2021 Forum: Saturday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 am | Pebble Beach in 2050

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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. 

HOST: John Nikas

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

John Nikas

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. 

Jay Ward, Pixar

As Creative Director for the world of Cars, Jay Ward consults on all CARS-related projects around the world, providing automotive and franchise expertise to both Disney and its partners in matters pertaining to consumer products, interactive experiences, publishing, and marketing projects, and theme parks. He also serves as a liaison with automotive manufacturers and museums working on Pixar-related projects. Jay 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. In addition to his work on Cars projects, Jay worked in the art departments of Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, and Brave, and served as the associate producer of the 2008 Pixar short film "Presto." Ward also runs the campus classic car show, the "Pixar Motorama" hosting vehicles from Jay Leno, Chip Foose, and many others.

Leslie Kendall, Petersen Museum

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.

Tabetha Hammer, America’s Automotive Trust 

A graduate of McPherson College’s Automotive Restoration program, Tabetha Hammer’s love for motor vehicles began as a teenager. While still in high school she won the 2003 Grand National Championship in the Chevron Delo Tractor Restoration Competition, making her the first female to win the prestigious award. During an eleven-year tenure with Hagerty, she focused on youth, heritage and educational events, ending her career there as the director of the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. In her current role as CEO and President of America’s Automotive Trust, she oversees the work of LeMay – America’s Car Museum (Tacoma, WA), RPM Foundation (Chicago, IL), and America on Wheels Museum (Allentown, PA) as well as the Club Auto and Concours Club, to celebrate and perpetuate car culture.  

Caroline Cassini, Fantasy Junction

The first woman to graduate from the Automotive Restoration Program at the Academy of Art University, Caroline Cassini was practically raised in the classic car hobby. Born to parents ranked among the world’s leading collectors, she spent her childhood attending various automotive events. She helped found the Edison Concours d’Elegance and serves as a judge at numerous events around the globe, including the Zoute Concours d’Elegance in Belgium. An avid researcher and knowledgeable about various marques, Caroline works in the acquisition and sales of important motorcars for Fantasy Junction, a prominent classic car dealer located right outside of San Francisco.  

Paul Hageman

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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