Our 2021 Judging Panel

Judges are invited to participate in the competition based on their experience and business acumen. Each panel includes experts and enthusiasts who are naturally well-versed in the international motoring industry. 

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Passionate about education, historic cars and mental health, Angela studied economics and psychology before working in corporate and fine arts communications for over three decades, companies including Christie’s King Street and Cartier. For the last 25 years Angela has been involved in The Bugatti Trust Museum and Study Centre taking up the job of curator in 2016. Personal highlights include driving the 4wd Type 53 Bugatti in Manhattan and bringing back the historic Type 59/50B to Prescott after 80 years. A summer job as a teenager involved archiving the Roland Bugatti estate and fortunate timings allowed her to drive and race Bugattis including the types 13, 29/30, Ettore’s personal chain driven 5-litre, the Strasbourg cigar and the Indianapolis car, Types 35, 35B 35C, 37, 43, 53, 54, 55, 57 including the 57G le Mans car and a Baby Bugatti (when young!).

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Bruce Meyer is a renowned collector of vintage automobiles, motorcycles and historic winning race cars from the 24 Hours of LeMans to indy to the Bonneville Salt Flats. Bruce is the driving force and Founding Chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, where he continues to serve as Vice- Chairman.

Carol Spagg has been involved with historic cars all her life, from the moment she got her first car, an MGA, because as a student she couldn’t afford a modern car and went for a classic. She never looked back, owning, driving and collecting some of the world’s great cars. She started racing in the ‘90s, first in a 1932 8C Alfa Romeo and a Lotus XI, and an Aston Martin, which she rallied around the world, most notably in the Carrera Panamericana Mexico. Also in the ‘90s, she began to organise races herself, founding and running the hugely successful Gentleman Drivers series, which continues to this day in the hands of Masters Historic Racing, as well as U2TC and the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars (Pre-’63 GT) series of races. In 1994 she founded the monthly Historic Motor Racing New magazine to cater for the drivers, organisers, preparers and all those involved in historic motor sport and continues as its editor to the present day.

As Managing Director of Footman James, David Bond and his classic MGB are never far from a classic vehicle event. As a business, Footman James attends over 50 events per year and value highly their close relationships with industry partners, museums, traders and classic vehicle clubs.

David joined the board of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs in 2010, becoming Chairman in 2012. He served the Fédération International des Véhicules Anciens as Senior Vice President and is a personal co-opted member of the International Historic Commission of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile.

Donald Osborne, ASA is a classic car historian, consultant, accredited appraiser, author and the CEO of the Audrain Group in Newport, Rhode Island, where he guides the Audrain Automobile Museum, Audrain Motorsport and the Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week.

He is known internationally for his recurring segment “Assess & Caress with Donald Osborne” on CNBC Primetime’s show “Jay Leno’s Garage”, in which he shares his considerable knowledge of collector car attributes and values.

Georgina is the Managing Director for P & A Wood and has been surrounded by unique and interesting motor cars her entire life. She has completed a number of rallies in Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts, regularly drives the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in her 1903 De Dion Bouton and is one of the few named recognised drivers of the famous Napier Railton.

In 2012, after some 30 years as an award-winning advertising agency creative, Jeremy Jackson-Sytner conceived the ‘royal’ concours at Windsor Castle. An event so spectacular that in its first year it won both ‘Best Concours’ and a Personal Achievement Award at the Octane International Historic Motoring Awards. In one giant leap the UK had a world-class concours to equal the very best—alongside Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este.

The Concours of Elegance moved on circus-like year by year from Royal Palace to Royal Castle, on a journey from St James’s Palace in London, to Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, to Hampton Court Palace in Surrey and back to Windsor Castle again. As curator of the Concours Jeremy had the privilege of travelling the globe visiting remarkable concours, gaining a unique insight into the world of concours. Along with the privilege to be an Honorary Judge at concours in Delhi, Valletta, Amsterdam and Essex.

