Christian H. Kramer is a Charter member and director of Communications of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group which focusses on Originality and Authenticity. He has been a life long car enthusiast and has worked in the industry for over 20 years as a classic car historian, value appraiser, F.I.V.A. Scrutineer& collection advisor. He owns a small car collection and is a frequent participant in notable Concoursd’elegances as well as historic Rallies’.
Born in 1964, raised and educated in Cologne, Germany. Christian H. Kramer became a member of the German Air Force in 1985 and served for several years as a flight crew member. After his time in the Air Force, he studied economics in Cologne and grew his IT consulting company that hw had founded when in the Air Force. As cars always played an important role in his life, he soon became involved in car sales and after a few years started to consult with collectors. Since the late 90s he represented three individuals with extensive automobile collections in the USA and Europe and located cars for them all over the world. For about the last ten years he has concentrated on the scrutinizing and appraising of classic cars as well as advising collectors in their search to improve their collections. He is presently serving as a judge at several Concoursd’Elegances around the world. Additionally, he is an accredited FIVA Scrutineer and works directly with four different national Authorities (ANF) in Germany, the UK, USA and Switzerland. He appraises large collections throughout Europe for insurance purposes.
Chris has been an admirer of cars since childhood. He was a child who took his favourite Porsche 911 model with him to bed rather than a teddy bear. He was fortunate that his parents’ neighbour happened to own several interesting cars – one was a 1975 Porsche 930 Turbo, another one was a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3. He fondly remembers the summer day when his neighbourstook him for a spin in these cars and he experienced their capabilities. On that day he was first infected with the ‘car virus’ that remains in his blood to this day.
His first car was a Fiat 127. He “inherited” it from his mother at the age of 18 when he got his driver’s license. Over the years the cars became faster, more powerful and bigger.
He is honored to be the chief judge for the 2017 edition of the 21 Gun Salute Concours& Rally. He is also presently the chief Judge for Masterpieces and Style at Dyck Castle in Germany and also the joint chief judge for the ZouteConcoursd’Elegance in Knokke, Belgium. He served as a class judge for the Pebble Beach Concoursd’Elegance as well as chief class judge at the Pinehurst Concoursd’Elegance in North Carolina, USA, the LajollaConcoursd’Elegance which is near San Diego, USA and the Sydney Concoursd’Elegance. He is also a charter (founding member) of International Chief Judge Advisory Group which is a group of experienced chief judges who support serious class judging and offer volunteer support to judges and organizers.
He cannot imagine his life without cars. His interest is fuelled by the combination of freedom, technology, and heritage. “Cars are an essential part of our history and it is important that we keep the cars as original and authentic as possible.” For this reason, he dedicate a substantial portion of his time and energy to this cause. “If we do not educate future generations about automotive history, we may lose this part of our heritage forever,” he added.
He considers the technological progress in automobiles over the years to be the most important aspect of the transition of industry from a horseless carriage to a slick looking vehicle with a coach built body in the current day and age. The combination of technical development and the coachbuilder’s design aspects, fascinate him.
The driving experience is what attracts him the most, there is nothing better than taking one of his classics out for a drive.
He prefers being called a collector rather than being called a restorer. However, he holds some restoration experience with the vehicles in his collection. The biggest projects he has undertaken have been to get his two 300SLs back on the road. Both of them had a huge repair and maintenance backlog which led ultimately to engine failures. Although his focus is as a scrutiniser and appraiser, he also supervises restorations.
He is very attracted by the late pre-war and early post war-cars as they represent a transition time and fast technological progress. The change from a frame built construction to self-supporting chassis, as well as the introduction of fuel injections for the engines, mark a milestone.
For him, Mercedes-Benz is a marque that defines the best of design & technology, part of it is the fact that Prof. Ferdinand Porsche constructed many cars in pre-war time for this manufacturer. He has recently added a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 convertible to his collection of vintage & classic cars. The car represents the final era of the hand built Mercedes-Benz cars. It is one of the only 1232 examples.
There are several cars that he admires. His personal favourites being the Alfa Romeo 6C2300/2500 of the pre-war time and the 8C, then of course the 6 Cylinder Kompressor Mercedes and the BMW 328s, which, during racing, gave the big cars a hard time. The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs and the Porsche 356s and 911s from the post-war era are among his favourites.
