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Hooniverse interviews Wayne Carini

Kamil Kaluski May 18, 2012 Friends of Hooniverse 10 Comments

Inspired by Bradley’s interview with Graham Rahal, I decided to conduct a series of my own interviews with people from within the automotive industry. My second victim interviewee is Wayne Carini, owner of F40 Motorsports and the host of Velocity’s Chasing Classic Cars.

I would like to point out that this interview stuff is not easy. The venue that we were at did not allow for a more candid conversation, such as the one which Bradley conducted with Graham. The future ones will be better, practice makes perfect.

[Lead image: Boston.com]

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso undergoing restoration at Wayne's shop.

Hooniverse: What is your favorite classic car?

Wayne Carini: 1960 Ferrari 250 SWB

Hooniverse: What do you drive daily?

Wayne Carini: 2004 VW Toureg, a hand-me-down from my wife who now drives an Audi Q5.

Hooniverse: Are you jealous of Dennis Cage’s mustache?

Wayne Carini: [laughs] Not at all.

Hooniverse: What would you recommend as an investment car?

Wayne Carini: For longer term I would look into Buicks. Buick is a very respected name in China and once  its heritage is recognized there it will create a demand for older Buicks. 

Other than that, anything that was made in limited numbers will be collectible. Some years ago the Hemicudas would fetch a ton of money at auctions, over a million, but that was a false market as so many of them were made. 

Hooniverse: Will any of the 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars become collectible?

Wayne Carini: The Mazda Cosmos stands out as excellent example of a collectible Japanese car. I have no doubt that Toyota Supra Turbos will follow a similar path. 

Hooniverse: Have you ever chased after or owned a Ferrari 288 GTO?

Wayne Carini: Yes, I had three of them. Very powerful car, very fun to drive. The brakes, tires, and suspension could not keep up with the engine however. Fun but scary. 

Hooniverse: What do you think of the built quality of the Ferrari F40 and other 1980s and 1990s Ferraris?

Wayne Carini: They all had issues with quality of plastics, interiors and electronics. The first unibodies were bad but the 348 was the worst of the bunch. The 328 was surprisingly good, and they got much better with the 360. 

Hooniverse: Thank you Wayne. Could I get a tour of the shop some day?

Wayne Carini: Sure, just pick a day, call me ahead to make sure I am around and we’ll schedule it.  

  • pj134

    I see the Group B/Assorted 80's fantasticism dealership idea didn't make the cut…

    Damn people who want things that are "proffitable" and not "financial suicide".

    • I sort of tried to answer that with the combination of the other two questions… but yea, one f dream collection and the other a dealership.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Nicely done, and he seems like a decent guy. I like the way you covered a lot of ground economically, but got some firm, detailed responses.

    • Thanks! Wayne is a very nice guy.

  • dukeisduke

    I think it would be cool to work with him.

  • dukeisduke

    And I LOL'd at the Dennis Gage question.

  • dukeisduke

    "I would like to point out that this interview stuff is not easy. The venue that we were at did not allow for a more candid conversation, such as the one which Bradley conducted with Graham. The future ones will be better, practice makes perfect."

    Dude, are you interviewing these people in front of their wives? 😉

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      Ha, or sometimes an interview in front of the wife gives the real answers, much to the husband's dread! Great
      quick interview KK, thanks to you and Wayne!

  • Keith Griffin

    Great, succinct interview! You got nothing to worry about when it comes to interviews.

  • mnm4ever

    I made a comment about the last interview, I am sorry I gave the wrong impression. I didnt mean that you didnt do a good job given the situation at hand, just that Krafcik was a lousy subject that gave you absolutely no information. If the guy cannot comment on certain things that are obviously interesting to most parties, like future product, then he should at least have some candid answers ready, instead of just no, no, no. Wayne was a good subject, even with short answers.