Chasing Wayne Carini

If you haven’t watched Chasing Classic Cars on the Discovery Channel, then shame on you! You’re missing out on a half-hour of historic car education like no other. Host Wayne Carini, who is a Ferrari specialist and master restorer, travels the road in search of lost and forgotten rare automobiles. The great thing about the show is his attempts aren’t always successful, like when he tried to buy a 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante, but lost at the auction block.

Mr. Carini and crew (Jim & Hannah) scoping out Mr. Nael Al Zayani’s (Kuwait Ferrari Dealer) 1985 Ferrari 308 GTS at the La Bella Italia Parade

Mr. Carini tends to find these rare pieces of automotive history in unlikely places. I’m guessing that to his American audience, Kuwait will definitely be one of those unexpected destinations.

Mr. Carini at the Classic Car Parade – 2011 Kuwait Concours d’Elegance

So, I went in search of Mr. Carini to ask a few quick questions for Brake Banzeen, but I had to catch him first.

Just when I was about to give up and walk back to my car, I turned a corner and found him standing next to this exquisite Aston Martin DB5. Phew! It was time to bring out the notepad and ask a few:

BB: Having traveled to some of the best shows around the world, how do you feel the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance compares?

WC: The people are very nice and welcoming, which makes all the difference. For an event that is still in its early years, there are a number of high quality cars present. But there is always a lot of room for growth, and with the level of enthusiasm here (the people and organizers), the Kuwait Concours is nothing but growing.

BB: Any interesting cars which you’ve seen at this event?

WC: The Bugattis  are always fantastic to see, the Blower Bentley and the James Bond car (Aston Martin DB5) as well.

BB: Do you think you’ll be chasing any cars in this part of the world?

WC: Well yes… I hope so. I’m always looking for cars that are for sale and that are hard to find. I actually recently sold a car to a Kuwaiti, but in the process I learned that collectors in this region do not necessarily like to show off what they have in their garages.

BB: What did you think of Kuwait and classic car culture?

WC: Once you’re a car person, one who has caught the disease, your knowledge grows. As time goes on, you acquire a taste for these older cars. They bring people together and that’s what’s important… bridging the gap. I would have never come to Kuwait had it not been for these machines. People are so pleasant here and willing to learn, and with events like the Concours, they will get to interact more with classic cars.

End of interview.

I would like to thank Mr. Carini and his wonderful crew, Jim Astrausky (Creator / Director of Photography) and Hannah Lintner (Senior Producer / Editor) for being so warm and receptive during the event. I wish them the best of luck and can’t wait to potentially see Kuwait in Chasing Classic Cars!

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11 Comments on “Chasing Wayne Carini”

  1. NE Says:

    Great review, great guy, i also had the privilage of meeting him and talk about the cars. His Chrysler was amazing looked like it just left the showroom.

    • el wehbi Says:

      Thanks man! That was the beauty of this year’s Concours, you got to meet people like Wayne Carini and get to have a personal one-on-one conversation.

  2. CCCInfo Says:

    Thanks for the great coverage and interview. It was a pleasure meeting you and visiting Kuwait and the Concours.
    Cheers,
    The Chasing Classic Cars Team

  3. Anas Says:

    great interview u made there. awesome

  4. Mathai Says:

    Congratulations on snagging an interview! Nice article and I hope we see more like this in the future. 🙂


  5. Great Wahabii! Thank for the Covarage !


  6. […] Chasing Wayne Carini on Brake Banzeen Valentino Balboni at Concours d’Elegance Feb 16, 2011 […]


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