He combines true passion for his motorsport interests with exceptional expertise to make him an expert in his field.
He cannot imagine his life without cars
1988, he organized auctions in Italy in association with Finarte. In 1990, he established the company,Historica Selecta which advises Museums, manufacturers and collectors in the field and publishes the Classic Car Auction Yearbook, the reference publication in the field.
His family owned the Maserati Company from 1937 until 1968, so, in some way, his personal connection and passion with the cars started the first day he opened his eyes looking at the beautiful red racing cars!
His family opened the first manufacturer museum in the Motor Valley area, in 1965. When he was studying at the universityin the free time, he restored two important racing Maseratis for collectors.
He started to drive a Fiat 500 in a closed area, when he was 12. In the early Seventies, he also raced rallies’, one of them being the 1972 Montecarlo Rally.
A historian, lecturer, exhibition organizer, museum advisor, concours judge, auction specialist and restoration expert, Adolfo Orsihas judged in 94 Concoursd’Elegances, in 33 of them he has been CCJ and in 18 CJ (among them in 2007 the Ferrari 60th Anniversary in Maranello, in 2013 the Lamborghini 50th Anniversary in Bologna, in 2014 the Maserati 100th Anniversary in Modena). Since 20 years he has been ajudge in Pebble Beach, where he launched the FIVA Award in 1998 (for the best preserved car on the field). He is a charter member of CJAG (International Chief Judge Advisory Group) and a member of the jury of the Peninsula Best of the Best Award.
He owns a small collection of cars and enjoys collectingbooks, magazine, photos, which he can use for doing his research and the other automobilia in his studio.
His passion for cars grows with his thirst to know the history behind the birth of a car.
Marco Makaus is theowner of Makaus Communication and an Automotive and Classic Car Consultant. He is particularly experienced in the Strategy and Management of Super-Luxury and Luxury Brands: understanding the peculiarities of a Brand and planning its business in terms of positioning, product, communication and distribution, in order to match in the most efficient way its potential and the market’s expectations.
Having been very active in the Vintage and Classic Cars market for more than 30 years, he supports collectors or companies who want to research the history of their vintage and classic automobiles, or use this industry as a communication tool.
Cars have been a part of his whole life: from a child’s dream to his profession and hobby.He was hooked onto cars from a very early age and has enjoyed the career he dreamt about when he was a kid: working in the Sales and Marketing area for some great automotive companies (Chrysler/Jeep, Ferrari, BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce) and the most important classic car road race: the Mille Miglia.
His first car was a Volkswagen Golf GTi 1st Series, his first classic car was a Jaguar E Type Series One Roadster, which he still owns after 35 years.
Currently, he is a Judge at Salon Privé in England and at 21 Gun Salute Rally in India; additionally he is the organizer of “Villa d’Este Style” in Italy and on the Board of “Bernina Gran Turismo” in Switzerland. In the recent past, he also handled the organization of the Mille Miglia and has been an Honorary Judge at Pebble Beach.
It is that undefinable characterof a vintage or a classic car that attracts him the most; a mix of its mechanical, historical and aesthetic qualities, plus personal feelings that may bring a person back to a certain period in history.He considers the hands-on contribution that men put in the project –engineers or stylists, to be an important aspect of a car and prefers the driving qualities over rarity.
He doesn’t claim to be a ‘real collector’, as he has no set ‘theme’ in his garage. He had bought cars thinking about the way he would have used them. He is not a restorer himself but has paid for the studies of many a restorer’s sons!
The most challenging project for him has beenthe restoration of a 1911 Rolls-Royce that he bought from the granddaughter of the original owner, even after 12 years it is still not finished.
Pre-war Rolls-Royce and Bentleys, particularly catch his attention, for they have a unique blend of unbeatable engineering, workmanship, and style – and because they bring a person back to a great period.Talking about the best of design & technology, he is tempted to Lancia.He likes cars with big engines and a lot of torque. Body wise, he liketourers, sporty roadsters orcabriolets most of all and four seater coupes.
Cars have been a part of his whole life.
Jeremy Jackson Sytner
London, United Kingdom
Having studied design at the world famous St Martins School of Art, he went straight into the wonderful world of creative advertising. After working for a number of leading London agencies he set up Conran Advertising with Sir Terence Conran and subsequently his own agency, the Good Agency, specializing in the highly competitive not-for-profit sector.
