Marvin Waters, President
Marvin Waters is Co-Founder and President of the Sandhills Motoring Festival. He is a North Carolina native; New Bern is his hometown and NC State his Alma Mater. Marvin inherited his love of all things automotive from his Father who drove Corvettes and Harley Davidson’s his entire life. Marvin joined the Porsche Club of America in 1995 while living in Jupiter FL and never looked back, he has driven many Porsche’s on the racetrack over the years, including a 1975 911 Carrera and currently tracks a Boxster ClubSport.
Marvin is a 25-year member of the PGA of America but has always been involved in the car hobby. He has written for many automotive magazines, newsletters and websites including: RM Sotheby’s award-winning SHIFT magazine, Hagerty magazine and flatsixes.com. Marvin is currently Director of Sales and Marketing for The Wilson Collection in Jupiter FL as well as owner of automotive services company SWIFTMOTORING LLC. Over the years Marvin has maintained membership in many automobile clubs including the prestigious Oglethorpe Driving Club in Savannah, GA and is also a Judge at the Porsche Werks Reunion on Amelia Island each March.
Marvin enjoys anything and everything automotive and hopes you enjoy the Sandhills Motoring Festival as much as he and his team enjoy sourcing automobiles and hosting the event in the beautiful Village of Pinehurst.
Chris Smith, Director of IT & Operations
Chris is a long time resident of Pinehurst, NC and a life long automotive enthusiast. He is the Vice President of the Triangle Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America and a member in good standing of the Porsche Club of America. His prize 1989 560SL has won the Mercedes-Benz Silver Star Award for Presentation, first place in Hagerty Youth Judging 2018, Best in Class at SMF 2019, and was featured in the September 2018 edition of Popular Mechanics. His other prize possession, a 1991 Dodge Stealth R/T was also featured in Popular Mechanics in the October 2019 edition.
His love of cars and all things Pinehurst has come together in his participation with the SMF Team. With his extensive background in Business Operations and Information Technology, his role as Director is a perfect fit. In his spare time, he owns and operates an Information Technology conglomerate based in Pinehurst, NC.
John MacIntyre, Registrar
John previously served as vice president of the Niagra, NY Miata Club as well as serving as VP of the Sandhills Chapter of the Automobile Club of America where he was responsible for running and or organizing several of the annual club shows. John has taken over “40” first, second or third place awards in several states over the last 28 years. He is the proud owner of a custom classic 1991 miata that he has owned since brand new and has invested in many after market additions including a chromed engine and much more.
Wilbur Strickland, Chief Judge
Wilbur picked up his passion for cars – and for the people associated with them – from his Dad. Years ago, they rebuilt the engine in Wilbur’s first car, a 1965 VW Beetle, and he hasn’t stopped messing around with cars since. Anyone who’s ever rebuilt an engine knows the sheer joy of that first ignition start after hours of working long days and nights with wrenches, oil and gas! As an avid car collector, Wilbur’s devotion to that long-gone VW Beetle is now shared across numerous Porsche cars – including a 356, 944 Turbo, 3.2 Carrera, 928 GTS, 911 GTS plus a few others – and a Ferrari 360 Spider. He’s displayed cars at Amelia Island, Hilton Head Island and the Sandhills Motoring Festival.
When he’s not working on a car or taking a long drive through Lowcountry backroads, he’s at the track with his Porsche Cayman S. The car is certainly better than he is after the various performance tweaks that have been applied by Autometrics in Charleston, SC, and BGB Motorsports in Ormond Beach, FL. Wilbur is a certified Porsche Club of America High-Performance Driver Education (HPDE) instructor, and gets a real kick out of helping students fully enjoy themselves and their cars as they safely master the complexities of the race line, braking and acceleration.
Everything associated with cars is fantastic, and the people are the best part. Wilbur’s an active member of Porsche Club of America (PCA), Ferrari Club of America, Carolina Dreamers Car Club and Lowcountry Oyster & Motorcar Driving Society (LOMDS). On top of all of the good-spirited camaraderie, Wilbur’s often asked to help critique or find a sports car for his friends based on his experiences of buying cars across the country.
To help pay for his car addiction, Wilbur has had a long and successful career in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry – influencing just about everything from cleaning products to chocolates. He’s worked for world-class companies, such as Mondelēz International, Kraft, Cadbury and Procter & Gamble, and has lived in the USA, UK, Switzerland and Belgium. Wilbur presently is the Founder & CEO of Next Result Innovation, LLC, a specialist consulting firm, and helps companies in the USA, UK, Ireland and Israel. Committed to giving back, he’s a member of the Advisory Board of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College, and is also very involved with his local community via the Board of Directors, Architectural Review Board and Finance Committee. Wilbur has a Chemical Engineering degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Hilton Head Island, SC.
Marvin Jennings, Show Field Director
Marty Barrett, PCA Liaison
Marty is the Director of the Sandhills Area Porsche Club of America. In addition to managing SMF, he also manages Sommerfest for PCA. Marty is a Chief Driving Instructor Carolinas PCA & TurnOneMotorsports (retired), as well as a High Performance Driving Coach.