Special Guests


Syd Mead

Visual Futurist

Syd Mead's accomplished career is shown in the variety and breadth of his work. After graduating from ArtCenter 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.


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 ArtCenter’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 ArtCenter 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.