Who We Are

Michael G. Tillson III

tillsonMichael G. Tillson III, Chairman and Founder The career of Michael Tillson’s grandfather spanned two eras – although he was deeply involved in horse transportation, he also entered the automobile business. In the next generation, Michael’s father extended the family’s involvement in the world of cars. Michael G. Tillson III, today one of the most highly regarded authorities in the country on classic and sports cars as well as a lover of fine horses, began his career ferrying cars from one of his father’s facilities to another – at the age of 12. The world of very special and exotic cars opened when Michael became associated with the Derham Body Company of Rosemont, Pennsylvania – a firm that had crafted the finest custom bodies for chassis supplied by manufacturers such as Packard, Cadillac and Duesenberg. During Mike’s tenure, Derham was still hand-crafting custom work for clients on Philadelphia’s famed Main Line as well as armor-plating limousines for diplomats and dictators. For Michael Tillson, it was then on to the position of service manager for the legendary Ferrari dealer, Algar of Rosemont. Tillson’s encyclopedic knowledge of Ferraris and Alfa Romeos owes much to this experience. By now, he had entered another phase of the automotive scene – he had become a serious and respected sports car racer, appearing regularly on the SCCA and IMSA tracks. He burned rubber at Daytona, Sebring, and Lime Rock as well as courses in Mexico and Canada. Among his treasured memories of this period are the races where he was co-driver with such legends of the track as Innes Ireland, Al Holbert, and Bruce Jennings. In 1997, Michael decided to bring together two of his great loves – classic cars and the world of horses and fox hunting - by staging a benefit Concours d’Elegance at the Radnor Hunt in the rolling country of Chester County, Pennsylvania. In a way, this is a happy synthesis of the two passions that have characterized three generations of the Tillson family – Michael is a governor of the Hunt and an avid horseman. Since then, the Concours has continued to grow and is now a recognized prestige event that showcases the most elegant Packard, Cadillac, Du Pont, Bentley, Duesenberg, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes Benz automobiles from around the nation. The sporting marques that have graced the show field include Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Porsche. His hard work and dedication have produced an event that brings great pleasure to many classic car enthusiasts and has resulted in significant gifts to various charities and, for the past several years, has focused on Thorncroft Equestrian Center and the local troops of the Boy Scouts.

Thomas H. Ross (Tobey)

International Engineering executive with 40 years of involvement in all forms of automobile racing, collecting and restoration specializing in vintage Porsche cars. He was formerly Secretary of the Fairmount Park Vintage Grand Prix and has been associated with the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance since the first show in 1997. Tobey serves as President, Chairman of the Car Selection Committee, and liaison to the Vintage Sports Car Club of America.

Philip Tegtmeier

European exotic car specialist and car show judge. Began his automotive career with the Derham Coach Company of Rosemont, Pennsylvania which became ALGAR, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo dealer. Later joined Kirk F. White organization and was involved with sports cars raced by Roger Penske. Handled such exotics as Ferrari 250 GTOs and many one-off Ferraris. Since 1982 nationally recognized classics and vintage car consultant and concours judge. Phil has been the Judging chairman since the first event, and has now taken the role of Judging Chairman Emeritus.

John P. Lawless

John P. Lawless serves as Vice President of the Radnor Hunt Concours and has been the Motorcycle Committee Chairman of the Radnor Hunt Concours d' Elegance since 2007. His infatuation with motorcycles and old cars began as a child, a hobby passed down from his father and brother. For more than 30 years, he has been actively involved with racing, restoring and collecting classic motorcycles. John was the creator of the Chadds Ford Classic Motorcycle Auction and has authored many articles for motorcycle magazines. He also curated an annual motorcycle exhibit at the Simeone Foundation Museum for nearly a decade in addition to judging at other Concours events. John also has a passion for classic Italian, French and English automobiles. 

Dr. Max King

Max restored his first antique car at the age of 16 and has done dozens over the years. His automotive passion is in the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg family, Mercedes-Benz, and British cars, especially sports cars. He is a member of STAR, the Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register. He is an AACA Senior Master Judge and a Chief Class Judge at Radnor Hunt. He serves as Chair of the Finance Committee, as well as being the Concours Treasurer. Max is retired Associate Vice Provost for Health and Academic Services, University of Pennsylvania.

Joanne Piraino

Joanne is a seasoned veteran of the promotional items industry who manages the selection and production of the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance items for sale in the Concours Shop, such as the shirts, hats, neckties and other concours branded merchandise. She also oversees the production of trophies for the road rally and the concours classes. Joanne is both an auto enthusiast and a private pilot, and a member of the 99s World Organization of Women Pilots, sharing her love for anything with an engine.

Jane Altmann

Jane is a life-long auto aficionado and was active in SCCA, SVRA, and HSR with her late husband Eric. She has served as a Radnor Hunt Concours Judge since 2004 and is an enthusiastic owner of Italian cars, including Alfa Romeo and Ferrari. She volunteers her time for many charitable organizations and has been employed for many years as a banker for BB&T. Jane is responsible for our Charity Auction. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her faithful companion, Ruger the German Shepard.

Timothy J. Zupko (Tim)

Tim is not only a classic car enthusiast, but an active participant in the community and has competed in the Saturday Chester County Road Rally for numerous years. Already a longtime volunteer for the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance, who better to chair the Volunteers Committee than he? Tim was elected chairman of the Volunteers Committee in 2014 and assists with coordinating the staffing needs of the Logistics Committee as well as the other committees to help the show run smoothly.  

Brian P. Bowie

A retired executive with a major academic healthcare center, Brian now divides his time between consulting and a variety of volunteer activities. Like several other members of the Board, his interest in automobiles took firm hold in his youth, and the attraction to “old cars” may have had its genesis even earlier, when, as a newborn, he was driven home from the hospital in a 1928 Willys Knight! Brian is a member of the Porsche Club of America. He has been a Volunteer at the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance for several years, and was appointed to the Executive Board in 2012.  Along with his son Mark, he is responsible for Parking, MotorSport Park and liaison with car clubs, and the MotorSport Seminar Series on Saturday.

Andrew Goodman

Andrew has spent his entire life around sports cars, and has been a Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance attendee since the very first year. Currently, Andrew coordinates the concours Marketing efforts in print & online, maintains RadnorConcours.org, and edits our Program.