Selection Committee

Members of our Selection Committee spend the first quarter of each year reviewing entrant applications and researching the car entries that have been submitted, sometimes even visiting them in the process. Our Selection Committee is made up of about fifteen knowledgeable experts, and it is very rare that a car is submitted that is unknown to all of them. Every car is then carefully considered and discussed in depth during a two day Selection Committee meeting.

Chairman Sandra Button

For over 30 years, Sandra Button has guided the growth of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, serving first as its Executive Director and since 2002 as its Chairman. She has also been deeply involved in transforming the collector car hobby into a truly global celebration of the automobile, supporting many new automotive events and seeking to encourage the next generation of enthusiasts. She often officiates at concours from Asia and the Middle East to Europe and South America.

Richard Adatto Seattle, Washington

Richard Adatto is a world-renowned expert on French aerodynamic cars produced before World War II, a topic on which he has written or co-written eight books. He has been a member of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Selection Committee and he has been a Class Judge or Chief Class Judge at the Concours for more than 30 years. He has also been on the Board of the Mullin Automotive Museum since its inception and he serves as an International Chief Judge Advisory Group Steering Committee member.

Chris Bock Nevada City, California

Chris Bock has served as our Chief Judge since 2013. He was first appointed a Class Judge often acting as Chief Class Judge for American Classics. Mr. Bock has also been on our Selection Committee since its inception in 2006, and he plays key roles in overseeing field and ramp operations on Concours Sunday, making certain that all runs smoothly. He has been an entrant on five occasions—often showing Packards, a marque to which he is devoted. Apart from the Concours, Mr. Bock has also served as President and National Head Judge of the Classic Car Club of America and as editor of The Cormorant for The Packard Club. He is a retired real estate broker and a foster parent.

Stephen F. Brauer St. Louis, Missouri

Stephen Brauer is Chairman and CEO of Hunter Engineering Company, which designs, manufactures and sells computer-based automotive service equipment to automobile manufacturers and dealers worldwide. In June 2001 President George W. Bush appointed Mr. Brauer as his US Ambassador to Belgium, where he served until September 2003. He is a past member of the Smithsonian National Board and is active in numerous charitable and civic organizations. In the automobile arena, Mr. Brauer was influenced at an early age by his stepfather, Lee Hunter, who was an automotive genius, founder of Hunter Engineering Company and a member of the US Automotive Hall of Fame. He has served as a member of our Selection Committee since its formation in 2005, and also our Chief Honorary Judge.

Martin E. Button Carmel, California

Martin Button serves as a member of the Selection Committee for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, he is an announcer for the Concours, and he is involved in its many publications. He also officiates at many other concours, and is president of Cosdel International Transportation, overseeing the logistics and handling all the details involved in transporting collector cars to automotive events around the world. Martin is also a member of several automotive organizations, including the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain, the Rolls-Royce Owners Club, and the Classic Jaguar Association.

Colin Feichtmeir Los Gatos, California

Colin Feichtmeir is a commercial real estate professional in the Silicon Valley and a lifelong enthusiast of prewar cars, primarily American automobiles built before 1920. At age 14 he became a lifetime member of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, and he bought his first antique, a Model T Ford, at age 19 in partnership with his younger brother. He still owns that Model T and has continued to collect and study antique and sports cars while raising a family in Northern California.

Ed Gilbertson San Francisco, California

Ed Gilbertson served as Chief Judge of the Pebble Beach Concours from 1999 to 2013 and continues to be a member of our Selection Committee. He was previously Chief Class Judge for the Ferrari classes for 15 years. Mr. Gilbertson is also Chief Judge Emeritus for the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic and the Ferrari Club of America. He founded and is Chairman of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group, and he is also Chairman Emeritus of the International Advisory Council for the Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile and a senior advisor to both the Historic Vehicle Association and the FIVA Technical Commission. He previously served as Regional Director of the Ferrari Club of America and President of the Ferrari Owners Club.

David Gooding Santa Monica, California

David Gooding is the President and Founder of California-based Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars. Early in his career, he helped to organize the first auction at the Pebble Beach Concours, back in 1990; he has served as a Class Judge on several occasions; and he has been a member of the Selection Committee since its inception. Over time, Mr. Gooding has appraised thousands of vehicles for sale at auction, by private treaty or for charitable donation.

