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Winners: designing 2047 Dodges

by Bill Cawthon on

Three high school seniors won FCA’s fifth annual “Drive For Design” competition, with designs for 2047 Dodge cars.

Davis Kunselman won first prize with this design for a future Dodge

The contest was sponsored by FCA’s design team, EyesOn Design, and the Lawrence Technological University of Southfield, Michigan;  Lawrence Tech also houses the Detroit Center for Design + Technology.

Richard Chen, from Delmar Delaware, took second place with his concept

In first place was Davis Kunselman of Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia. As a reward for the winning design, Kunselman received a $50,000 scholarship to Lawrence Tech.

Paige Webb who recently graduated from Stoney Creek High School in Rochester, Michigan, created this sleek design

The runner-up was Richard Chen, Delmar High School in Delmar, Delaware; third place went to Paige Webb from Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

All three winners will get a two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Tech, a MacBook Pro, and a three-day trip to Michigan to attend the EyesOn Design Exhibition. The contest was open to students in grades 10-12 throughout the country.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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