Route 66 and the Automobile: America’s Love Affair with the Mother Road and how it inspired the beloved Disney Pixar classic Cars

Regular price $25

Saturday, Aug. 17, 3:00PM

With Jay Ward & Wayne Carini

Join Jay Ward, Pixar’s Creative Director of the Cars franchise, as he shares behind-the-scenes images from the Route 66 research trip for Disney Pixar’s Cars, and his own pictures visiting the same places nearly 20 years later. Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars will join him on stage and share his own fascinating road trip stories.

Jay Ward

As Creative Director for Pixar’s world of Cars, Jay Ward consults on all CARS-related projects around the world, providing automotive and franchise expertise to both Disney and its partners in matters pertaining to Consumer Products, Interactive, Marketing, Publishing, and Theme Parks. He also serves as a liaison with automotive manufacturers and museums working on Pixar-related projects. Jay was the automotive and later franchise creative consultant on all three CARS films, the Cars Toons, and Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. In addition to his work on Cars projects, Jay worked in the art departments of Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, and Brave, and served as the associate producer of the 2008 Pixar short film Presto. Ward also runs the campus classic car show, the Pixar Motorama, hosting vehicles from Jay Leno, Chip Foose, and many others. Prior to joining Pixar, Jay co-created and ran the traditional hot rod & custom show BILLETPROOF from its inception in 1997 up to 2002, when he branched into other automotive endeavors, including being the Managing Editor for Hop Up magazine. He now writes monthly articles for The Jalopy Journal, reaching millions of vintage hot rod enthusiasts around the world. Jay continues to be an Honorary and Class Judge at many car shows and prestigious Concours events around the world, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. He currently resides in Orinda, California with his wife, their two children, and plenty of old cars and motorcycles.

Wayne Carini

Wayne Carini’s passion for cars started as a child, working alongside his father on classics from famous marques such as Duesenberg, Ford, Lincoln and Packard. Wayne went for a ride in a 1960 Ferrari 250 SWB at the age of 9, which cemented his love for the prancing horse and fast sports cars. With a lifetime spent in both classic car sales and restoration at F40 Motorsports, Wayne parlayed that experience into a gig hosting Chasing Classic Cars, one of the most popular automotive television shows in the world. A dedicated family man with two daughters, Wayne is an avid supporter of autism research charities and devotes considerable time and resources to promoting the hobby with younger enthusiasts. He is the publisher of Wayne Carini’s The Chase and is working on a number of upcoming media projects including the revamped SpeedVision network.

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