Third Annual Gran Turismo™ Awards Provide SEMA Auto Exhibitors the Opportunity to Have Their Car Featured in World Renowned Gaming Franchise
Awards Ceremony Honors Automotive Excellence and Hottest Car of the Show
In an effort to find the hottest car for its next Gran Turismo™ property on a PlayStation® platform, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. held its third annual Gran Turismo Awards at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) auto show in Las Vegas. Held from November 1-2, the Gran Turismo Awards provided SEMA exhibitors a chance to enter and vie for an opportunity to have their car featured in the next edition of the Gran Turismo franchise. At the world's largest auto show, hundreds of entries were received for Gran Turismo Awards with only five cars selected to be chosen for the "Best in Show" award. The 2005 Gran Turismo Award "Best in Show" was awarded to Stephen Papadakis with his 2004 Honda S2000. Winners from 2003 and 2004 can now be raced in Gran Turismo 4 on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system that released earlier this year and has sold more than six million units to date worldwide.
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"Since its inaugural year, the Gran Turismo Awards represent a unique collaboration between the automotive and gaming industries, honoring auto enthusiasts for their passion and labor of love for cars and games," said Kazunori Yamauchi, famed creator of Gran Turismo franchise, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "The SEMA show is a unique proving ground and we are excited to once again extend that through our awards."
About the Judging For The Gran Turismo Awards
Prior to the SEMA show, all exhibitors are invited to enter their car into the Gran Turismo Awards. The Gran Turismo Awards honor five different categories that include "Best Domestic," "Best European," "Best Hot Rod," "Best Japanese," "Best Truck/SUV" and the coveted "Best in Show." Judges consisted of various respected automotive journalists. Judging for each category is based on the judge's choice for a car with well-balanced performance, style and speed. The "Best in Show" award is selected from the category winners by the famed creator of the Gran Turismo franchise - Kazunori Yamauchi.
About the Gran Turismo Award Winners
Held at Las Vegas hot spot, ICE, on November 2, award winners and VIPs of the automotive industry held witness to the third annual Gran Turismo Award ceremony. Surrounding the ceremony, party guests were treated to live performances by rock band Pepper and DJ Cut Chemist, as well as the opportunity to test their driving skills on Gran Turismo 4 for PlayStation 2.
The overall winner was Stephen Papadakis who was honored with the "Best in Show" award for his 2004 Honda S2000. In addition to the hardware, Papadakis will set a new standard for visibility among auto enthusiasts as his vehicle will be drivable in a future Gran Turismo property. Papadakis was also awarded the "Best Japanese Import" award. The 2004 winner was Marcel Horn who was honored with the "Best in Show" award for his one-of-kind HPA Volkswagen R32. The 2003 winner included a 1962 Buick Special, owned by Ted and Sue Richardson of Oregon.
The "Best Truck/SUV" honor was presented to Jonathan Ward for his Toyota Land Cruiser. The "Best European Import" award for the second year in a row was given to Marcel Horn, this year for his 2006 Volkswagen Jetta RGT. The "Best Domestic Automobile" award was given to Marc Gerisch for his 2006 Ford GT. The final category for "Best Hot Rod," was awarded to Alan Johnson for his 1971 Barracuda.
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About Gran Turismo
With more than 40 million units sold worldwide, the Gran Turismo franchise is regarded as the best and most authentic driving simulation ever created, available exclusively for PlayStation and PlayStation 2. With the recent launch of Gran Turismo 4, a new standard was set for authentic racing action with upwards of 700 cars and more than 50 tracks encompassing 80 real auto manufacturers and various real-life courses from around the world, as well as realistic driving physics and various new game modes. For more information, please visit http://www.gran-turismo.com/ .
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated all Gran Turismo properties "E" for Everyone. For more information about the ESRB, please visit www.esrb.org.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America
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