The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is excited to have Wayne Carini, host of Discovery Channel’s Chasing Classic Cars, appear this July. Wayne will participate as a racer at Schenley Park on the July 21/22 weekend and serve as our Honorary Race Director.
Whatever the car and wherever it is, Wayne Carini and Chasing Classic Cars goes beyond the sales floor to deliver the stories and the drama behind the breathtaking barn finds, record breaking auction sales and the heart of what drives it all. The thrill of the chase that is Chasing Classic Cars.
Chasing Classic Cars follows Ferrari expert and master car restorer, Wayne Carini, as he takes viewers on his personal mission to uncover the world’s most rare and exotic cars. Filmed entirely in high definition Chasing Classic Cars gives its audience a true insider’s look at the elite club of car restorers and collectors as Wayne buys, restores and sells vintage rides, and the owners of the most exclusive and secret garages open up their doors only to Wayne.
1958 Tojeiro-Climax Mk II
Wayne Carini will be racing a piece of history when he competes in Pittsburgh. This gorgeous racing green 1958 Tojeiro has a rich racing provenance. Originally built for Richard Utley in 1958, it was acquired by Chris Threlfall to race at the 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was also raced at Silverstone in May in preparation for the world’s greatest race. This is one of the first Mk II bodies and was built without tail fins and is the only original one remaining with this particular body. The car was also used by John Tojeiro as the company’s press car and used in advertising and reviewed by Motor Sports Magazine in the U.K. Chris Threlfall campaigned it for 18 races through 1959 with 4 firsts, 2 seconds, 3 thirds and never finished lower than sixth. The engine is the original Coventry Climax 1100 cc. It has passed through the hands of several racers and collectors and now rests comfortably with Wayne Carini. Come out to Schenley Park on July 21/22 to see this masterpiece in action in Group 6.
With a lifetime of experience in automobile restoration under his belt, master car 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’s been featured in The New York Times, as well as, numerous automobile magazines and starred in two one hour television specials.
Wayne’s passion for cars started as a child, working alongside his father on such classics as Duesenbergs, Lincolns, Packards and Ford Model A’s. Then, at just nine years of age, he experienced a life altering event… He went for a ride in his first Ferrari. A 1960 rosso chiaro 250 SWB. Wayne was instantly bitten by the Ferrari bug and hooked for life. Automobiles have been Wayne’s passion ever since.
After learning the art of Ferrari restoration from both his mentor Francois Sicard — a former Ferrari racing mechanic and widely considered to be the foremost Ferrari expert on the East Coast — and his good friend Luigi Chinetti Jr., whose father Luigi Chinetti Sr. won the 1949 24 hours of Le Mans race for Ferrari and opened the first Ferrari dealership in the country — Wayne went into business on his own. Since that time, Wayne has been the owner and operator of three companies in Portland, CT: F40 Motorsports, Continental Auto LTD, and Carini Carozzeria.
F40 Motorsports buys and sells vintage and classic automobiles. Continental Auto Ltd. is a collision shop specializing in high end and exotic automobile repair. Carini Carozzeria is the restoration shop where Wayne spends most of his time working on one of many restoration projects. And while Wayne loves restoring cars to perfection, his personal preference is for un-restored, original cars. Often shown in the elite “preservation class” at Concourses nationwide, these increasingly rare cars are the focus of Wayne’s private collection.
At home, Wayne is a dedicated father of two daughters and husband of twenty four years. The family resides in rural Connecticut, in a log home that Wayne built thirty-three years ago. An avid supporter of Autism research organizations, Wayne helps organize and sponsor car events for the benefit of children and adults with Autism. His incentive to find a cure or treatment is his youngest daughter, who was diagnosed with Autism at an early age.
Wayne is also involved in, and regularly attends many different car clubs and events to get young people involved in the car collector hobby. He believes that without young peoples’ involvement, the car collector tradition will disappear. His latest passion is encouraging families with special needs children to consider placing collector cars into a special needs trust with the hope that the cars will benefit the children in the future.
Prior to Chasing Classic Cars, Wayne appeared in two hour long television specials for Discovery’s HD Theater Channel. Monterey Week and The World’s Most Expensive Cars, which premiered in October 2008.