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1973 Custom Chevy Camaro Takes 2011 Gran Turismo Award

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  Mary Pozzi's ’73 custom Chevrolet Camaro was awarded "Best of Show" at the 2011 Gran Turismo Awards.

Update: According to Pozzi's publicist, the Camaro is a ’73 model. It was originally reported as a ’71 model.

On Thursday, November 3, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC hosted its ninth annual Gran Turismo Awards at the 2011 SEMA Show at the Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas. Each year, the Gran Turismo Awards offer SEMA Show exhibitors the opportunity to join the ranks of the famed Gran Turismo video game racing fleet, awarding one car the honor of being added to the Gran Turismo franchise as a playable car in the game and driven virtually by millions across the globe.

After heavy deliberation over dozens of entries, the judging panel and Gran Turismo creator and president of Polyphony Digital Inc., Kazunori Yamauchi himself, crowned "Best Hot Rod" winner, Mary Pozzi for her ’73 custom Chevrolet Camaro as the 2011 "Best of Show."

"For the past nine years, the Gran Turismo Awards have recognized and rewarded automotive enthusiasts who demonstrate passion and enthusiasm for PlayStation games and amazing car design and performance," said Yamauchi. "We continue to be blown away by the quality of the vehicles that are submitted and are excited to add Mary's custom Chevy Camaro to our list of distinguished winners and to the Gran Turismo franchise."

Additional prizes were awarded for the following categories:

  • "Best Truck/SUV" – Casey Scranton
  • "Best Domestic Car" – Filip Trojanek
  • "Best Asian Import" – Mike Mixon
  • "Best European Import" – Mark Arcenal
  • "Best Hot Rod" – Mary Pozzi