16 Jul Russo and Steele and Coker Tire Proudly Announce “Global Collector Car Trends” Monterey 2015 Seminar Friday, August 14th!

For Immediate Release:

 Scottsdale, Arizona (July 15th, 2015) – The landscape of the collector car market changing at a speed never seen within the hobby before. What matters most to today’s astute collector is understanding, anticipating and reacting to underlying trends within the market. Smart collectors know that they need to get ahead of the trends, before they become the next big thing. Join Russo and Steele and their panel of notable industry experts as they not only share their extensive experiences buying and selling in the collector automobile auction world, but also their expertise in following, understanding and managing both national and international market fluctuations and more! Experience the excitement and passion of these speakers and discover key insights that will help you to navigate today’s Global Collector Car Trends!

Featured panelists to include:


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Wayne Carini, Chasing Classic Cars TV/F40 Motorsports


With a lifetime of experience under his belt, master restorer Wayne Carini has a resume that includes body and paint work on rare car collections owned by the likes of David Letterman, tennis great Ivan Lendl, and the DuPont family. He has been featured in the New York Times as well as numerous automobile magazines, starred in two one-hour television specials on Discovery’s Velocity channel, and is the host of Chasing Classic Cars. The owners of the most exclusive and secret garages open up their doors only to him as Wayne is truly one of the world’s foremost experts on preparing, and offering collector automobiles at auction.


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Barry Meguiar, Car Crazy TV/Meguiar’s Inc.

Barry Meguiar represents the third generation of the company his grandfather founded in 1901. Meguiar’s “men in black” can be found at almost every major car show across the country, and around the world, each weekend. Barry is the creator of the Car Crazy Radio and Car Crazy Television which strives to unite and mobilize car guys globally, with the goal of promoting and growing the car hobby. Special emphasis is always placed on handing the passion for the hobby down to the next generation. For Barry and for everyone at Meguiar’s who share his passion, a great foundation has been built for the most exciting days, which always lie ahead.


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Corky Coker, Coker Tire Company

Corky Coker serves as CEO of Coker Group which operates nine companies: Coker Tire, Phoenix Race Tires, Roadster Wire Wheels, Specialty Wheel, Wheel Vintiques, Honest Charley Speed Shop & Garage, Coker Cycle Co., and The Great Race. As evidence of his leadership and success, Corky has received numerous industry awards. He was elected SEMA Chairman of the Board from 2003 to 2005 and was inducted into its hall of fame in 2008. He has also received the 2005 NHRA Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2005 ARMO Person of the Year Award, and the 2008 SEMA Wheel and Tire Council Person of the Year as well as Meguiar’s 2004 Collector Car Person of the Year Award.


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Jonathan Klinger, Hagerty Collector Cars

Jonathan Klinger is the Vice President of Public Relations for Hagerty—the world’s leader in classic car insurance and valuations expertise. In this role, he has increased Hagerty’s position as the influential source of classic car knowledge, which has led to significant national media attention. Additionally, he has expanded awareness and support of Hagerty’s advocacy programs by introducing young people to the classic car hobby. Prior to joining Hagerty, Jonathan was the Director of Development for the Automotive Restoration Program at McPherson College, where he also holds multiple degrees.  Jonathan currently serves on the McPherson College Board of Trustees.


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Wade Kawasaki, Coker Tire/SEMA Hall of Fame (Moderator)

Wade Kawasaki is one of the automotive hobby’s most influential business leaders with more than 30 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket. He was introduced to the hobby at the young age of 10 and he hasn’t looked back since. In the early years, Kawasaki worked for a number of SEMA member companies and in 1987, he founded Exports International—a company his wife Rose runs today. Kawasaki currently serves as President and COO of The Coker Group, where he is responsible for overseeing new business acquisitions, structuring global distribution and manufacturing, as well as managing corporate governance, marketing and overall corporate infrastructure.

Russo and Steele’s Official 2015 Monterey Seminar “Global Collector Car Trends” presented by Coker Tire Company take place Friday August 14th at 4:00 PM. Reserve your passes now by visiting https://russoandsteele.com/seminar-registration

Experience the refreshing Russo and Steele difference for yourself, as we continue to celebrate 15 years of the hottest nights in Monterey! Our Monterey ‘15 auction takes place August 13-14-15 on the waterfront near Fisherman’s Wharf in Beautiful Downtown Monterey. Auction previews run daily from 10:00 AM Wednesday August 12th through Saturday August 15th. Be sure to contact us for advance bidder registration and accommodations or to register your premium consignment today! For updated information regarding our Monterey ’15 auction and the exciting selection of featured collector automobiles we are busy assembling, visit our all new official website at www.russoandsteele.com. For further supporting documentation, high-resolution images, or more advance information, please contact Darin Roberge at darin@russoandsteele.com.

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About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions
For Enthusiasts by Enthusiasts™. It’s not just a tagline – it’s our lifestyle! As one of the nation’s premier collector-car auction houses, Russo and Steele celebrates its 15th Anniversary in 2015 and continues to innovate, set new records, and attract clients worldwide. In addition to offering stellar collector automobiles, our thrilling “auction in the round” experience and passion are simply not unattainable anywhere else. Auctions include our signature event in Scottsdale, Arizona every January, followed by Newport Beach, California in June, and Monterey, California in August.

Media Contact:

Darin Roberge