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Connect2Cars, August 11

Connect2Cars is the iconic Monterey Car Week experience including breakfast with automotive icons, a scenic drive winery lunch and tasting.  It is held the Wednesday morning prior to Concorso Italiano, August 11, 2021 with an 8:00 am breakfast start. Sign up here

This year Concorso Italiano is pleased to welcome 2 icons to this “morning show” type interview and an up-close and personal meet and greet with 2 wonderful Icons of the Automotive industry.  

Wade Kawasaki has lived the automotive lifestyle dream.  Now leading the Legendary Companies, parent company of Coker Tires, as well as leading the Board of Directors of SEMA.  

His life and stories are only appreciated more through his warm personality engaging dialogue with all who meet him.  

Wade will also be participating in the drive so you will have the opportunity to enjoy wine with him later in the day.


Lance Stander has made his mark in the automotive manufacturing through Hillbank Motors and Superformance the worldwide distributor for Superformance and Shelby built cars from the Sixties. 

Superformance manufactures and distributes officially licensed and continuation cars for Ford, Shelby, GM and SAFIR GT40. The Shelby Cobra’s, Shelby Daytona Coupes, GT40’s, Corvette Grandsports are sold through the 20 plus independent Dealers throughout the world.

Lance has also worked with SEMA to be an advocate for Low Volume vehicle manufacturers, and other important legislation for the continuation of the sport.

There is so much more about these great icons, and you will enjoy hearing about their life and their stories.  The format will be led by Nicholas Bergeron of RCS automotive podcast Rain City Supercars.  Bergeron brings out the best in his guests in a humorous and enjoyable experience. 

After this delicious breakfast and opportunity to meet these Icons, you and the drivers will enjoy a route through amazing Monterey County, ending at a select winery for wine tasting and a delicious lunch.  

Lunch is hosted by Solare Hemp, launching their new company and product lines this summer providing new and innovative plant-based protein in new and innovative products. 

Connect2Cars benefits Wings of Humanity, the benefactor charity of the Concorso Italiano.  Wings of Humanity “saving children’s lives one flight at a time” provides underprivileged children no cost medical air transportation services when needing specialty treatments at premier Children’s Hospitals as well as specialist facilities around the country.  

Often times, the best option for the child’s treatment is at a hospital too far for the family to travel, not practical with a typical ambulance transport and commercial airlines may not permit the medical equipment needed to transport the child.  Wings of Humanity flies the children and their family where needed, and the family NEVER sees an invoice. 

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