Our second issue of Mesh New England, published in the early summer of 2011, featured a cover story aptly titled “Chasing Carini.” Wayne Carini is certainly a busy guy, but he has always made himself available to discuss our favorite topic: the automobile. Carini has been an advocate and invaluable resource for MNE from day one, offering me story ideas as well as introductions to many like-minded individuals. Now you can catch him in every issue of the magazine—Carini has joined MNE as a contributing writer. He’ll share with us his knowledge and passion for the automobile and address many questions that some of us might be afraid to ask.
A master restorer, 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.