Special Guests


Jay Ward
Cars Legacy Guardian, Pixar Animation Studios

Jay Ward joined Pixar Animation Studios in December 1998 to work as an art department production assistant on the 2001 feature film, Monsters, Inc. He was soon promoted to coordinator, and in 2001 began early development work on the 2006 film, Cars. During the production of Cars, Ward’s knowledge of the automotive world let him to play different roles on the film, including the character team manager and automotive consultant to the film’s director and co-director, John Lasseter and Joe Ranft. He went on to work in the art department for Ratatouille, Brave and was the Associate Producer on the Pixar Short Presto in 2008. Jay contributed his expertise on all-things-cars for Disney•Pixar’s feature film Cars 2 and was also a key consultant in the creation and production of “Cars Land” at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. Jay continues to contribute his enthusiasm for cars and his artistic passions to the creation of any and everything within the Cars Franchise.

Chip Foose
President & CEO, Foose Design

Santa Barbara native Chip Foose helped his father build street rods, customs and show cars for films such as Blade Runner and Robocop before majoring in Transportation Design at Art Center. Upon graduation, he began working with Boyd Coddington of Hot Rods by Boyd, eventually becoming its president. In 1998 he co-founded his own company, Foose Design, which specializes in illustration, graphics and complete construction of automobiles and automotive-related products. Chip's designs have won three consecutive Ridler awards and numerous America’s Most Beautiful Roadster awards. In1997, at the age of 31, he became the youngest member to ever be inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame. In 2005, Pixar asked Chip to create paint schemes and graphic treatments for the hit movie, Cars, and more recently, he served as a consultant on Cars 2. His television credits include producing and hosting television’s Overhaulin’, serving as a judge on the Discovery Channel’s Ultimate Car Build-Off and hosting the Discovery Channel documentary American Icon: The Hot Rod.

Syd Mead
Visual Futurist

Syd Mead's accomplished career is shown in the variety and breadth of his work. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in 1959, he immediately secured a position in the advanced styling studio of Ford Motor Company where his unique design style and illustration technique began to be recognized throughout and beyond the auto industry. After only two years, Syd decided to move on to be able to provide illustrations for multi-national corporations such as United States Steel, which in turn, led to him founding Syd Mead Inc. in 1970. He provided work to clients like Philips Electronics who sought concept designs and illustrations for everything from architectural illustrations to zoom lenses. Hollywood soon came calling in 1979 beginning Syd's involvement in the movie industry on such notable films as Blade Runner, Tron, 2010, Aliens, Mission: Impossible III and Elysium. Syd remains an active and versatile artist, continuing his concept and illustration work for corporate clients while also keeping an active schedule of one-man exhibitions and shows.

Daniel Simon
Vehicle Design Unlimited

Daniel Simon started drawing at the age of three, and has not stopped since. After obtaining his degree in automotive design at the University of Applied Science in Pforzheim, Germany, he enjoyed five years of explosively creative work at Volkswagen’s advanced studio near Barcelona, Spain. In 2005, Simon worked as a senior designer for Bugatti Automobiles. In 2007, his first book, Cosmic Motors, was published, opening the doors to Hollywood: he became vehicle concept designer on the feature film Tron: Legacy. Daniel now works in Los Angeles, California, on a variety of concept-design projects for Hollywood productions and clients including 20th Century Fox, Audi AG, Ford, Honda, Marvel Studios, Universal Pictures, Volkswagen, Walt Disney Imagineering and Warner Bros.  He restlessly fantasizes about alternative worlds, and expresses his personal visions through the ever-expanding worlds of Cosmic Motors, The Timeless Racer and DSX.

George Barris
King of Kustomizers

Known throughout the world as the original King of Kustomizers, George Barris’ creations are legendary in the world of television and motion pictures, including iconic vehicles from classic television series like Batman, The Munsters, The Beverly Hillbillies, Knight Rider and more. His personal Star Collection includes the “General Lee” from The Dukes of Hazzard, the “Striped Tomato” from Starsky & Hutch, “Black Beauty” from The Green Hornet and the “Monkeemobile” from The Monkees. George and his team are busy creating new kustoms, television and movie cars. There's also a new line of die cast toys and exclusive Barris bicycles making their way onto the scene.


Ed Justice Jr.
President and CEO, Justice Brothers, Inc. and co-host, Motor Trend Radio

Justice is a 40+year veteran in the automotive and racing fields. As the son of one of the famed Justice Brothers, he has spent his life around the legends of the industry and is an acknowledged expert and historian in the automotive field. Justice is a contributor to MSNBC and other media outlets and serves as the Master of Ceremonies for several automotive events throughout the United States. He has a longstanding relationship with the College, having emceed at Car Classic in 2012 and serving on the faculty of Art Center’s “Made in L.A.” series of classes previously offered through our Public Programs.

Dave Kunz

Automotive Reporter, KABC-TV Channel 7 Los Angeles

Covering the automotive beat for ABC television’s L.A. region, as well as for affiliates in the ABC network, Kunz brings viewers the latest news on everything from practical family sedans to exotic sports cars that only a privileged few will ever drive. Kunz is also regularly involved as an emcee at annual automotive events, including the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, Newport Concours d’Elegance, and Art Center College of Design’s annual Car Classic, where he joins us again this year.

Barry J. Meguiar

President and CEO, Meguiar’s, Inc. and host, Car Crazy Radio

Barry Meguiar was born and raised in Pasadena and is president and CEO of Meguiar’s, Inc. Back in the early 1930s, when Pasadena became a bedroom community for Hollywood and coachbuilding became part of the city’s early claim to fame, Meguiar’s grandfather was methodically crafting formulations for flawless automotive paint finishes. Thus the legacies of Pasadena and the Meguiar family became forever entwined. Today, Meguiar is best known as the host of Car Crazy TV on SPEED Channel, and for his Car Crazy radio program that airs in 130 markets nationwide. This year, Meguiar again serves as the emcee of our awards program.


Beau Boeckmann
Reeves Callaway
Paul Colony
Ed Justice Jr.
Peter Kudrave
Ronald Lee
Bruce Meyer
Ben Relling
Jerry F. Rosenstock
Ray Scherr
David Sydorick
Timothy Walker*
Aaron Weiss


Steve Anderson, General Motors Advanced Design Studio *
Chris Chapman, Hyundai Design North America *
Winnie Cheung, Chrysler *
Michelle Christensen, Honda R&D America *
Clay Dean, General Motors Advanced Design
Marek Djordjevic, Marek Djordjevic Inc. *
Miguel Galluzzi, Piaggio Advanced Design Studio *
Maggie Hendrie, Chair, Interaction Design, Art Center College of Design
Jason Hill, Jason Hill Design *
Karen Hofmann, Chair, Product Design, Art Center College of Design *
Derek Jenkins, Mazda Design America *
John Krsteski, Hyundai Design North America
Dave Marek, Honda R&D Americas *
Kimberly Marte, Tesla Motors *
Jae Min, Volkswagen Group of America *
Shiro Nakamura, Nissan *
Dave O’Connell, Dave O’Connell Creative *
Chuck Pelly, Intersection-Inc. *
Rich Plavetich, Nissan Design America
Christopher Rhoades, Mercedes Benz Advanced Design *
Frank Saucedo, General Motors Advanced Design Studio *
Frank Stephenson, McLaren *
Freeman Thomas, Ford Advanced Design Studio *
Franz Von Holzhausen, Tesla Motors *
Maggie Weis, Mercedes Benz Advanced Design

* Art Center alumni