Palmersville boy gets to art of matter with vision of future

2016 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest runner-up Advaidh-Menon, of Palmersville.

2016 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest runner-up Advaidh-Menon, of Palmersville.

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A North Tyneside youngster’s vision of the future earned him second place in a national art contest.

Advaidh Menon, of Palmersville, came runner-up in his age category, for children aged eight to 11, in this year’s Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.

The competition, inviting children to produce drawings of potential vehicles of the future, attracted hundreds of entries, and the best ones were put on display at the Japanese motor manufacturer’s British headquarters in Surrey.

Staff there were asked to vote for their favourites, and the three winners in each of the three age groups, including Advaidh, nine, were invited to a prize-giving at the HQ, hosted by Paul Van Der Burgh, president and managing director of Toyota GB.

The winners were all given framed copies of their work, Apple iPads, goody bags and commemorative certificates.

Advaidh’s picture was of a flood rescue car powered by solar energy and hydrogen, equipped with drone cameras and able to travel by road, water or air.