Thanks to a car fanatical father, a petrol head from birth. (His first visit to a Goodwood Circuit Race Meeting was at the age of 4!)
In 1985 Jeremy created an annual London to Monte Carlo luxury madcap motoring adventure– ‘The Grand Tour’, which is still running and is as successful as ever, over 32 years later.
In 2012, Jeremy founded the Concours of Elegance, UK’s first internationally renowned concoursd’elegance. Such was the spectacle of that first event at Windsor Castle, one seasoned concours goer described it as “the best concours he had ever been to—by far!” In its first year, the event won ‘Best Historic Motoring Event’ at the prestigious International Historic Motoring Awards in London, and Jeremy was awarded a Personal Achievement Award.
In 2015 Jeremy, picked up the ‘Best Tour’ award for the Highland Tour at the International Historic Motoring Awards.
When not driving across France and Spain organizing car tours, Jeremy spends his time as the Curator of the Concours of Elegance visiting car events around the world, meeting collectors and hunting down wonderful cars. Jeremy works as a consultant to a number of people and organizations in the historic car world, and is beyond all an ‘ideasman’—as Albert Einstein said: “creativity is intelligence having fun”.
His first passion were motorbikes. A Honda 125 was his first transport. Over the years he has owned everything from a Moto-Guzzi Le Mans II to a 1998 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic, which he still owns and rides to this day.
It’s the story behind the car that fascinates him the most and it’s the look of a car that gets his attention; he looks for cars that have an immediate visual presence. For him, cars are like sculptures created by artists, but in a concours, they can’t be dull, otherwise people will not look at them.
He loves driving sports cars on great roads, for him, it’s like dancing. Porsche is the marque that best suits his character. The perfect balance of form and function. Nothing in their design is superfluous. He has owned 7 911s, old and new.
Talking about his personal favorites, he says, “If you love rare historic cars, you have to admire French cars of the 20s and 30s. ‘The Deco Cars.’ I’m crazy about the designs of Jacques Saoutchik. The combination of high quality and extravagant designs has left us with a legacy of Delahayes, for example, that thrill today as much as they did when they first drove through the streets of Paris.”
Born and educated in South Africa, Professor Gordon Murray designed, built and raced his own sports car, the IMG ford, in the National Class in SA during 1967 and 68.
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, Professor Murray helped to establish McLaren Cars Ltd. The Company’s first project, the F1 Road Car is still regarded as the world’s best engineered car. A racing version won two world sports car championships and the Le Mans 24-hour race on its first attempt in 1995. McLaren Cars then completed several other successful projects culminating with the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren programme. In July 2007, Gordon Murray design was established to develop innovative & disruptive automotive manufacturing technology, trademark iStream and Gordon Murray Design is currently working on multiple iStream® projects.
A racer at heart, Professor Murray grew up, seeing car races from the early age of 6; he’s had a straight connect with sports cars. The first car that he owned was a 1956 Hillman Minx. Out of all the timeless beauties, early Lotus cars are his personal favourite and he has recently added a 1958 Lotus 11 to his collection.
He has been devoted to notable international automotive events that include, Goodwood (UK), Pebble Beach (USA), Chantilly (France) & Cartier (India).
A racer at heart
Ms. Quirina Louwman inherited her love for classic cars from her father, Evert Louwman, who has been very involved with cars all of his life. Her grandfather started collecting cars in 1934 whilst building a business as an importer and distributor of cars. Her father’s biggest passion is in early cars (vintage and veteran) but the family has cars of all ages up to the current day so she has great interest and experience in all periods.
Post her MBA, she studied Interior Design at KLC (London) before completing Christie’s’ one year course, to understand the art world and business and is involved in the Louwman Museum, which is one of the most extensive automotive museums in the world, as well as some family businesses.
She has been a judge at Chantilly, since its inception in 2014 and has been a judge at Zoute Concours d’Elegance, 2016. She is also a regular attendee and participant at various Concours events around the world for many years, including Pebble Beach and Quail Lodge.
First classic car, she drove was a SEAT 600 in which she learned to drive but the first car she displayed at an event was a 1903 Model A Ford, on the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, when she was 19 years old. It was a steep learning curve being so different from the modern (or even classic) cars she had driven.
