Nevada City, California
Chris Bock was named Chief Judge in 2013. He attended his first Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance back in 1963 at the young age of 18, he was first appointed a Class Judge a decade later, and he continued to serve among our Judges over the ensuing decades, often acting as Chief Class Judge for American Classics. Mr. Bock is also on the Concours Selection Committee, a group of about a dozen experts who choose the cars that are invited to participate in this event, and he plays key roles in overseeing field and ramp operations on Concours Sunday, making certain that all runs smoothly. He has been an entrant on five occasions-often showing Packards, a marque to which he is devoted. Apart from the Concours, Mr. Bock has also served as President and National Head Judge of the Classic Car Club of America and as editor of The Cormorant for The Packard Club. He is a retired real estate broker and a foster parent.
Chief Honorary Judge
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Glenn Mounger retired from his position as Co-Chairman of the Pebble Beach Concoursd'Elegance in 2005, but he continues to participate in and officiate at this and other significant automotive events around the world. A highly regarded expert on American classics, particularly Duesenbergs, Mr. Mounger is a fan of everything from Brass Era vehicles to postwar sports cars. He is also passionate about using-driving!-and preserving cars. In fact, he brought the first preservation classes to the Pebble Beach Concours. Mr. Mounger began to officiate at concours events in the early 1980s and continued through much of the 1990s. He was invited to join the Concours Executive Committee in the spring of 1999 and stepped into the role of Chairman that fall. Mr. Mounger also serves among the directors or advisors of key organizations such as the Classic Car Club of America Museum, the LeMay Museum, and the National Automobile Museum. He previously co-owned Pacific Trail Sportswear and served as Chairman and CEO of MAGIC, the world's largest international sportswear trade show.
Emeritus Jules Heumann
San Francisco, California
Jules Heumann-"J." to his many friends throughout the automotive world-has been a guiding light to this Concours for over four decades. J. and Lorin Tryon served together as Co-Chairmen of this event from 1972 through 1998, elevating the Pebble Beach Concours to its premier status. After Lorin's death in early 1999, J. continued to serve as Chairman for another year, then added the word Emeritus to his title.A recognized authority on Hispano-Suiza, J.'s 1922 Hispano-Suiza H6B Labourdette Skiff/Torpedo won Best of Show at Pebble Beach in 1972, and his 1933 Hispano-Suiza J12 Van Vooren Faux Cabriolet was named Most Elegant Car in 1978. He has also won several class awards.Though quite devoted to this event, J. has helped to organize numerous automotive meets, tours and concours, and he was the first president of The Candy Store. Prior to his retirement, J. was chief designer and co-owner of Metropolitan Furniture Corporation.
2015 Honorary Judges
Achim Anscheidt, Bugatti's Director of Design, is the son of triple Motorcycle World Champion Hans Georg Anscheidt and is himself a former trials riding champion.After graduating from Art Center College of Design, Mr. Anscheidt started his career in 1993 at the Porsche Style Center in Weissach, Germany, then led Volkswagen Group's advanced design operations in Barcelona and Berlin for eight years before assuming his current position in 2004.He has strengthened Bugatti's DNA and design language with work that includes the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, the Bugatti Galibier Concept and the new Bugatti that is to follow the Veyron.Over the last four years, Anscheidthas also authored the Bugatti Brand Almanac Art, Forme, Technique. His private ride is a bare, minimal and personalized 1981 Carrera SC with 290hp and a weight of just 820kg.
Valentino Balboni is one of the most knowledgeable Lamborghini experts in the world. As the longtime test driver for Automobili Lamborghini, he has driven 80 percent of itsentire production.Mr. Balboni started in 1968 as an apprentice mechanic, worked in Customer Service, andwas officially appointed test driver in 1973. He initially tested production cars, including the Miura, Countach, Espada, Jarama, Urraco and Jalpa. He later became the Research and Development test driver, and his first development project was the Diablo. In 2009 Automobili Lamborghini produced a limited special edition of the Gallardo named the Valentino Balboni LP550-2 to honor his 40 years of devotion to the company.Mr. Balboni is now an independent consultant, focusing on vintage Lamborghini restorations.
