Nov 15, 2000 - Autocar magazine has presented it's prestigious annual awards for 2000 in London. The event included the announcement of the European Car of the Year , the Alfa 147, several automotive industry awards, and three design awards:

Jaguar Ftype703sDesign Award 2000

Won by the Jaguar team for the F-Type.

Runners-up: Lotus M250, MINI, Fiat Ecobasic

Gerry McGovern - Head of Design, Lincoln
Wolfgang König - Special Correspondent, Autocar
Simon Cox - Director of Concept Design, GM
Royal College of Art students
Richard Seymour - Seymour Powell Design Associates 

Audi A2 237Designer of the Year 2000

Won by Derek Jenkins, Luc Donkerwolcke, for their work on the Audi A2.

Runners-up: Keith Helfet, Peter Horbury, Russel Carr

Patrick LeQuement - Design chief, Renault
Coventry University design students
Howard Walker - US correspondent, Autocar
Peter Robinson - European Editor, Autocar
Ian Callum - Director of Styling, Jaguar

Autocar050vYoung Designer of the Year 2000

Won by George Wong (17)

Runners-up: Ben Sherman(16), Christopher Holt (8)

Rob Aherne - Editor, Autocar
Steve Cropley - Editor in Chief, Autocar
Geoff Upex - Head of Design, Landrover
Eric Ravn - LEGO designer


The Young Designer of the Year is a new award for this year, and had over 1000 competitors. George Wong's winning design was a futuristic four-seat city car. Borrowing ideas from modern architecture, it incorporates extensive use of glass for improved visibility and clean, geometric lines for a smart yet functional appearance.

He wins the prize of a week's work experience in the Land Rover design studio.

Autocar editor Rob Aherne and fellow judge Geoff Upex, head of design at Land Rover, considered that George demonstrated an outstanding skill for car design.

When we first saw George's model we could hardly believe he wasn't a professional designer" said Rob Aherne. "Everything from the originality of the concept to the design and execution of the model was far beyond what we imagined possible from a schoolboy."

The competition was set last October by Autocar magazine. Budding designers are now being invited to enter next year's competition. Sponsored by Landrover and LEGO, the brief is to design a new Land Rover Defender. All entrents will be sent a free set of LEGO Technic wheels on which to build their model using whatever materials they choose. This time the prizes include a week in the Land Rover design studio, a Land Rover mountain bike and two sets of Lego Technic.

Anyone interested in participating should write to:
Autocar Young Car Designer of the Year,
60 Waldegrave Road,
TW11 8LG, UK.


Young Designer finalist models


George Wong's winning design


Young Designer of the Year presentation


LEGO Technic Formula1