Soon after that, she drove an Aston Martin DB3 in the Mille Miglia; ‘it was Peter Collins’ Mille Miglia and Monaco Grand Prix car, so very special!’ She exclaims. She has some of her own cars which are regular at rallies, races and also hit the road quite often.
She has competed in events such as Le Mans Classic (Lotus 15), Monte Carlo Rallye Historique (Alfa Sprint GT), Silverstone Classic, Spa-Francorchamps 6 Hour meeting and Goodwood Revival. She is lucky to have driven a number of family cars (Jaguar D-Type, Aston Martin DB3, Maserati 4CM, Alfa Romeo 8C Le Mans, Darracq “Genevieve”) and have driven in the Mille Miglia and Goodwood Festival of Speed each seventeen times and the London-Brighton Veteran Run twenty times using family cars (Louwman Museum).
She first gained racing experience in the US (Skip Barber racing series) but now compete in European historic events.
Engineering Excellence of classic cars always impresses her but design novelty is even more interesting for her and the two are not always seen together. Rarity, design, originality and authenticity of a car particularly catch her attention.
She is a Collector and Driver and the Jaguar D-Type “long-nose”, 1904 Darracq “Genevieve”, Aston Martin DB3 – chassis #4, 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C Le Mans, 1922 Joswin Town Car and the 1922 Spyker C4 All-Weather Coupe are her personal favorite. She is lucky to have driven XKD606 quite a lot. Not just an important model of car, this car won Le Mans 24 Hours in 1957 with Ecurie Ecosse so is very historic as well as impressive to drive. The beautiful shape was developed for aerodynamic reasons and has become iconic.
James Wood has over thirty years’ experience and has raced cars since 1990. He is a Motorsport consultant and a full-time driver full time since 2002. His work includes contemporary and historic cars of all types. He has worked with manufacturers, teams, owners, restorers plus media, sponsors and event organizers, ranging from F1, Le Mans to historic cars, he has also been involved with Cranfield University’s Advanced Motorsport Engineering (postgraduate).
He has driven over two hundred different models of car on over eighty circuits worldwide and covered hundreds of thousands of miles in cars of all types. The first car he drove by himself was a Mini, when he was eight. He first drove on the famous Nürburgring circuit, in a Maserati Khamsin, at the age of twelve, and first drove at 100mph in a 1932 Invicta “Low Chassis”, at the age of fourteen.
His father has had and used interesting cars since the late 1950s including Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, Jaguar D-Type, Abarth 2 liter, FIAT 8V, Lancia B20, Invictas, Mercedes 300SL Lightweight and Ford GT40. He grew up going to racing circuits, workshops, factories and friends’ private collections as well as having cars at home. He helped prepare and maintain cars for racing and road use. He always enjoyed discussing cars, design, and engineering and read automotive books almost every day.
Knowing many of the people involved with the cars from new, it is not surprising that he gained quite extensive knowledge and experience of motor cars and their history. He has raced cars for over 26 years and worked on test and development of cars of all eras, including new technologies, where details and accuracy are the keys to success.
He has been a judge at Chantilly Arts et Elegance, a shadow judge at Zoute Grand Prix, he has been involved at the SchlossDyck Masterpieces & Style (2017), Salon Prive London and he also participated at Pebble Beach and has attended the Cartier Style et Luxe at Goodwood Festival of Speed several times. He also attends many major international motorsport events throughout the year.
When asked about what he seeks in vintage cars, he responds, “Every car is different and each has its own story to tell. Usually, I look for a blend of attributes weighted according to the type of car. I always rate design, engineering, innovation, build quality, styling, and performance but consider their value in relation to the particular car in question. Driving pleasure is important for sports cars.” A car must fulfil the function for which it was designed!
Provenance and Originality are very important to him, as he states, “A recreation might be beautiful and a testament to the attention to detail but I find them lacking integrity. Sympathetic maintenance, restoration, and preservation, on the other hand, are harder to achieve.”
He is an owner and driver but has also been involved hands-on in the restoration of several cars, not least to fully understand their mechanical workings and oversee their preservation. The most challenging project that he pulled off as a restorer, is his wife’s 1952 Frazer Nash Le Mans Rep. It is possibly the most original surviving example, having only ever done very few miles. It was the Motor Show car in November 1952, raced at Sebring in March 1953 and subsequently only used in a handful of events and occasional road use after that; the second owner had it from 1959 to 2013.
