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The Judges

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL | 28 August - 31 August 2024

The Best of the Best

We believe that a Concours should be judged by the very best in the world, which we achieve through our work with ICJAG — the International Chief Judging Advisory Group – and support from the wider automotive industry. Our Jury boast long-term positions at the world’s most prestigious Concours and experience working with history’s most prestigious brands.

2023 Judges

Max Girardo

20 years after starting work at Bonhams, and 10 years after founding and running RM Sotheby’s European division, Max set up Girardo & Co. in June 2016. Thanks to Girardo’s experience, they are in a position to offer a unique level of advice and array of facilities to build trust and extend long-term relationships with both new and ambitious collectors.

Nigel Matthews

Nigel has been in the classic car business for over 45 years, now a leading figure in the specialist insurance industry. He has also judged at many major concours events including Pebble Beach, La Jolla, Hillsborough and the Australian Concours d’Elegance as Chief Judge.

Chris Kramer

Chris has been working in the classic car industry for over thirty years, becoming a value appraiser and FIVA Scrutineer. Chris presently judges on four continents, at Pebble Beach, 21 Gun Salute in Delhi, La Jolla, Cavallino Classic, Sydney, Las Vegas, Geneva and Greenwich.

Ed Gilbertson

A life-long motoring enthusiast, Ed’s passion for all things two and four-wheeled was born at an early age. International Chief Judging accolades include Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Cavallino Classic, and Ferrari Club of America.

Keith Bluemel

Keith started writing about Ferrari in 1980, now with 7 published works on the marque. He is a Ferrari Club of America Concours judge and has judged at the Cavallino Classic, Concorso Italiano, Pebble Beach and both the Ferrari 60th & 70th Anniversary Concorso d’Eleganza.

Ben Erickson

Ben Erickson is connoisseur of the grand French classics. Along with Peter Larsen, Ben is co-author of many books on French coachbuilding. Along with automotive consulting and serving as a concours judge, time is devoted to his translation company, music and cars.

Peter Larsen

As well as his doctorate in English literature and semiotics, Peter has an enduring fascination in the great French marques and coachbuilders. Peter also serves on the Selection Committee for Pebble Beach, and judges in concours around the world.

Raoul San Giorgi

In addition to his work as technical curator of the Louwman Museum, Raoul has judged prolifically around the world. His international Concours career has included events in England, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland and the USA.

Allan Winn

A lifelong vintage motorist, New Zealand-born Allan Winn was from 2003 to 2018 the Director & CEO of Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, UK, and remains a Vice-President of its Trust. An engineer by training and the Editor of engineering, motoring and aviation magazines over a 30-year period, he judges at various Concours d’Elégance including Pebble Beach.

James Wood

James has a lifetime of experience with cars of all ages, having grown up with them; driven since he was seven and raced for twenty-nine years. He drives and coaches professionally and consults for events. James has judged Concours in Europe, India and the USA.

Sebastian Buechel

As lifelong Porsche fanatic and admirer of British sportscars, Sebastian is a master mechanic. He puts his skills to use in his father’s workshop in Germany, where the team have thirty years’ experience specialising in the servicing of German premium brands and classic cars.

Michele Casiraghi

Michele has been the curator of the Lopresto Collection since 2013 and is a member of the Italian Association for Automotive History (AISA). His main area of study is Italian coachbuilders and sportscars between the 30s and 50s.

Caroline Cassini

The first woman to graduate from the Automotive Restoration Program at the Academy of Art University, Caroline Cassini was practically raised in the classic car hobby. Born to parents ranked among the world’s leading collectors, she spent her childhood attending various automotive events.

Felipe Fontana

As well as being educated and experienced in business, marketing and entrepreneurship, Felipe’s passion for vintage and collector cars started from an early age, specialising in Italian, English and South American motorsport.

Jakob Griesen

Jakob Greisen is Head of Bonhams US Motoring Department and Vice President. Danish by birth, Jakob was immersed in the car fraternity from an early age. After finishing his education as an automotive engineer, while studying business and management, Jakob moved to the US in 2002, where he managed a major west coast collection.

Christoph Knecht

Having repaired and tuned motorcycles since the age of 12, Christoph’s natural next step was into a Ferrari dealership as a mechanic before going on to study Automotive Science at University, eventually ending up at Mercedes-Benz. He was the curator of the Mercedes- Benz factory collection from 1998 – 2013, responsible for more than 1,000 vehicles.

Duccio Lopresto

Born in a collector’s family, Duccio developed a taste for beauty and design thanks to his father. He worked for Lamborghini, RM Sotheby’s and Hagerty, before joining The Classic Car Trust. He now attends international concours as a youth judge, including Pebble Beach.

John Mayhead

As editor of the UK Hagerty Price Guide and European Bureau Chief of Hagerty Insider, John's everyday focus is on the global classic and collector car market. He also writes on a wider range of subjects, including pre-war racing and record-breaking drivers.

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