Celebrity Guests

Ray Evernham

Luigi Chinetti Jr.

This year’s Festival Grand Marshal, Luigi is a renowned American racing driver known for his success in endurance racing, following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Luigi Chinetti Sr. His impressive career includes notable achievements at events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring, solidifying his place in motorsport history. As a team owner and manager, he has also left a lasting impact on the sport, maintaining the family’s rich connection with Ferrari and luxury sports cars.

Brian Redman

The Festival’s Grand Ambassador, and the 2019 Grand Marshal, this racing legend has claimed nine sports car road- racing championships in his 60 years of competition, including three consecutive Formula 5000 championships, and has raced in nearly every category of racing including Formula One.

Brian Redman
Ray Evernham

Lyn St. James

Lyn has competed in a variety of racing series, with wins in the IMSA Kelly American Challenge, IMSA GTO, and Daytona 24. She earned the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year in 1992 and holds 21 international and national closed circuit speed records over a 20-year period, including 225.722 mph while qualifying for the 1995 Indy 500.

Corky Coker

The 2022 Grand Marshal Emeritus, the 2021 Grand Marshal, and Honored Collector in 2019. He’s the former CEO of Coker Tire Co. and a strong supporter of the Festival. Corky’s also a collector of classic automobiles and motorcycles.

Corky Coker
Ken Gross

Justin Bell

SCCA Trans-Am Rookie of the Year in ’01, he’s competed in Barber Saab, British club championships, Asia Pacific Touring Car Championship, Indy Lights, Le Mans, Daytona 24, FIA GT2 and Grand-Am.  He hosts “The Torque Show” with Tommy Kendall, which will be live streaming of the Festival in 2022.

David Gooding

David Gooding is a renowned car collector known for founding Gooding & Company, a prestigious auction house specializing in classic and rare automobiles. His auctions have set records, making him a key figure in the world of high-end car collecting. Gooding’s passion for preserving automotive history has earned him recognition among enthusiasts and collectors globally.

Ken Gross
Keith Martin & Wayne Carini

Wayne Carini

Wayne Carini is a renowned figure in the classic car world, known for his expertise in restoration and his role as the host of “Chasing Classic Cars.” He’s the owner of “F40 Motorsports,” a prominent classic car dealership and restoration shop. Carini’s passion and knowledge have made him a respected authority in the automotive community.

Adam LZ

Drifting sensation Adam LZ is a popular American YouTuber known for his BMX riding and automotive content. He gained fame by sharing videos about his BMX skills and later transitioned to creating content focused on cars, particularly drift cars. Adam rides with the RTR Team and will be putting on a drift exhibit on Friday and Saturday, October 13-14.

Keith Martin
Alain de Cadenet

Tom Cotter

A passionate historian, collector, racer and restorer of vintage vehicles, he’s become widely known as a “barn finder.” His nine books include five on automotive archeology and several racing biographies with high profile co-authors.  He’s a 30 year veteran of the auto racing industry, mainly on the PR side.

In Memoriam – Alain de Cadenet

Formula 1 and endurance racer and TV commentator he’s constructed his own racing cars, and has hosted TV and commentary shows on auto racing and classic cars. Please read a statement from Byron DeFoor on the passing of Alain de Cadenet here. 

Alain de Cadenet
Ray Evernham

Ray Evernham

As a former crew chief and NASCAR team owner, he has more than four decades of racing experience. He’s worked with top names such as Andretti, Foyt, and Earnhardt, winning three NASCAR Cup titles as a crew chief for Jeff Gordon. He is the host of “Glory Road” on NBCSN and is the creator of the SRX Series (Superstar Racing Experience), which airs live on CBS Network.

 

David Hobbs

David Hobbs is a British racing driver renowned for his career in Formula One and sports car racing. He later transitioned to become a well-known motorsport commentator, known for his insightful commentary alongside Bob Varsha. Hobbs is celebrated for his contributions to both racing and broadcasting.

Brian Redman
Brian Redman

Chip Foose

Chip started Foose Design in 1984, specializing in illustration, graphics, ideation, model making, surfacing and complete construction of automobiles and automotive related products. He was inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame in 1997, making him the youngest inductee at the age of 31.  Chip was also the host of the popular reality television series Overhaulin’.

