My Car Quest

April 22, 2024

ArtCenter Concours To Feature Motorcycle Designer As Guest Speaker

The show designed by designers always has the coolest and most eclectic mix of cars.

by Wallace Wyss –

The much anticipated ArtCenter Car Classic will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Their website says that they are welcoming exhibitors with vehicles from all eras–classic to modern to concept–that represent the finest examples of automotive design, particularly those representing the best of Italian, American or French design.


Cunningham Corvette Race Car

The ArtCenter Car Classic 2017 Selection Committee will select vehicles for exhibition from all applications received. Vehicles that have not been exhibited in the last two Car Classic events are preferred. They do allow, however, entrants to enter more than one car.

They not only want pictures of the vehicle with the application but a brief description of each vehicles’ background, including such things as how your vehicle relates to the theme “Red, White and Blue: Celebrating Italian, American and French Design.”


“1933” Infiniti Prototype 9

They are particularly interested in sporty cars thar are representative of some trend. Their website says: “If you’re submitting a classic, sports or exotic vehicle, what is the design story? What technical or design innovations appear on your vehicle? What inspired the design?”

In addition to a tax-deductible donation, patrons enjoy exclusive access to the judges breakfast, access to VIP parking and special recognition. Net proceeds from the event will go toward supporting student scholarships for the next generation of designers.

That having breakfast with the judges is a not-to-be-missed opportunity, as I recognized some of the names Dave Marek, a famous Honda designer, Freeman Thomas, head of advanced design for Ford, Franz von Holzhausen, who does Tesla design (and did the Solstice and Sky for Pontiac). I could talk hours to each (but would they want to talk to me?).

Bothwell Peugeot

1913 Peugeot L45

The guest speakers are Jason Castriota , who did the one off Pininfarina Hyperion two seater, Miguel Galluzzi (BS 86) an industrial designer specializing in motorcycle design who heads Piaggio’s Advanced Design Center in Pasadena, Californiaand Alexander “Sasha”Selipanov who was a Bugatti designer but went to Genesis, and in 2016 was hired on as Chief Designer at the Global Genesis Advanced Studio in Europe.


2009 Corvette Stingray Concept

The website with all the information is at this link.

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Wallace Wyss

THE AUTHOR: Wallace Wyss has been a guest lecturer at the ArtCenter College of Design. He is the author of 18 car books and a list of prints available from his paintings can be obtained by writing




Some of the highlights

Infiniti Motors will be displaying the “1933” Infiniti Prototype 9. This concept vehicle looks like a vintage racecar and is built around a Nissan Leaf electric powertrain.

General Motors Heritage Center will be displaying the 2009 Corvette Stingray concept vehicle alongside a 2018 Corvette Carbon 65 Grand Sport. Both were designed by ArtCenter alumnus Tom Peters, who will be a featured speaker at the event.

Bruce Meyer will be displaying his 1960 Chevrolet Corvette/Cunningham Le Mans Roadster. It was one of the first four Corvettes to race at Le Mans.

Jerry Rosenstock will be displaying his 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA. Designed by Bertone, this vehicle is part of a very successful racing heritage with Alfa Romeo.

Jakob Greisen, Head of Bonhams US Motoring Department, will be displaying a 1913 Peugeot L45. This vehicle was one of four cars raced at the 1914 French Grand Prix.

Paul Colony will be displaying a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona.” Designed by Pininfarina, the Daytona represented a radically different design than previous models and one was driven by Dan Gurney and Brock Yates in the inaugural Cannonball Run.

Mike Kobeissi will be displaying a 1980 Renault R5 Turbo. Designed by Bertone, the R5 competed in many international rallies.

ArtCenter Car Classic

ArtCenter Concours To Feature Motorcycle Designer As Guest Speaker
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ArtCenter Concours To Feature Motorcycle Designer As Guest Speaker
The much anticipated ArtCenter Car Classic will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.


  1. Tommy Entenza says

    Pics I took at the 1960 LeMans of this car from directly over the “pit”, prior to the old LeMans start and at speed have been passed on to Bruce Meyer.

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