“We checked and serviced all components to ensure safety and reliability, replacing like-for-like only where necessary, and kept everything that came off. Visually it seems untouched; even the 1950s paint has only been sealed to preserve it.” He adds.
Sports cars particularly catch his attention. “I have experienced them all my life, appreciate their design and performance. Often their styling is exciting too. Technological advances have nearly always been tested and proven on competition cars before being used on road cars!”
“There are so many examples of car and design, each with their own merit. Many manufacturers produced their most beautiful cars with independent coachbuilders rather than in-house designs. Talbot Lago combined style and engineering to produce what would now be termed a ‘Supercar’, exemplified by the T150SS Figoni&Falaschi ‘Teardrop’. The chassis and running gear were from the Grand Prix car, giving it excellent performance, yet with beautiful styling. Whilst the technology was not ground-breaking, it was very fast and reliable and the pre-selector gearbox made it easy to drive.” He explains as he finds it very difficult to single out one individual marque that defines the best of design & technology. “Bugatti is, however, a marque which consistently combined form and function across all its models.” He adds.
Invicta S-Type (“Low Chassis”), Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, Rolls Royce Phantom I, Hispano-Suiza H6B, Talbot 150 SS, Mercedes-Benz W196 Streamliner and Ferrari 250 SWB are amongst his personal favorites.
Born January 6, 1974, in Paris, France, Mathias Doutreleau is the Founder and Chairman of the Concoursd’Elegance Suisse. He began his career in the field of event marketing and automobile in 1996, creating unique events for high net-worth automobile collectors. He developed private rallies in Europe and collaborated in various motorsports and lifestyle events. After his graduation in Law, Mathias enhanced his credentials with a Master of Art in Integrated Marketing and Communication from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Subsequently, Mathias was hired by the Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels Ltd., owner operators of The Peninsula Hotels, where he successfully developed special events and in particular a world-class automobile Concoursd’Elegance called The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. In addition, Mathias also collaborated in developing various automobile and lifestyle events at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel, California – including the opening of the only West-Coast Land Rover Experience Driving School – thus positioning the Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels, Ltd. property as a leading event site in Northern California.
Mathias launched and directed The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, bringing it to financial profitability in three years of its inception whilst the event remained sold out from 2005 onwards. Amongst his various accomplishments, Mathias also developed an annual magazine for The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, featuring highlights of the lifestyle and luxury industry trends, as well as in-depth editorials on legendary race drivers, influential personalities of the automobile industry and historic reviews of the world’s major race meetings. Showcasing 150 historic motorsports automobiles to exclusively three thousand guests and 65 corporate sponsors and partners, Mathias developed the brand of The Quail to become one of the top Concours d’Elegance in the world.
Mathias founded Project Automobile Consultants in 2009, specializing in classic car events and focusing on the development of luxury automobile events in Europe and the United Arab Emirates. His latest projects include private rallies in Europe, a project to develop a private gentlemen driver’s luxury resort, and the revival of one of Europe’s oldest Concours d’Elegance, the Concours d’Elegance Suisse.
The Concours d’Elegance Suisse is one of only three European Concours to adopt the rigorous judging standards established by the International Chief Judge Advisory Group founded by Ed Gilbertson (Honorary Chief Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours). Each year, the event will showcase 70 selected automobiles that best represent authenticity and originality, displayed in 17 judged classes.
The creator of unique events.
Mr. Matt Stone
Glendale, CA, USA
Matt Stone is an accomplished automotive author & photographer. He has served on the board of the Motor Press Guide and has authored and photographed 11 books, the latest being “My First Car,” a collection of stories from numerous car people. He is a past member of Speed televisions’ Barrett-Jackson broadcast team and has worked in numerous assignments at Peterson Publishing Co, including editorship of Motor Trend and Motor Trend Classic magazines.