Early in 2021 Jeremy left the Concours of Elegance to launch ‘Mr. Concours’, a consultancy established to help oil the wheels of gaining entry to and partaking in concours d’elegance. As well as providing strategic advice and planning to those people wanting to start their concours events—mainly what not to do!

With his other hat on, Jeremy has been organising exclusive motoring adventures since 1985—tours for great people with great cars. Everything from Grand Tours, to bespoke family European tours, to driving weekends in France. Their signature event, the annual Grand Tour is now in its 36th year. In 2015 he organised the Highland Tour, a two day adventure through the breathtaking Scottish countryside which was awarded Best Tour of 2015 at the Octane International Historic Motoring Awards.

In 2021, Jeremy moved palaces and became Concours Curator of the Salon Privé Concours d’Élegance at Blenheim Palace.

Keith is a valued partner to historic motoring, and has worked with numerous organisers and events. He has innovated approaches to marketing and sponsorship. He was responsible for EFG's strategy and marketing, and conceived and oversaw their historic motoring activities. He remains active as an advisor, including to HERO and E. Gutzwiller & Cie, Banquiers.

Scott George is Executive Vice President of CH Motorcars LLC and Curator of Collections for Revs Institute, Naples FL. For over 30 years, Scott has provided overall care of the automobiles in the Miles Collier Collections, managing the acclaimed in-house restoration workshop and ensuring the cars participate at events across the world. Affiliations: National Advisory Board (NAB) for the Automotive Restoration Program at McPherson College, International Chief Judge Advisory Group (ICJAG), Monterey Motorsports Advisory Council (MMAC) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Collections Committee.

Leah is the Operations Director at Cropredy Bridge cars, the leading Jensen specialist located in Oxfordshire. Leah focuses on the operations across the business which includes, customer experience, staff satisfaction and the auditing of the ISO 9001 quality management system. Leah is also the editor of the Jensen Owners’ Club Journal.

Driven by excellence, Leah champions traditional automotive skills with the next generation by supporting the pathway from education to employment for students. Leah has shown that her thrill of building something lasting resonates with the young people she works with.

Leah works alongside her husband at Cropredy Bridge Cars, values her friendships and family and is currently growing her own family. Watch this space.

Mark Hyman is the founder of Hyman Ltd, one of the largest and most respected collector vehicle dealers in the world. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Hyman Ltd’s 70,000-square foot facility is filled with a diverse inventory of nearly 200 of the world’s finest automobiles, covering virtually every era and genre imaginable –from horseless carriages to modern-era supercars and virtually everything in between. Mark and his expert staff of fifteen serve a global clientele through sales, procurement, and a highly successful consignment program. When not making deals happen in the office, Mark can be found meeting friends old and new at concours events, tours, rallies, and automotive gatherings around the world. After more than 30 years in operation, Mark combines his passions for automobiles, business, and travel, continuing to drive Hyman Ltd into the future.

Forever in love with cars, in 1997 started working for an Italian car magazine. Soon after, following his passion for classic cars, started writing about them. He is the Italian contributor for Octane magazine and member of ICJAG (International Chief Judge Advisory Group). A passionate collector himself, has few old cars in his garage that he loves to drive.

Megan Steele-Knowles is Director at AUTO CAVE - the first specialist contractor dedicated to creating exclusive subterranean car storage spaces. Previously Luxury PR at Harrods, in 2019 Megan joined her family business, Knowles, one of London’s leading super-prime construction contractors, to launch AUTO CAVE, which is today delivering some of the most exclusive underground car storage destinations across London & the Home Counties, ranging from 5 car to 65 car private garages.

Michael Milne is the author of the Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums & Attractions and writes about car museums for Octane and other publications in the US and UK. A full-time global nomad since 2011, he has visited more than 250 classic car sights around the world.

Historic car collector and racing driver.

Murray Smith has been around cars all his life, competing, managing teams, developing race cars, collecting, and creating events.

