Pebble in 2050

Saturday, Aug 14, 2021

Start: 10:30 am


Pebble in 2050

HOST: John Nikas | PANEL: Jay Ward (Pixar), Leslie Kendall (Petersen Museum), Tabetha Hammer (America’s Automotive Trust), Caroline Cassini (Fantasy Junction) & Paul Hageman

The Pebble Beach Classic Car Forums will be held at the Concours Village, conveniently located across from the Pebble Beach Auctions at Forest Lake Road and Stevenson Drive.

What will the 18th fairway look like in 2050, when the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 100th Anniversary? An exemplary panel of automotive experts will discuss the future of the world’s premier automotive celebration and explore the possible changes that might take place in the decades to come. How will an entirely new generation of enthusiasts view cars and how might those feelings change the hobby? To find out, attend what is sure to be a thought-provoking and entertaining discussion with moderator John Nikas and guests Jay Ward, Leslie Kendall, Tabetha Hammer, Caroline Cassini, and Paul Hageman.

John Nikas is an award-winning automotive writer who specializes in weaving social, cultural, and economic themes into compelling narratives about motoring history. Raised in an Anglophile household, John first fell in love with British sports cars, but his automotive passions have grown to encompass prewar and postwar sports and luxury cars, racing history, and musings on the future of the automobile in the 21st century. John is frequently asked to speak at various automotive events around the world, discussing a wide range of motoring topics. Known for his authoritative knowledge, quick wit, and entertaining delivery, John currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society and Director of Digital Content at Sports Car Market, in addition to writing monthly columns for several magazines on both sides of the Atlantic.

Born in San Diego, California, Leslie Kendall earned an MBA from Cal Poly State University prior to accepting a role as the curator at the San Diego Automotive Museum. He joined the team responsible for creating the Petersen Automotive Museum in 1993 and two years later was named curator, ultimately creating from scratch more than 100 special exhibits relating to automotive history, industry, and artistry. Leslie is a regular contributor to numerous automotive media outlets, museum exhibits and serves as a collections consultant around the world. He also serves as a judge at numerous concours d’elegance and is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians, National Association of Automotive Museums, Horseless Carriage Club of America, and the American Alliance of Museums in addition to several others.

Paul Hageman comes from a family of automotive enthusiasts, helping explain his decision to start a lucrative business buying and selling old sports cars while still in high school. Following graduation from college, Paul joined the team at the Louwman Museum in the Netherlands, helping found the world-class automotive museum. In 2010, Paul went to Gooding & Company, where he spent five years exploring the intricacies of the global collector car market. At the age of 25, he became the youngest-ever judge in the history of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works with collectors around the world sourcing and selling historically important vehicles under the banner of Hageman Motorcars.




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