Returning to chair the Judging Panel for a third year, Max Hunt is known for his wild adrenalin hunting and his equally fearless dress sense. His interests cover both aviation and motorsport, a successful motorbike racer winning the UK 600 championship in 2008 and competing in the BSB Superbike Championship until 2011. This year Max successfully completed the Dakar rally, the world's toughest race. Max has also been a pilot for 16 years having trained in South Africa and New Zealand where he indulges in wingsuit flying and base jumping. Whatever next?
J Mays is a world-renowned vehicle designer and Visiting Professor in the RCA's Vehicle Design programme. He has worked at an international level throughout his three-decade career, and his influence in the automobile design industry is evidenced through his work for major global car manufacturers including Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Ford. He has been instrumental in the design of some of the world's best-known and best-loved cars, including the new VW Beetle, and the Audi TT. Alongside J Mays' many professional accolades and awards, he is accredited with raising the profile of automobile design with critical attention historically reserved for architects and artists, and transcending the barrier between vehicle design and animation with his consulting of John Lasseter on Disney's Cars.
Romania-born Rost joined Bentley in 2015 to head up Interior Design. Having studied at the Industrial Design University of Applied Arts in Munich, Romulus began his career as an interior designer at Audi in 1988. He was then made Head of Concept Studio Munich with Audi (1995-2002), before moving to Volkswagen to become Head of Interior and Product Design where he stayed until 2006. Thereafter, he spent nine years as the Head of Interiors for Volkswagen Group at the Future Centre Europe in Potsdam.
Tim served as an Officer in HM Forces (Army and Fleet Air Arm) for twenty years. He was trained as a Commando and Special Forces pilot by the Royal Navy, where he was fortunate to fly and display many types of aircraft. He has experience of historic aircraft from his time as a Trustee of the Fly Navy Heritage Trust and has been asked to judge at air shows across the world. He continues to fly helicopters and advise on warbird aircraft preservation and operation. He has served on operations in every theatre of war since the Falkland Islands. He was Knighted in 2014 for his diplomatic and charity work.
Vic is the founder and CEO of AeroSuperBatics and The Flying Circus but has been flying since the age of 17. He started display flying for a living in 1982, initially in a high performance Zlin 50 aircraft. In 1987 he started the wing-walking display team, which has over the years been sponsored by Yugo Cars, Cadbury's, Utterly Butterly, Guinot and Breitling. Vic is one of the country's most experienced display pilots with over 1,500 displays under his belt. He is a Display Authorisation Examiner for the CAA, as well as an Honorary Air Commodore for 614 Squadron, an Ambassador for the Royal Air Force Association and a member of the Royal Air Squadron.
Lee has been a professional formation display pilot since 1991 and has flown more than 12,000 hours in over 60 different types of aircraft. Lee has flown for various commercial airlines and spent seven 'exciting' (and very cold!) years as chief pilot, 'Bush' flying in the Antarctic for the British Antarctic Survey, as well as taking a permanent position with Breitling fighters for 4 years. More recently, he was responsible for flying the Austrian aerial action sequence in 'Spectre'.
The motorsport trophies are designed by renowned local sculptor Laurence Edwards. One of the few sculptors who casts his own work, Laurence Edwards is fascinated by human anatomy and the metamorphosis of form and matter that governs the lost-wax process. The driving force behind his work is bronze, an alloy that physically and metaphorically illustrates entropy, the natural tendency of any system in time to tend towards disorder and chaos. His sculptures express the raw liquid power of bronze, its versatility, mass and evolution, and the variety of process marks he retains tell the story of how and why each work came to be.
Christopher Le Brun PRA praised Edwards specifically for his ability to blur the boundaries between man and nature. And organic forms continue to literally influence his work, be it Suffolk grasses mixed into the process clay, or cast into elements that transform his figures into something allegorical or mythic.
Based in Suffolk, he trained at Canterbury College of Art and then at the Royal College of Art, where he studied bronze casting and sculpture with Sir Antony Caro. After winning a Henry Moore Bursary, the Angeloni Prize for Bronze Casting and an Intach Travelling Scholarship, he studied traditional casting techniques in India and Nepal, an experience that not only influenced his treatment of form and technique, but also gave him the necessary tools to establish his own atelier.