Interview with Wayne Carini from Chasing Classic Cars

Apr 22, 2013 No Comments by

Wayne Carini is one of those fortunate folks who has found a way to turn his passion – in this case, a love of classic automobiles – into his living. From the old Model A Fords that he and his dad (Bob Carini, world-renowned Model A Ford expert) wrenched when he was just starting out, to the world-class restorations that have rolled out of his Connecticut headquarters, every car has meant something wonderful to this gifted mechanic and historian. That deep connection with all things automotive has made him one of the world’s leading classic car experts, as well as the star of a hit reality series on the Velocity Channel.

Wayne was gracious enough to invite us to his Portland, CT showroom to spend some time talking about growing up around cars both big and small – and how his television show, “Chasing Classic Cars”, is just the latest chapter in a story that’s still being told. Enjoy!
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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.
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