truTV series kicks off Tuesday night
By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN Kevin Chun, aka “Chunner,” the son of Helen and the late John Chun of Chun Mee Restaurant in Delano, will be featured as one of 10 designers on the new truTV television series Motor City Masters.
Chun, 33, and his nine peers are ready to put their skills and creativity to the test as they compete on the series.
Hosted by Brooke Burns (The Chase, You Deserve It) and premiering Tuesday, June 24, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), Motor City Masters will bring together 10 experienced designers, with various specialties and backgrounds, all of whom share a passion for car design.
The competitors range in age from 20 to 54, with a wide variety of experience in car design and other fields. They hail from states around the country, including California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and, of course, Michigan.
Chun, who currently lives in Encinitas, CA, is originally from Mound and a Mound Westonka High School graduate. He majored in transportation design at the Art Center in California. Chun also won the Calty Design Research Scion Sponsor Project, which led him to an internship at LEXUS.
Chun’s father, John, worked and designed cars for legendary automotive designer Carroll Shelby, passing along his love of design to Kevin.
Kevin Chun’s specialities are SUVs and concept designs.
Challenges on Motor City Masters will explore various aspects of design, inside and out.
In each episode, the contestants will have the ambitious task of creating new, fully functional (though not street legal) concept cars based on a theme that will showcase each competitor’s unique personality.
Each week will be centered on a different theme, such as car character designs, which will tie in to the release of the new Michael Bay movie Transformers: Age of Extinction; body shape design, which will have the designers turning a Chevy SS into a NASCAR racing machine; and custom car designs, which will involve a Hot Wheels tie-in.
Themes will also focus on different areas of car design, including technology, interior, body trim, and functionality. The series will even touch on the automotive needs of busy parents and small business owners.
The designs will be judged by Jean Jennings, president and editor in chief of Automobile Magazine; and internationally renowned car designer Harald Belker.
Competitors will be judged on their creativity, execution, and forward-thinking design, among other criteria.
The field will narrow with each elimination challenge until only the top two designers remain.
These two competitors will then face off in front of Chevrolet’s world-class car design experts, after which only one designer will be crowned “The Next Great Car Designer.”
The winner of Motor City Masters will receive a brand new 2014 Camaro Z28 and $100,000 cash. The winner will also be named a Brand Ambassador, with the opportunity to showcase his/her designs at major auto show exhibitions.
truTV has ordered 10 episodes of the Motor City Masters, which is being produced for the network by Bunim/Murray Productions (Project Runway, Total Divas) and The Story Lab, a division of Aegis Media.