Luigi Chinetti Jr. Selected as Grand Marshal

Aug 7, 2023

Luigi Chinetti Jr. Selected as Grand Marshal of Fourth Annual Chattanooga Motorcar Festival

Racing champion Brian Redman returns as Grand Ambassador, Corky Coker and Lyn St. James are to be recognized as Grand Marshal Emeriti

Luigi Chinetti Jr. (image courtesy of Jacqueline Tardif)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (August 7, 2023) – Luigi Chinetti Jr., who grew up tagging along with his parents to races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where his father Luigi Sr. had won three times, has been named Grand Marshal of the 2023 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival. Luigi Jr. went on to make his own mark on the sport and business as a racing driver and designer.

The fourth annual event, sponsored by Millennium Bank and held in the heart of the City of Chattanooga, is scheduled for October 13-15, 2023.

Chinetti Jr. becomes the fourth Grand Marshal since the Festival was established in 2019, following Brian Redman, Corky Coker, and Lyn St. James, respectively. Due to the pandemic, the Festival was not held in 2020.

Nine-time sports car racing champion Redman returns again this year as Grand Ambassador. Coker, a local businessman and car collector, and St. James, the 1992 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, will be recognized as Grand Marshal Emeriti.

Luigi Chinetti Jr. and Bob Grossman drove this Ferrari 365 Daytona to a fifth overall in the 1973 24 Hours of Daytona. (image courtesy of the Chinetti Archives)

“We at the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival are honored to have Luigi Chinetti Jr. as Grand Marshal of our fourth annual Festival,” said Byron DeFoor, founder of the event. “He is a great ambassador to the sport, with a great history with Ferrari as a driver, businessman and designer. His racing achievements and contributions to the sport are recognized around the world.”

Chinetti, Jr. has distinguished himself both as a driver and designer. He has been connected with extraordinary automobiles and the often special people surrounding them most of his life. His father’s pre-World War II involvement in Milan and Paris with Alfa Romeo and Talbot Lago, and his three Le Mans victories – his third win in 1949 was the first for Ferrari – led to the senior Chinetti’s becoming the exclusive North American importer of Ferrari automobiles and the founder of the North American Racing Team.

NART gave Chinetti Jr. the opportunity to fulfill his own ambitions of racing and designing automobiles. He has done both, finishing fifth overall and first in GT at the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Ferrari Daytona, as well as winning his class at the 24 Hours of Daytona twice – once in a Ferrari 312P in 1971, with a body he designed himself, and again in 1973 in a Ferrari Daytona. In addition, he has designed a number of unique Ferrari automobiles for private clients, and overseen the restoration of a number of highly significant Ferrari racing cars.

At home he was surrounded by his dad’s Le Mans victory trophies, including the one from 1965 when the NART 250LM won, which inspired Chinetti Jr. to drive at Le Mans, where he competed three times for NART. He then went on to establish a number of world records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1974 with a Ferrari 512M and a 365 Daytona, along with Graham Hill and Paul Newman.

He’s been a tireless ambassador for Ferrari and the NART legacy.

“Being the Grand Marshal is an absolutely wonderful opportunity,” said Chinetti Jr. “I’m told the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival is a spectacular event. From what I hear, the warmth of the people is probably the most interesting aspect. I look forward to meeting everyone and sharing great Ferrari stories with the fans and the Ferrari car owners.”


Brian Redman, Corky Coker, Lyn St. James

DeFoor added: “We’re also privileged to have Brian Redman continue to support the Festival. He’s been an integral part of the operation since the beginning, and his input is invaluable. And, what can I say about Corky Coker and Lyn St. James? Corky is our local hero, and Lyn has been a strong supporter of the Festival. We acknowledge her achievements and we welcome both of them back to this year’s Festival with gratitude.”

“It is a pleasure and an honor to return to the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival as Grand Ambassador,” said Redman. “With multiple automobile-related attractions, Byron DeFoor and his team have established the Festival as one of the premier ‘go-to’ events in America.”

“Each year our Chattanooga Motorcar Festival gets bigger and better,” said Coker. “I can’t wait for October 13-15 to experience all that is in store! As a Grand Marshal Emeritus, all I can say is ‘start your engines, here we go!!!'”

Added St. James: “While many communities are creating new concours and automotive-themed events, they’re learning that it’s more difficult than it appears, especially to be able to maintain the momentum to do it annually. The Chattanooga Motorcar Festival team has done an amazing job of creating and sustaining the excitement of a ‘must be there’ event. The variety of activities supporting an important cause while visiting the lovely city of Chattanooga are all reasons to put this event on one’s calendar. See you there!”

The Festival supports neuroscience research through the Fifty Plus Foundation, Inc.

Chattanooga is known for its interactive attractions that include the Creative Discovery Museum, High Point Climbing, an IMAX movie theater, a variety of shopping options, and the award-winning Tennessee Aquarium. All activities are walkable from the main event and the host hotel, The Westin, making it perfect for families of every age to enjoy.

Tickets to the Fourth Annual Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, sponsored by Millennium Bank, and the Friday night concert with The B-52s may be purchased here.

Event tickets allow access to all the Festival events, including the Concours d’Elegance and the awards ceremony on Sunday, the Mecum Auctions on Friday and Saturday at the Convention Center, high-speed track action at the Pace Grand Prix at The Bend, and other events in West Village and nearby locations.

Festival Ticket prices are:

  • Three-Day Festival Ticket – $120.00
  • Friday All-Day Festival Ticket – $89.00
  • Friday Festival Day Ticket – $44.00
  • Friday Evening Festival Ticket – $65.00
  • Saturday Festival Ticket – $65.00
  • Sunday Festival Ticket – $65.00

Children under the age of 12 are allowed entry free of charge, if accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

A full weekend of events includes:

  • Targa Sixty Six high-speed track action for historic and modern sports and race cars at the Pace Grand Prix at The Bend
  • Canossa Fall Rally Chattanooga
  • Mecum Auctions
  • Concours d’Elegance
  • Luftgekühlt’s celebration of Brian Redman
  • Car Club gatherings
  • Saturday evening fundraiser, “Unlock My Brain” (separate/additional ticket required)
  • Friday night concert with The B-52s
  • Torque Show with Justin Bell and Tommy Kendall
  • Panel discussions and other entertainment on the Main Stage throughout the weekend
  • J. Willard Marriott Club display of historic Ferraris
  • Gathering of the Greats – Porsche Edition
  • Family-friendly activities for all

Registration is open for these 2023 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, Sponsored by Millennium Bank, events:

Registration for Mecum Chattanooga 2023 is open at

Event media credentials may be requested at

Details on each event may be found at

A gallery of images for the 2022 Festival, for editorial use only, may be found at Please credit Chattanooga Motorcar Festival.

About Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, Sponsored by Millennium Bank:

Proceeds from the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, sponsored by Millennium Bank, support neuroscience research through Fifty Plus Foundation, Inc. Approaching 13 years of supporting Alzheimer’s and neuroscience research, Fifty Plus Foundation created the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival to bring both local and global support to back research that is already making a difference in saving lives. Learn more at