A daring designer whose work has provoked much discussion, Chris Bangle is best known for his tenure as Chief of Design for the BMW group, where he brought the designs of the BMW, Mini Cooper, and Rolls-Royce into the twenty-first century.Mr. Bangle began his career at Opel, and later moved to Fiat. In 1992 he was named the first American Chief of Design at BMW, where he updated the brand's classic designs with bold, sculptural lines. He also introduced GINA, an experimental concept roadster with a fabric body that could change shape. In 2009, Mr. Bangle announced his departure from the auto industry-but not from car design. Now as managing director of Chris Bangle Associates, he pursues his own design-related endeavors. He also lectures, teaches and consults.
Manvendra Singh Barwani
His Highness Rana Manvendra Singh belongs to the erstwhile royal family of Barwani in Madhya Pradesh. Keenly interested in automobiles from an early age, he successfully melded his passionate hobby with work, starting India's first vintage and classic car restoration workshop in 1978. Today he is a well-known and respected authority on vintage and classic cars in India. As such, he has been featured on numerous television programs and has written for many publications. He co-authored the book Automobiles of the Maharajas with Sharada Dwivedi.A founding member of the Vintage and Classic Car Club of India, Manvendra Singh serves as Curator for the Cartier Travel with Style Concoursd'Elegance and has judged at many other car events. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians.
Derek Bell MBE
Derek Bell MBE is one of the world's greatest endurance race drivers. Mr. Bell began racing as an amateur in a Lotus 7 at Goodwood, winning his first ever race in March 1964. He quickly progressed to Formula 3, then Formula 2, and turned professional when Enzo Ferrari offered him a contract that led to Formula 1. Between 1968 and 1974 he competed in 16 Formula 1 Grand Prix, racing for Ferrari, McLaren, Surtees and Tecno. But it is in endurance and sports car racing that he made his name, winning at Le Mans five times, recording back-to-back World Sports Car Championships, and winning the 24 Hours of Daytona on three occasions. The majority of these victories came behind the wheel of a Porsche.Mr. Bell went onto commentate for sports car and Formula 1 racing. He is now a global Bentley brand ambassador.
Dr. Ulrich Bez is the Chairman of Nurburgring Aston Martin. He served as the Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2013. Prior to joining Aston Martin, Dr. Bez led the product design and development of the BMW Z1, the Porsche 993 and the Daewoo Matiz. A skilled racer, Dr. Bez regularly competes in the Nurburgring 24-hour race, and piloted the 1959 Le Mans-winning DBRI at Le Mans in honor of Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori. He is also a regular judge at concours events worldwide.
Michael Bock is Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic and CEO of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. He worked for Mercedes-Benz for 34 years in different technical and commercial departments, amongst others as head of Motorsport Marketing for 15 years, so he has a deep understanding of the brand's history and its cars. Mr. Bock appreciates the cultural aspects of collecting cars and is a strong supporter of originality. The archives of Mercedes-Benz Classic contain data from the invention of the automobile in 1886 up to today. This information is the fundamental background for the work of Mercedes-Benz Classic: restoring cars, reproducing original spare parts, and overseeing worldwide supply-all helping to keep classic Mercedes-Benz models on the road.
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Thomas Bryant retired from Road & Track magazine in 2008 after 20 years as Editor-in-Chief, capping his 36-year career. Shortly after becoming Editor-in-Chief Mr. Bryant initiated the Road & Track Trophy at the Pebble Beach Concours for "the car the editors would most like to drive."Â
Prior to his publishing career, Mr. Bryant spent two years as a Foreign Service Officer, and he later worked in radio broadcasting. But his love of cars led him to the Road & Track family in 1972.
