After 30 years with GM Design, with some incredible vehicles under his belt like the Pontiac Banshee and Cadillac Sixteen show cars (as well as the production Camaro and the new 2014 Corvette Stingray), the designer of the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500, Tom Peters, received a lifetime achievement award from his alma mater, the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, Calif.
Peters worked briefly at GM following his graduation in 1980 but then went to Texas Instruments for two years. He came back to GM, where he's been for more than 30 years. His portfolio is extensive, with many of his concept and production models debuting on the world stage, displayed at big auto shows and automotive events. He led the design team for GM's new full-size pickups and SUVs.
The award was presented to Peters at the annual Car Classic, which takes place on the campus of the Art Center each fall and is typically attended by celebrities such as "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno and other automotive enthusiasts from around the world. Although the Car Classic is typically dominated by stylish cars from Europe, there is always plenty to see and drool over from Detroit as well.
Tom Peters holds his Lifetime Achievement Award next to Jay Leno (Corvette lover), Pete Brock (first Stingray designer) and Stewart Reed (current chairman of the Art Center's Transportation Design Department).
1949 Restored GMC, 1947 car hauler, and three Nash cars.
1948 Ford F-6 rat rod tow truck.
2013 ICON Ultimate Thriftmaster
1953 Chevrolet 3100 pickup
1957 Buick Wagon and mini Airstream