2014 U.S. Winners Announced for Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

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Actor and art collector Cheech Marin and Mike Groff, President & CEO of Toyota Financial Services, helped judge the U.S. competition for the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is proud to announce the nine winners of the U.S. segment of the worldwide Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. This annual contest is designed to inspire creativity in youth and imagine the future of mobility. This year, each participating country hosted their local contests sometime during September 2013 through February 2014. In the U.S., the contest took place from October 1 through December 14, 2013. Youth, ages 4-15, across the nation were invited to create and submit a drawing of their idea of a “Dream Car.” The national judging event took place on February 20, 2014.

Globally, winners from each Toyota Dream Car Art Contest are chosen from three age categories (under 8 years old; 8-11 years old; and 12-15 years old). Judging was based on three criteria: execution of concept; uniqueness; and artistry. The nine 2014 U.S. winners were selected from a pool of 31 national finalists.

click these links to view => Winning Artwork and U.S. Judging Event Video

CATEGORY 1 (Under 8 Years)
Gold: Martian Toyota Truck by Enoch Christian Kim, age 7, Little Neck, NY
Silver: My Music Car by Leah Choi, age 7, Los Angeles, CA
Bronze: Inside Martian Toyota Truck by Enoch Christian Kim, age 7, Little Neck, NY

CATEGORY 2 (8-11 Years)
Gold: Helping Car by Sarah Kong, age 11, Los Angeles, CA
Silver: Future Car by Sally Qiu, age 11, Corona, CA
Bronze: Food Processor Car by Elliot Chang, age 9, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

CATEGORY 3 (12-15 Years)
Gold: Toyota Camera Car by Lauren Park, age 14, Irvine, CA
Silver: Child Rescue Mobile (CRM) by Tengku Shafikah, age 13, New York, NY
Bronze: Cable Wheel Automobile by Gene Whang, age 14, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

U.S. Judges for 2014 Toyota Dream Car Contest (l to r): Ed Loh, Paxton and Shelley Gagnet, Cheech Marin, Karen Ideno, Mike Groff and Craig Kember

U.S. Judges for 2014 Toyota Dream Car Contest (l to r): Ed Loh, Paxton and Shelley Gagnet, Cheech Marin, Karen Ideno, Mike Groff and Craig Kember

2014 U.S. JUDGES

  • Cheech Marin, Actor, Comedian, Director, and Art Collector
  • Edward Loh, Editor-in-Chief, Motor Trend Magazine
  • Craig Kember, Toyota’s Studio Designer, Calty Design Research
  • Mike Groff, President  & CEO, Toyota Financial Services
  • Karen Ideno, VP of Product and Marketing, Toyota Financial Services
  • Paxton Gagnet, Executive General Manager, John Elway’s Crown Toyota Scion
  • Shelley Gagnet, Community Relations Director, John Elway’s Crown Toyota Scion

“If you take a look at the artwork these kids created, you see that not only have they designed a dream car, many have incorporated their dream car into an ideal future environment and society,” said actor and art collector, Cheech Marin. “These are more than aspirational, they are inspirational. These are true pieces of art.”

As a first-time judge, I was blown away by the quality of the artwork in each age group,” said Motor Trend’s Edward Loh. “Not only was there significant artistic prowess on display, but there were deeply moving humanitarian messages in many of the pieces. Who says kids these days don’t care about cars or the planet? Kudos to Toyota Financial Services for supporting such an inspiring program!”

“It is amazing to see the talent and creativity of the young artists in the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest,” said Craig Kember, Senior Creative Designer at Calty Design Research. “I am blown away by their ability to combine large social issues with artistic and beautiful vehicle creations to come up with new and unique solutions for the future of cars.  The future of car design is bright.”

HISTORY: The Gold Award Winners from last year’s World Contest were from Thailand, Malaysia, and Romania. The first international contest was held in 2004 by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan with the dual goals of inspiring children to understand the importance of having a dream while, at the same time, encouraging them to become interested in cars by designing “Dream Cars” of their imagination.

For a complete list of the 31 national finalists, including the nine U.S. Winners, click HERE.

Download full press release HERE. For additional information, visit Toyota’s World Contest by clicking HERE.