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Car collecting experts to share knowledge during Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance weekend

There’s a bonus in store for attendees at the 2017 Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance. Experts with outstanding credentials in the classic car collecting world will conduct seminars on the grounds of Veterans Park, Aug. 5 and 6. The announcement was made today by Gary Messing, president – The Masterpiece Ltd.

“We are pleased to offer attendees, exhibitors, judges and vendors the opportunity to learn from some of the most heralded and well-known people in the classic car collecting industry,” Messing said. “Hagerty is the presenting sponsor of the seminars.”

There is no additional fee to attend the seminars. Attendees only need to pay the admission charge to enter the grounds. Seating is limited. Event admission tickets can be purchased in advance.


Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 – 2 p.m., Veterans Park, Milwaukee

Topic: What concours judges look for

Experts will explore how judges approach their task and will provide tips on how to prepare a vehicle for concours judging.


  • Wayne Carini
  • Colin Comer
  • Roger Morrison
  • Dustin Wetmore
  • Jonathan A. Stein, moderator

With a lifetime of experience in automobile restoration, master restorer Carini has a resume that includes body and paint work on the rarest cars. He has been featured in the New York Times as well as numerous automobile magazines, and is the host of “Chasing Classic Cars,” in its ninth season on Discovery’s Velocity channel. He owns and operates F40 Motorsports, F40 Restoration, and Carini Consulting where he advises and manages collections for clients around the world. Carini is also an avid supporter of autism awareness and research and helps organize and sponsor car events to benefit children and adults with autism.

The founder of Colin’s Classic Automobiles in Milwaukee, Wis., Comer has also authored critically acclaimed books including Million-Dollar Muscle Cars, The Complete Book of Shelby, The All-American Muscle Car, Shelby Cobra Fifty Years, and Shelby Mustang Fifty Years. He is a contributing editor for Road & Track, Vintage Motorsport and Hagerty magazine, and serves as editor-at-large for Sports Car Market and American Car Collector. He has served as a Pebble Beach Concours judge, and is the chief judge of the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance. In 2012, Autoweek named Comer an automotive industry “Mover and Shaker” and in 2013, Esquire named his Shelby Cobra Fifty Years the “Greatest Car Book of All Time.” In his spare time Colin maintains an impressive car collection and is an accomplished pilot and race car driver.

Noted enthusiast, collector and concours judge, Morrison’s judging experience includes an impressive 31 years as a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance judge as well as judging numerous other national and regional events. He also is serving as an assistant chief judge at the 2017 Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance, a role he filled at the 2016 event. He and his wife Sissy have participated in tours for more than 25 years including events such as the Cobra 1000, GT350 Anniversary, Colorado Grand, Copperstate 1000 and the North American Vintage Bentley tour. Morrison has contributed articles for publication in several single marque club publications as well as mentoring young persons in the auto restoration field. Morrison’s eclectic collection includes representatives of Shelby, Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, vintage Bentley, Porsche and authentic period built hot rods.

Wetmore joined the Motion Products’ team in 2006 as a restoration mechanic, thus launching his career in the vintage sports car market. That position evolved into an apprenticeship with the late Wayne Obry, founder of Motion Products, which incorporated every aspect of the restoration craft. With that experience and education, Wetmore now guides the preparation of concours-entrant vehicles from the commencement of restoration to the moment of judging. As the lead researcher and historian at Motion Products, Inc., Wetmore has authenticated, critiqued, prepared and presented numerous 100-point Ferrari restorations at some of the world’s most prestigious Concours including the famed Pebble Beach Concours d ’Elegance, The Cavallino Classic, and Concorso d’Eleganza Ville d’Este, Italy.

Stein, who will moderate the discussion, has had an extensive career in classic car publishing that includes 12 years at Hagerty, a stint at Bentley Publishers, and 12 years at Automobile Quarterly. He’s written or co-written four books on automotive history and edited or published many more. His articles have been published in numerous major motoring magazines. A collector of sports cars, he’s judged at the top shows and concours in both the U.S. and Europe for more than 35 years.


Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, 1 p.m. Veterans Park, Milwaukee

Topic: Collector Car Insurance Basics

Explore what every owner of an antique, classic or other collector car needs to know about insurance.

Presenter: Jeff Jagush, Territory Manager, Hagerty Insurance

A native of Waukesha, Wis., Jagush had an early start playing with cars. Growing up with a father who lived for racing, whether it was motocross, Formula Ford or vintage racing Datsuns, Jagush caught the racing bug early. He started attending races as a spectator at Road America and, for the past nine years, behind the wheel of a Datsun 1200 vintage racer of his own. His street cars include a 1962 Austin-Healey Sprite and a 1972 Datsun 240Z. With a degree in Automotive Aftermarket Management, he planned on a career on the business side of the automotive world not knowing where it would take him. Now a regional territory manager for Hagerty, he’s happy to work with collector cars and enthusiasts every day.

About Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance Weekend of Events

The two-day Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for the first weekend in August at Veterans Park. The open Show & Glow by the Lake car show, a motor tour and the annual Style & Speed Social are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 5, followed by the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, Aug. 6.

The Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance is hosted by The Masterpiece Ltd. The Masterpiece Ltd. is organized and operated exclusively to support other public charities including, but not limited to, those operating in southeastern Wisconsin which provide medical and social service care and relief to underprivileged children and families through various motor vehicle-related fundraising events.

Check out some spectacular auction items including the chance to ride with Wayne Carini in the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance tour on Saturday morning, Aug. 5. Learn about the auction, which helps raise funds for the event’s designated charities: Autism Society of SE Wisconsin, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Meta House.

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