Classic cars are gradually becoming a relic from the past. In times when the technology is constantly changing, companies are discontinuing their product lines. As customers are forced to update to newer models, the older cars are heading towards the scrapyard. This is where the auto expert Wayne Carini comes in. He journeys around the States in search of classic cars that need repairing. He then tries to sell them at a high price in auctions. The exploits of Wayne are documented by a reality TV series, Chasing Classic Cars. Presented by Carini himself, the series has been liked by viewers and critics alike. Today, we talk about Wayne Carini himself.
Wayne Carini was born on the 13th of October in 1951 in Portland, Connecticut. The only child of the family, Wayne was born to Robert (Bob) Carini and Rosemary Carini. During the time, Bob owned a collision repair and auto restoration center in Glastonbury. Moving forward, Bob’s interest in vintage cars became a major catalyst for Wayne to work in the same field. A young Wayne would often accompany his father to car shows to learn more about them. On the academic side of things, Wayne holds a college degree in architecture. He started working as a teacher before shifting to the family business.
Wayne started his career early as he would often help his father to restore cars even when he was in grade school. A world war veteran, Bob was recognized by a lot of people in Connecticut which allowed Wayne, his father, and Wayne’s daughter Lindsay to serve as grand marshals at the Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival in New Britain for many years. Wayne was first approached by Jim Astrausky who served as the chief of Essex Television Group Inc. in 2008. The pair talked about a potential TV show and finalized the contracts. The series by the name of Chasing Classic Cars on the 3rd of June 2008 on Motor Trend. To date, the series has gone on for 13 seasons with a potential 14th on the cards.
The series has been beneficial to Wayne as well who has expanded the family business in Portland. With three different car dealerships to his name, Wayne looks more committed to his work than ever. As of 2020, Wayne’s net worth is estimated to be around USD 20 million.
A happy marriage:
Wayne is happily married to Laurie Carini and the pair share two lovely daughters Kimberly Carini & Lindsay Carini. Wayne met Laurie back in the early ’80s as he was just starting in the industry. Laurie who was one of Wayne’s customers married Wayne during the mid-’80s.
Wayne’s first daughter Kimberly was diagnosed with autism early on in her life which is one of the reasons why the reality star is so vocal about the disease and is open to charities working for it. As for the younger daughter Lindsay Carini she is all perfect and married too.
Rumor & Controversy:
Even though there were rumors that Wayne might be cheating on Laurie, it seems that those are only rumors. The family is closer than ever and everyone is glad about it. The family currently lives in a cabin that was built during 1973.