DENNIS PITTSENBARGER drives fast, works hard and talks about cars... constantly.
This towering, guy’s-guy is a walking encyclopedia of automotive history and fuel- powered folklore. Dennis knows the ins-and-outs of every make and model – and loves to burn rubber in all of them. He’s a racer, automotive industry expert and classic car restorer always hunting for his next great set of wheels.
Dennis was only 12 years old when his dad pushed a beat-up 1964 Chevy Bel Air into the backyard and told him he could keep it if he got it to run. Dennis hacked away at it until it turned over... then flipped it for a ’63 Impala 409. He flipped that for a ’68 LeSabre 430 and did it again to get his father's ’81 El Camino.
All the while, he worked in local Portland area body shops and graduated in 1989 with his ASE certification. Then, Dennis got into racing...
Few other drivers can claim to have driven at Wisconsin’s Road America, Oregon’s Portland International, California’s Laguna Seca, New York’s Watkins Glen and in the Great American Stockcar Series. And Dennis loves to share stories about being part of the first funny car team to hit 300 mph at the NHRA Winternationals.
After working at everything from car dealerships to paint shops, Dennis’ booming voice and unparalleled passion for everything automotive helped him become one of the most respected names in the automotive industry. Dennis ran the automotive department of a 17-newspaper conglomerate, hosted three local radio programs and created/hosted SPEED AND RACING TELEVISION (SRTV) broadcast via 45 Comcast television stations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Dennis recently wrapped up a long-running stint as the voice of the nationally syndicated HOT ROD MAGAZINE LIVE radio program and was recently named the Host of SEMA Central for the car show, and will be a guest presenter at the SEMA banquet.