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Russ Rocknak

Founder/Publisher

Russ Rocknak has been a car guy since he was a kid, influenced by his father, who gave him a memorable ride in his 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 when they lived in Forked River, New Jersey. In 1972, Rocknak’s family moved to Jefferson, Maine, where he attended Lincoln Academy in Newcastle and then went on to study graphic design and photography at the Maine College of Art, graduating in 1985 with a BFA in graphic design. Soon after, in 1988, Rocknak found himself working at Robb Report magazine in Acton, Massachusetts, as the art director. This was a perfect position for him, as he could parallel his vocation with his avocation, following his passion for the automobile—and anything with a combustion engine, for that matter. Traveling to Europe and photographing and writing about the finest from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz AMG gave Rocknak the ability to establish long-lasting and fruitful relationships and bring home great content to share through Robb Report’s channels. After Robb Report was sold in 2001, Rocknak moved on to the financial industry, working at Fidelity Investment’s internal advertising department for five years before returning to publishing as New England Home magazine’s art director. In 2011, Rocknak launched Mesh New England magazine, a publication that positions itself as the “Hub of New England’s Car Community.”
 
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Marshall Buck

Contributing Writer

Marshall Buck has been immersed in art and culture from childhood. He has always been fascinated with all types of miniatures, but with a strong penchant for cars. As a child, he bought car magazines 2-to-1 over comic books. His desire to be around exotic and classic automobiles also began in childhood, when friends and family would come to visit, and he and they would go for drives in the latest Aston Martin, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, etc. Buck’s serious collecting and professional model building began in earnest in the 1970s. His career has been diverse, ranging from professional photography to television production to exotic-car sales. In the late 1970s and early ’80s, while working in TV production, he was also custom-building model cars for himself and a few select customers, one of whom convinced Buck to go into model-making full-time (that gentleman remains a client to this day). Hence, in 1982, Buck founded Creative Miniature Associates, now CMA Models Inc. Since the start of CMA, he has been involved with the finest high-end automotive miniatures as a collector, model maker, manufacturer and boutique dealer, catering to collectors worldwide. Buck’s client list is a who’s who of movers and shakers. For more than 30 years, Buck has been authoring feature articles and regular columns on models and collecting for various publications, including Cavallino, Vintage Motorsport, and Sports Car Market, as well as Mesh New England. He is also cofounder and editor of AutoMobilia Magazine.
 
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Wayne Carini

Contributing Writer

Master restorer Wayne Carini is best known for his shop’s restoration work, but for the past 13 years he has also been known for his television show Chasing Classic Cars. Carini was born into the restoration business, with his father founding the Model A Restorers Club in 1951, the year Wayne was born. Eight years later, Carini was sanding cars at his father’s shop and has never stopped. Ferraris got into his blood at the age of 10, when, while on vacation in the Berkshires, he went for a ride in a 1960 Ferrari 250 SWB and was hooked. Carini has had the honor of restoring six SWBs, and it is still his favorite car. In July 2006, an article about Carini’s pursuit of a Hudson Italia appeared in the Sunday New York Times. The next day, he was contacted by Jim Astrausky, the owner of Essex TV, a production company looking for content for an automobile show for the Discovery Channel. The rest is history. Chasing Classic Cars has become one of the world’s most popular automotive TV shows. It is shown in 42 countries and is about to air its 200th episode. Today, Carini enjoys filming his TV show, traveling the world and meeting fellow car friends, and working with his crew restoring cars for his customers. He is constantly honored to attend car shows and be part of these great events. At home, Carini is married to his wife of 36 years. They have two wonderful daughters and a fantastic grandson who loves cars, trucks and everything that has wheels and moves. Carini’s daughter Kimberly was diagnosed with autism at an early age. Now 30 years old, she remains such an important part of the family’s life. Because of Kimberly’s autism, Wayne and the entire family have made helping autism charity’s a major part of their lives. Carini and his family live on a farm in rural Connecticut. His newest adventure is Carini Vineyards; he makes wine and holds charity events at the winery.
 
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Jeff DeMarey

Contributing Writer

Jeff DeMarey is on the Classic Car Club of America’s national board of directors, and he is the director of the New England region CCCA. For nearly 30 years, he has run a specialty insurance agency for classic and collectible cars, Stonewall Insurance Group in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. He is also a frequent judge at classic car shows, including the Greenwich Concourse (for the last 18 years), the Elegance at Hershey, the Boston Cup on the Boston Common (for the last nine years), and scores of Classic Car Club of America events. DeMarey has planned many successful car events throughout the years, including most recently the CCCA New England Caravan in 2016, which involved 100 cars and 250 participants. DeMarey is a volunteer at the Wilbraham Hill Climb, a biennial reenactment of the historic 1908 climb up Monson Mountain Road, which was a proving ground for motorcycles and automobiles of the Brass Era. He is also a “Chowderhead,” a proud member of the infamous Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society, which meets every month for lunch at Sardi’s in Manhattan.

