Each year, General Motors identifies some of the best Chevrolet builds at the SEMA Show and awards the builders with a SEMA Design Award, “providing the most talented car builders in the industry with an opportunity to be recognized for showcasing Chevrolet products with thoughtful styling and elite craftsmanship,” according to the automaker.
GM recently released the categories it will be judging this year’s SEMA Design Awards in, which will include:
- Chevy SEMA Car of the Year
- Chevy SEMA Truck of the Year
- Best Off Road Truck Build
- Best Track Build
- Innovative Use of Technology
- Designer’s Choice
The automaker also released photos of the unique mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray trophy winning builders will receive (below), which appears to be a replica of the GM Design mockup for the car mounted on a carbon fiber plaque.
“We are anxious to open submissions for this year’s Chevrolet Design Awards and look forward to seeing the best of the best design builds for each of our categories,” GM design director Matt Nooner. “We are also very excited to introduce a newly designed special-edition trophy for 2019 to celebrate the landmark launch of the mid-engine ’20 Corvette Stingray.”
Last year, GM judged Chevrolet SEMA vehicles in categories including Car of the Year, Truck of the Year, Classic of the Year, Crate Engine, Designer’s Choice and Chevrolet Accessories. A 1958 Chevrolet Corvette C1 built by Heartland Customs took Car of the Year, while a 1956 Chevy pickup built buy Premier Street Rod Parts was named Truck of the Year. A 1981 Chevrolet K2500 built by HS Customs and the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle built by Roadster Shop were also of note, claiming the Designer’s Choice and Crate Engine awards, respectively.
This year’s award categories are a bit more specific, adding Best Track Build and Best Off Road Truck Build in place of the more generalized ‘Classic of the Year’ and ‘Crate Engine’ categories. It’s also interesting to see GM place a focus on an technology category over the Chevrolet Accessories category.
SEMA builders can register for the 2019 Chevrolet Design Awards at this link.