November 02 2006
1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE WINS “BEST IN SHOW”
Nov. 2, 2006
1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE WINS "BEST IN SHOW" AT FOURTH ANNUAL GRAN TURISMO™ AWARDS, SECURING OPPORTUNITY FOR CAR TO BE FEATURED IN WORLD RENOWNED GAMING FRANCHISE ON A PLAYSTATION® PLATFORM
Hosted by PlayStation®, Awards Ceremony Honors Automotive Excellence among SEMA Show Exhibitors
LAS VEGAS , Nevada, November 2, 2006 – In an effort to find the hottest car for its next Gran Turismo™ property on a PlayStation® platform, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. held its fourth annual Gran Turismo Awards at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas. Hundreds of entries from the world's largest auto show entered the competition in one of five categories, the winners of which were in the running for the top honor. In the end, the 2006 Gran Turismo™ "Best in Show" title was bestowed upon on Craig Morrison and his 1960 Chevrolet Corvette.
Morrison's Corvette will now be immortalized in the most realistic racing simulation game for all fans of the best-selling franchise to enjoy. Gamers can race award winners from 2003 and 2004 in Gran Turismo™ 4 which has sold more than 7.6 million units to date worldwide exclusively on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Last Year's winning Honda S2000 will be making its first appearance in the Gran Turismo franchise on a PlayStation platform soon.
"The Gran Turismo Awards has established itself as a perfect forum to honor those automobile enthusiasts that share a passion for video games," said Kazunori Yamauchi, famed creator of Gran Turismo franchise and President of Polyphony Digital Inc. "There is a strong parallel between the automotive and gaming industries, and we're excited to have an opportunity to celebrate that through the SEMA show."
About the Judging For the Gran Turismo Awards
Judges consisted of various respected journalists and personalities in the automotive industry. Judging for each category is based on the judge's choice for a car with well-balanced performance, style and speed. The "Best in Show" award is selected by the famed creator of the Gran Turismo franchise - Kazunori Yamauchi.
About the Gran Turismo Award Winners
In addition to his "Best in Show" trophy and "Best Hot Rod" award, winner Craig Morrison will set a new standard for visibility among auto enthusiasts as his vehicle will be drivable in a future Gran Turismo property. Other 2006 winners include:
"Best European Import" -Don Nicholson, for his 2008 Volvo C30.
2005 Best in Show winner Stephen Papadakis and his 2004 Honda S2000 are getting ready for their video game debut. Past winners include Marcel Horn (2004) and his one-of-kind HPA Volkswagen R32 and Ted and Sue Richardson of Oregon (2003) with their 1962 Buick Special. Both cars from 2003 and 2004 can be seen in Gran Turismo 4 for PlayStation 2™.
About Gran Turismo
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated all Gran Turismo properties "E" for Everyone. For more information about the ESRB, please visit www.esrb.org.
About Polyphony Digital, Inc.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PS one™ game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the upcoming, much-anticipated PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for PS one game console, PlayStation 2™ computer entertainment system and PSP™ handheld entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as regional headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
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