Celebrity Guests

Ray Evernham

Lyn St. James

This year’s Festival Grand Marshal, 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.

Brian Redman

The Festival’s Grand Ambassador for the second straight year, 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
Corky Coker

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. He’s also a collector of classic automobiles and motorcycles.

Donnie Allison

A former driver in the NASCAR Grand National/Winston Cup circuit, he won 10 times during his racing career, spanning from 1966 to 1988. Donnie drove modified stock cars like his brother Bobby, and in 1967, he won the NASCAR Grand National Rookie of the Year.  He is part of the “Alabama Gang,” and is the brother of 1983 champion Bobby Allison.

Ken Gross
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.

Wayne Carini

The host of the TV show “Chasing Classic Cars” and a master car restorer, he’s been a widely known TV personality for decades.

Keith Martin & Wayne Carini
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.

Erin Crocker Evernham

Erin Crocker Evernham is an American race car driver and broadcaster with the Motor Racing Network’s Winged Nation. She’s the only woman to win a World of Outlaws Feature Race.

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

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.

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.”

Keith Martin

He’s a writer, publisher, TV commentator and founder of Sports Car Market magazine.

Keith Martin
Brian Redman

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.

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
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.”

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