Mitja Borkert is General Manager of Exterior Design Style for Porsche. He began his career with as an Exterior Designer with Porsche in 1999, and he worked for a time at Porsche Studio California. In more recent years, he has worked on the Porsche Boxster 987, the Porsche Cayenne E2, the Porsche Macan and the Panamera Sport Turismo show car. Mr. Borkert has a degree in Transportation Design from Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences. He enjoys GoKarts, Ducati and MV Agusta motorcycles, and he is a fan of Formula 1 and Moto GP.
Stephen F. Brauer
St. Louis, Missouri
Stephen Brauer is Chairman and CEO of Hunter Engineering Company, which designs, manufactures, and sells computer-based automotive service equipment to automobile manufacturers and dealers worldwide.In June 2001 President George W. Bush appointed Mr. Brauer as US Ambassador to Belgium, where he served until September 2003. He is a past member of the Smithsonian National Board and is active in numerous charitable and civic organizations. Mr. Brauer is a longtime collector of American classic cars, Springfield Rolls-Royce and postwar coachbuilt Rolls-Royce and Bentley.
Christopher Chapman joined Hyundai Design North America in Irvine, California, as Chief Designer and Director in 2012. After Mr. Chapman graduated from Art Center College of Design, he was initially hired at Isuzu Technical Center of America and was lead designer of the XU-1 showcar-a gull-winged SUV that was named Best Concept at the 1993 Tokyo Motor Show.In 1994, Mr. Chapman joined BMW at DesignworksUSA in California, where he designed the X5 Sport Activity Vehicle and X Coupe concept, and was responsible for the 1 Series Coupe and its touring and cabriolet derivatives.From 2002, Chris oversaw vehicle design at BMW as Director and was responsible for guiding several advanced and production programs, including the X5, X3, and Z4.
Wayne K. Cherry
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
A graduate of Art Center, Wayne Cherry joined GM in 1962, spending 26 years in Europe where he was eventually responsible for the design of all GM European vehicles.As Vice President of Design from 1992 to 2004, he was responsible for the new design direction for Cadillac, and he helped to reestablish GM as a design leader with a wide range of concepts from Autonomy to Solsticeas well as the Cadillac concepts Evoq and Cadillac Sixteen.Retired after 42 years, Mr. Cherry is a consultant, and he designed the VSR sports rod.
Miles C. Collier
Miles C. Collier is a practicing artist, an investor, a philanthropist and a noted authority on vintage automobiles. He founded The Revs Institute for Automotive Research in Naples, he is the founding supporter of the Stanford-Revs initiative, and he conducts a biennial symposium on Connoisseurship and the Collectible Automobile,bringing together automobile enthusiasts from around the world to discuss critical issues in collecting and preserving important historic automobiles.In 1995, after 25 years as Managing Partner of Collier Enterprises, he entered the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, where he studied with the noted Graham Nickson. Today, he paints professionally. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Eckerd College.
Keith Crain is Chairman of Crain Communications, a privately held company that publishes over 30 business, trade and consumer publications and employs approximately 1,000 people in 18 offices internationally. He serves as editor-in-chief of several publications including Automotive News. Additionally, he is editorial director of AutoWeek. In 2002, Mr. Crain launched Automobilwoche(meaning Automobile Week), a German-language newspaper covering the entire new-vehicle industry, from suppliers to automakers to franchised dealers.
Luc Donckerwolke most recently served as Director of Design for Bentley,from September 2013 to June 2015. His last creation was the Bentley Speed 6 show car.He previously designed cars in the Volkswagen Group for Audi, Skoda and Lamborgini (where he created the Murcielago and the Gallardo), and he worked for Seat from 2005 to 2011 (overseeing cars such as the Ibiza and variants, as well as many concepts) before moving to Volkswagen in August of 2011. Early in his career, he worked at Skoda and Peugeot. He is a graduate of Art Center College of Design.
