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Tom Cotter

Inspiring Automotive Enthusiasts™

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Tom Cotter has been a car-crazy guy his entire life. After selling his company in 2000 he bought himself a 289 Cobra and drove across the United States with his pal Peter Egan. Yes, that Peter Egan. His car collection grew and he wrote his first book, Homan-Moody, The Legendary Team. Then he wrote a series of six books on barn-finds including The Cobra in The Barn, The HemiThe VincentThe Corvette, and The Harley in The Barn. His latest book, 50 Shades of Rust was just released. He’s written biographies, been a contributing Editor of Road & Track magazine for 12 years and writes for the New York Times. He’s the former Co-Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and teaches public relations at Belmont Abbey College. His latest build is a ’32 Ford Hi Boy Roadster that he’s dreamed about since he was 15 years old.

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SUCCESS QUOTE

“Don’t be afraid to take chances.”

CAREER CHALLENGE

Tom had a very secure job at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A position most would say was a destination career. Listen to find out what happened when Tom took a huge chance and decided to leave and start his own company.

AH-HA MOMENTS

When his boss sat him down and asked Tom where he saw himself in five years he said ‘Running my own business.” Not the answer a boss usually wants to hear. Listen and find out how Tom made that happen. Then there’s another ah-ha moment that includes a Cunningham he found in a barn…

FIRST SPECIAL CAR

A 1939 Ford Deluxe Woodie – You won’t want to miss the story about this car.

BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE

Buy from your heart, not from your wallet.

BOOK SUGGESTION

A Higher Call – Adam Makos

PARTING ADVICE 

“Effort equals results.” – Roger Penske

HOW TO FIND TOM

 Tom Cotter’s Books

TOM’S BOOKS

50 Shades of Rust

Holman-Moody: The Legendary Race Team

The Cobra In The Barn

The Vincent In The Barn

The Harley In The Barn

The Corvette In The Barn

The Hemi In The Barn

Lost And Found: More Great Barn Finds

Rockin’ Garages

TV Tommy Ivo Drag Racing

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Tom Cotter: Inside the Mind of That Barn Find Hunter Car Guy – Al Pearce @Autoweek

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Popular author and YouTube star has found his niche in the car world.

Some years back, during a Morning Edition segment on National Public Radio, a 100-year-old veteran gave the world his secret to a long and fulfilling life. That secret? “The same things that excited me as a 14-year-old still excite me today.”

In the case of 66-year-old Long Island native Tom Cotter, that means cars.

New cars. Old cars. Racing cars. Touring cars. Restored cars. Need-to-be restored cars. Two-seaters. Woodies. Classic hot rods. Stunning barn finds. Grocery-getters. Everything from the stock Pinto he drove on his honeymoon 44 years ago to an iconic Cunningham C-3 and the 1964 Corvette he races just for fun.

“I’m a one-trick pony, and it’s all about cars.”

“I’ve been a car guy almost from birth,” says Cotter, a runner and even a marathoner (he’s done most of the world’s major runs at least once) now living in Davidson, North Carolina. “I’ve hunted once, fished maybe three times, and never played golf. I’m a one-trick pony, and it’s all about cars. They’ve always fascinated me, always made an impression, even when I was just a little kid. I get as excited about a cool car now as I did when I was 14.”

In one form or fashion for most of their lives, Cotter and his wife, Pat, and their son, 29-year-old Brian, have pushed, pulled, towed, hauled and occasionally driven cars to the garage beside their home. Cotter left college after two years, hoping to become the next Bob Sharp, the famous Connecticut-based championship sports car racer/team owner/businessman. When that didn’t work out, he ran a repair shop, sold auto parts, sold furniture (?!), and spent several years working with motorsports marketing pioneer Dick Bauer. That led to a 1985-1989 gig with Humpy Wheeler at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Cotter’s “pass in the grass” promotion—even though there was no pass—remains legendary.

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LOW MILEAGE Buick Grand National press car and barn full of cars | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 106

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In the previous episode of “Barn Find Hunter,” Tom made friends with a Gentleman named, Cliff Wilson who owned a Dodge Polara 500. As usual, Tom asked the question, “Do you know of any old cars around?” Sure enough, Cliff pointed to a location down the road to a man who restores Case Tractors and also has a barn full of cars. The fun doesn’t stop there! Tom then hears about a local who has an all-original low-mileage 1984 Buick Grand National that was a press car in Detroit during the early ’80s.

