In this month’s column I thought we could discuss the process and introduce a few of our esteemed judges.
Since 2016, we have been following the guidelines set by the International Chief Judge Advisory Group or ICJAG. ICJAG was founded by Pebble Beach Chief Judge Emeritus Ed Gilbertson. The purpose of the group is to offer “voluntary advice and assistance to Concours chairmen, chief judges and organizers who have an interest in promoting proper preservation and correct restoration through serious class judging.”
At Radnor Hunt we use a slightly modified ICJAG scoring sheet, due mostly to terrain and time restrictions. We have a very unique layout that prevents us from undercarriage judging in particular. For further information go to icjag.org. Click on the links to see the guidelines, forms and other events associated with this international group.
Our judges are hand selected for each class. Most are very experienced in their particular marque or genre. We have restorers, race car drivers, concours chief judges, car club presidents and automotive journalists. We have to be able to provide expertise on any type of car, from Brass Era to modern Hypercars.
Let me introduce you to the first two.
Alan Galbraith, Carmichael, CA
Alan Galbraith was raised in a motorsports family. Alan’s father, Arthur Galbraith, sought hot rodded thrills on the streets and dirt tracks of Southern California as many other returning WWII vets did in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Alan’s addition to the Galbraith Family didn’t slow things down one bit and some of his earliest memories are from the pits as Arthur raced flatbottom drag boats. Throughout Alan’s life the family kept a revolving stable of hot rods, classics, race cars/boats and restoration projects. The whole family started racing together in the early 2000’s when Art, Alan and his wife Melissa went to the Bonneville Salt Flats and set over a dozen World Land Speed Records on vintage and modern motorcycles. After retiring from a career in Film/Television and Music business, Alan purchased and expanded the Billetproof Hot Rod and Custom Shows and founded the Concours d’Lemons. The latter being a worldwide series of car shows that highlight the worst of the automotive world in a tongue in cheek manner.
Mark Lisewskie, Harrisburg, PA
Mark is the Executive Director of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club and Rolls-Royce Foundation. Prior to serving as the Executive Director of the AACA Museum in Hershey, Mark was the curator, restorer and historian for the famous JWR Automobile Museum in Frackville, PA for over 12 years. He is a founding member of the board of directors of The Elegance at Hershey concours and sits on the Advisory Board for the restoration program at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Mark was an ASE certified Master Technician for more than 26 years, holding positions of General Manager at D.L. George Historic Motorcars and technician at new car dealerships. He and his wife Lois are currently restoring a historic Mid-Century Modern house in Harrisburg which they share with deaf and blind rescue dogs.