We said it in the September/October 2003 issue when we published this year's crop of truck artists, and we'll say it again: this is the best group of designs we've ever seen. Not only was it difficult to choose the final 20 for the contest, but it's almost diabolical to force you to choose only one winner. However, for that we make no apologies. And from your responses (some of them were quite lively--none of which can be printed here), you make no apologies for your choices, either. Many of you, from design college department heads to youthful truck-loving teenagers, gave us full explanations for each choice. We can tell you were impressed with the incredible display of pickup and SUV creativity and with the designs of the trailers. This year's contest had everything from horses to hovercrafts, hot rods to boats, airplanes to military tanks being towed--impressive! As a reminder, ballots had to be clipped from the magazine and mailed to us by October 12.

By the end of voting, we had almost triple the number of votes cast that we had last year. In addition, we allowed those on the Web to vote as well. While Web voting resulted in the same winner, the order of the remaining designs were different (see right). In the end, Jared Grodnitzky, from Owings Mills, Maryland, is the winner of Truck Trend's Second Annual Design Contest. Congratulations to all. Look for next year's application form and design parameters in the May/June 2004 issue of Truck Trend, on sale the first week in April.

To revisit the 20 contestants, check out the players Here