Ken Gross

An award-winning automotive journalist and Concours Director for the Festival, he’s authored 24 books, countless articles and written a 12 episode, historic-car series for SPEED-TV titled, “Behind the Headlights.”  His exhibitions of fine cars in fine art museums nationwide have been seen by more than 1 million people.

Ken Gross
Keith Martin

Patrick Long

Patrick Long is a highly regarded American racing driver known for his achievements in sports car racing and his career with Porsche.

“Luftgekühlt” is an annual Porsche-focused event that Patrick Long co-founded with his friend Howie Idelson, celebrating air-cooled Porsches, bringing together enthusiasts, collectors, and fans to appreciate these iconic cars. Luftgekühlt has grown into one of the most popular and unique Porsche gatherings globally, showcasing the rich history and passion for air-cooled Porsches.

 

Tommy Kendall

Having only competed in 14 races in the most elite form of stock car racing, most of these events were some of the most competitive rides of the top division. Regarded as one of the first road course ringers in NASCAR, Tommy Kendall is also a very accomplished SCCA Trans-Am racer, winning four championships with his memorable No. 11 All Sport Ford Mustang. There’s also that 1995 24 Hours of Daytona victory when he was teamed with NASCAR Hall of Fame shoo-in Mark Martin and the prolific silver screen icon Paul Newman.

Keith Martin
Keith Martin

Jeff Hammond

As a former NASCAR crew chief for the likes of Darrell Waltrip and Kurt Busch, he and Darrell Waltrip became the top driver-crew chief combination in NASCAR, winning 43 races during the 1980s, including the 1985 Winston Cup Championship. In 2020, Hammond joined Clay Greenfield Motorsports as the No. 68’s crew chief. Jeff currently is a NASCAR commentator on Fox Sports 1, affectionately known as “Hollywood Hammond.”

Donald Osborne

A well-known classic car expert and television personality, Osborne is widely recognized for his appearances on the popular television series “Antiques Roadshow,” where he specializes in appraising and discussing classic automobiles. His deep knowledge of vintage cars has made him a beloved figure in the world of classic car enthusiasts. In addition to his television work, he is also a consultant, writer, and speaker on topics related to classic cars and their history.

Ken Gross
Keith Martin

Keith Martin

Keith Martin is a writer, publisher, TV commentator and founder of Sports Car Market magazine.

Bill Rothermel

A master of ceremonies and often a judge at numerous high-profile concours around the country, he’s the MC of the festival’s Concours d’Elegance.  As a freelance automotive writer, his work has appeared in publications internationally.

Brian Redman
Keith Martin

Bob Varsha

Bob Varsha is a respected American motorsport commentator known for his extensive career covering events like Formula One, the Indianapolis 500, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His insightful commentary and deep knowledge of motorsport have made him a beloved figure in the industry.

Mike Tillson

Chief Judge for the Festival’s Concours d’Elegance, he’s the founder and chairman of the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance and chief judge at the Carmel Concours on the Avenue.  He’s a former race car driver and for four decades has owned a sales, service and restoration shop specializing in high-performance European cars.

Ken Gross
Keith Martin

Jay Ward

Jay Ward is a prominent figure in the animation industry, best known for his association with Pixar Animation Studios. He has played a crucial role in the development and marketing of several iconic Pixar films. Jay Ward is particularly recognized for his work as the Creative Director of the “Cars” franchise, which includes movies like “Cars,” “Cars 2,” and “Cars 3.”

Robbie Wolfe

Robbie Wolfe is a well-known American antique collector and picker, best recognized for his appearances on the popular television series “American Pickers.”

As one of the main cast members, Robbie Wolfe, along with fellow pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, travels across the United States in search of valuable and unique antiques and collectibles. His expertise in identifying and appraising vintage items has made him a valuable asset to the team and a favorite among fans of the show.

Brian Redman
Linda Vaughn

Linda Vaughn

An American auto racing personality often dubbed “the first lady of motorsports,” she’s best known as “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter.”