Lead Judges

Each category will have its own bespoke, specialist judging panel, headed by a Lead Judge who is an expert in that particular field. The lead judge will appoint other members to its jury, ensuring each category is assessed rigorously by those best-qualified to do so. The seven lead judges are listed below:

Vanessa Marçais - Historic Motorsport Organiser


  As a historic motorsport competitor and event organiser, Vanessa Marçais, Lead Judge for the Competitive Event category, has vast experience of being on both sides of the pit wall. She also sources and acquires sports, sports-racing and Grand Prix cars for private collectors, organises and runs the GT & Sports Car Cup and is a Curator for the Concours of Elegance.

Alastair Clements - Editor-in-Chief, Classic & Sports Car


Alastair Clements, Editor-in-Chief, Classic & Sports Car is Lead Judge for the Motoring Spectacle category. A passionate enthusiast of cars of all ages, types and values, Alastair has been associated with Britain’s best-selling classic car magazine for 20 years.

Ian Titchmarsh - Motorsport Commentator and Chair of Silverstone Heritage


Ian Titchmarsh, motor racing commentator and Chair of Silverstone Heritage is Lead Judge for the Race Series category. He has been involved in motorsport since 1963, was Principal Commentator at Silverstone from 1983 until 2015 and still commentates at most circuits in the UK.

Simon Taylor, Journalist


 Lead Judge in the Collection category, Simon joined Autosport straight from university and was editor by age 23. As Publisher and then Managing Director of Haymarket Magazines he launched What Car?, Classic & Sports Car and F1 Racing. For 20 years he was BBC Radio's motor racing commentator before joining ITV's F1 commentary team. 

Steve Cropley - Editor-in-Chief


 Steve Cropley, Editor-in-Chief, Autocar and Lead Judge for the Outstanding Journalism category. has been testing and writing about cars for nearly 40 years, half of that time at Autocar. He joined the staff of Car magazine in 1978 and became editor in 1981. In 1989 he launched his own magazine, Buying Cars, which was bought two years later by Haymarket Media Group, where he has worked ever since.  

Tom Purves , Chairman of Motorsport UK Council


Chairman of Motorsport UK Council and a Vice President of the Royal Automobile Club, Tom Purves is Lead Judge for the Personality category. In 2010 he retired from the position of CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood (a BMW Company)  following a career that also included roles as Managing Director of the BMW Group in Britain and head of BMW Group’s commercial operations in the USA and the Americas. 

David Lillywhite - Editorial Director, Magneto


The judging panel for the Restoration category will be led by David Lillywhite, Editorial Director of Magneto. A classic motoring journalist since 1992, he co-launched Octane magazine, and went on to become Editorial Director of Octane, Vantage, Enzo and Land Rover Monthly and was launch editor of AutoClassics. In 2018 he started Hothouse Media, to publish the new high-end quarterly magazine Magneto.

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