Wolfgang Durheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors and President of Bugatti Automobiles,has an association with the automotive industry spanning 30 years, and a passion for motorsport and historic race cars. He heads Volkswagen Group Motorsport, and leads Bentley and Bugatti, two brands with a rich motorsport heritage. Mr. Durheimer previously held senior management positions responsible for research and development at BMW, led the iconic Porsche 911 product line, and later was a Member of the Board for Research and Development at Porsche AG, strengthening the success of the Porsche brand. Before his current positions, he was a Member of the Board for Technical Development at Audi AG.
Jackie Frady is President of the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) in Reno, Nevada. The Museum was named "One of America's Five Greatest Automobile Museums" by AutoWeek in 2012. It exhibits more than 200 automobiles, the majority from legendary gaming pioneer and collector, William F."Bill" Harrah. Ms. Frady is a 2015 Top Ten Business Woman of the American Business Women's Association. This national award is the highest honor given to a member. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Silver Thistle award as the 2013 Scot of the Year for outstanding service in business, education and the arts. Ms. Frady is editor and contributing writer of two books published by the Museum and its award-winning magazine. She is Past President of the National Association of Automobile Museums and Nevada Museums Association.
Bay Harbor, Michigan
Tom Gale joined Chrysler in 1967. He became Vice President of Design, President of International Operations and Executive Vice President of Product Development before retiring from the Board of Management in 2000.Throughout his career, Mr. Gale has been active with automotive design. He was responsible for the creation of over 50 concept and show vehicles, along with a multitude of production vehicles like Viper, Ram Truck, Minivan and Chrysler 300.
San Francisco, California
Ed Gilbertson served as Chief Judge of the Pebble Beach Concours from 1999 through 2012, and he continues to be a member of our Selection Committee. He was previously our Chief Class Judge for the Ferrari classes for 15 years.Mr. Gilbertsonis also Chief Judge Emeritus for the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic and the Ferrari Club of America. He founded and is Chairman Emeritus of the International Advisory Council for the Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile and is a senior advisor to both the Historic Vehicle Association and the FIVA Technical Commission.A contributing editor for Cavallino magazine, he coauthored a book on the Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California.A member of several marque clubs, he also served as Regional Director for the Ferrari Club of America and President of the Ferrari Owners Club.
Ralph V. Gilles
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Ralph V. Gilles was appointed Head of Design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in April 2015. Mr. Gilles has also served as the FCA - North America Senior Vice President-Product Design; President and CEO-Motorsports; President and CEO - SRT Brand; and President and CEO - Dodge brand for FCA US LLC. He was named Vice President - Design in September 2008.An avid car enthusiast, Mr. Gilles enjoys spending time at the track, go-karting and watching Formula 1 auto racing. Hehas participated in the Targa Newfoundland Rally, the Car and Driver One Lap of America and the SRT Viper Cup Series. He also frequently serves as a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours, Concours of the Americas, and Cranbrook Concours events, along with the Eyes On Design car show.
Newport Beach, California
Kevin Hunter is President of Toyota Motor Corporation's North American design studio, Calty Design Research, and is responsible for overseeing research, advanced design and production design at studios in Newport Beach, San Francisco, and Ann Arbor. Calty creates innovative designs for Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Recent accomplishments under Mr. Hunter's direction are the Lexus LF-LC sports coupe concept, the 2013 Lexus GS interior and the 2013 Toyota Avalon. He also contributed to the 1983 FXV Tokyo Motor Show concept car, the 1990 Celica and the last generation Supra.Mr. Hunter was appointed to the position of President in 2007 and is the first American to serve in this role. Previously he held various design positions, including Vice President and Chief Designer.
Paul J. Ingrassia, the managing editor of Reuters, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has written extensively about the auto industry for 25 years. His latest book, published by Simon and Schuster in May 2012, is Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars.Mr. Ingrassia spent 31 years at The Wall Street Journal and its parent company, Dow Jones, as a reporter, editor and executive before his departure in 2007. As the Journal's Detroit bureau chief from 1985 to 1994, Mr. Ingrassia won a Pulitzer Prize (along with his deputy, Joseph B. White) in 1993 for coverage of the prior year's crisis at General Motors. The two also won a Gerald Loeb Award that year.
