Thank you for your interest in the Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum presented by AIG and BridgePoint. Here, you can register for one—or several!—of the phenomenal sessions planned for the speaker series this year. We will host many sessions daily from August 23 through 25 at The Inn at Spanish Bay. 

We welcome back favorite car guys Jay Leno and Donald Osborne, who promise to delve into not only the breakthroughs but the backfires that led to the automobile. Spike Feresten will press Jerry Seinfeld to divulge some inside stories from his popular web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. And Wayne Carini chats with other personalities and producers bringing the automotive life to television.

Experts will try to discern The Truth about Tucker or the future collectibles most likely to emerge from what is Big in Japan. Additional sessions will teach you how to photograph cars like a pro, avoid the mistakes top car collectors often make, or find and display top tier automobilia.

Advance reservations are required. Most sessions are free, although a few featured sessions cost $85.

2018 Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum

Thursday August 23

1:00 pmA Career with Cars and Cameras

Michael Furman

Michael Furman has worked with countless collections, museums, manufacturers and events to amass one of the finest visual automobile archives in the world. His studio photography led in 2005 to the founding of Coachbuilt Press, through which he has published of many landmark titles. Michael’s work has appeared in museum exhibitions at The Louvre, MFA Boston, The High Museum, Phoenix Art Museum and the Beijing Automotive Museum. Michael’s immersion in the collector car world is evidenced by his presence at many major concours as featured artist, author, judge and sponsor.

3:00 pmThe Truth About Tucker

Ken Gross - Moderator

Ken Gross serves as a member of the Selection Committee and a Chief Class Judge for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. An automotive writer for 44 years, Ken has received the Washington Auto Press Golden Quill Award, the Society of Automotive Historians’ Cugnot Award, and the James Valentine Memorial Award for excellence in automotive historical research.

John Tucker

John Tucker Jr. is the grandson of Preston Tucker. John was only three years old when Preston died, but he has made a mission of learning about him through family and extensive research. He is the past President of the Tucker Automobile Club of America, and serves as a historian for the AACA Museum's extensive Cammack Collection on Tucker. He is also on the Swigart Automobile Museum Board of Directors.


Steve Tremulis

Steve Tremulis is a biomedical engineer and the inventor of over 50 United States patents. He is also the nephew of Alex Tremulis, Preston Tucker’s Chief Stylist for the Tucker 48, and he is the curator of his uncle’s incredible archive of photographs, drawings, letters, speeches, and models from over a half-century of automobile design. Steve is an award-winning author on automotive history and a frequent guest speaker at various auto clubs and museums. Steve has served on the Board of Directors for the Tucker Automobile Club of America, and he currently serves on the Tucker Archives Committee for the AACA Museum, the new home of the Tucker Club.

Mark Lieberman

Mark Lieberman is the president of Nostalgic Motoring, which deals in classic and collectable automobiles, and he has seven patents to his credit. In 1991, he purchased the first of the five Tucker automobiles he has owned, and he remains actively involved in the restoration and preservation of Tucker automobiles. Mark continues to serve the Tucker Automobile Club of America as their Technical Adviser and Historian, and he also serves on the AACA Museum's Board of Directors.

Rob Ida

For three generations Rob Ida's family has been in the automotive business, with a strong emphasis on Tucker Cars. His grandfather Joe Ida owned a Tucker Dealership in New York. Today, at Ida Automotive in Morganville, New Jersey, Rob and his father Bob work hard to keep the Tucker car popular and loved. With the friendship and support of the Tucker and Tremulis families, they have been able to not only restore Tuckers, but to create a new breed of New Tucker Cars. 


Martyn Donaldson

With an early fascination of classic cars and a keen eye for the unusual, Martyn's interest in American automotive history and his career path in auto restoration inevitably led to the Tucker '48. As an avid researcher, he has made it a personal mission to view and study nearly all of the Tucker cars extant. He continues to be actively involved in the restoration, service and preservation of several Tuckers and has served as a consultant on many others. Involved with the Tucker Automobile Club of America for almost thirty years, he continues to serve on the board of directors as Car Historian.



