A special display of rare Ferraris will grace the show grounds of the 2016 Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance as a tribute to Mr. Wayne Obry of Motion Products, Inc. Motion Products, Inc., a major sponsor of the event, will provide a display of Ferraris that have won awards at prestigious concours such as Pebble Beach and others. “This display of vehicles was the collective brainchild of our clients to show appreciation of Wayne’s dedication and contribution to the Ferrari marque,” said Bill Murphy, chairman of Motion Products, Inc. Mr. Obry passed away March 11, 2016, at the age of 62.
“We are delighted to add this display featuring magnificent Ferraris as a way to pay tribute to Wayne’s legacy. Each car you’ll see has won awards at major concours d’ elegance competitions.” said Gary Messing, president – The Masterpiece Ltd.
The Ferraris that comprise this display include:
- 1971 Ferrari Daytona GTB/4
- 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizion.
- 1954 Ferrari 250 Monza Spyd.
- 1951 Ferrari 340 America Ghia Berlinetta (Coupe)
- 1963 Ferrari 250 Lusso
- 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Berlinetta (Coupe)
About Mr. Wayne Obry
Wayne Obry was the world’s leading expert on Ferraris and with good reason. As cofounder of Motion Products, Inc., Wayne earned worldwide recognition as a vintage Ferrari consultant. He and the staff at MPI have had the privilege of helping their clients cross the stage at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 34 times in this millennium alone. Wayne also earned recognition for the first 100-point Ferrari at Pebble Beach with a 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Pinin Farina Coupe #0263 EU in 1993. He was deeply honored to achieve this.
Wayne’s and the MPI team’s focus was to be the best they could be and have fun. That focus continues today.
Many say Wayne was an over achiever. He’d describe himself as passionate. Staying up all night reading about the inner workings of a vehicle, researching new techniques he could try out in the shop or just keeping up on all the news within the industry was his way of trying to realize his goal of being the best he could be.
“Wayne’s contributions to the collector car world went far beyond his obvious concours successes. He strongly believed in preserving the authenticity and originality of automobiles and he served on numerous committees dedicated to that proposition,” said Jack E. Thomas, Ferrari collector and long-time MPI client and friend. “Yet one of his greatest contributions was in an area far less technical and much more emotional. Wayne literally made dreams come true for me and many others in the car collector hobby, helping us to achieve a lifetime goal of presenting a car at the most prestigious concours in the world.”
This love for the industry and cars has lived on through MPI and the wealth of talent assembled. Over the past decade, Wayne took it upon himself to step back from the daily hands-on work to mentor the staff and impart his knowledge. From craftsmen to teacher he loved everything about MPI.
From his humble beginnings working in an old wobbly shed with a dirt floor to building one of the most extensive restoration companies in the nation, Wayne never forgot who he was and where he came from. Nor will he be forgotten. His sincerity, charisma and stories will live on.