Barry Meguiar

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Barry Meguiar
OccupationPresident of Meguiar's Inc.
Former TV Host of Car Crazy
Founder of Revival Outside the Walls (ROTW)
Home townPasadena, California
TelevisionCar Crazy

Barry James Meguiar (born July 24, 1942) in Pasadena, California is the President of Meguiar's, Inc., a California-based company of car care products founded in 1901.[1] and former host of Discovery's Velocity (TV Channel) series Car Crazy,[2]

Early life[edit]

Frank Meguiar Jr., Barry's grandfather, founded Meguiar's Inc. in the garage of his Indiana home in 1901.[3] In 1913, Frank moved the business to Southern California, where the family focused on making products for the professional market.[1] Barry's father, Malcolm Meguiar, and his two brothers carried on the family business in 1950.[1] Barry's involvement at Meguiar's began in grade school and continued throughout college[4] where he served as the one-man accounting department generating $600,000 in annual gross sales.[5]

After graduating college, Barry oversaw the company's relations with GM, Ford and Chrysler and managed sales in the Eastern part of the United States.[3] In 1969, Barry received approval to take Meguiar's products into the consumer marketplace.[1] Barry set out to create a new brand of Meguiar's products that targeted car enthusiasts.[3] After four years, Meguiar's Inc. launched its first consumer product, the Meguiar's Liquid Cleaner Wax, at the 1973 APAA Show in Chicago.[3]

Barry led a grassroots program to sell his products at car shows,[4] which grew into the international marketing campaign that became the backbone of what made Meguiar's a global brand.[3]


By mid-1990, car shows and car clubs were suffering in attendance and decreasing in number with the aging population.[1] With a passion for promoting and growing the hobby, Barry created "Car Crazy," a television show for auto enthusiasts that showcase interviews with celebrities and other "car crazed" enthusiasts.[3] Soon after its debut in August 2000,[6] Barry created a radio show of the same name, which emulated the television show and was syndicated to approximately 100 stations throughout the U.S. by Talk America Radio Networks.[7]

Successfully reviving the car hobby in the next generation, the "Car Crazy" TV Show stood as the longest running show on Fox's Speed Channel,[1] an all-motorsports network since 1995.[8] It then was moved to be broadcast through Discovery's Velocity Channel with the ending broadcast date around 2008 when Meguiars was acquired by the 3M Corporation.[9] While no longer on Cable TV and no new shows being produced, past shows can now be seen on YouTube.

In 2008, Meguiar's Inc., the 100-year-old family business that manufactures the leading Meguiar's brand of car care products, was acquired by 3M,[10] a Fortune 500 global innovation company[11] that produces thousands of products for dozens of diverse markets.

Health / Illness[edit]

In 2010, Barry contracted a rare virus during a filming of his show "Car Crazy" outside of the States.[12] He was admitted into the hospital, where he spent the next 17 days in critical care.[13] Barry was diagnosed with an odd strain of viral pneumonia[14] and was placed in an induced coma battling life-threatening conditions.[12] As Barry's staff prepared his obituary, Barry made a dramatic recovery within 24 hours of intensive care and the illness subsided as quickly as it had spread.[12]

Religion and ministry[edit]

In 1973, Barry encountered a man with a passion for leading people in the Christian faith and immediately wanted to experience the same joy he had in his own life.[15] In 1976, Barry was convinced that his business was his pulpit and in 2000, embraced the vision for a ministry that encourages others to share their faith.[16]

Barry attributes the recovery from his illness in 2010 as the day he received marching orders from God for the rest of his life.[12] In 2011, Barry founded Revival Outside the Walls, a ministry dedicated to bringing purpose and excitement to followers of Jesus Christ.[16]

Revival Outside the Walls[edit]

Revival Outside the Walls (ROTW) was founded by Barry Meguiar in 2011 as a non-clergy, lay-led ministry.[16] ROTW serves as an evangelical Christian organization that operates in respect to the traditional church. ROTW has a mission to serve as more of a resource than a ministry[16] and is dedicated to providing tools for intentional faith sharing. ROTW has 60 second radio segments, the "60 Second Recharge," [15] and features video resources to support the need for evangelism. Latest guests featured on the website include Brent Garrison, Director of CEO Relations at CEO Forum, and Dr. James Dobson, Founder of Christian radio channel Family Talk.[17]

Religious Involvement / Recognition[edit]

• Pt. Loma Nazarene University's Alumnus of the Year
• Church Board Member, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman
• General Council of the Assemblies of God's Layman of the Year
• Chairman of Lay Ministries for the Assemblies of God
• Chairman of David Wilkerson's World Challenge Board of Directors
• Founder/President, Revival Outside the Walls


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  2. ^ "Velocity TV Show Host Barry Meguiar". Velocity homepage. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
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  7. ^ "Car Sound & Performance: Car Crazy". Archived from the original on April 17, 2001. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "Charlotte Observer: Speed Channel". Charlotte Observer. Mark Washburn. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  9. ^ "Velocity TV Shows: Car Crazy". Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  10. ^ "Meguiar's 3M Press Release". Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  11. ^ "CNN Money: Fortune 500 List". CNN Money. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  12. ^ a b c d "OC Register: Barry Meguiar out of hospital with second lease on life". OC Register. Matt Degen. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  13. ^ "Auto Week: Barry Meguiar released from hospital". Auto Week. Dale Jewitt. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  14. ^ "Sports Car Market: Monterey Hospital Goes "Car Crazy" to Save Barry Meguiar's Life". Sports Car Market. Jim Pickering. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Ambassador Advertising: ROTW". Archived from the original on 2014-05-01. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  16. ^ a b c d "Revival Outside the Walls Homepage - About". Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  17. ^ "Revival Outside the Walls Homepage - Videos". Retrieved June 3, 2014.

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