Friday August 24

9:00 amEstate Planners Perspective: Top Mistakes With High-End Collections

Eric A. Ess

As a member of Husch Blackwell’s Financial Services & Capital Markets industry group, Eric Ess concentrates his practice on estate and tax planning, probate and trust administration, business succession planning, and lifetime gift planning for high-net worth individuals and families. Eric designs and implements estate plans through the preparation of wills, revocable trusts, complex irrevocable trusts and business transfer documents. Eric works to maximize the tax benefits available to individuals and their families and to preserve family wealth passing to future generations. As part of his practice, Eric focuses on the unique considerations common to high-net worth families that are unrelated to tax concerns. Eric serves as the chairperson of the firm’s Private Wealth Advisory Group.

11:00 amSeinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Spike Feresten sits down with comedian Jerry Seinfeld to discuss his hit Netflix series. 

Jerry Seinfeld

Entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy career took off after his first appearance as a stand-up comedian on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become the most successful comedy series in the history of television: Seinfeld. His latest project is the critically acclaimed Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, was recently launched on Netflix. Jerry’s preferred bio: A comedian who lives in New York City.

Spike Feresten

Spike Feresten, host of the hit car-buying show Car Matchmaker, is renowned as a writer/producer for TV shows such as Seinfeld and Late Show with David Letterman and as the star of FOX’s Talkshow with Spike Feresten. During his time on Seinfeld, he earned three Emmy nominations, including one for his well-known “Soup Nazi” episode. Spike’s two decades of automotive experience and expertise come from collecting his own cars as well as helping friends and family. His roster of clients ranges from well-known celebrities to his wife’s hairdresser. Now Spike is the guy to go to when you need a new set of wheels. 


2:00 pmThe Racing Legacy of OSCA–Fratelli Maserati

Tim Considine - Moderator

For more than three decades, Tim Considine has written about motor racing. He has been a contributing editor for Road & Track, as well as many other automotive publications, and authored the award-winning book, American Grand Prix Racing: A Century of Drivers & Cars. Next month, a boxed set of the first three books of his epic multi-volume work Twice Around the Clock - The Yanks at Le Mans will be released, the personal stories of Americans who've participated at Le Mans from 1923-1979. Considine regularly hosts seminars on motor racing history at events and museums around the country. At the age of 17, he purchased a 1500cc OSCA MT4 that will be shown at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance—and he remains a great fan of the marque.  

Bob Devlin

At age 14, Robert T. Devlin attended the second running of the Pebble Beach Road Races and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Bob later competed in Sports Car and Formula Junior race cars for six years, from 1957 to 1962. He took to Concours judging some forty years ago and has served for 33 years as a Class, Chief Class and now Honorary Judge at Pebble Beach. Bob has authored two books: Pebble Beach: A Matter of Style in 1980 and Pebble Beach: The Art of the Poster in 2003, and he has authored or co-authored more than 135 articles for various automotive and travel magazines as well as event-related programs. He has also taught for three years at The Academy of Art University, focusing on the history of automotive design.

Michael Lynch

Michael T. Lynch is a consultant, author, historian, researcher and photographer. He is a member of both the Motor Press Guild and the American Automobile Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. He consults with clients on diverse matters, such as event planning, editorial services, research, provenance assurance, expert commentary on radio and TV, and event announcing. His clients include collectors, events, museums and universities. Lynch is a researcher with The Revs Program at Stanford University and a member of the Racing Car Certification Committee of the Antique Automobile Club of America.



Alfieri Maserati

Alfieri Maserati is a master mechanical engineer and the son of Ernesto Maserati who, along with his three brothers, founded Maserati of Modena and later OSCA–Fratelli Maserati. Ernesto designed all Maseratis from 1932 to 1947 and all OSCAs from 1948 onward. Alfieri worked for six years in nuclear research and then founded his own company producing limited slip differentials and special ring gear and pinions, distributed mainly to markets in the United States and Southeast Asia. He recently assisted in the creation of a permanent exhibition devoted to the Maserati Brothers at the Museum of Industrial Heritage in Bologna, an exhibit that was installed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of OSCA. Alfieri lectures in many countries, and has written articles and books about Maserati and OSCA.

Adolfo Orsi

A historian of Italian motorsport, a noted collector car expert and a staunch advocate of preservation, Adolfo Orsi has coordinated and overseen the restorations of some of the most significant cars produced in Italy. He has curated numerous historical exhibitions, co-authored the Classic Car Auction Yearbook for the past 23 years, is an ICJAG Central Council member, and serves as Chief Class Judge for the FIVA Award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. 

