HIGHLIGHTS! The World Class Automotive Film & Arts Festival was a HIT!

Automotive Film & Arts Festival, day 3.

See the FULL GALLERY here…

Congratulations to all who made this festival such a great success. BIG THANKS to Directors Cory Welles, Chris Szwedo, Harry Pallenberg, Paul Crowder, Ken Burns and Michael Brown. Also, Producers Jim Hancock and Robin Broidy and Screenwriter Mark Monroe… all for joining us and premiering their films. What a blessing to see such talent.

We look forward to some spectacular films coming to the next event!!

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Final Day Three… The AUTOFILMFEST premieres “1,” Patrick Dempsey and LE MAN

Automotive Film & Arts Festival, day 3.

An incredible lineup for day three started with Harry Pallenberg’s WHERE THEY RACED, then to PATRICK DEMPSEY RACING LE MAN (A new 4-Part DocuSeries coming August 28th on Discovery & Velocity) and an interview with Exec Prod. Jim Hancock, then the premiere of 1 brought a great discussion with the director and writer (Paul Crowder & Mark Monroe) and finally we wrapped with LE MAN with Steve McQueen. A wonderful three days of the absolute best automotive films in history.

A more elaborate post is coming once all the shots are in.

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Day Two: The AUTOFILMFEST brings more shows, more directors…

Automotive Film & Arts Festival, day 2.

What a great evening we had last night as we premiered another 4 outstanding features, starting with Chris Szwedo’s LIME ROCK PARK, WHERE THEY RACED by Harry Pallenberg, THE QUEST by Michael Brown and finally GULLWING AT TWILIGHT, again by Chris Szwedo.

Tonight brings 1, PATRICK DEMPSEY RACING and LE MANS, plus a few surprises. Hope to see you there!

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Day One: The AUTOFILMFEST takes off with 32Hours 7Minutes…

The World Class Automotive Film and Art Festival.

What a great evening! We started out with the film HORATIO’S DRIVE, then on to 32HOURS 7MINUTES and wrapped up with SNAKE & MONGOOSE. But the hit was really 32HOURS. What an awesome film!

Great interviews with both Director Cory Welles (32) and Producer Robin Brody for “Snake.” Tonight brings 4 new films!!

The World Class Automotive Film and Art Festival.

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Today’s AUTOFILMFEST Lineup gets revved up…

Tonight, at the premiere of the World Class Automotive Film & Arts Festival, we’ll be showcasing 3 awesome features starting with Horatio’s Drive, 32 Hours 7 Minutes and finally Snake and Mongoo$e. It’s gonna be a big night, so if you’re here in Monterey, get your tickets and come have fun with us!

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Off to Monterey…


One day left before the Autofilmfest begins in Monterey tomorrow. A lot to do as rehearsals begin at noon, so I’m packing this morning as much chocolate as I can fit into my bag. Gotta have enough for everyone, right? So awesome…

AutoFilmFest REHEARSALS tomorrow… #autofilmfest #filmfestival #racing


Super excited as I’m heading to Monterey tomorrow for the World Class Automotive Film & Arts Festival Rehearsal. The line-up of films is really fantastic and the show’s gonna be a blast. Hope to meet some of you for the first time as well as see some familiar faces!

Monterey to host the world’s first AUTOMOTIVE FILM FESTIVAL…


This is really cool and I’m very excited to finally be posting it…

This August, (15th-17th) I’ll be hosting the very first Automotive Film Festival ever. It’s called the WORLD CLASS MOTORING FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL and will take place in Monterey, Ca. during the incredible Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance. The PRESS RELEASE is below along with the TRAILER. Official updates will be here as well as the main site here.

Read on for full details, and then get your butt to Monterey!

For Immediate Release: FIREBALL TIM to host world’s first WORLD CLASS AUTOMOTIVE FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL

The fabled history of automobiles on screen will be celebrated in an all-new event taking place during Monterey Historics weekend, as World Class Motoring and Islay Events present the inaugural World Class Automotive Film & Arts Festival.

Taking place Aug. 15-17 at Monterey’s iconic Golden State Theater, the three-day exhibition will be highlighted by a packed schedule of full- and short-length films, documentaries and webisodes, chronicling significant milestones in automotive history, and the lifestyle that accompanies it.

