The event is an annual, global competition run by Toyota Motor Corporation with more than 70 countries taking part. It is the third time the event has been held in the UK and Toyota GB received over 600 entrants.
The ceremony was hosted by Jon Williams, President and Managing Director. He presented awards along with Masa Nohara, the Executive Director and Co-ordinator Executive Director and Co-ordinatorof Toyota GB. Williams said: “The goal of the Dream Car art competition is to create opportunities for children to have fun drawing their ‘dream car of the future’. The importance of dreams and inspiring the young people of tomorrow is something that is very important to Toyota.”
The judging panel consisted of Masa Nohara and representatives from the Toyota marketing team and external marketing agency. The judges were very impressed with the high levels of creativity and originality seen from everyone who entered. There were a wide range of ideas, from flying cars to cupcakes; cars with fishtanks, sweet shops and swimming pools, and cars that were powered by rain water and recycled materials.
All of the UK finalists are now entered into the worldwide contest from each age category and have a chance to win a trip to Japan to participate in the global final. The lucky winners will find out whether they have been successful in May. Details of age groups and finalists are below;
Winners for the under 10 age group;
1st: Charlie Louise Sutherland from Argyll and Bute with ‘The Underwater Nessy Adventure Truck’. Charlie’s idea is a car which can search for Nessy and get a clear view of the Scottish wildlife underwater in a safe environment.
2nd: Denisa Rissa from Luton with ‘My Playmate’. Denisa’s idea is a car that can do lots of things a human can do so you can play and have fun with it. And if the car gets broken it can repair itself.
3rd: Lottie Allan from Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire with ‘Eco Car 2013’. Lottie’s idea is a friendly car for the environment with both comfort and safety.
Winners for the 10-12 age group;
1st: Joss Thompson from Epsom, Surrey with ‘I.P.S’. Joss’s idea is an interchangeable pod system where you purchase a pod then adapt it to your needs with interchangeable bases.
2nd: Rachel Rissa from Luton with ‘The Smarty’. Rachel’s idea is a car which is open to all ages, and drives itself. It obeys every command and has roller skates to go on pavements avoiding traffic jams it can also play games too!
3rd: Stewart Peden from Argyll and Bute with ‘The Red Rocket’. Stewart’s idea is the car of the future, my dream car and has everything you could want
Winners for the 13-15 age group;
1st: Jack Faulkner from Argyll and Bute with ‘Altin 300’. Jack’s idea is futuristic and inspirational. It is a small compact car which is very sporty!
2nd: Melissa Robinson from Argyll and Bute with ‘Sky Bubble’. Melissa’s idea is a spherical vehicle that flies using individual boosters, steered by sensory gloves which sense the drivers’ movement.
3rd: Ronan Walker from Argyll and Bute with ‘Toyota Escape’. Ronan’s car is an environmentally friendly car that is great on and off road and makes maximum use of weather conditions!