3:30 pmCollecting Everything BUT Cars

Jerry Lettieri - Moderator

Jerry Lettieri has been involved with collector cars for the past fifty years. He started collecting automobilia at an early age and then became interested in hot rods, antiques, sports and racing cars. He has owned, bought and sold hundreds of collector automobiles from Fords to Ferraris. Twenty-five years ago Jerry established Automobilia Auctions, specializing in automobilia and literature.

Rory Brinkman

Rory Brinkman is a nationally recognized expert in the field of automotive-related memorabilia and Americana. He is a second generation collector who was tutored on the benefits of buying condition and rarity, and began his own collection at the age of 12. After graduating from college he decided to pass on law school to pursue turning his hobby into a profession. Today, with more than 35 years of experience to his name, Brinkman’s reputation for appraising and selling valuable collectibles from the past is unparalleled. He has been a consultant to and has procured items for some of the finest collections in America. He is also in his 17th year as Automobilia Director for Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, where he has overseen some of the largest and most successful automobilia auctions in the history of collecting.

Ben Horton
Ben Horton has been involved with classic cars for more than 20 years, as both an enthusiast and business owner. Since co-founding Hortons Books in 1997, Ben has helped to build some of the world’s foremost motoring libraries and now leads the way in personally advising clients about, and supplying, automotive literature. The company exhibits at leading motoring and motorsport events in the UK, Europe and the United States.



David Kayser

David Kayser grew up during the 1960s in a college town just 10 miles from New York, where a great variety of “foreign cars” were regularly seen parked on local streets. He had an early fascination with these Jaguars XKs and E-Types, Alfa Romeo Giulias, Porsche 356s and 911s Lotus Elans — and even a locally owned and regularly driven Amphicar. At the age of 9 he was inspired to write to their respective importers and politely ask for a catalog — and a passion for automobile-related advertising graphics was formed! In 1992 David founded Chelsea Motoring Literature, specializing in original automobile sales literature from the 1950s through the '70s, as well as difficult to source factory service documents and obscure period ephemera. 

Jerry LaBant

As a lifelong British car enthusiast Jerry LaBant would often accompany his brother on a high-speed dash to dry off his 1967 MGB. Fifty years later, Jerry now focuses his love of British cars on period automobilia. His business, Liverpool Motorworks, specializes in original tools, literature and accessories for British marques.

Jacques Vaucher

From the age of four Jacques Vaucher was the unofficial test driver of pedal and motorized cars for Eureka, a French toy manufacturer by his godfather. His schooling at Winfield, France’s famous racing school, led Jacques to touring car endurance racing in the United States, and he produced winning results at Limerock and Watkins Glen. Concurrently, he sold Maseratis for the importer Bob Grossman and later managed the New York showroom of Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti. Jacques turned the showroom into a gallery, covering the walls with automotive art to complement the moving sculptures displayed on the floor. This gallery evolved into L'art et I'automobile, owned by Jacques and his wife Karen.

Claus von Schmeling

While still at University, at the age of 19, Claus founded his company, Archivio Italiano. He has built a renowned archive of printed materials for marques such as Maserati, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Mercedes-Benz. In addition to collecting archival documents and unrestored cars, Claus focuses on factory delivered accessories such as complete toolkits and pouches, including manuals.

5:00 pmBig in Japan: Future Collectibles from the Model A to the 240Z

Ed Loh - Moderator

Ed Loh has more than 17 years of experience in automotive journalism and has held leadership positions as editor-in-chief of Import Racer! Magazine (2003), managing editor of Road & Track Speed magazine (2005), and editor-in-chief of Sport Compact Car (2006). Loh moved to Motor Trend in 2007 and became editor-in-chief in 2011. In his time with Motor Trend, the brand has become more than just the leading automotive enthusiast magazine and is now the industry leader across the web, social media, and video. In 2016, Loh was promoted to senior vice president, in-market content for Motor Trend Group, overseeing the editorial direction of Motor Trend and Automobile magazines, and this April his role was expanded to include automotive content for all of the Motor Trend Group. In his spare time Loh enjoys surfing, cooking, and driving his Porsche 930.