“We have all experienced a film, or maybe even a single scene that evokes a common ‘pull at the heart-strings’ moment that we share,” said World Class Motoring President Fred LoBianco. “We developed this festival in the spirit of capturing and preserving that moment in an ongoing format that allows both the serious and casual enthusiast the opportunity to enjoy the romantic passion of automobiles that is often uniquely presented through the art of filmmaking.”

Guiding attendees through the three-day film festival will be host and moderator Fireball Tim Lawrence (www.fireballtim.com), known throughout Hollywood and the automotive world for designing vehicles, weaponry, props, costumes and environments for hundreds of major features. Credits include movies like “Priest,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Batman,” “Monster Garage,” “Jurassic Park,” “GI Joe,” “Knight Rider” and “The Avengers.” An Automotive Design Expert, Children’s Book Author and Journalist, his on-camera credits for Discovery and Speed include “World’s Most Expensive Rides,” “Extreme Rides” and “Street Tuner Challenge.”

Fireball Tim will welcome guests and automotive industry dignitaries through a three-day festival that will include:

Thursday, August 15: “Great Road Trips”
“Horatio’s Drive; America’s First Road Trip”: Two-time Emmy Award-winning director Ken Burns documents the often hilarious journey of Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson as he become the first person to successfully drive an automobile from San Francisco to New York City in 1903. All over a 50 dollar bet.

“32 Hours 7 Minutes – An Outlaw Race”: A documentary that takes its title from the US transcontinental speed record, set during the 1983 US Express, a secretive race from New York to California. A successor to the famous Cannonball races, drivers essentially broke the law nonstop, driving as fast as they could to cross the United States. More than two decades later, when suspicions arise about the legitimacy of that record, Director Cory Welles climbs into the backseat of Alex Roy’s infamous BMW M5, attempting to break 32 hours and 7 minutes.

Friday, August 16: A Tribute to John Fitch
“A Gullwing at Twilight -The Bonneville Ride of John Fitch”: Exploring Fitch the man, whose reputation as the consummate gentleman racer persists. The power of this film lies not in reliving the past, but rather its focus on Fitch continually challenging himself, and our outdated notions of what elderly persons can accomplish. —AutoWeek

Lime Rock Park- The Secret Valley of Racing: An absorbing documentary that captures the essence of automobile racing. The ultimate physical and spiritual backdrop, the Berkshire’s Lime Rock Park is presented with the haunting beauty of an entire New England year. With each changing season from the deep snows of winter to spring rains to sunshine, the viewer is drawn into a deeper understanding of racing’s own seasonal shifts and passions- with large doses of nature, history, action, heartbreak, celebrity, and speed.

The Quest: Corvettes first appeared at Le Mans in 1960, but were ultimately missing for decades. “Corvettes at Carlisle” co-founder Chip Miller set a personal goal of finding the 1960 class-winning #3 Corvette, acquiring and restoring it, with the goal of returning it to Le Mans in 2010, with one of the original drivers, legendary racer John Fitch. Sadly, a chain of heartbreaking events prevented Miller from seeing his vision come to fruition.

Saturday, August 17: Le Mans
Behind Le Mans: Offering a rare behind-the-scenes view of the 1970 competition, this film offers three perspectives:

Le Mans: The 24 Hours, 1970: An overview of the actual race, using stills and selected footage.
Le Mans: The Race, The Movie: A 15-minute documentary that offers insight into the production of the film.
Le Mans: Behind the Scenes: A mixture of still photographs and film that focuses on the major players involved and the roles they played in the production.

Le Mans: Hollywood legend Steve McQueen stars in this iconic film, which offers footage from the actual 1970 competition, the film utilizes the sights and sounds of Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s.

On hand to discuss their works and take audience questions will be filmmakers Chris Szwedo (“A Gullwing at Twilight” and “Lime Rock Park: The Secret Valley of Racing”); Cory Welles (“32 Hours 7 Minutes”); and Michael Brown “The Quest.”

The lobby of the Golden State Theater will showcase works from some of the collector car world’s most acclaimed artists, sculptors and photographers, as well the latest entries from noted authors who will be on hand for book signings. Joining the festivities will be prominent automotive brands, including apparel from Suiztil USA and Morgan’s and Phillips, Duke Videos and Films, and Sonax car care.

More comprehensive information is accessible at: www.automotivefilmfestival.com.