Judges have 200 years’ driving experience

RACV RoyalAuto magazine

Experience and attention to detail: that’s what distinguishes the nine judges who will spend five long days covering almost 10,000km kilometres to determine the 15 category winners of Australia’s Best Cars for 2016.

Combined, the judges from motoring clubs around Australia have more than 200 years’ experience in assessing and testing new cars – all with the aim of separating the good ones from the great ones.

That knowledge – along with the hundreds of cars the testing team has driven throughout the year – results in Australia’s most comprehensive new car awards, which ensure consumers are armed with detailed data and insights into which are the best cars on sale from hundreds of options.

The Chief Judge of Australia’s Best Cars, Mark Borlace, has been involved with the awards since its inception in 2000. As a father and car enthusiast he is perfectly positioned to lead the skilled and dedicated team, which includes the RACV’s Greg Hill and Lisa Luscombe.

Greg is a long-time road tester and writer for RACV’s RoyalAuto magazine. He is also a qualified mechanic and has extensive experience as an RACV Vehicle Inspector. Greg says the broad and diverse judging panel is all about ensuring “a good cross section of opinion”.

That’s especially important because the awards cover a diverse range of vehicles, from small cars and SUVs to sports cars and dual-cab utes.

The two female judges, Luscombe and the NRMA’s Jaedene Hudson, bring strong, decisive points of view to the judging debate.

There’s also decades of experience in Barry Green (RACQ), John Ewing (RACQ), Darren Moody (RACT), Alex Forrest (RACWA) and Andrew Clark (RAA).

Judging for the 2016 Australia’s Best Cars begins in December and winners will be announced in February.