Devastating LOSS for Classic Car Community: Rare restoration shop burns | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 107

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In episode 76 of “Barn Find Hunter,” Tom visited Mike Nickels Woody restoration shop and was fortunate enough to see all the patterns, equipment, and projects he was working on. Since then, Mike suffered a devastating fire that brought his everyday life to a screeching halt. Ride along as Tom and Mike walk you through what exactly happened.

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Even after a fire destroyed his Michigan workshop, this renowned woody wagon restorer isn’t quitting

Kay Kimes’ Allied Swallow Makes an Appearance on Tom Cotter’s “Barn Find Hunter”

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Hi Gang…

Tom Cotter sure gets around the country in his ultra cool Woody Wagon and uncovers the most amazing finds.  As an author, Tom has continued to pen books on his travels and we’ve been honored to be in several of these over the years (thanks Tom).  And as we shared last year with you, Tom has partnered with Hagerty and has nearly 100 YouTube episodes that you can view on his travels and “finds” throughout the country.  Go get ’em Tom

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Barn Find Hunter uncovers a cadre of Dodge Power Wagons – Barn Find Hunter Ep67

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Barn Find Hunter uncovers a cadre of Dodge Power Wagons

Missing out is part of the game when it comes to hunting barn finds; Tom Cotter knows this better than most. He follows a solid lead in Bozeman, Montana, and arrives at the resting place of a long-stored GT350 only to find that the owner is out of town, and he can’t see the car. What does he do? He keeps hunting.

The next lead he decides to chase takes him down the recommended roads for those in search of old cars—dirt, rural, and dead-ended. A quick question posed to a local gives Tom the extra information he needs as he follows a tip on a fleet of Dodge Power Wagons stashed in a nearby field.

Barn Find Hunter uncovers a cadre of Dodge Power Wagons

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Crawling through a Toronado to find a Corvette | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 65

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Crawling through a Toronado to find a Corvette

Tom has crawled over and around cars before but never through one. In this episode of “Barn Find Hunter,” Tom discovers a warehouse full of rare Brass Era cars and desirable Mid-60s classics that are so packed in that he has to crawl through a Toronado to get to a Corvette.

Related – Tom Cotter meets Randy Carlson and a Really Interesting Hot Rod on the Barn Find Hunter

Crawling through a Toronado to find a Corvette

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Rare glimpse inside Blake’s Auto Salvage | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 57 – Hagerty

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While in St. George, Utah, Tom Cotter learns of a junkyard with hundreds of solid old cars, where the owner never sold anything and never allowed anyone inside. In classic Barn Find Hunter fashion, Tom makes a few phone calls and sweet-talks his way into Blake’s Auto Salvage. It is indeed a veritable fortress of forgotten cars. Many are only good for parts, but among them Tom finds an R-code Torino, a vintage White 706 tour bus from Yellowstone, and a low-mile Lincoln Continental Mk III. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel! | http://bit.ly/2iooBxJ

Government Special Order ‘57 Chevy Discovered in Alaska – Max Holder @Autoclassics

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Tom Cotter continues his search of unique cars in Fairbanks, Alaska and discovers a Boss 302, ‘57 Chevy and a ‘47 Mercury Pickup

In this episode of Barn Find Hunter, Tom Cotter begins his journey using an old adage from fellow motoring journalist Peter Egan of Road & Track Magazine: If you want to look for old cars, go to a small airport, because the wings of an airplane leave lots of room to put cars underneath them.

True enough, Cotter finds some truly remarkable cars doing just that.

A Flock of Ford Hot Rods Found in Fairbanks, AK | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 52

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Tom finds himself in North Pole, Alaska, where he meets John, an eclectic car guy with all sorts of fun stuff. You’d never guess a stash like this– that includes several Ford hot rods and some very interesting Studebakers–could exist in a remote town in Alaska. But after many years of collecting these vehicles, John seems more than ready to part with most of them… for the right price, of course

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