The Community Speakers Series


September 21 – Motormouth – A Vehicle of Human Experience;

Grassroots Racing: From Dream to Reality

Andrew Lawton has been racing in Lemons since 2013. Previous race experience includes time trial ice racing featuring daily drivers with the BMW Car Club. His career in railroading incorporates engineering ingredients and design, train-operations, and track maintenance. Andrew is the captain of the Park Bench Racing Team that will be featured in this evening’s event.

Kamil Kaluski is a Project Manager at an engineering firm and also the East Coast Editor of, an auto enthusiast site. In his ten years of writing about cars he has contributed to, the Boston Globe, and The Truth about Cars. Having mastered the Park Bench Buick, he has his sights set on racing a much worse vehicle, a Russian Lada 2107, one of the more obscure entries in Lemons history.

George Kennedy is a professional automotive journalist that has been featured in Hemmings Motor News, Hagerty, the Boston Globe, Consumer Reports and more. He also contributes to, U.S. News & World Report, and He is a graduate of the Skip Barber Open-Wheel program, who hadn’t done much to hone his racing chops until Kamil called him up and asked him to join the racing team this spring.

Justin Tilton has been in racing since he was 13. Now, at 38, he has raced asphalt sportsman, pure stock, and open wheel modified (ump style). He has also drag raced a 87′ Monte Carlo SS (which he still has), a 68′ Chevrolet and currently races a 65′ Chevy C10 named Lucille.

October 12 – “The Devil’s Mercedes: The Bizarre and Disturbing Adventures of Hitler’s Limousine in America” with Robert Klara

Robert Klara is the author of FDR’s Funeral Train, The Hidden White House, and most recently, The Devil’s Mercedes: The Bizarre and Disturbing Adventures of Hitler’s Limousine in America. Klara’s first book was hailed as “a major new contribution to U.S. history” by historian Douglas Brinkley, and his subsequent work has won praise from publications including The Washington Post, Booklist, and The Christian Science Monitor, which has called his writing “popular history at its best.” Klara’s articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, American Heritage, and The Guardian, among numerous other publications. A popular speaker, Klara has appeared in numerous venues including Johns Hopkins University, the 92nd Street Y, and the Roosevelt and Truman presidential libraries, and has been featured on C-SPAN, WABC and the Travel Channel. Klara has worked as a staff editor for magazines including Town & Country, Architecture, and Adweek. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

October 19 –  Cities of Art: The Installations and Sculptures of Janet Echelman with Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman has been named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” Her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 34 languages and viewed by millions. Echelman’s art ranked #1 on Oprah’s “List of 50 Things That Make You Say Wow!” and received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award.

November 19 – Night with Meghan Melvin

Meghan Melvin was appointed the MFA’s first Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Curator of Design in the Department of Prints and Drawings in 2011. Previously a Specialist in 19th and 20th century decorative arts and design at Christie’s in London, Meghan oversees the Museum’s design and architecture collection, including the rapidly expanding collection of transportation design.  She was co-curator of the 2014-2015 exhibition Planes, Trains, and Automobile: Selections from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection.  She is a member of the Exhibition Committee for the Boston Society of Architects, and sits on the board of the Nichols House Museum.

November 30 –“Preservation and Restoration of Vintage Automotive Leather and Upholstery” with Jonathan Chase

Jonathan Chase is the Owner of Skin & Bones restoration shop in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Three of his restoration projects have gone on to display at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.