We live in a world contemplating the extinction of the internal combustion engine, yet so many of us have an inextricable passion for motor cars of all ages, and the story behind that passion is always very personal. This is mine.
When I was twelve, a pair of Horch 853 Cabriolets emerged from a long slumber in my hometown of Manchester, CT. Having been recently acquired by the proprietor of a newly-established restoration facility, my dad took me to see them at Manchester Motor Car Co. I was entranced by their historicity, and that visit sparked a passion that would become my vocation. A few years later I inquired about summer work with the owner, Butch Gordon.
Sweeping and car dusting gave way to work in the parts department with inventory dating to the 1920s. As I learned how component parts made engines run, my summer job turned into weekday afternoons and weekends, and many summers thereafter. I am forever grateful to Butch for that opportunity.
This continued during my time at University of Connecticut, where in addition to academic studies, I began writing auction descriptions. Through the auction world I met Rick Carey, who eventually hired me to help report on some of the many sales he attended. Rick introduced me to the truly great cars, educated me, and made introductions that helped secure freelance work from most of the major auction houses. Among those organizations was RM Auctions, and a year of freelance gave way to a full-time role that rapidly evolved with many exciting opportunities; it was an amazing journey for which I feel most fortunate. Motivated to work closely with the coachbuilt automobiles I always gravitated to, I founded Sierakowski Classic Car Advisors in January 2017. I look forward to sharing my passion and client-oriented focus next time we visit.
I am an active member of the American Society of Appraisers, Society of Automotive Historians, STuTZ Club, Classic Car Club of America, Marmon Club, Horseless Carriage Club of America, Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club, Hispano-Suiza Society, Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Mercedes-Benz Club Ltd., Ferrari Club of America, American Bugatti Club, Bentley Drivers Club, Aston Martin Owners Club, Club Delahaye, Rolls-Royce Owners Club, Club Talbot, Club Bugatti France, and Antique Automobile Club of America.