Mario Andretti, one of the most accomplished racing drivers, is among the great heroes in his life, automotive, and otherwise. In his capacity as an automotive magazine editor, he wanted to do a story with Mr. Andretti, who owns a winery in the Napa Valley in California. So, Mr. Stone, gathered a Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG, an Aston-Martin DB9 Volante, a BMW Z8, and a Ferrari 360 Spider, at his Andretti Estates Winery in Napa to meet up with him and drive the cars. The excitement and joy of riding in the passenger seat, next to this gifted champion at the wheel of a great car, was an unforgettable motoring experience for Matt Stone, as he snapped some photos of Andretti driving, thinking all the while “what a joy it is to watch a master working his craft.”
Another one of his great automotive memories involve driving the Cobra, “CSX2000” – the grandfather of the Daytona Cobra Coupes that won class victories at Le Mans, and the only American car to date to win the FIA’s GT world championship. A memorable drive on a hot summer day, in a historic car that represented the best ideas of his friend, Carroll Shelby, and his generous gesture in putting him at its hallowed steering wheel.
An extraordinary Writer, Photographer & Broadcaster.
Patrick Peter created Peter Auto, in 1982, a subsidiary of Peter &Associés, a P.R company born in 1978. Peter Auto is dedicated to historic motor racing which very first event was the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or Lanvin at the Montlhery circuit. Major creations are multi-awarded Tour Auto in 1992, the Le Mans Classic in 2002 and the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille concours in 2014. In between, the launch of series such as successful CER, Sixties’ Endurance series. Patrick Peter has also initiated modern series: the BPR (1994) that organized the first motor racing event ever in the PRC and with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the Le Mans Series (2004) which is now the current WEC (FIA World Endurance Championship).Peter Auto is certainly one of the most renowned vintage car events company worldwide.
Like any boy at that period, his wish was to become a (racing) driver, though, at that time, he had no actual interest in classic cars. Nevertheless, he spent a lot of time to restore a Peugeot 201. As a teenager, he was a BMW fan. His first car was a BMW 2002 Tii, a second-hand car of course.
In 2014, he was appointed as the Head of Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille’s Committee and has previously been a judge at the former “Bagatelle” Concours in the early ‘2000s in Paris and once in Kuwait.
“The very concept that a car enables you to travel on your own, offers a getaway for freedom and later offers you to have the pleasure of driving and speed….” According to him, nowadays, cars are more and more aseptic, hence pure pleasure to drive is lessened. Furthermore, when you like to take care and maintain your modern car yourself, there is nothing left for you, all electronics. At the time, the cars aesthetics was much more radical and each make was recognizable at the first glance.
The car design is the first thing that attracts him; after that technology is a major point followed by the drive and then the rarity. Patrick Peter is more of a collector than a restorer and is a great fan of pre-war cars. Nevertheless, he most enjoys the cars, he knows the best – the cars that belonged to the ‘50s & ‘60s era.
He strongly feels that each make has produced great cars and less interesting ones… Nevertheless, he reckons that he particularly likes Alfa Romeo. ‘Whichever period you look at, you find racing and sports cars treasures with splendid body works at Alfa Romeo’s.’
A most beautiful Lamborghini Miura and a … little Metropole Nash are the recent additions to his collection. A pre-war 8C Alfa Romeo, a 250SWB Ferrari, and an FI GTR McLaren are his personal favorites.
The Alfa Romeo, particularly fascinates him!
Paul & Andrew Wood
Andrew and Paul Wood are twin brothers, and both of them were car and aircraft enthusiasts from a very early age.
Their father bought an Austin 8 when the brothers were 8 years old. They used to clean it for pocket money. Their father was a great Rolls-Royce enthusiast although could never afford one. At the age of 14 years, they purchased an Austin 7 for £15. To earn money for it, they chopped firewood and went around housing estates selling the firewood. An uncle offered to re-paint it for them if they prepared it. When it was done, the vehicle looked so nice, they started to do other work to it, which sparked their interest in restoring cars.
Andrew was an apprentice of Rolls-Royce motor cars service department in London and Paul worked there in the coachwork department. They started their business in Rolls-Royce and Bentley in 1967. Andrew looks after the mechanical and spare parts side of the business and Paul focusses on coachworks and sales.
Their company now has grown to employing over 70 people and they always have more than 100 Rolls-Royce and Bentley’s in their care for work of all types. They are Rolls-Royce main dealers, Bentley service dealers and Rolls-Royce and Bentley heritage dealers. They are the only official dealers who work on the oldest models to the very latest new cars.
