Ken Gross – Chief Judge
A member of ICJAG, the International Chief Judge Advisory Group, Ken Gross has been a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Chief Class Judge for 28 years, and he serves on the Pebble Beach Selection Committee. He has judged at Amelia Island, St. Michaels, Boca Raton, Radnor Hunt, Keels and Wheels, The Elegance at Hershey, Pinehurst, Forest Grove, Kiawah Island, the Concours of America at St. Johns, Hilton Head Island and the Concours on Rodeo Drive.
A longtime journalist, Ken has received the Automotive Hall of Fame’s Distinguished Service Citation, the Lorin Tryon Trophy at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Ken Purdy award from the International Motor Press Association the Dean Bachelor Lifetime Achievement Award, from the Motor Press Guild in Los Angeles, the Lee Iacocca Award and the IAMA Lifetime Achievement Award.
His publications include: AutoWeek, thedrive.com, Playboy, The Robb Report, edmunds.com, American Car Collector, Automobile Magazine, Hagerty’s Magazine, Sports Car Market, Motor Trend Classic, The Rodder’s Journal, Street Rodder, Hot Rod Magazine, Hot Rod DeLuxe, Bimmer, msnautos.com and Old Cars Weekly. Ken has been a North American Car of the Year juror since the award’s inception, and he’s judged the International Engine of the Year.
Formerly Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Ken Gross has served as Guest Curator for many exhibitions of extraordinary automobiles in fine art Museums, including: “The Allure of the Automobile,” High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2010) and the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, (2011); “Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile,” Utah Museum of Fine Arts, in Salt Lake City (2012) “Sensuous Steel: Art-Deco Automobiles” at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville (2013); “Porsche By Design: Seducing Speed,” at the North Carolina Museum of Art (2013); “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas,” (2014) at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Indianapolis Museum of Art (2015), and “Sculpted in Steel,” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (2016).
Ken curated “Bellisima!, The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1946-to-1975,” for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville in mid-2016, and presented “Rolling Sculpture” at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, last fall. He’s curating a 2018 exhibition of Streamlined Moderne automobiles for the Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR, which will be followed by a 2018-2019 “American Icons” exhibition at the Taubman Museum in Raleigh, NC.
Along with many exhibition catalogs, Ken’s sixteen automotive books include “Ferrari 275 GTB,” “Vintage Cars,” “Hot Rods and Custom Cars: Los Angeles and The Dry Lakes;” “So-Cal Coupe,” “Art of the Hot Rod,” “Milestone Hot Rods,” “The Illustrated BMW Buyer’s Guide,” and “Ferrari 250GT SWB.” Ken co-wrote “Rockin’ Garages” in 2013 with Tom Cotter. He’s also the author of “Behind The Headlights,” an acclaimed SPEED/TV educational series. His most recent book is “Iconic: Art Design, Advertising and the Automobile,” published in December, 2016.
An admitted “Italophile,” he’s owned three Ducati’s, two Ferraris and a Lamborghini. He presently owns an award-winning ’32 Ford roadster, a ’39 Ford Convertible Coupe (with a Chrysler Hemi) and a ’40 Ford coupe (with a supercharged flathead). Ken lives in Hamilton, VA with his wife, Trish Serratore, President of NATEF, (the National Automotive Technicians’ Educational Foundation), and his children, Jake, 22, a senior at James Madison University, and Kayla, 21, a junior at Liberty University.