Doug Wood, President
Owner and Technician at the Paint Medic, Inc.
I’ve been a car guy all my life according to my Mom (I used to pick car makes and models as we vacationed as early as age 10). It got worse (better) when I started hanging at my neighbor Ron Dorak’s garage. He had a ‘68 Camaro Z/28 that I believe he raced in the C/MP class. I spent every moment I could down there trying to help out (getting in his way). The first vehicle I owned, at the age of 18, was a ‘65 GMC Handi-Van nicknamed the Woodchuck and my first hot rod was a ‘37 Chevy coupe at age 23. The truth is, I’ve never stopped enjoying the hobby and I’m excited to be helping to get young folks involved in this sport that I so love!
Dave Bielecki, Executive Director
Publisher of the Car Show & Cruise Guide Magazine
I have been nuts about cars since I was about five. I knew every make and model on the road until they all started to look the same in the 80’s. My first car was a huge ’65 Plymouth Fury- it cost me 400 bucks, but was worth a million dollars to me. My first new vehicle was a custom Dodge Van, and I was a member of the North Chesapeake Bay Van Club ( which still exists). I had helped with some car shows and cruises, which eventually started my desire to publish a magazine for the hobby, the Car Show & Cruise Guide. Imagine that- getting paid to hang around cars all day! I’m happy to share my interest in old cars with a new generation of enthusiasts through the Foundation.
Eric Gale, Marketing Director
Owner ESG Graphics
I’ve loved the Mustangs from the 1960’s since I was a teenager. I can still remember the day my youth leader drove up in his used ’67 Mustang. When we went to back it into his garage some 50 feet away, we laid a 20 foot strip in his gravel driveway. I’m happy to help the foundation reach the next generation of car enthusiasts.
Paul Hutchins, Historian
Editor, Car Show & Cruise Guide
I gained interest in cars as a kid during the best era- the 50s and 60s. With an early interest in art, I was fascinated with the industrial design of that period. If I wasn’t building model cars, dreaming of the hot rod I would have one day, I was taking apart my toy cars to see what made them work. In my teens, the biggest local car hero was my neighbor Vernon Rowley and his ‘64 Hemi Belvedere factory drag car. He was a phenomenally successful privateer. By ’73, huge cars with big motors were cheap, so my first car was a ’64 Pontiac Catalina. In ’81, I began to restore a ’56 Chevy Nomad, which was also my daily driver. I still have it, along with my Dad’s ‘63 Cadillac convertible, an original car that was rescued from a barn in 1983. I would like to pass the hobby onto the next generation and encourage all young people to discover what they find interesting about classic cars and to preserve them for the generations ahead to appreciate.
Sean Grimm, Educational Director
Educator: Harford County Public School System, Owner: Grimm Auto Works
I am honored to be selected as the educational director for the foundation. I have been an avid car collector and have restored numerous muscle cars and street rods over the last 30 years. My roots in the car hobby started many years ago as I sat in my booster seat watching my dad tinker with cars. Today, I still work side by side with my dad in restoring, maintaining, and updating our current collection. My 20 plus years as an educator in the Harford County Public School system have allowed me to gain a diverse understanding of today’s youth, whereby I hope to use this experience, as well as my automotive knowledge to promote the hobby among the younger generation. July 21st marked the opening of my own shop, Grimm Auto Works, LLC in Forrest Hill.
JD Kurzmann, Secretary
Biography and picture coming soon
Parts Manager, Ideal Hyundai Buick GMC
I owe my love of cars to my dad. When I was old enough to turn a wrench he had me helping him keep a fleet of lawn mowers running. He encouraged me to enroll in Vo Tech Automotive classes. My 16th birthday present was a 1954 Chevy Belair that he paid $ 100.00 for. He had a 1934 Chevy Coach that I still have. It shares the garage with my 1963 Corvair Van. In 1976 I was severely burned and told that it would be years before I could work on cars again. I decided I liked the car business and took my training to the parts department, 38 years later I’m still in parts. I’m looking forward to getting young people involved in the enjoyment of being in the garage all night working on that classic car that makes them happy and relaxed.
I have been a car guy since I before I was able to get my license at age 14. Growing up in Idaho gave me the opportunity to experience my interest at an early age, helping my older brother with his 29 Model A. Before enlisting in the Army I restored a 48 Chevy. I have a ’69 Camaro and a ’65 Corvair which I restored and I am now restoring a 37 Chevy Sedan. I am VP of the Street Survivors of MD Car Club and have a restoration shop. Meeting and talking to people about cars makes my job and hobby rewarding. Giving a classic car a new life is what I enjoy doing and plan to pass that on.
Little did I know that my interest in classic cars would start the night of our first date when Tom, who was in the Army, came to pick me up in a 48 Ford. About 30 percent of our marriage of 45 years has been spent at car shows, swap meets and cruise-ins. I am a Member of the Street Survivors of MD Car Club and Editor of our monthly Newsletter. Trying to get young people interested in our hobby is one of our goals with our Junior Street Survivors. I have a 65 Corvair and most of those interested in my car are young. I hope this is a good sign to keep our hobby going.
I have always had a love and fondness for anything that had a motor, wheels, and speed: cars, trucks, old, and new since I was 12 years old. My first car was a 1955 Chevy at 14 years old and I currently have a 1932 Ford Roadster. I love car shows, races, auctions, and chat sessions with my friends on cars. If you mention anything to do with automobiles you have my full and undivided attention.
My number one hobby and love in life is my husband, daughter, granddaughters, and family. My number two love is cooking, cars, and socializing with friends and family.