For the sixth Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille and its Concours d’Etat The Most Beautiful cars in the World, and the concours d’Etat, the jury will be made of over sixty prestigious personalities.
The Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille international jury is the emergence of a formidable harmony bringing together the fields of old and contemporary automobiles, but also of art, fashion, design, cinema, theatre, and many others, all contributing to bringing to life, for a few hours, the very quintessence of automobile heritage.
Each personality, with his or her own expertise, closely linked to his or her career and the field of activity in which he or she evolves or has evolved, will have the role of judging fairly 17 classes as eclectic as they are emblematic, as well as the concept cars present for the event.
A temple of aesthetics, technology, traditional know-how and French art de vivre, Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille will delight all its guests for one day. Here is a presentation of some of the members of the jury:
🇫🇷 Anne ASENSIO (Design Experience Dassault Systèmes, Vice-Présidente)
Anne Asensio has held several senior positions. She oversaw design management and innovation strategy at Renault, General Motors and is currently at Dassault Systèmes. She has received numerous design and innovation awards during her career and is currently involved in several corporate boards and strategic committees of design schools around the world.
🇫🇷 Paul BELMONDO (Actor, Driver, Car enthusiast)
When Paul Belmondo is introduced, we don’t know if we should say the driver, the racing team boss, the racing commentator, or the actor… Raised in a cinematographic environment, it was natural for Paul to feel the urge to pursue an acting career. It was in the theatre that he exercised his skills, with a few appearances in films for cinema and television. His passion for cars led him to competition, which he began after karting. A victory in the Volant Elf in 1982. F3, F1 (92 & 94), F3000, Endurance with the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the Paris Dakar, saw Paul wearing his racing suit. After ending his career as a professional driver, he commented on competitions on various television channels, and returned to the theatre.
🇩🇪 Klaus BUSSE (Head of Design at Maserati)
After spending his formative years working as a designer at Mercedes-Benz in Germany, Klaus jumped at the opportunity in 2005 to lead the interior design of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge in Auburn Hills (USA), transforming their cabins into an award-winning range.
In 2015, the designer fulfilled his childhood dream of moving to Italy and guiding the design of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati. His work includes the Fiat 500, the Alfa Romeo Tonale and the Maserati MC20. Since 2021, Klaus has been focusing on the design direction of Maserati and SDS, Stellantis’ creative agency in Paris.
🇺🇸 Chip CONNOR (Collector)
William E. (Chip) Connor is a vintage car enthusiast and one of the world’s leading connoisseurs with a collection of over 100 cars from all periods. He has a long history of racing in modern and historic events. His cars have won over a hundred trophies, including numerous “Best of Show” awards in concours, among which Pebble Beach and Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille.
Chip has served on the FIA Senate and its Motor Sport Historical Commission. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and co-founder of the Peninsula Hotel Group’s “Best of the Best”. Chip has also served as a judge on numerous occasions at major competitions.
🇫🇷 Carole FAVART (General Manager of Toyota Motor Europe / Kansei Design Research)
Carole Favart is an interior architect and designer by profession and was involved in the automotive industry from a young age. During her career, she joined Renault Design as Design Director and Project Manager for Formula 1. In 2004, she joined Toyota Motor Europe in Brussels, where she set up cross-functional teams and contributed to the future of mobility, placing people at the heart of the innovation strategy, bringing an emotional dimension to it to imagine new types of mobility with strong experiences.
🇫🇷 Pierre FILLON (Président of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest)
was in 1966 that Pierre attended his first 24 Hours of Le Mans and he has not missed a single edition since! For the love of the world’s greatest endurance race, he gave up his job as an ophthalmologist to devote himself entirely to the presidency of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, organiser of the 24 Hours, to celebrate its centenary in 2023.
This distinguished driver never misses an opportunity to indulge his passion behind the wheel as soon as the numerous trips to the different parts of the world to follow the numerous Le Mans Series races in Europe, Asia, and the United States, as well as the WEC, the World Endurance Championship, give him the time.
🇫🇷 Marc GIRARD (Director, Global Automotive Design BMW Group)
Marc Girard, a member of the BMW Group’s management team for 20 years, is now in charge of “Global Automotive Design” at Designworks, the Group’s company in charge of its automotive programmes, both for interior design and for its production. From 2000 to 2002, he worked on the interior design of the BMW 1 Series, the brand’s first vehicles to enter the compact segment. He then worked on the development of the second generation of Mini, where he oversaw the interior design of the range from 2004 to 2006. From 2009 to 2013, he was in charge of interior design for BMW, geometry, colour and trim for the group’s brands. Close to production, he oversees the interiors of concept cars, and it is under his responsibility that many of them have been the award-winning ones. Since August 2019, Marc is responsible for Interior Design for Roll-Royce Motorcars, and coordinates his teams, based in Goodwood, England and Munich, Germany.
🇫🇷 Margot LAFITTE (Journalist, Présenter & Pilot)
The name Laffite echoes in the ears of every motorsport fan. There is, of course, Jacques, who was one of the French F1 stars in the 1970s, to whom she owes her love of motoring. But it is to herself that Marguerite ‘Margot’ Laffite owes her success. She has successfully embraced a career in television journalism where she has presented Formula 1 on Canal + for over 10 years. She also hosts V6, a car test programme on AB Moteurs TV channel. A driver when her schedule allows it, she has driven in the European GT3 championship, the World Series by Renault and the Andros Trophy for several seasons.
🇮🇹 Mariella MENGOZZI (Director of the National Automobile Museum in Turin)
Mariella spent 12 years in Maranello, where she held several marketing and strategic planning roles for the development of the Ferrari brand, as well as sponsorship director, then corporate communications director and finally director of the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. After leaving the Cavallino, between 1994 and 2014, Mariella coordinated the 50th anniversary of Automobili Lamborghini and the “Ayrton Senna Tribute”. She then joined Quintessence Yachts BV, as the CEO of the Dutch Aston Martin approved company for the yachting sector. Since May 2018, she has been Director of the Museo Nazionale dell’ Automobile in Turin.