A TALENTED designer from Scarborough is the toast of the motoring world after wowing bosses at an industry awards show.
Callum Nash, 24, had beaten off hundreds of young automotive designers to reach the final three of the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Awards, which were held at the London Hilton recently.
He impressed more than 800 chiefs from motoring giants such as Ferrari and Jaguar Land Rover with a presentation on his revolutionary concept of a crash-proof, zero-emission electric motorcycle, which he has dubbed ‘The Opus’.
And they were shocked when Mr Nash, who was hot-favourite for the award, was pipped at the post for the prize of £7,500 and a top-flight car industry work placement.
However, he believes he was the true winner at the event, saying: “I’m quite surprised I didn’t win. One of the judges even came up to me afterwards and told me that he thought I was robbed.
“I think the award was just given to the person who would benefit the most out of the placement. Still, to get to the final three is incredible really.
“I got to meet some of the leading figures in the industry, and Jaguar Land Rover have shown some real interest in my design.
“I’m really hopeful that something good is going to come from this, and I have other ideas that I’m working on that I think are even better than this.”