2012 Kuwait Concours Judge Spotlight: Christian Philippsen – Belgium

By Auto News Log • January 28th, 2012

Christian Philippsen is a senior specialist in cars of exceptional interest, contemporary and classic, and loves their mechanics and design.

Before starting his own consultancy in 1988, he had been employed by Jacques Swaters at Garage / Ecurie Francorchamps (1965-1969, Ferrari importer in Belgium, and racing team with regular participations in long distance racing including the 24 Hours of Le Mans). He then moved on to Michelin (1970-1978, international career), after which he left the professional universe of the automobile to set up a partnership with Albert Uderzo, the father of Asterix, the comic strip hero. He published the books, developed the licensing business worldwide and, following the Disney model, was behind the launch of the Parc Asterix north of Paris.

Since 1988, Christian Philippsen‘s office has built a reputation for conceiving and organizing automobile events, and for advising the parties active in the world of car collecting and automotive design, working for clients as diverse as Louis Vuitton, Pininfarina, Finpiemonte or Motor Presse. He has also been a consultant and an auctioneer with Christie’s and closely involved with the success of their worldwide motor cars sales. From 2005 until 2009, he was the publisher of Automobile Year, the bible for all enthusiasts.

He is also a consultant with various companies, mainly in the field of automotive design and events organization. His list of clients includes Christie’s, Pininfarina, Michelin, Renault and many more.

Long time ‘soul’ of the Club Ferrari France, he is Louis Vuitton’s ambassador to the automobile community and chairs the Louis Vuitton Classic Awards judges panel, he’s also honorary judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, European advisor to the International Advisory Council for the Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile, and he regularly publishes features in the specialized press and is an active participant in historic events.

Born in Belgium Christian Philippsen lives in Monaco. He is fluent in French, English, and German, has a good command of Italian and Swedish, and still understands Flemish/Dutch.

The excitement is building in the collector car and auto enthusiast world with the upcoming Kuwait Concours d’Elegance taking place February 15th – 18th, 2012.

Learn more about the Kuwait Concours: http://www.kuwait-concours.com


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