A nationally known automotive historian, Leo Levine began his racing career while working as a newspaperman in Europe in the 1950s. He drove for Porsche, BMW and NSU in Europe and South America before confining his efforts to the typewriter at the end of 1960. Mr. Levine was the syndicated auto writer for The New York Herald Tribune, he wrote the Ford Motor Company racing history Ford: The Dust and the Glory (which was recently republished in e-book format), and he has been a contributing editor for a number of magazines. He was the general manager of public relations for Mercedes-Benz of North America from 1969 to 1988, the period of that marque's greatest growth on this continent. He has also been a contract writer for The New York Times.
Dave Marek is Global Creative Director for Acura, with responsibility for all designs of the Acura brand. He began his career at Honda R&D Americas in 1987, and for over 25 years he has contributed to the designs of products developed in North America. He served as Design Project Leader and oversaw a number of milestone projects such as the 1994 Honda Accord Wagon, 1997 Acura CL, 2003 Honda Element and 2006 Honda Ridgeline. Mr. Marek graduated from Art Center College of Design, and he remains involved with the school today, serving as an instructor there. He is also a supporter of several museums, including the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Gettysburg Foundation, the California State Railroad Museum, the NHRA Motorsports Museum, and Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, including the USS Arizona Memorial. He creates fine art and graphics for numerous clients, and his work has been used on many championship cars and has been published in various enthusiast magazines.
Jochen Mass is a racing great with numerous successes to his credit. As a Formula 1 racer from 1973 to 1982, he drove for Surtees, McLaren, ATS and Arrows, among others. Before and after his Formula 1 career, he scored many wins in sports cars, most often driving Porsche or Mercedes-Benz sports prototypes. With Hans-Joachim Stuck, he won the 24 Hours of Spa in 1972, and he went on to win the World Sportscar Championship that year. In 1987, with Bobby Rahal, he won the 12 Hours of Sebring, and in 1989 he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He was also involved in IROC, the International Race of Champions, and in IMSA, the International Motor Sports Association.
Pompton Plains, New Jersey
Kim McCullough is vice president, marketing, Jaguar Land Rover, where she leads distinct marketing operations for each brand, including brand strategy, advertising, digital, experiential and partnerships. She has more than 25 years of experience developing automotive brand and marketing strategies, having worked for Toyota, Nissan and Mazda.Ms. McCulloughhas always been interested in cars. While growing up, she spent all of her allowance on Matchbox cars. She is now a vintage automotive enthusiast; she owns an eclectic collection of cars including a 1970 Alpine A110, a 1956 Land Rover Series 1, a 1954 Jaguar XK120 OTS, and a 1962 Jaguar E-type Coupe, and she enjoys exercising them regularly.
Sir Stirling Moss
Sir Stirling was British Champion for ten years, taking part in over 500 races, hill climbs, rallies and record attempts. He still holds the 1,500 cc record at over 240 mph. He won over 200 international Formula 1, 2, 3 and Sports Car Races, including the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio, and the Tourist Trophy seven times. He was Knighted in The Queen's New Year's Honours in 2000.
West Sussex, England
Torsten Muller-Otvos is Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Mr. Muller-Otvos began his career with BMW in 1988. The youngest manager ever to be appointed to the BMW Group's Top Leadership Group, he has held a number of senior marketing positions in BMW, including relaunching the MINI from 1999 to 2004. He joined Rolls-Royce Motor Cars as its Chief Executive Officer in March 2010 and is based at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, England.
Born and educated in South Africa, Professor Gordon Murray designed, built and raced his own sports car, the IGM Ford, while in his early 20s. He joined the Brabham Formula 1 Team as Technical Director in 1969, winning two world championships in 17 years there.He joined McLaren Racing as Technical Director in 1988, immediately winning three consecutive championships. In 1990, he helped to establish McLaren Cars Ltd., which created the F1 Road Car and the successful Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren program. In July 2007 Gordon Murray Design was established to develop innovative and disruptive automotive manufacturing technology, trademarked iStream.The design firm is currently working on multiple iStream projects with global automotive manufacturers and start-ups.