They have always been supporters of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiast Club and Bentley Drivers Club. During the last 40 years, they have helped customers win over 200 major concours competitions. They love classic cars and enjoy the fact that there is always something new to learn. Modern motoring is not a lot of fun but to drive a classic car in the countryside is most enjoyable, for them.
Their own collection of cars includes, two Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts, a Bentley 4¼ Litre Vanden Plas Tourer and a Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Drophead Coupe. Andrew has a collection of classic aircraft and racing motorcycles. Paul has a collection of Austin 7 and small cars as well as a classic motor boat.
The most exciting restorations for them were the original Silver Ghost AX201 and the Rolls-Royce 10HP SU13. The most challenging were a total nut and bolt restoration on Phantom III’s and overhauling Merlin aero engines to fly.
Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars are their passion, to them, these are the best cars in the world. They love classic cars that are fascinating in their own right and have a collection of some veteran cars including a 1901 Decauville 10HP and Stanley Steam car and they also have a 1912 Baker electric car.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts, Derby Bentleys, MK VI and R-Type variants and Bentley Continentals of the 1950’s are their personal favourites.
ROLLS-ROYCE AND BENTLEY HERITAGE DEALERS
Born in 1954, Peter Larsen has been a chronic gearhead all his life. Together with Ben Erickson, he is the author of Talbot-Lago Grand Sport: The Car from Paris and Jacques Saoutchik, Maître Carrossier. His forthcoming book is titled The Kellner Affair, and he is currently working on Joseph Figoni, Le Grand Couturier de la Carrosserie Automobile. Peter Larsen has a wide taste in cars, having owned a Bizzarrini, Facel-Vega, Duesenberg Model J and a number of Maseratis, including two Ghiblis and a 5000GT Allemano. However, his enduring fascination has been with French cars in general and Talbot-Lago in particular, including ownership of two T26 Grand Sports. Another great interest is coachwork and coach building. The great French carrossiers are an unending source of fascinating shapes to study. Peter Larsen has worked for many years in the entertainment industry. He is now involved in linguistic work and serves as a Pebble Beach class judge. He also judges at the Concoursd’elegance at Chantilly outside Paris and at SchlossDyck in Germany.
Peter Larsen lives in Copenhagen and Bangkok and has just completed the restoration of a 1971 Stutz split-window coupé by CarrozzeriaPadane in Modena. 25 were built and 14 exist and thus, this has been his most challenging project, as a restorer. His debut car was a 1973 Ford Capri 2.6 V6 GT that he bought when he was a student. His first Classic was an AC Cobra that he still owns.
Beauty, history and the times past that the cars -that have survived- can bring to life, drives his passion for cars. The sense of shape and artistry exhibited by the great coachbuilders it what he seeks in a vintage or classic car, although beautiful mechanicals and a technically interesting engine, equally fascinates him.
Rarity is always a turn-on for him, as he exclaims “It can be more interesting to study a rare Tatra model than “just” another 300SL:” so yes, rarity, technology, and design are what attracts him the most.
The beauty, uniqueness and bespoke hand-built quality of French coach-built cars and Talbot-Lago especially catch his attention. Hispano-Suiza, Talbot-Lago, Delahaye, Delage, Facel-Vega and Duesenberg are amongst his personal favorites.
A chronic gearhead
Founder and chairman of MASERATI CLUB OF JAPAN-officially recognized organization by Maserati S.p.A Journalist, many serial articles on Japan and Korea magazines, Car and other lifestyle categories.
He has authored several books, “GiorgettoGiugiaro”, “Branding of the legend”, “Maserati Complete Guide” and is recognized by Maserati fans around the world. His long-term work with Italian car makers, importers, car magazines and Japanese car critics has been synergistic; leading to confident, deep knowledge and understanding of the high-performance car world and owners – current and potential.
At the mere age of 4, he recognized most of the cars by their exhaust note. He enjoyed reading (watching) car magazines at that time, and he studied Japanese complicated character from reading car magazines.
He later purchased Porsche 911, and met very good mechanic and frequently visited the service factory where the mechanic worked; the mechanic was also very famous restorer and Mr. Ekko was inspired by him and wanted to learn the art of restoring vintage cars.
Mr. Ekko officiates the Maserati Centennial Concoursd’elegance (Torino Italy), Tokyo International Motor Show, Tokyo Auto Sallon and the Registro Maserati international meeting.
