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OFFICIAL JUDGING PANEL

Apart from the Best Cars of the Year website showing images and brief summaries of all the important new cars of the world, it also contains photos and bios of some crucially important people -our highly experienced, wholly independent judges based in the three major car-producing regions… Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Regular Meet The Judges updates are being rolled out throughout the summer. And a few famous faces are absolutely guaranteed.

Although the international and unique Judging Panel has the major say in which companies and cars are crowned Best Cars of the Year World Champions, the views of a small group of real-world car buyers are also considered as part of the new car evaluation process.

BEST CARS OF THE YEAR  2021/2022 WORLD CHAMPION

TIM SHAW

TIM SHAW

AWARD-WINNING RADIO & TV STAR

One of the most famous faces on car TV programmes across the world is Tim Shaw (seen here with Fuzz Townshend who's on the left). They present the National Geographic Channel's Car SOS which has a global audience of over 100 million. Tim has been on-board as a Best Cars of the Year judge from day one and is more than qualified for the job thanks to a strong engineering background plus his appreciation of and genuine enthusiasm for all vehicles - including factory fresh, just-launched models. Truth is, Tim's an addicted car nut...who really knows his automotive stuff. He'll be meeting guests, busily judging and appearing onstage at The British Motor Show, August 18-21, 2022.

BEST CARS OF THE YEAR  2021/2022 WORLD CHAMPION

UKYO KATAYAMA

UKYO KATAYAMA

FORMULA 1 AND LE MANS 24H LEGEND

Ukyo Katayama is a Formula 1 driver turned journalist and TV presenter. After winning the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship he competed in 97 races for the Larrousse, Tyrrell and Minardi F1 teams. He tackled the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times - with a best finish of 2nd in class. He’s a Dakar Rally veteran and, as the principal of Team UKYO, he won the GT300 class of Japan’s Super GT on three occasions. When he’s not writing or broadcasting about road and race cars, Ukyo is an avid mountain climber who’s bravely climbed six of the world’s seven summits.