Tom Matano

Tom Matano has thirty years of experience in the automotive design industry. Prior to joining the faculty at the Academy of Art University, he held design positions at General Motors Design in Michigan, GM Holden’s in Australia, and BMW in Germany. In 1983, he became the Chief Designer at Mazda North America, and he went on to become VP of Design and EVP of the Western R & D operations. From 1999 to 2002, he was an Executive Designer at Mazda Headquarters in Japan. Matano currently serves as the Executive Director of the School of Industrial Design at the Academy of Art University,


Randy Nonnenberg

Randy Nonnenberg is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bring a Trailer, the leading online auction venue and community dedicated to historic, special interest vehicles. BaT Auctions has handled the sales of hundreds of collectible Japanese cars and trucks, ranging from a Toyota 2000GT to a preserved Honda CRX and everything in between. Randy is a noted expert on their values and appeal, as well as trends in the marketplace. 

Eric Bizek

Eric Bizek is the host of Motor Trend’s hit series, JDM Legends. Born of a passion for classic Japanese vehicles, Eric founded his Salt Lake City shop, JDM Legends, almost 10 years ago, in 2009. Bizek now serves as one of the only restorers of imported Japanese domestic market cars in the United States. With 20 years of restoration experience under his belt, Eric alongside his skillful team, build, create, customize and sell classic Japanese automobiles including Hakosuka, Kenmeri, Celica, Skyline, Fairlady, Bluebird, Trueno and Cosmo.


RJ de Vera

As a former editor at Super Street magazine, RJ de Vera became well immersed in the automotive industry. De Vera was a consultant and actor in the first Fast and Furious film, helping to launch one of Universal Studios’ most successful movie franchises. Over the last decade, de Vera has consulted on numerous projects within the automotive aftermarket community and has served as a spokesperson for major brands such as PepsiCo, Xbox, Valvoline and various OEMs. De Vera has served as an automotive stylist for more than 30 high profile vehicles and remains active within the car hobby. He currently holds a position as a Marketing Leader at Meguiar’s, leading Global Communications and Digital Marketing efforts.


Alfonso Albaisa

Alfonso Albaisa is Senior Vice President for Global Design for Nissan Motor Co., leading global design teams to reinforce a common essence across all models within the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands and deliver inspiring and exciting designs for customers. Albaisa is a Cuban-American who takes a multicultural approach to design. He has spent his entire career, since 1988, at Nissan, where he has risen to become one of the leading automotive designers in the industry. Prior to becoming NML’s head of global design, Albaisa served as Executive Design of Director at Infiniti, leading that premium brand’s new design language. 


Saturday August 25

10:30 amPioneers, Breakthroughs & Dead End Technology and the Development of the Automobile

Assess & Caress with Jay Leno's Garage

Jay Leno

Acclaimed late-night TV show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist . . . It’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest-working man in show business.”

Donald Osborne

Donald W. Osborne, ASA, has shared his considerable knowledge and experience of collector car values and trends with millions of television viewers during his regular feature “Assess & Caress with Donald Osborne” on the popular CNBC Primetime show Jay Leno’s Garage. He is a monthly columnist for Sports Car Market magazine and has been published in The New York Times, Art & Antiques, The Wall Street Journal Online and other publications.


12:00 pmPath to the Prize

From vetting to victory, a panel of veteran selection committee members and judges will discuss how cars are chosen to participate in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the judging standards that make it the most competitive concours in the world.

Peter Hageman

Peter Hageman was the Bentley Drivers Club chairman for the North West USA region for ten years and has judged vintage Bentleys at both the US National Rolls-Royce Owners' Club meets and at the Pebble Beach Concours. He now serves on the Selection Committee of Pebble Beach and is also a consultant to Bentley Motors. Peter has served as a class judge for 14 years and shown cars 11 times.

Chris Bock

Chief Judge Chris Bock has served among the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance judge cadre for 31 years, often acting as Chief Class Judge for American Classics. Mr. Bock is also on the Concours Selection Committee and plays key roles in overseeing award show operations on Concours Sunday. 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. 

Al McEwan

Al McEwan has been actively involved in vintage cars since 1956 and has had ‘hands on’ experience with many of the great European Classics.  He was a founder and Director of the Pacific Northwest Region of the Classic Car Club of America and has planned and conducted 14 National CCCA CARavans.  Al has been involved with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as an entrant and judge since 1981.  He currently serves on the Selection Committee and is the Chief Class Judge for European Classics. Al founded the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic in 2005 and continues to conduct that event each year.  He has served as a judge for 29 years and exhibited cars 5 times.

