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Ken Latka is a car guy. He grew up in Chicago, just a stone’s throw from Detroit during the muscle car era of the 1960’s. As he watched the first generation of muscle cars tear it up on the streets of the Windy City, it fueled an automotive passion that burns to this day.
While Ken was still in High School (before the days of self-serve gas stations) he pumped gasoline and worked as a mechanic at a Chicago area service station when his school day was done. He had the opportunity to work on the muscle car offerings from AMC, Chevrolet, Ford, Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Ford, Dodge and Plymouth. Shortly after getting his driver’s license at age 16, he started racing his first car, a used 1968 Chevrolet Nova at drag strips in the Midwest. By age 18, he had already appeared in the “Who’s Who of Drag Racing” and he was also turning wrenches on a rear engine dragster before entering college.
After college, Ken changed his focus to a career in television and he started working at a Post Production house where he edited shows, commercials and training videos. After a few years honing his craft, he was hired as a videotape editor at NBC Television in Chicago. Then in 1985, he was offered a job at CBS Television City in Hollywood, California. That move would not only change his life, but the lives of automotive enthusiasts who work in the entertainment industry.
That’s because in 2009, Ken founded the Television Motion Picture Car Club, the world’s only car club for those who work in entertainment. The club started with men and women who work in television and motion pictures, but it has grown to include those who work in the music, radio, sports and motorsports industries as well.
Members include producers, directors, actors, actresses, television and radio personalities, stunt men and women, stunt and precision drivers, camera operators, lighting technicians, audio technicians, editors, make-up artists, picture car suppliers and just about every other position that makes up the various entertainment fields, including studio presidents. There are Academy Award winners, Emmy Award winners, Grammy Award winners and Taurus Stunt Award winners... As you can see, this is NOT your typical car club.