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This year, ArtCenter’s annual Car Classic celebrates the 70th anniversary of the College’s Transportation Design program and the indelible mark our alumni have made on the world around us.

This year, ArtCenter’s annual Car Classic celebrates the 70th anniversary of the College’s Transportation Design program and the indelible mark our alumni have made on the world around us. 

Behind every beautifully designed car, from the 1938 Opel Kapitan to the 2018 Tesla Model 3, stands an innovative designer—one most likely educated at ArtCenter College of Design. Attend Car Classic 2018 and see for yourself.

ArtCenter Car Classic

This year’s confirmed speakers include:

Ron Hill (BS 54)
Former GM Head of Design and former Chair of Transportation Design and Industrial Design

Shiro Nakamura
Former Sr. Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Peter Brock (BS 56)
Designer of the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and Corvette XP87 Stingray Racecar

Chuck Pelly (BS 58)
Chief Creative Officer, Intersection-Inc., former Head of Designworks/USA and designer of Scarab and Chaparral racecars

Geza Loczi (BS 65)
President of GezaLocziDESIGN, retired Director of Design for Volvo Car Corporation and former GM Assistant Chief Designer

Dave Marek (BS 87)
Executive Creative Director for Acura at Honda R&D

Tom Peters (BS 80)
Director of Exterior Design for GM (Performance Car Studio)

Jason Castriota
Global Brand Director for BEV at Ford Motor Company and former Global Advanced Design Chief for Ford

Miguel Galluzzi (BS 86)
Head of the Piaggio Group Advanced Design Center and creator of the Ducati Monster

Derek Jenkins (BS 93)
Vice President of Design for Lucid Motors and former Director of Design for Mazda North America Operations

Henrik Fisker (BS 89)
Founder, Chairman, & CEO of Fisker Inc., Senior Advisor for McKinsey & Company and CEO of HF Design – debuting his new EMotion electric sportscar

Tisha Johnson (BS 99)
Vice President, Interior Design for Volvo

Sangyup Lee (BS 99)
Vice President of Styling for Hyundai Design Center and former Head of Exterior and Advanced Design for Bentley

Luc Donckerwolke (BS 91)
Head of Design for Hyundai Group’s Hyundai and Genesis brands

ArtCenter Car Classic

Schedule:

10:30 am

Field opens to the public and media.  

10:45 am

Welcome and opening remarks by Mayor Tornek and Lorne Buchman, president of ArtCenter College of Design.
*** Craig Eckberg and his flying Tiger Squadron do a fly over just after the Mayor’s welcome. 

 11:00 am – 12:00 pm on the Main Stage

Meet the Designers I: Vehicles of Yesterday

  • Ron Hill – Former GM Head of Design and Chair of Transportation Design
  • Shiro Nakamura – Former Sr. Vice President of Nissan Motor Co
  • Peter Brock – Designer of the Cobra Daytona Coupe and Corvette Stingray Racecar
  • Chuck Pelly – Former Head of Designworks/USA and Designer of Scarab and Chaparral racecars
  • Geza Loczi – Retired Director of Design for Volvo and former GM designer

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On-Field Interviews with Dave Kunz and Ed Justice, Jr.

 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm on the Main Stage

Meet the Designers II: Vehicles of Today

  • Dave Marek – Executive Creative Director for Acura
  • Jason Castriota – Head of Advanced Design for Ford
  • Sangyup Lee – Vice President of Styling for Hyundai
  • T Jon Mayer – Sr. Director of Design for Volvo

 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

On-Field Interviews with Dave Kunz and Ed Justice, Jr.

 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm in the Hyundai & Kia Innovation Lab

Meet the Designers III: Vehicles of Tomorrow

  • Derek Jenkins – Head of Design for Lucid Motors
  • Henrik Fisker – Founder & CEO HF Design and Former Designer for BMW and Fisker Coachbuild
  • Luc Donckerwolke – Head of Design for Hyundai and Genesis
  • Page Beerman – Design Director at Faraday Future

 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

On-Field Interviews with Dave Kunz and Ed Justice, Jr.

3:45 pm

Awards Ceremony on Main Stage

 4:30 pm

Show concludes

ALL DAY        

 Open Market Art Sale in Sinclaire from 10am through 4pm (17 ArtCenter students sell their art)
Docent tours 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
Demos in Hyundai and Kia Innovation Lab
Graduate Transportation Systems and Design room 216 open
Laser Lab open with demos all day
Café, Coffee Cart and carts in Garden open with food for sale
Student Store open          

Invited judges for Car Classic 2018: 

Bradley Arnold, Page Beerman, Peter Brock, Sue Callaway, Dennis Campbell, Jason Castriota, Chris Chapman, Winnie Cheung, Samuel Chuffart, Kemal Curic, Marek Djordjevic, Luc Donckerwolke, Alex Earl, Henrik Fisker, Jason Hill, Ron Hill, Karen Hofmann, Derek Jenkins, Joann Jung, Nubia Krikorian, John Krsteski, Fireball Tim Lawrence, Sangyup Lee, Geza Loczi, Dave Marek, T Jon Mayer, Kimberly Marte, Jordan Meadows, Jae Min, Mark Moushegian, Shiro Nakamura, Bryan Nesbitt, Chuck Pelly, Richard Pietruska, Rich Plavetich, Christopher Rhoades, Frank Saucedo, Ken Saward, Sasha Selipanov, Daniel Simon, Franz von Holzhausen, Jonathan Ward, Geoff Wardle, Jose Wyzsogrod.

As always, attendees of Car Classic 2018 will take part in a concours event unlike any other. Highlights include: a curated field of inspired vehicles; emcees Dave Kunz and Ed Justice Jr.; interviews with transportation designers and car collectors; and tours of ArtCenter’s landmark campus facilities.

And you never know when Jay Leno will show up.

At Car Classic get up close and personal with rare automobiles, motorcycles and stunning concept cars

Meet the innovative designers who brought these visions to life

Hear the stories behind some of the most iconic vehicles of our time

Tour ArtCenter’s design studios, 3D rapid prototyping facilities and galleries

http://www.artcenter.edu/carclassic/

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