Design Your Dream Vehicle competition winner announced

22nd March 2022

Bill Richardson Transport World can’t wait to welcome the lucky winners of a class field trip to the museum – congratulations to and all of the Kōwhai Class tamariki from Hauroko Valley Primary School!

The Design Your Dream Vehicle, run in partnership with More FM, gave Southland school kids the chance to win a class trip to our Invercargill museum. All they had to do? Create an artwork showcasing the vehicle of their dreams!

The competition was a celebration to launch Transport World’s new school group packages.

Transport World executive director Joc O’Donnell was one of the judges of the competition: and she says she was blown away by the originality of the artworks entered.

“I was so impressed with the imagination each of the children who entered showed,” she says. “All of the entries were really creative and the level of detail that went into each of their artworks was amazing,” she says.

Joc has a lifelong interest in art, and thinks the imagination – as well as the level of detail behind their piece – Kōwhai Class showed made them the clear winner.

“Seeing what the kids came up with really put a smile on our faces, and it’s really nice to be able to celebrate the creativity of young people within our community,” she says.

“It was hard to pick just one winner, but we are so excited to welcome the Kōwhai Class to Bill Richardson Transport World soon. My Dad Bill Richardson really enjoyed showing his collection of vintage trucks to everybody, but especially to children, and it’s a really nice way to keep that legacy going. We hope they have a fantastic time with us.”

The winning entry is on display in the foyer at Bill Richardson Transport World.

Fellow judges Gretchen and Steve, from More FM Southland, echoed Joc’s awe at the standard of entries.

“We were blown away by the huge amount of entries, and the time entrants had spent on designing their dream vehicle. The imagination and creativity was impressive across the board! We had a blast judging, but the standard was so high, it was a tough job,” they say.

“Our winners had taken the concept to the next level. The thought that went into the story, the detail, creativity and execution made it a standout.”

Gretchen and Steve will join the kids on their visit to Bill Richardson Transport World.

“We hope they learn some amazing things about vehicles and innovative thinkers from our post. We hope that the experience continues to spark their imagination and, most importantly, that they have fun. We know they’ll love Bill Richardson Transport World!”

A special congratulations also goes to Laura Patterson, from Otautau School, and Ranui Kindergarten in Invercargill. Their efforts were so impressive, Bill Richardson Transport World wanted to recognise them too – and has gifted a special prize pack to both runners-up.


Click here to watch Joc talking about the winning entry.