Has your Model A been the only piece of furniture in your family room for over 20 years?
When asked about your first love, do you reminisce fondly about a vehicle?
If so, it’s possible that you are a Car Idiot.
Car Idiot, coined by the wife of Chief Car Idiot Bernie Golias, is a term of endearment for those of us auto enthusiasts who are passionate about cars.
Or, more accurately, passionately obsessive.
As we visit with each other and learn about car collecting, Car Idiots Forever™ intends to educate our community while exploring the relationships and connections that continuously feed our enthusiasm.
In Episode One, we meet Dr. Redline, visit with Char Lautzenheiser of the Canton Classic Car Museum and learn how car collecting fashioned a relationship between Tom Ruple of Ruple Antique Cars and his significant other, Sharon.
Bernie Golias has a long and fascinating history with vintage automobiles, print, film and a unique combination of all three.
Because of his passions and comprehensive research, Bernie acted as a consultant and appeared in the documentary Race of the Century, produced by The Ford Motor Company and Greenfield Village (2001). This film celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the game-changing race between Henry Ford and Alexander Winton.
Golias has also contributed to other works such as Ken Burns’ PBS documentary Horatio’s Drive (2003) about the first automobile (a 1903 Winton) to successfully traverse the United States. He has given countless formal and informal talks on the subject of Cleveland automotive history and has appeared on the network television show CBS Sunday Morning with host Mo Rocca. And Bernie was honored to be the keynote speaker for the Society of Automotive Historians during their international conference held in April of 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Bernie co-authored and published Famous but Forgotten: the Story of Alexander Winton, Automotive Pioneer and Industrialist (1997) and produced a historical documentary entitled Cleveland the Original Motor City.
Covering yet another aspect of public media, Golias created his own radio show, The Auto Era, which aired on WOBC 91.5 FM, Oberlin, Ohio (2015/16) to promote automotive history. He actively supports films through The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) and local nonprofits and is currently a member of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) and National Academy of Television Arts and Science (NATAS).
In 2018, Bernie retired from the national board of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), a non-profit organization based out of Hershey, PA with a current membership of 60,000 world-wide. He served two years as vice-president of the Library and Research Center and two years as vice-president of Strategic Planning and Special Projects.
He is currently developing a YouTube series show and website called Car Idiots Forever™ based on the relationships, obsessive behaviors and joys that are inherent to collecting automobiles. In this informative and poignantly comical show, Bernie plays host, writes, plays a variety of characters and interviews some of the most passionate car enthusiasts on the planet along with their endearing counterparts.
As you may have surmised, Bernie is the proud owner of a stunning 1918 Winton two-door sedan (currently undergoing a complete restoration) and recently added a 1924 Nash to both his collection and his obsession.
Ask him about how his love of antique automobiles began... it’s quite a story. The name of his Welsh Corgi? I bet you can guess.
All that Bernie has accomplished through the years has been with the help and support of his lovely wife, Sara, who adds humor and perspective to his car collecting hobby as well as to his life.
Understanding the 50 psych-auto-analytical terms in this booklet is just the beginning of maintaining a long and healthy relationship between
Car Idiots and their loved ones.
Check out the vehicles we discovered at the Cleveland Auto-Rama! We met some amazing people this year and learned of their passions as well as some interesting details about the cars they love.
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