Crowd-sourced designer wins national competition


Markham resident creates design for Lamborghini that will represent Canada in North American race circuit in 2015.

TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Lamborghini Uptown Toronto unveiled a new design for its race team at a VIP reception held at the Canadian International Autoshow.

"We introduced a national contest last month to find a design for our V10 Gallardo that will make its debut on the North American circuit this summer," said Shawn Morris, Vice-President of Operations for Grand Touring Automobiles. "From the multiple submissions from across the country, we are pleased to introduce the winning design from Mike Chau of Markham, Ontario," announced Morris.

"I started designing vehicle graphics and car designs for fun when I was 16 and have been fortunate to have seen my designs on graphics for BMW, MINI, Honda, Scion, Lexus, Nissan, Audi and the Ferrari Challenge," said Chau. "This is the very first design contest I have ever entered and I'm so excited to see my design come to life at races on the North American circuit this summer," continued Chau.

For 2015, Lamborghini Uptown Toronto has partnered with Canadian-based Paragon Competition to create a truly Canadian entry into the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American race series. The six events in the series will be held at world-class race facilities in the United States where venerated racing legends like Jacques Villeneuve, Mario Andretti and Michael Schumacher have graced the courses to make history.

"I love the new design and am really excited to see our team on the starting grid this May at Laguna Seca," said Joe Chan, Owner, Paragon Competition. "Congratulations to Mr. Chau for his winning design and to the team at Lamborghini Uptown Toronto for creating awareness for our team," continued Chan.

"For his efforts, I'm pleased to announce that Mike will win an all-expenses paid trip to join the team at his choice of Super Trofeo races, meet the team trackside and introduce his design in person to Lamborghini North America executives," announced Morris.

About the judges:

Jim Kenzie - As Canada's foremost automotive journalist, he is Chief Auto Reviewer for The Toronto Star's Wheels section, appears on his own segment within Canada's most-watched automotive television program (TSN Motoring) and is a three-time Targa Newfoundland rally champion.

Alan Cross - Known internationally as the host of the syndicated radio series The History of New Music, Alan Cross consults to the Edge 102.1 in Toronto and is a biographer, writer, speaker and extremely avid automotive enthusiast.

Joe Chan – Creator of Paragon Competition and a Lamborghini owner, Joe has grown the company into a racing team, equipment provider and leading safety apparel destination. With eight championship titles, nine enduro wins and three team championships, he leads a very passionate race team from his offices in Vaughn, ON.

Paul Lazzari – A passionate exotic car enthusiast at a young age, Paul turned his passion into leading high performing sales teams to engage exotic car buyers. With extensive experience with Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and Aston Martin buyers, there are few people in Canada that have the experience with these high- performance machines and their buyers, as Paul Lazzari.

Shawn Morris – Over the past 25 years, Shawn Morris has gained extensive global experience, shaping high-performance teams and delivering consistent results for OEM and retail operations in the U.S., Canada and Asia. Shawn is VP, Operations, at Grand Touring Automobiles, which under his leadership has grown to become Canada's premier retailer for fine automobiles with a portfolio unmatched anywhere in the country.

About Grand Touring Automobiles (GTA)

Grand Touring Automobiles is Canada's premier retailer of luxury automobiles. The luxury and exotic brands represented by GTA include Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce. It is the stage upon which each brand portrays its unique interpretation of refinement, sophistication, safety and style – a collection presented by a dedicated curator seeking the ultimate automobile experience for discerning customers.

Each of these luxury models is available from the Grand Touring Automobiles location at 740 Dupont Street in Toronto, and the showroom in Maple, Ontario – which opened in 2012 to better serve Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti and Rolls- Royce clients in Northwest Toronto.

About Paragon Competition

Paragon Competition started racing in 1999 and today has grown to become one of Canada's top racing teams, race equipment providers and the region's leading safety apparel destination. Team principal and team car driver, Joe Chan, built the team around hard work and the will to win. These core values and experience from different racing series and championships are the team's philosophy to success. With eight championship titles, nine enduro wins and three team championships, the team will put forth a very competitive effort.

For more information about Paragon competition, please visit

SOURCE Grand Touring Automobiles

Image with caption: "Winning design of the Lamborghini V10 Gallardo race car. (CNW Group/Grand Touring Automobiles)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Lamborghini Uptown Toronto has partnered with Canadian-based Paragon Competition for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American race series. (CNW Group/Grand Touring Automobiles)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Lamborghini Uptown Toronto’s V10 Lamborghini Gallardo. (CNW Group/Grand Touring Automobiles)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "From left to right: Paul Lazzari, Grand Touring Automobiles (Maple); Danny Tran, Grand Touring Automobiles; Joe Chan, Paragon Competition; Mike Chau, Contest Winner; Shawn Morris, Grand Touring Automobiles and a driver from Paragon Competition. (CNW Group/Grand Touring Automobiles)". Image available at:

For further information: about Grand Touring Automobiles, please visit: or contact: Natalie Maurice, Account Director for Grand Touring Automobiles, (E), (w) 1.416.408.4488 (ext. 211), (m) 1.647.522.5441

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