Ken Gross Hamilton, Virginia

Former Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Ken is a 30-year Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Chief Class Judge and serves on the Selection Committee. A member of ICJAG, the International Chief Judge Advisory Group, and chief judge for the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, Ken judges at many events worldwide. His critically acclaimed exhibitions have appeared at major North American Fine Art Museums. The author of twenty-four automotive books and museum catalogs, Ken has received the Automotive Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Citation, the International Motor Press Association’s Ken W. Purdy award, the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Bachelor Award, the Lorin Tryon Award and the Lee Iacocca award.

Peter Hageman Santa Barbara, California

Peter Hageman has been an automobile and motorcycle enthusiast his whole life. Inspired by trips in his family’s 1928 Packard, Peter purchased a Packard of his own at age 13. His father also collected Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce, helping to expand Peter’s taste for quality motorcars. His expertise is now wide-ranging, but he is particularly well known for his knowledge of Vintage Bentleys and Ducati motorcycles. A longtime judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Peter helped to introduce Preservation Classes to the event and now serves as the Chief Class Judge for those classes. He has also been a member of the Selection Committee since its inception. Peter is a longtime member of the Classic Car Club of America, he served as Chair of the Bentley Drivers Club for the Northwest for 10 years, and he was Honorary Consul for the Netherlands for the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana for 11 years.

Julius Kruta Gengenbach, Germany

Julius Kruta is a freelance historian and automotive advisor. He became infected with the Bugatti virus at Prescott, England, in the early 1980s and in 1994 he started a company specializing in hand-built Bugatti models. After having graduated from University with a thesis on Bugatti, he started his career in 2000 at Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S in the marketing department. In 2003 he became “Head of Tradition” for Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. and held this position until summer 2018. He has also co-authored six books related to Bugatti. Julius has been a Class Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance since 2003.

Peter Larsen Copenhagen, Denmark

Peter Larsen is the author of several works about French cars and French coachbuilding. A Fulbright scholar, he holds a doctorate in linguistics and semiotics from Brown University and the University of Copenhagen. After having spent a number of years in the music industry, Mr. Larsen now operates a translation company and devotes time to writing and linguistic work. Mr. Larsen judges at a number of concours worldwide and collects Italian and French sportscars.

Alan W. McEwan Redmond, Washington

Al McEwan is a retired aerospace engineering manager from The Boeing Company. Starting in 1970, Al has planned and conducted 15 National CARavans for the CCCA. In 2005 Al planned and conducted the first of the annual Pebble Beach Motoring Classics, a 1,500-mile tour ending at Pebble Beach. He has shown eight cars at the Pebble Beach Concours, the first in 1981, and has been a Pebble Beach Concours judge for 31 years. Currently, he is the Chief Class Judge for European Classics and a member of the Pebble Beach Concours Selection Committee. He is considered an authority on CCCA Classics, particularly foreign Classics with an emphasis on Hispano Suiza, Isotta Fraschini and Rolls-Royce.

Miles Morris Weston, Connecticut

Miles is a co-founder and owner of MM Garage which is a private professional collector car brokerage business with offices in Connecticut and California. Prior to that Miles was head of the international classic car department at Christie’s auction house. He is also a FIVA ambassador for North America and a FIVA inspector. Born and raised in the UK, Miles has been involved with classic cars forever; his father was a preeminent UK collector, racing driver and racecar driving instructor.

Nicholas P. Waller Tunbridge Wells, England

Nic Waller, a consultant to the Pebble Beach Concours since 2005 and a member of our Selection Committee since its inception, was introduced to motoring events at an early age. His parents owned vintage Bentleys and were part of Briggs Cunningham’s racing team when competing in Europe. As a result, Nic’s passion became postwar motor racing, particularly the golden era of Le Mans during the 1950s and ’60s. Nic has judged at several international concours events—notably the Concorso d’Eleganza in Kyoto, Japan, and the Valletta Concours d’Elegance in Malta—and he organizes his own annual concours, The Warren Classic, held near London, England.