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2013 Scion Tuner Challenge Winner Crowned at SEMA Show

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Winner of the 2013 Scion Tuner Challenge

Young Tea, Winner of the 2013 Scion Tuner Challenge

Scion prides themselves on their vehicles’ ability to be customized and show in full the personality of their driver.  That is why the Japanese automaker launched the Scion Tuner Challenge, and there is no better place to announce this year’s winner than at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show held in Las Vegas last week.

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Judges at SEMA named Young Tea of Alhambra, CA the of the 2013 Scion Tuner Challenge winner, which in its ninth year, rewarded Tea for the simplicity of his Scion tC that is perfect for both “daily driving and track weekends.”

“The design, labor and creativity that went into the Simpli-tC build stood out for our judges and will impress fans at the SEMA show and at home,” said Steve Hatanaka, Scion marketing and special events manager, in a press release.  “All three builders took the 2014 tC in directions that will help inspire Scion owners to make their vehicles their own. There are no limits.”

“It may have been a dash to the finish, but the car looks amazing thanks to the team’s hard work,” Tea said.  “With the new styling, the tC was a great platform to take on this challenge, and it inspired our team to bring out a concept we believe in. Stay true to who you are.”

Second place went to Walter Franco of Seattle, and third place was awarded to Josh Croll of Mertztown, PA.

Scion created a three-part series following the designers as they created their customized tC’s through the Scion Tuner Challenge, which can be viewed on their YouTube channel.

Here’s the final episode for your viewing pleasure.  Check it out and let us know who you think should have been named the Scion Tuner Challenge winner and won the $10,000 in prize money.

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