - Automotive Specialist SoCal KABC 7 Eyewitness News
54:05Dave Kunz has been an employee of ABC7 for a quarter-century, becoming the Eyewitness News Automotive Specialist in February 2001. In addition to his duties as a photographer and editor, his on-camera work makes ABC7 the only station in Southern California with a dedicated reporter covering automobiles and related topics. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Dave always gravitated toward the Southern California car culture that was all around him. His television career started in an unusual way, however. Dave was offered a "temporary, part-time job" at KABC-TV while in college as a business major. Though business would always be something to fall back on (keeping his family happy), broadcasting was continually calling his name. He went on to a formative career in television, first at KTLA and then back at KABC. Eventually, Dave was able to merge his career in television with his passion for things with wheels, and now gets to experience just about anything that runs on gasoline (or increasingly, clean new cars that don't use any), and bring them to Eyewitness News viewers. He is a member of both the Motor Press Guild and the Society of Automotive Historians. Dave also volunteers as an emcee at local vintage car shows such as The Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show, the Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance, and the Art Center Car Classic. Dave spends his free time with his wife, Suzanne, who helps him keep a small collection of classic cars in (usually) running order. Follow Dave on social media: Facebook.com/abc7davekunz Twitter.com/abc7davekunz Instagram.com/abc7davekunz
Keith Martin - Sports Car Market Magazine
48:39Keith Martin has been involved with the collector car hobby for more than 30 years. As a writer, publisher, television commentator and enthusiast, he is constantly on the go, meeting collectors and getting involved in their activities throughout the world. He founded the monthly Sports Car Market magazine 32 years ago, and it has developed into the authoritative voice of the collector car hobby. Martin’s columns on collecting and reviews of exotic cars, including the Ford GT and the Bentley Continental GT, have appeared in the New York Times. Noted for his onstage wit, warmth and deep knowledge of collectible cars, Martin has been an emcee at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Concours of America, Concorso Italiano, Legends of the Autobahn, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, the Atlanta Concours, Keels and Wheels and many other events. He has been honored as a recipient of two of the most prestigious awards in the collector car hobby – The Lee Iacocca Award and the Edward Herrmann Award. He has also been inducted into the Concorso Italiano Hall of Fame. He has hosted numerous television specials, and was the co-host of “What’s My Car Worth” shown on the Velocity channel. He served as Chairman of the Meguiar’s Collector Car Person of the Year Award, is on the Board of Trustees of the LeMay Museum and has served on the faculty of the Collier Museum symposium on Connoisseurship. Martin brings an eclectic background to his passion for cars. His academic background includes the study of Intellectual History at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, and study as a Dance Major at the Juilliard School in New York City. He founded the first professional ballet company in Oregon, Ballet Oregon, was awarded an Oregon Art’s Commission Individual Artist’s Fellowship for new choreography, and was director of dance for the Portland Opera. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Oregon Ballet Theater and a patron of the Portland Art Museum. Martin lives in Portland with his son Bradley, a budding teenage car collector who already has had his first car, a 1960 Bugeye Sprite. His daughter, an enthusiast herself, Alexandra, graduated from Oregon State University and is a support specialist for Daimler Trucks North America. She can be seen driving her 2006 Lotus Elise, and blogs occasionally for SCM.
Ferrari Sales Expert William Ross with The Ferrari Market Place
1:01:04The Ferrari Marketplace provides private client services to the discreet Ferrari buyer and seller. They provide their clients with the discretion that they desire. With their experience and access to the most desired Ferraris in the marketplace, they can source that specific Ferrari you require or sell your Ferrari to one of their existing clients that are looking for that specific model. Visit www.theferrarimarketplace.com for more details. William is also spearheading the 1st Annual Rock-N-Revs Concours d’Elegance July 28th - 30th, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio. Rock-N-Revs Concours d'Elegance is an event that will celebrate how music and cars work together to inspire one another. Located on the waterfront of beautiful downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on the grounds of the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame, and The Great Lakes Science Center, and the Cleveland Browns Stadium, Rock-N-Revs will have one of the most unique and memorable event locations in the United States. Rock-N-Revs goal is to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Oncology Department, and Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary. Please visit www.rocknrevscleveland.com for more details.
Tiffani Marie Lewis - The Porsche Driving Instructor Girl Next Door
44:51Tiffani Marie has been awarded Instructor of the Year for the PCA Orange County Region and has first place wins in the PCA-OCR Autocross Series in her class for multiple years. As a racer and mom, she has exposed her oldest son Alden to the automotive lifestyle which he has fully embraced as part of the new generation of auto enthusiasts. Both Tiffani Marie and Alden have been asked to be car judges at The Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show, and she has participated as an instructor at the California Festival of Speed. Tiffani Marie has been asked to appear on Hagerty Insurance's show hosted by Porsche collector & enthusiast, Magnus Walker, "The Next Big Thing". As well as a number of other media appearances and has been asked to be a guest speaker at a number of auto-related functions. Tiffani Marie also supports a number of non-profit organizations such as: Emilio Nares Foundation / www.enfhope.org / Insta: @enf_hope Racers Who Care www.racerswhocare.com Porsche Women Global / Insta: @porschewomenglobal Accelerating Change / www.accelerating-change.com / Insta: @acceleratingchange To learn more about Tiffani Marie Lewis, you can find her on Facebook & Instagram.