 

 
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Josh Sweeney

Contributing Photographer

Josh Sweeney’s passion for cars and photography was obvious by the time he was 6 years old, when he would keep himself busy by taking pictures of model cars with the Mickey Mouse camera he got at Disney World. He eventually got hold of a real camera and started photographing everything, giving him a great eye for composition and detail. He founded Shoot for Details, an automotive detail company that provided photos for clients when their car was completed. He soon realized that the average minivan was not so photogenic, so he networked with a friend who introduced him to executive director Sheldon Steele and the staff at Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts. They took on Sweeney as their intern photographer, giving him a tremendous opportunity to photograph a wide array of collector cars. Today, he does work for Lamborghini, Amelia Island Concours, Mecum, RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams, as well as Mesh New England and Larz Anderson Auto Museum. From track events to luxury galas, you will find Sweeney capturing the moment.

 

 
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Miranda McDonald

Contributing Writer

Miranda McDonald is the proud owner of a fully restored 1967 Chevrolet Impala and a not-so-much 1966 Mustang. She traces her love of American muscle to when she was a little girl, sitting in her neighbors’ driveways and sketching the logos on their cars’ grilles and hubcaps. She has driven cross-country twice, lived in six states, and traveled through all but eight states. She has decided that, by far, Maine is the best place. As the owner of Focus Firearms Instruction & Safety Training, McDonald works with people just beginning in the shooting sports and offers situational-awareness and defensive-tactics training. In the warmer months, she participates in local handgun competitions. McDonald spends her free time with her two lovely daughters (and teaches them how to change the oil) and tasting new whiskeys.

 

 
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Corey Pesaturo

Contributing Writer

Cory “C PEZ” Pesaturo is the only person to ever win the trio of world championships on acoustic, digital and jazz accordion, and he is the only accordion graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In 2017 in Austria, Pesaturo became a Guinness World Record holder when he played the accordion for more than 32 straight hours. Pesaturo's extensive resumé includes four different performances at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton. His first was when he was only 12, making him the youngest person to ever perform at a State Dinner. He appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing with Johnny Depp, and has been on nationally televised programs in New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Tunisia, France and Finland. A win in a concerto competition at age 16 gave Pesaturo the opportunity to perform with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist and become the youngest accordionist ever to solo with a symphony orchestra in the United States. Concerning his Jazz side, for which he is most known, Pesaturo has become friends with legends Quincy Jones and Wynton Marsalis. Pesaturo collaborated with members of the Boston Red Sox and the Dropkick Murphys on the Fenway 100 album. His music has been played on Formula 1 broadcasts, and he has ongoing musical relationships with 98.5 the Sports Hub radio program in Boston and the Red Bull F1 team. The latter has led to his friendships with many F1 drivers.

 

 
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Rich Taylor

Contributing Writer

Straight from graduate school, Rich Taylor started out as managing editor of Car and Driver. Since then, he’s published more than 5,000 magazine articles (including many award winners), 27 books and hundreds of special sections for Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, New York Times and other clients. For year, he could be heard on WABC 770 talk radio in New York. Taylor has won motorcycle and automobile races everywhere from Laguna Seca to Daytona to the Nürburgring, driving factory-sponsored machines in AMA, SCCA, IMSA, SCCA Pro Rally and the 24 Hours of Daytona. He has vintage-raced his own Devin SS, Kellison J-4R and B-production 1967 Corvette, and he won an SCCA Championship with a Mazda RX-7 and an overall victory in the 24 Hours of Nelson Ledges with a Saleen-prepared Mustang. Taylor is an ASE-certified technician and member of the SAE. His restoration shop, Minisport, has created project cars that have been displayed at SEMA and the Detroit and New York auto shows. Cars restored by Minisport have won awards at national concours, and a 1967 Camaro convertible restored by Minisport was displayed in the lobby of the GM Design Center in Warren, Michigan. Taylor has judged at many national concours and is on the board of the Greenwich Concours. He and his wife, Jean, have raised more than $2,000,000 for North American charities through Vintage Rallies Inc., which has organized over a hundred 1000-mile vintage car rallies. For their “outstanding contributions to the collector car hobby,” the Taylors received the Hobby Hero Award from Hemmings Motor News.

 

 
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Linda Zukauskas

Contributing Writer

One day, a nice woman brought her new 1962 Ford Falcon in for service and said yes when the mechanic invited her to see Lawrence of Arabia. The couple eventually married and welcomed a daughter, Linda Zukauskas. She would never really understand what David Lean was on about, but she would always love cars. Zukauskas graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s in English and a minor in history before setting out on a career as a tech writer. She worked for both big and small software firms in Connecticut and New York City, until the economic downturn gifted her a layoff and the chance to try a different type of writing. She began her freelance career by reporting for a hyperlocal newspaper. An assignment with the paper took her to a small automotive shop, where she conducted a serendipitous interview with the owner, who splits his time between fixing daily drivers and vintage racing. The ember that had glowed for years got the oxygen it needed. Zukauskas learned there are many, many ways to enjoy cars—racing, restoring, building, buying, selling, showing—but for her, it all comes down to amazing stories about wonderful people. She considers it an honor to write those stories. During one rainy day at a concours not too long ago, she held an umbrella over a soggy Russ Rocknak as he tried to get the photograph he wanted sans rainy streaks. Since then, Zukauskas has been having a blast contributing to Mesh New England.

 

 
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