His debut car was a VW GOLF –first generation. The brand history, especially the enthusiasm of marque’s founder, drives his passion for cars. Design novelty of a car is what attracts him the most. He is both a restorer and a collector and previously, when there were very few Maserati cars in Japan, he tried to look for and import most of Maserati models from A6 series to one-off models to Japan, and also introduced worthy parts suppliers to Japan.
Italian cars, especially Maserati particularly catch his attention. During DeTomaso management, he met many people concerning Maserati including Alessandro DeTomaso. This experience drove him crazy for Maserati.
Maserati Bora – an innovative car designed his favorite car designer, GiorgettoGiugiaro, is his personal favorite.
Italian cars, especially Maserati, particularly catch his attention.
Vita J. Philip Rathgen
J. Philip Rathgen is a journalist and true enthusiast of vintage cars. In his role as CEO of Classic Driver – the leading international online magazine for classic and collectors cars – he found a way to perfectly combine his passion with his profession. As a true collector he is interested in motoring memorabilia as well as watches and cigars. With his eclectic knowledge, he serves as member of the Jury at prestigious concours events worldwide such as the Concorsod’Eleganza Villa d’Este (Italy), Masterpieces & Styles (Germany) and 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally &Concours Show (India). In addition, the enthusiast is often seen, as a speaker at panel discussion
The charismatic leader at the Classic Driver Magazine.
Wolfgang Blaube, a very famous German Motor Journalist and a crackerjack in vintage Automobile and motorization. Before becoming the expert of motor journalism, he worked at various retailers for sports cars, racing cars and classic cars in Hamburg, Munich, and Los Angeles, mainly as a buyer and also as a writer for various publishing houses. Co-author of European car books, his first assignments were as a member of Concours d’elegance jury&as contributor for several US car magazines such as Porsche magazine ‘Excellence’. He also published his first book ‘German Auto Icons’ together with famous Swiss automotive photographer Michel Zumbrunn
President of the “Automobilhistorische Gesellschaft”, the association of automobile historians of Germany; member of the automotive culture committee in the federal parliament of Germany. Wolfgang is known for working on 31 classic car magazines in 14 countries and for the historical departments of several automobile manufacturers such as BMW, commentator in classic car TV shows, publisher for specialist books about automotive history, and recognized expert for post-WW II automotive history of Germany, Italy, Great Britain and the USA. Along with being an automobile expert, he is also an avid author and a passionate photographer.
Mr. Muller started into the classic car hobby as a professional, in the year1985. “Pioneering” work as an event organizer of swap meets, classic car fairs/Expos, classic car Rallies, Special Interest Tours, free lance author & photographer for several classic car magazines (print and online), author/photographer/publisher of books (travel, children), international classic car consultant – “World Automobilist”
He started driving on Motorcycles when 15 years old. Worked his way back from new bikes, via an older BMW café racer, to a 1959 Ducati 200 Elite, which started it all and Mr. Muller developed a personal connection to cars/racing
His first car was a VW Beetle 1302 which he inherited from his late Grandfather. His first classic car was a 1962 Opel Olympia Rekord P2, soon followed by a 1975 Chevrolet Camaro, a 1980 Corvette and then a 1954 Corvette. What he likes best today are American pre war cars from the 1920s/30s and some 1950s/60s sports/race cars.
He has been traveling the world for automotive events since more than 20 years. Hisfavorite events so far are the Retromobile/Paris and the Pebble Beach Concoursd’Elegance, but he especially likes “exotic” events which need traveling to foreign countries like a classic car rally in Iran or the Concours events in Doha, Dubai or – of course – the 21 Gun Salute in New Delhi/India.
The pioneering spirit which still lives in old cars, fascinates him. He strongly believes, driving old cars is also a way to celebrate traditions.
Again, the pioneering technology as well as design of wonderful cars such as, a Duesenberg Model J Murphy Roadster, which marks the top of automotive design in his opinion, lure him.
He has been promoting the classic car hobby and he tries to do his part in keeping the cars on the roads of the world. The early American open wheel race cars from the 1920’s that defines the best of design & technology, such as, Millers, particularly catches his attention.
He would particularly like to own a pre war Packard race car with inline 8 engine and open wheels.