Over the years, Smith has owned a Maserati 250F, a Porsche 956, a Frazer Nash Le Mans, a Packard 160 Woody, and two Lotus 15s. He also had a Ferrari SWB as his only car, which he parKed in the street outside his Manhattan apartment. Formerly a senior executive in one of the world's leading advertising agencies, he Is a member of both the British Racing Drivers' Club and the Road Racing Drivers Club. He was the founder of the Louis Vuitton Classic at Rockefeller Centre, and is currently Chairman of the Lime Rock Historic Festival.

He has also been instrumental in generating substantial commercial sponsorship for motoring events. Murray remains a consultant on motorsports and motoring to several major corporations and a contributor to prominent historic motoring publications.

Considered in the early 80's as odd and eccentric, Patrick Peter has made his way in the classic car world. We owe him -among others- the creation of top international events such as the Tour Auto of which 2021 will see the thirtieth staging, Le Mans Classic (2002), the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille Concours (2014); and series such as CER, Greatest's Trophy.... Peter Auto also organises numerous events on circuits (Spa-Classic, Estoril Classic...) or on road such as the Rallye des Légendes Richard Mille.

The founder and chairman of Classic Motor Cars in Bridgenorth and more recently he founded Veloce the 2019 breakthrough event of the year ,a charity track day that has so far raised over £450,000 for good causes in just three years . An absolute petrol head with a great collection of cars ,a former amateur racer with a win at Le Mans Classic on his CV

From Pebble Beach to Villa d'Este and from Goodwood to The Quail, Phillip Sarofim is a well-loved fixture on the world's historic motoring scene. An avid and highly knowledgeable collector who believes in using old cars for the purpose for which they were intended, his eclectic taste, hands-on attitude and clear understanding of what excites enthusiasts make him a key member of the judging panel. Sarofim also sits on the Board of the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Quirina has raced and rallied a variety of cars for over twenty-five years, competing in events such as Le Mans Classic, Tour Auto, Monte Carlo Rallye Historique, Silverstone Classic, Spa 6 Hours and the Goodwood Revival and participated in events like Goodwood Festival of Speed, Mille Miglia, Goodwood Festival of Speed, and London to Brighton. She has also judged at concours in Europe, India and the USA and Quirina is a Patron of the Kop Hill Climb.

Involved with cars all her life through her father, Evert and grandfather before him who started collecting in 1934. This family passion for significant and original cars is shared with the public in the Louwman Museum.

The Gauntlett name has long been synonymous with the motoring world, and Richard Gauntlett has carved his own niche within it and associated fields by combining a lifetime’s study of automotive history with extensive professional experience as a designer. Whether he’s conceiving individual items of furniture or complete interiors, developing branding and communications tools or brokering the sale of a major classic car, Gauntlett’s understanding of aesthetics and beyond-his-years knowledge have enabled him to establish a level of integrity and respect among clients, collectors and enthusiasts around the world.

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Love motorsport and watches. 

Members of Japan Classic Car Club. Actively covering classic car events in Europe, US and Japan.

Sylviane Peter, a former PR in the fashion & jewellery fields has founded -in 1978- with husband Patrick an P.R. company. To answer a client organising classic car events request, finding sponsorship and counselling about the organisation, they started their first foray in this budding area. The company has now to its credit three leading worldwide events: the Tour Auto created 30 years ago, Le Mans Classic born in 2002 and the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille Concours started in 2014. The company also runs various meetings and series. A real lifelong partnership …

Petrolhead since birth, serial classic car collector (when a new one comes in, another one has to go). Editor-in-chief of Autovisie for 26 years, now chief of the Dutch (and Flemish) edition of Octane Magazine

Editor-in-chief of the French edition of Octane and also of Enzo, and also a long-time key contributor to the cult magazine Intersection, Yan-Alexandre has been exploring the twists and turns of automotive culture for more than 20 years, accompanying numerous media and automotive industry players in the development of inspirational stories.