Competition to culminate in international exposure and a Grand Prize trip for two to join the team at a North American race.
TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Race fans and emerging designers were today invited to design the face of Canada's newest entry into the world's fastest one-make race series at an event held at Lamborghini Uptown Toronto.
"We want passionate auto enthusiasts to help us design the face of our race team for 2015 and beyond," says Shawn Morris, Vice-President of Operations for Grand Touring Automobiles. "This is the first Canadian team to race in the North American Super Trofeo circuit and we want enthusiasts to help us design a look for the team that truly positions us as Team Canada on the North American circuit," said Morris.
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 six 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 will channel my passion for the brand with the support of my award-winning team and engineers to represent Lamborghini Uptown Toronto very well in the Super Trofeo series," said Joe Chan, Owner, Paragon Competition. "We want to be known as Canada's team on the circuit and I am excited to see the design of our new race team when it's unveiled next month," said Chan.
Participants have been given until noon on Friday, January 30, 2015, to enter in the contest that will see the winning design voted, selected and fitted to a V10 Gallardo Super Trofeo that will debut at the Canadian International Autoshow Media Day in Toronto on February 12, 2015.
"I look forward to unveiling our new team design in front of the media in Toronto and awarding the grand prize of a trip for two to the winner's choice of locations within the 2015 North American Super Trofeo series," said Morris. "Our esteemed judge and the CEO for Lamborghini North American has committed that the winner will receive recognition internationally for their work on this project," continued Morris.
The winning design will be displayed in the Grand Touring Automobiles booth throughout the 2015 CIAS, which is located on the 100 level of the North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year's Canadian International Auto Show runs from February 13th to the 22nd.
About our 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 race passionate 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 twenty-five 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.
Complete details about the competition are available at: gtacontest.com.
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: www.paragoncompetition.com
SOURCE Grand Touring Automobiles
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