February 17, 2005

Winners announced in Art of the Automobile contest

Toronto, Ontario – Winners in this year’s Canadian Art of the Automobile Competition
were chosen today by Canada’s world-renowned automotive artists: Ken Dallison, Jay
Koka, Jonathan Milne, Alain Levesque and Susan Pepler.

The work of all finalists, including the winners, will be on display on the 700
level of the South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, for the duration of
the Canadian International Auto Show February 18 – 27, 2005. After the success of
the show last year, the Art of the Automobile display is once again integrated with
the Staples Classic Salon.

The Art of the Automobile Competition winners are as follows:

First Place: ($1,000)

39 Rue Laterriere, Kary Suronen

Second Place: ($750)

Red Caddy, Graydon Dyck

Third Place: ($500)

Pulley, Andrew Verhoeckx

Honourable Mentions

1928 Dodge, Tzak

Chrysler 300, Hugh Wesley


First Place: ($1,000)

Anything’s Possible, Chris Townsend

Second Place: ($500)

Red Record Racer, Martin Myers

Third Place: ($250)

V8 Roadster, Justin DiCocco

Computer Graphics Award: ($250 gift certificate)

52 Pontiac, Hugh Wesley

Pontiac GTO Race Car, Justin DiCocco

Smile, Viv de Lima

Youth: ($250 gift certificate)

Mercedez-Benz SLK, Alex Wong

Once the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto is over, the art exhibit will
continue its cross-Canada tour. First stop is the Calgary International Auto &
Truck Show, March 9 – 12, followed by the Pacific International Auto Show, April 1 –
10, 2005.

The AJAC art competition judges, Ken Dallison, Jay Koka, Jonathan Milne and Alain
Levesque, are already very successful on the international automotive art scene.
The competition’s mandate, therefore, is to give professional artists more exposure
right here in the their own country and, at the same time, ensure that lesser-known
Canadian automotive artists have an opportunity to exhibit their talents.

The competition would not be possible without corporate sponsors; in particular
Canada NewsWire and Mercedes-Benz as well as, Hyundai, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki
and Volkswagen. A special acknowledgement is extended to each of the auto shows
for the exhibit space donated to the competition each year.

New this year is AJAC’s official online art store. The store allows consumers to
browse and purchase art from Canada’s best professional and amateur artists with
just the click of the mouse.

Art can be found by category, price or artist. There is a wide variety of themes
from the classics to motorsport to production vehicles and sculptures.

Visit the art store at www.ajac.ca.

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