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Emorys Join Three Seminars at 2024 Audrain Newport Concours

The Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week will feature three seminars by Rod, Gary and Zayne Emory as part of its Seminar Series during Motor Week, held October 3-6. 

Rod Emory rose to fame during the mid-1990s when Emory Motorsports began producing modified Porsche 356s. His unique modifications caught the attention of automotive purists, who labeled the cars as outlaws. Emory Motorsports embraced the designation, which has since become a symbol of innovation and creativity in the automotive industry. Over the years, the company has refined their Outlaw 356 design and is widely regarded as spearheading the Porsche “Outlaw” movement.  

Rod Emory

The Emory family has left its mark on the world of car customizing, with their legacy spanning over four generations. It began in 1948 when Neil Emory founded the iconic Valley Custom Shop in Burbank, California. Since then, the Emory family’s keen sense of proportion and tasteful modifications have made Valley Custom Shop synonymous with hot rodding’s most revered cars. 

Neil instilled his love for design in his son Gary, and Gary’s skills and talent then flourished, with his work combining a unique artistic vision with his father’s teachings. This helped establish the foundation of the Emory family’s involvement in the Porsche customization scene. The next generation of Emorys has also heard the calling — Rod’s son, Zayne Emory, as well as daughter Jayde and her husband Drew each have a deep passion for working in the garage.   


Friday, October 4 at 12:20pm

Outlaw Reunion

Rod Emory, Gary Emory, John Oates, Special Guest

The “Outlaws” from Emory Motorsports are world-renowned for turning vintage Porsche excellence up a few levels. Don’t miss this opportunity to sit in on a fascinating discussion between Rod Emory, owner of Emory Motorsports; his father Gary Emory, credited with starting the Outlaw Porsche movement, and two world-famous entertainers and proud Emory Outlaw owners John Oates (of Hall & Oates fame) and a special guest as they discuss what inspires these incredible vehicles, how creating them has evolved over the years and what makes them so appealing to the discerning auto enthusiast.


Friday, October 4 at 4:30pm

Hot Rod History

Gary Emory, Wayne Carini, Dean Schimetschek

The hot rod — however one specifically defines it — has a unique and deeply fascinating history. Join three knowledgeable experts in the field for a deep dive into all of the incredible stories and momentous events that have shaped the genre. Gary Emory, founder of Porsche Parts Obsolete and son of legendary custom car builder Neil Emory joins Wayne Carini, host of the popular television series Chasing Classic Cars, as well as New England hot rod historian and vintage hot rod and drag car collector Dean Schimetschek to break down how the hot rod has evolved over the years.


Saturday, October 5 at 10:00am

Young Hands, Old Techniques

Zayne Emory, Drew Hafner & Special Guest

While technology continues to amaze us in all the automotive advancements we see every year, sometimes you just can’t beat going back to the basics you learned growing up. In fact, that time together bonding and learning from a parent or mentor is what so often draws one to the hobby in the first place. Zayne Emory, Drew Hafner and a special guest have all found incredible levels of success in their respective young careers, but always find themselves making time for their passion of working in the garage at home that was instilled at a young age. Listen in as they share what inspired their love of cars, how that passion has shaped their early lives and in what ways they’ll carry that love of all things automotive with them for years to come.


The Audrain Newport Motor Week’s Seminar Series brings together a diverse group of motor enthusiasts who are considered experts in their respective areas of interest. Topics to be covered include Forging Careers in Historic Vehicles, Women at Speed, Hot Rod History, Young Hands, Old Techniques and Outlaw Reunion. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to insightful presentations, participate in interactive workshops and engage in networking sessions with like-minded individuals.

The first installment of the Seminar Series “Forging Careers in Historic Vehicles,” will take place on Friday, October 4th, 10 am to 11 am at the Casino Theater in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. This seminar will feature Victoria Bruno, a young vintage Ferrari engine mechanic and high school student/antique automobile restorer Betty Parrish as they discuss what inspired their love of vintage automobiles and how they plan to use that passion in their careers.  

Another seminar of particular interest is the “Women at Speed,” on October 4th moderated by Donald Osborne. 1992 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Lyn St. James and monster truck driver Nicole Johnson will share their passion and knowledge of all things automotive and stories that are not as publicized despite their incredible achievements.  

“We are thrilled to bring together some of the most knowledgeable automotive luminaries in the industry for our Seminar Series,” said Audrain CEO Donald Osborne. “This will be a unique opportunity for car enthusiasts to learn from the best and connect with fellow enthusiasts.”

In addition to the educational aspect, the Seminar Series will also provide a platform for networking among attendees. Car enthusiasts from different backgrounds can exchange ideas, share stories and even make lasting connections that extend beyond the event itself. Whether you are a seasoned car collector or a passionate DIYer, the Seminar Series promises to be a valuable experience for all.

Tickets for the Seminar Series are now at https://www.audrainconcours.com/seminars 

Early registration is recommended as seating is limited.

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