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Monday, 12 November 2018 17:26

HS Customs Wins Chevrolet Designer's Choice Award at SEMA 2018

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Cam Miller, owner of HS Customs in Logan, UT, won the 2018 Chevrolet Designer's prize at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas for his 1981 Chevrolet K-20 truck. Cam Miller, owner of HS Customs in Logan, UT, won the 2018 Chevrolet Designer's prize at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas for his 1981 Chevrolet K-20 truck.

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Cam Miller, owner of HS Customs in Logan, UT, won the 2018 Chevrolet Designer's prize at the SEMA show in Las Vegas for his 1981 Chevrolet K-20 truck.

 

Every year, the judges from Chevrolet walk the entire SEMA floor in search of unique and innovative designs to showcase the diversity of the specialty equipment market. This year, Miller's truck stole the show.

 

Miller, who also displayed a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro at SEMA, had a feeling that his truck would get attention, but winning the Designer's Award was a pleasant surprise.

 

"What made this truck special was the fact that we swapped out the engine with a 2007 Duramax diesel motor with an Allison transmission," Miller said. "Putting diesels in these old trucks has developed a strong cult following, and more and more people are gravitating toward these engines. It has 1,000 ft. lbs. of torque, so it's got a lot of power, and truck fans love it."

 

With approximately 6,000 hours of work put into the vehicle, Miller built the truck for Cody Veibell of Brigham City, UT.

 

"I was able to communicate my vision with this truck, and the owner let us do our thing," he said. "We put everything we have into every build, and this one was surely no exception."

 

On Nov. 1, the people from Chevrolet approached Miller at his booth to tell him the good news.

 

"We knew that they were looking at it but had no idea that we were going to win. I think it was a combination of the engine we put in it coupled with the design elements we integrated into the truck. When you start one of these projects, you never know exactly how it will come out, but this one really exceeded our expectations, and I guess Chevrolet agreed," Miller said.

 

Miller has been building trucks and cars for the last six years after working on ATVs and motorcycles for many years. He opened HS Customs in 1997 and claimed the prestigious Battle of the Builders award with a PPG-painted brilliant white 1969 Camaro at the 2016 SEMA Show. The vehicle, owned by Alex Short of Bluffdale, UT, wowed the crowds and was dubbed “Under Pressure.” It was painted exclusively with PPG refinish products.


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