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Tom Cotter

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 Hemi, The Vincent, The 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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9 comments
  1. Tom
    I have enjoyed your words for a long time.
    Years ago I got to talk to Dean Jeffries for a while, an honor.
    He mentioned having a 356 Porsche Carter’s 4 cam. He customized the front end.
    I remember an article about him, showing his 356 with distinctive elliptical shapes around the headlights- not many custom 356s.
    I was watching your barnfind show and in some bodies garage was a
    beat up red Carrera, and it just clicked to me it had strange elliptical shapes on the front end.
    I think that car is not just a Carrera, but was built by Dean Jeffries.
    I don’t have any documentation here, it could be looked up.
    Steve Posson
    Ps when I was going to Art Center College in the early 70s there was a bulletin board on a wall with stuff for sale. One of them was a Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso body, $500. I did not have 500!

  2. Hi Tom…
    Reading your book Corvette In The Barn book and although to late to get in a Corvette book thought you might be interested in my story…didnt find in a barn,but still own the 1963 Corvette I bought when in High School back in 1973…so I’ve owned for 44 years now…Dont know if I have enough stories about it,but its lead an interesting life…
    If interested maybe we can chat on phone one day….if not,keep up the “Barn” books..!!
    Your email address in book didnt go thru,so trying this page…you can contact me if interested at ricoman@tds.net
    Regards,
    George

  3. Tom, we recently bought our neighbors place and in her garage was a pretty amazing car, a1968 charger 440 auto. Her son said she bought the car new at a local dealer , it was last insured in 1973 and is sitting on cinder blocks with no wheels or tires. The car in amazing shape with 40,000 miles on it, The car hasn’t been run in 40+ years so it needs a little lovin but body wise wow!

  4. Hello Tom;

    my name is Roberto and I’m leaving in Italy.
    I always follow you on YouTube enjoying your great videos on barn find and I think are all amazing.
    Thanks to your authentic passion for the classic cars you offer the possibility to experience the beauty of travels discovering so many hidden cars.
    I also have your same passion and would be nice to meet you in US one day.
    I also own some historical US cars and trucks as a 1972 Jeep Wagoneer; 1970 Dodge Sweptline 383 4WD; 1976 Cadillac Seville …
    My daily car is a 2017 Cadillac CTS V .. and I also enjoy it …
    So thanks so much for sharing your passion with folks and I really hope to meet you one day … 🙂

    My best regards

    Roberto

    Ps.: in case you want to write me this is my email:

    roberto.sadun@sadun.it

    In case you will send me an email I will be glad to send you the pictures of my cars and truck.

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