Lead Judges

Each category has its own bespoke, specialist judging panel, headed by a Lead Judge who is an expert in that particular field. Each lead judge has appointed 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, followed by the panel members.

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.

The Jury

Sarah Bennett-Baggs


Sarah has been fully submersed in the automotive and motorsport industry since 1995, putting her creative skills and a love of racing to good use across a number of different roles, culminating in the launch of a series of Classic Adventure Journals - Auto Addicts - now on its 4th Volume. 

Danny Hopkins


Danny Hopkins is an PPA award-winning journalist and award-winning magazine editor. He has edited Practical Classics magazine for 10 years. He has restored numerous classics himself, his most recent project being an 8 year revival of the Jensen Interceptor II originally owned by Sir Hugh Fraser. Before entering the world of classic car journalism Danny was a professional actor and playwright with West End credits to his name.

Paul Lawrence


Paul Lawrence is a motorsport journalist specialising in historic motorsport. He's equally at home on a rally stage or a race circuit and also covers hillclimbs and trials. With nearly 50 years' experience in the sport, Paul spends between 60 and 70 days a year at events.

Marcus Pye


Marcus Pye is well known in historic motor sport circles for his encyclopaedic knowledge. He has raced everything from pre-war leviathans to Historic Formula One and commented at race circuits all over Europe for many years

Amanda Stretton


Amanda is one of the UK’s leading female motorsport, classic car and automotive TV broadcasters, renowned for her passion and knowledge of contemporary and classic racing. She has raced competitively in historic, GT and Le Mans prototypes, and is still the only British female racing driver to have won an International long distance GT race.  

David Whale


David Whale has been chairman of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs for eight years and is a member of the FIA International Historic Commission. His historic vehicle interests lie in the unique and unusual and he owns several vehicles that each have a special story to tell.

Allan Winn


Allan Winn, Director and CEO of Brooklands Museum 2003-15, has been driving and competing in old motorcars for 50 years and is currently rebuilding his 1929 3-Litre Bentley. He is a regular judge at Pebble Beach and other concours, a past Director of the VSCC and an active race marshal.

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