Martin Button

Martin Button serves as a member of the Selection Committee for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, helping choose the entries to compete at the Concours. He also serves as an announcer for the Concours awards show and is involved in editing the Concours publications. Martin has exhibited cars at Pebble Beach 9 times, beginning in 1993.

Steve Brauer

Steve 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. Mr. Brauer served as US Ambassador to Belgium for 2 years. He is a longtime collector of American classic cars, Springfield Rolls-Royce and postwar coachbuilt Rolls-Royce and Bentley. He is a member of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Selection Committee and has served as an Honorary Judge since 2004. He has shown cars at Pebble Beach on 25 occasions.

Nic Waller - Moderator

In 2006 Nic joined the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as an automotive consultant finding and authenticating cars and representing the Concours in Europe. He is a member of the Selection Committee, Pebble Beach Car Guide author, photographer and Managing Editor for the Pebble Beach Concours publications. He is also a familiar voice as one of the Award Show announcers on Concours Sunday.


3:00 pmCar Guys in TV

Wayne Carini - Moderator

Wayne Carini is the host of Chasing Classic Cars on the Velocity channel, currently in its tenth season, and the proprietor of F40 Motorsports sales and restoration services. He is a noted collector and a recognized collector car authority.

Jay Ward

As Creative Director for the Cars franchise at Pixar Animation Studios, Jay Ward was the automotive and later franchise creative consultant on all three CARS films, the Cars Toons, and Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. Prior to joining Pixar, Jay co-created and ran the traditional hot rod & custom show Billetproof from it’s inception in 1997 until 2002 and the Asphalt Invitational from 2004 to 2009, after which he branched into other automotive endeavors, including being the Managing Editor for Hop Up magazine. Ward now runs the Pixar campus classic car show, the Pixar Motorama, hosting vehicles from Jay Leno, Chip Foose, and many others.

Mike Brewer

Mike Brewer discovered his passion for motoring as a teenager and knew this would be his career. He quickly built a reputation for being sharp and honest, and soon had the largest 4×4 dealership in the south of England. Mike was hired for the first series of Deals On Wheels and later earned the presenter’s position on Driven for Channel 4, followed by Auto Trader, Pulling Power, Wrecks to Riches, and Revved-up as well as several other non-motoring programs for Discovery Channel and ITV. It was Discovery’s Wheeler Dealers that struck the heart and the toolbox of petrolheads all over the world. Most recently Mike created Wheeler Dealer Trading Up, a series that showcases his motoring knowledge and his selling skills as he trades cars around the world. He has recently opened two Mike Brewer Motors dealerships and has launched the only annual awards for used car dealers in the UK. Mike has won many awards, including the Royal Television Society’s Best InVision Personality and UK’s Broadcast Journalist of the Year two-years running.

Bob Scanlon

Robert S. Scanlon is President of Velocity and Video Content at Motor Trend Group, a consolidated joint venture with Discovery, Inc. that combines Velocity with the entire automotive digital, direct-to-consumer, social and live event portfolio of Motor Trend. He oversees programming, development, production, marketing and communications. Since Scanlon launched Velocity in 2011, the network has grown larger and faster than any other ad-supported cable network. He has led the production of many successful programs including Bitchin’ Rides, Texas Metal, Iron Resurrection, Barrett-Jackson Live, Chasing Classic Cars, Wheeler Dealers and more. Previously, he was vice president of programming and production for Military Channel and HD Theater. A veteran of media for 35+ years, Scanlon helped manage the creation of the NFL Network, was a founder of Speedvision Network and Outdoor Life Network, and was one of the first 35 employees at upstart network ESPN.

Ray Evernham

Ray Evernham is a consultant for Hendrick Companies, formerly an auto racing crew chief for Bill Davis Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, owner of his own team Evernham Motorsports from 2001 to 2010, and analyst for ESPN's NASCAR coverage. A three-time Winston Cup Series Champion with driver Jeff Gordon, in 1999, Evernham won the NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated “Person of the Year.” Evernham was inducted to the NASCAR Hall of Fame with the Class of 2018.