Chris Burns, Ph.D. Executive Director - The Steve McQueen Car Show
52:29Every summer the Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show brings thousands of spectators to the Boys Republic campus, where 16-year-old Steve McQueen spent time as a student in 1946. Since its start in 2008, the event has raised over $3,000,000 and has helped to attract corporate interest resulting in donations of skilled labor and building materials through the Lowe’s Heroes community improvement project valued at more than $100,000.00. www.stevemcqueencarshow.com
Auto Journalist Matt Stone Talks About Steve McQueen, The Boys Republic & his Automotive Books
46:06Matt Stone, freelance journalist, author, broadcaster, former Editor, Motor Trend Classic magazine. He has been a professional automotive journalist/photographer since 1990. Editorially, Stone was in charge of advance and strategic planning for the magazine, including story selection and editor assignments. He participated in all manner of Motor Trend activities, including road tests, special interest stories, industry news, and MT’s world-recognized Car, Truck, and Sport/Utility of the Year programs. His specialties are history, design, and interview features. Stone contributed to MotorTrend.com, and his voice was often heard on the syndicatedMotor Trend Radio Network. Stone has a Bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly Pomona, with a major in Business, and minors in Journalism and Marketing. He has authored and photographed more than a dozen automotive book titles with more in process, and for seven years was a member of SPEED/Fox Sports’ Barrett-Jackson auctions television broadcast team. Matt enjoys anything with four wheels, though demonstrates a particular passion for sports, performance, and racing cars. Chief Class Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a judge at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and officiates at other shows and events. He serves his profession as a past Officer and Board of Director member, Keynote Address Committee Chairman, and past-President of the Motor Press Guild (MPG) trade association. A California native, Matt Stone currently resides in Glendale and still hopes to own a Ferrari Daytona, a Ford GT, and a Shelby Cobra 289. Well, someday, anyway… Learn more about our show sponsor, Arango Insurance Services for all your automotive-related insurance needs. From automotive businesses, your classic car, a collection of rare exotics, no matter what it is, if its got wheels we can insure it. www.arangoins.com
Page Sigband - Transforming Garages One Design at a Time
42:50Page Sigband is a multi-disciplinary designer specializing in design solutions with a purpose. Page received her BFA in graphic design at UNC-Greensboro, followed by an MFA in furniture design from Savannah College of Art & Design. She credits her time designing exhibits for the Smithsonian and other notable museums for her structured process and pragmatic design approach, which later became the foundation of her residential design endeavors.After over a decade of residential design, sourcing, and specifying, Page set her sights on exploring new opportunities that would allow her to hone her core creative strengths. When an opportunity to contribute her design talents to the television show Garage Rescue came along she was “all in.” On the heels of a tumultuous 2020, Page launched Design by Page and fully embraced the garage renovation niche.By infusing technical design, graphic design, and her impeccable taste for vintage accessories, Page is on a mission to reinvigorate what quite possibly may be considered the most insignificant room in the house. “I see the garage as the first impression that your home makes on people. Every time you open your garage door your neighbors get a glimpse into your home – what do you want them to see?”The daughter of a Marine and an elementary school teacher, Page has lived everywhere from Coastal North Carolina to Okinawa, Japan. She currently resides in Southern California with her handsome surfer husband and their precocious daughter. When Page is not designing, she can be found surveying flea markets near and far for unique objects and mid-century finds.
Judy Kean - Co Founder of EPARTRADE
42:18Developed by an experienced team of global motorsports professionals with a long history of success in the industry, EPARTRADE is as innovative and up-to-the-minute as auto racing itself, showcasing your latest products and offerings every single day. It is the fastest and most efficient way to introduce new parts and services to the worldwide racing trade while they're red hot, allowing builders, race teams, retailers, engineers, and other verified racing businesses to access them from anywhere in the world, day or night. EPARTRADE is a completely new concept in the performance and racing industry. It's efficient, cost-effective, global...and trade-only. Quite simply, it is the only product sourcing platform as innovative and fast-paced as the racing market itself.Today's episode is brought to you by Arango Insurance Services. For all your commercial automotive needs, Arango Insurance Services are experts in this field. Visit us at www.arangoins.com or 949-887-1274.
Jeff Kline - Professional Race Car Driver
59:56Back in the day, Jeff raced predominantly for Mazda, but had rides for Porsche, General Motors, and drove a Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9 at the 1989 Le Mans 24 Hours. More recently Jeff has competed in several vintage races in a Ginetta G4 race car. Jeff came out to California to attend college at UCLA and has been in Southern California ever since. Jeff tells us about his time driving in SCCA and eventually being hired by Racing Beat Mazda RX7 program in the late 70's and early 80's. Later he drove in the GTP Lights series and was driving a Pontiac Fiero GTP Lights race car during the 1987 Ford California Grand Prix at Sears Point International Raceway. Some other cars that Jeff spent time behind the wheel of are: Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA, Ferrari 365 GTB/4, Porsche 911SC, Porsche 962, Porsche 944 S2 GS, Alba AR4 / Mazda, Royale RP40 / Mazda, Alba AR5 / Buick, Argo JM16 / Buick, Tiga GT286 / Porsche, Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9 LM. An accomplished driver with a racing career that continues now into the Historic racing scene. Today's podcast is sponsored by Arango Insurance Services. For all automotive industry insurance needs. www.arangoins.com or 949-887-1274.
Jeff Mason - Piston Foundation - Funding Students Pursuing a Career in the Collector Car Industry
1:01:49Jeff Mason is the COO of the non-profit, Piston Foundation. The Piston Foundation provides funding skilled trade education for students & technicians who want to pursue a career in the collector car industry. The collector car hobby is threatened. Not by climate change, electric engines, or autonomous vehicles. It’s threatened by the lack of students and technicians pursuing skilled-trade careers in collector vehicle service and restoration. The Piston Foundation's mission is to provide scholarships and apprenticeships that reduce financial barriers and make it easier for more people to choose careers in collector car services and restoration.To learn more about the Piston Foundation visit: www.pistonfoundation.org