Author Archives: Frank Schwartz

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.

My Other Vehicle is Unmanned – Sketchbattle Pro 17 Chicago

Over the past 7 years, the Sketchbattle has evolved and grown from a small intimate cocktail party and sketching competition to a significant and critically important stop on the the North American Auto Show circuit.  Except for one event in … Continue reading

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5th Avenue Death Match – Sketchbattle Pro #16 New York

Just when we think we have the “Experiment” part eliminated from our event title, we do something new and exciting.  In New York at the Jalopnik office we were presented with something that had never happened in 15 previous events … Continue reading

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Today, Today, Today

In the midst of Manhatten  8 designers will come together in an epic clash of stress, drama and talent to compete for the title of Sketchmaster at the inaugural Sketchbattle Pro New York thanks to the support of Jalopnik and … Continue reading

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Big Apple, Big Deal, Sketchbattle #16 New York

We are pleased and proud to announce our first Sketchbattle Pro event in New York City timed to coincide with the New York Auto Show.  Can the news get any better than that?  How about we are doing the event … Continue reading

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Will Autonomous Vehicles cause accidents?

Recently I participated in AV19 Silicon Valley, the Autonomous Vehicles conference held annually on the west coast.  As the moderator of the closing panel on Industry Standards and Governmental Regulations, I had a chance to pose questions on the future … Continue reading

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What does Motorsports have to do with Business?

So why is a post about racing on our business page?  Because at AACS, our business is built around the lessons learned from 39 years of participating in Motorsports activities.  While many may consider Motorsports a hobby, it is at … Continue reading

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Sketchbattle 15 Winners!

If you have any question that Detroit is the center of the automotive design universe, Sketchbattle 15 should alleviate your doubts.  More than 600 people, a mix of automotive designers, engineers, suppliers, Detroit-area businesses, the local arts community,  automotive enthusiasts, … Continue reading

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The Detroit and Cleveland Shows are Now Related

The following is an editorial and does not represent the opinion of any of our clients – the views expressed are mine and mine alone.  The Cleveland Auto Show has a new brother, the Detroit Auto Show.  I can no … Continue reading

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Here are your Themes for Sketchbattle 15

With the countdown clock under 12 hours, and tickets flying out the door, it is a great time to review the themes for the 3 rounds of tonight’s epic clash of design titans.  We are not billed as “The Fight … Continue reading

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What’s in the Basement – Sketchbattle 15

At Sketchbattle 12, the basement of St. Andrew’s was basically empty and used only for coat check.  What a difference a year makes.  For Sketchbattle 15 the famous Shelter, where Eminem had rap battles in the movie 8 Mile, is … Continue reading

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