Shiro Nakamura is Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer for Nissan Motor Corporation. Since 1999, he has been responsible for the vehicle design of Infiniti, Nissan and Datsun brands. Vehicles such as the Infiniti QX70, Essence and Q30 concepts, as well as the Nissan Murano, GT-R and Juke are examples of his current work.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Dan Neil is the automotive critic for The Wall Street Journal. His book The Impossible Connection: The Greatest Cars of the 20th Century was recently published by Assouline. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 2004.
Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen is retired from his position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bentley Motors and President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., which he held from 2002 to 2011. He also held general power of attorney for Volkswagen AG. After earning a doctorate in mechanical engineering, Dr. Paefgen worked for the Ford Motor Company. In 1980 he moved to Audi AG, where he held various senior management positions over the ensuing two decades. He became a member of its Board of Management in 1995 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 1998. From 1998 until 2002, he was also President of Automobili Lamborghini SpA.
Prof. Dr. Andrew Charles Palmer
Prof. Dr. Andrew Charles Palmer is CEO of Aston Martin Ltd. Tasked with renewing the company, he revealed "The Second Century Plan" this spring. Prior to joining Aston Martin, Dr. Palmer was Chief Planning Officer and Executive Committee Member at Nissan; Global Corporate Planning, Product Planning and Program Management; Global Marketing Brand and Communications; Global Sales; Global Electric Vehicle; Global IS/IT Division; Chairman Infiniti Motor Company Ltd; and President Nissan Motor Light Truck Company Ltd. In January 2014, he was named a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG). In 2013, Forbes named him the third most influential Chief Marketing Officer globally and the first most influential in the automotive industry.
Christian Philippsen is an international consultant specializing in classic cars and automotive design.He is regularly invited to judge at concours all over the world and has for many years chaired the juries for the Louis Vuitton Classic Awards and for Michelin's Challenge Bibendum Design Awards. His list of clients includes such names as Christie's, Ferrari, Pininfarina, and Renault. An enthusiast since birth, Mr Philippsen started his career by assisting Jacques Swaters, the Belgian Ferrari importer of EcurieFrancorchamps fame, and is the former publisher of the respected annual Automobile Year.
Marek Reichman is Chief Creative Officer and Design Director of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. Since joining the company in 2005, he has strengthened its iconic styling and ledit through a prolific period, introducing the graceful high-performance Rapide S, the new Vanquish and Aston Martin's recent flagship model, the stunning One-77.The most recent creations to leave the Aston Martin Design Studio include the DBX Concept, Aston Martin Vulcan and Vantage GT12. Throughout his career, Mr. Reichman has been involved with some of the world's most iconic cars, including the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Lincoln MKX and Navicross Concept Cars and the Range Rover Mk lll. He began his career with Rover Cars in 991, then moved to BMW Designworks where he led the overhaul of Land Rover. He joined Ford in 1999 and rose to the position of Director of Design for Product at Ford North America before moving to Aston Martin.
Dr. Ian Robertson has been a Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG since March 2008 and is responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW and Sales Channels BMW Group.
Dr. Robertson started his career in the automotive industry with the Rover Group in Great Britain 35 years ago.From 1988 to 1994 he held various management roles there, including Purchasing Director, before being promoted to Managing Director at Land Rover Vehicles. He served as Managing Director at BMW South Africa from 1999 to 2005 before becoming the Chairman and Chief Executive for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in 2005.
