The primary focus of judging for the 2021 Cadillac Fall Festival is design. Therefore, the Judging Teams for each of Classes 1 to 7 will be led by a past or present Chief Designer of the Cadillac Studio and consist of past or present designers from GM Design.

There will be a special judging team for the Preservation Class.

Chief Judge

The 2021 Cadillac Fall Festival is honored that Kip Wasenko will be the Chief Judge and emcee of the Awards Presentation Driveby Ceremony. Kip was Chief Designer of the Cadillac Studio and is best known for design of Cadillac Evoq that offered to the public as the  XLR. He applied the same design philosophy to the CTS-V.

During his illustrious 40-year career at GM Design, he was also Chief Designer of Saturn, Chevrolet Studio, Oldsmobile Studio, Advance Studios,and the GM Performance Division. A long-time amateur sports car racer, he designed the Cadillac LMP Race Car and the mid-engine Buick Wildcat with its exposed Indy 500 engine. In 1973 a design patent for the Two-Rotor Mid-Engine Corvette now on display at the Corvette Museum.

Since his retirement from GM Design in 2008, he has remained active in the car hobby by serving as a judge for many concours, as Honorary Chief Judge for Keels Wheels, The Cincinnati Concours and the Santa Fe Concours, and providing seminars on design in many venues.

Judging Criteria

All cars in Classes 1 to 7 will be judged in three categories – Design (50%), Function, Condition, & Authenticity, (30%)

and Elegance & Emotion (20%).

Design will assess Exterior Proportions, Front & Rear End Design, Wheels & Tires, Paint, Instrument Panel, Seat Design, Door Design, Upholstery Materials, and Color & Trim Combination.

Function, Condition & Authenticity will evaluate Engine Start & Run, Lights & Signals Operation, Engine Compartment, Body & Top, Chrome Trim & Glass, Weatherstripping, and Panel Fit.

Elegance & Motion will consider Design Harmony, Exterior & Interior Design Significance, Iconic or Trend-Setting Design and the “Wow Factor”.

Preservation Class cars will be judged on the Extent of Originality, Degree of  Preservation, & History Documentation

along with the categories mentioned above.

The evaluations of each car will not be disclosed, and the judges’ decisions are final.


Two prizes will be awarded in each class – Best-In-Class and one Leland award. The Leland award recognizes cars deserving of commendation. Additionally, one car will receive a Best Interior Award. Another will be recognized as Best-In-Show chosen from among those who were the best in each class.

These awards will be presented in a Drive-by Ceremony, emceed by Chief Judge Kip Wasenko, that will provide an overview and insights into GM design over the years. Each Judging Team leader, a Chief Designer of the Cadillac Studio, will share some insights of working with the GM Vice President of the class and present the two awards to the car owners while commenting on the reasons for the cars’ selection.