Martin Sigrist. He still owns his first car, bought 30 years ago and 4 years older than himself. For the classical music specialist Martin Sigrist it is very difficult to let nice things go. So it is not surprising that his fascination for cars has never left him. Since childhood he has been deeply involved in the stories and anecdotes about the most beautiful sideline in the world – the car. The almost 50-year-old qualified head of marketing communication refined his writing craft as an advertising and project manager in the Swiss Museum of Transport. At Automobil Revue, Martin Sigrist finally turned his hobby into a profession, and has been an editor at Auto-Illustrierte since summer 2019. Whether written down on paper, implemented in an exhibition or commented live: For Martin Sigrist, cars are much more than a means of transport: “They are a vehicle of our culture, bearers of emotions and a means of conquering a whole world and making friends. The important thing is: the cars themselves don’t do anything, it’s the people who do something – but cars give a wonderful reason to do so.
Mattia Grandori. I am a consultant for car collectors, to whom I offer brokerage services and digital solutions to satisfy and facilitate each phase of car ownership. My company, MATTIA GRANDORI GmbH, is a boutique that inspects, evaluates and sells the most precious cars, to the point of managing entire collections as private assets. I have the vision of innovating collecting by combining the automotive culture, which I inherited from my father, Luca Grandori, with digital innovations, to make the passion for beautiful cars even more exciting. In June 2021 I celebrated the third aniversary of my company, which today represents Zagato and Manifattura Automobili Torino. And I couldn’t be prouder. In the “Luca Grandori Collection” we had more than 40 cars, including a rare Jaguar XK 120 Coupé ex Ecurie Ecosse, a Lancia Flaminia Sport Zagato, a Ferrari 250 GTE, an Alfa Romeo Alfetta Zagato Station Wagon, one of a kind in the world , and a Maserati 3500 Vignale Spider.
In my free time, I race cars and go-karts. I love all kinds of sports and collecting books. A passion is experimenting with new ingredients in the kitchen.
Frederic Vert. Frederic Vert’s passion for the automobile goes long back in time…. Still a baby, the only way to get him to sleep was to take him on a tour around neighborhood in his father’s Citroën DS! This passion has never left him since. More than a means of transport, the automobile represents for him a companion of adventure and life. Especially when it’s old! Although tech-savvy, Frederic admires vehicles devoid of electronics, which to him represent magnificent pieces of engineering and a demonstration of human inventiveness. And Frederic loves all cars, from the most prestigious to the humblest, from the sportiest to the most comfortable, whether American, Asian or European. It is true that during his passionate life he owned all types of automobiles and loved them all with their qualities and faults, accumulating documentation and technical knowledge for many models. Even if it seems that he has a slight preference for Zuffenhausen’s creations, on which he could discuss for hours …
Julio Saiz. Some people might say I am a car collector, but I prefer to describe myself as a driver who gets emotionally attached to his cars making it difficult to sell any of them. I still own my very first car which I bought with a bank loan in my early 20s. I am computer science engineer with circa 20 years’ experience working for big corporations, mainly focusing on information systems governance and security. 3 years ago, I decided to merge my IT knowledge with my passion for driving and founded The Motor Chain. My mission is the preservation of classic cars. We want them on the road, driven with health and safety. The Best Documented Car in Show award intends to highlight the importance of documenting our classic vehicles and reward the efforts of those owners doing so. I would love to meet you in any of the fantastic car events happening in the world and in Switzerland in particular.