Sir Jackie Stewart
Born in 1939, Sir Jackie found his personal voice in sport-first as an Olympic-class shot, then in motor racing, scoring his first Grand Prix victory at Monza in 1965. During his career, he was crowned three-time World Champion and achieved 27 victories in 99 races. In 1988, with his son Paul, he formed Paul Stewart Racing, and in 1996, he formed Stewart Grand Prix, which was sold to Ford Motor Company. Sir Jackie has been involved with Rolex for 47 years, with Moet & Chandon for 46 years, and he was with Ford for 40 years. Hehas also been involved with many charitable endeavors. He was knighted in 2001.
Christopher Svensson is Ford Motor Company's Design Director, The Americas, a position he assumed in January 2014. He began his career with Ford in 1992 as an exterior designer in Germany, and he subsequently held a number of key positions in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Australia. In 2010 he was appointed Design Director, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, based in Melbourne, Australia. His international credits include concept vehicles such as the Ford Visos and the Ford P2000 Holographic project, and varied production cars, including the Ford Ka, Puma, Cougar, Fiesta, Focus, C-Max, Mondeo, Falcon, Taurus and Mustang. Mr. Svensson has also applied his auto design expertise in the film industry; he was the Chief Designer responsible for the development of the Pink FAB1 featured in the 2004 movie Thunderbirds.
Freeman J. Thomas
Laguna Beach, California
Freeman J. Thomas is the Design Director for Ford Motor Company's Strategic Concepts Group-California, responsible for advanced global design activities. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, Mr. Thomas began his career as a designer at Porsche AG in Weissach, Germany, where he was part of the 959 design team. He then became a Chief Designer, first at Audi AG and then at Volkswagen AG, where, with J Mays, he co-conspired the Volkswagen Concept 1/New Beetle in 1994 and conceptualized and designed the original Audi TT concepts in 1995. In 1999 Mr. Thomas joined DaimlerChrysler as Vice President of Advanced Design Strategy. In this role, he led a team in creating the Noble American Sedan, which became the new Chrysler 300 Sedan. He joined Ford in 2005.
Franz von Holzhausen
As Chief Designer at Tesla, Franz von Holzhausen is responsible for driving the overall design direction of Tesla.Prior to joining Tesla, Mr. von Holzhausenwas Director of Design at the Mazda North American Design Center. While there, he pioneered the Nagare surface language design philosophy. The Nagare and Furai concepts were the progenitors of the visual interpretation of what has become the new design language for the Mazda brand. Before spearheading design at Mazda, Mr. Von Holzhausen was Design Director at General Motors. He began his career as Assistant Chief Designer at Volkswagen, where he was involved in projects from Concept One to the Microbus. Mr. Von Holzhausenis a graduate of Art Center College of Design.
Prof. Dr. Gorden Wagener
Prof. Dr. Gorden Wagener has been Vice President of Design at Daimler AG since mid-2008.Under his leadership, a new design and brand strategy has been created and continuously developed. Based on the bipolarity of intelligence and emotion, he defines the modern luxury philosophy of the prestigious brand Mercedes-Benz.A variety of models bear his signature as head of design, such as the family of the compact cars (A-Class, CLA, GLA), the new C-Class, the S-Class, the new S-Class Coupe as well as the Mercedes-AMG GT. Concept cars like Ener-G-Force, Mercedes-Benz AMG Gran Turismo and Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion show creative, innovative and visionary thinking. Dr. Wagener studied Transportation Design at The Royal College of Art in London.
Edward T. Welburn Jr.
Edward T. Welburn Jr. was appointed GM Vice President-Global Design in March 2005, and is responsible for the design of all GM products worldwide. He was previously Vice President Design of GM North America beginning in October 2003.Mr. Welburn began his General Motors career in 1972, working in various production and advanced car and truck design studios in the United States and in Germany. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Welburn has a bachelor's degree from the College of Fine Arts at Howard University where he studied sculpture and product design.
Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy
Stephan Winkelmann has served as President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini SpA since January 2005, overseeing significant and rapid growth at the company. In 2014 Mr. Winkelmann received the highest decoration in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Knight Grand Cross, which followed that of Grand Officer in 2010. And in 2012, in Chicago, he received the Global Leadership Award from the Italian American Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Winkelmann was born in Berlin in 1964 and grew up in Rome, where he studied political science. After getting his degree, he spent two years as a paratrooper in the German Army, taking leave as Lieutenant.He soon focused his professional career in the automotive industry, working first at Mercedes-Benz, then at Fiat Auto, where he became CEO of Fiat Auto Austria, Switzerland, and then Fiat Auto Germany.
David Woodhouse is Lincoln Design Director, responsible for leading the Lincoln team based in Dearborn, Michigan. He previously was chief designer for Ford Motor Company's strategic design studios in London and California. Prior to joining Ford Motor Company, his career included design positions with Mini, Cadillac, Range Rover and BMW. Mr. Woodhouse is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. His credits include the Lincoln C Concept, the Ford Shelby GR1, Ford Airstream, Ford Reflex, Lincoln MK9 coupe, Lincoln Aviator Concept, Cadillac Imaj Concept and Land Rover Freelander. An avid automotive enthusiast, he collects, restores and competes in vintage racing, with several Goodwood Revival podiums to his credit, and is a postwar motor racing historian.
Kazunori Yamauchi, a game creator in Japan, is renowned for the GranTurismo game series that has sold over 75 million units worldwide. Joining Sony Music Entertainment in 1992, he was involved in the start-up of the Sony PlayStation. Transferring to Sony Computer Entertainment in 1994, he produced his first title, MotorToon Grand Prix, and, in 1997, the first of the GranTurismo series, which sold approximately 10.85 million units worldwide. Mr. Yamauchi established Polyphony Digital Inc. in 1998, and serves as its President. He has been a board member for the Japan Car of the Year awards since 2001. With racing as his recent passion, he completed the 2014 ADAC Nurburgring 24-hour race in a Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, spent the first 12 years of his career working in Ford Design, where he contributed to the creation of the Escort RS Cosworth and the Ghia Via Concept. Later, as Chief Designer of TWR Design, he was responsible for the Aston Martin DB7 and Vanquish, and he contributed to the design of the Ford Puma, Volvo C70 and Nissan R390 LeMans.Mr. Callum joined Jaguar in 1999 but continued to manage Aston Martin Design, developing the DB9 as well as heading the Jaguar Design team, creating the R-Coupe, RD-6 and the C-XF Concept. The latest XK, the XF and the XJ, as well as the concepts of the C-X 75 and C-X 16, were designed entirely under his directorship.
Having retired in 2013 from the daily corporate run to the office-which started almost 40 years before with a brief spell at Ogle Design in the United Kingdom, followed by a total of 17 years with Pininfarina and Fiat's IVECO division in Italy, and ending with a 21-year spell with the BMW Group, the last 14 of which were as the Design Director for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars as well as its Brand Ambassador for BMW Group Classic-Ian Cameronis relieved to report that he finally has time to spend under, rather than above, the cars he most cares about.
Class Judges with 30+ Years of Experience
Jerry Rosenstock 43
Robert Kellner 41
Theodore Raines 37 Richard Riddell 36
Steve Morton 35
Gordon Apker 34
William Davis 33
Ed Gilbertson 32
Chris Bock 31
Neal Kirkham 31
Roger Morrison 31
Bob Devlin 30
Class Judges with 25+ Years of Experience
Richard Adatto 29
Siegfried Linke 29
Alan McEwan 29
Jim Hull 28
Stephen Dean 27
Brian Pollock 27
Ken Gross 26
Knox Kershaw 26
Leo Levine 26
Christian Philippsen 26
Jim Stranberg 26
Ivan Zaremba 26
John Ling 25
Class Judges with 20+ Years of Experience
Tom Gale 24
John Clinard 22
David Smith l 22
Les Burd 21
Jon Carlson 21
Glenn Mounger 21
Larry Seidell 21
Carl Bomstead 20
Jackie Frady 20
Michael Kapp 20
Matt Stone 20