ART CORNER: Announcing the JNC Ken & Mary Art Contest winners


This year we held our first ever JNC Art Contest. The theme, “Ken and Mary,” was inspired by the 40th anniversary of the C110 Skyline, and we asked our (extremely talented) readers to submit kenmeri related artwork.

Here are the results as chosen by Mary herself, Diane Krey-Wesley, who just returned home to California from a trip to Japan, her first after making those iconic television commercials nearly four decades ago. Says Diane:

Our trip to Japan was like a wonderful dream. [My husband] Joe had the time of his life. Everyone was so good to us. They fed us, took us everywhere and were the best hosts ever… We had a really hard time judging the art. All of the work is fantastic… It was an honor to be asked to judge. Thank you.

So without further ado here are the results. Drum roll, please! 

Kenmeri Art Contest LanceP

In third place, Lance Pan‘s awesome touring car. We see elements of the Tokyo Motor Show GT-R, and the “40” racing number is a clever touch. Congrats, Lance!

Kenmeri Art Contest VincentS

In second place, we have Vincent Sugin‘s brilliantly colored kenmeri, which combines both touring car and zokusha styling themes. Very retro, and gorgeous detail on the SSR meshies. Congrats, Vincent!


And the winner is, Benjamin Nethongkome‘s simple yet stunning interpretation of a kenmeri street style custom. He’s definitely got the minimalist Japanese white-on-black-Wats aesthetic down, and the Ken & Mary umbrella is the red cherry on top. Omedetou, Benjamin!

Kenmeri Art Contest prizes

Benjamin wins the following:

  • JNC Showa Motor Club shirt signed by Diane
  • an Aoshima KenMary model kit
  • a Jun Imai designed Hot Wheels Skyline (also signed by Diane)
  • JNC decals

As runners up, Vincent and Lance will each receive a signed kenmeri Hot Wheels and the JNC decals pictured here. Congratulations, everyone!

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13 Responses to ART CORNER: Announcing the JNC Ken & Mary Art Contest winners

  1. Give us high resolution pic of first one, white Kenmery, my desktop is crying for it.. 🙂

    • ErikFM says:

      I second this motion. It’s too good to be left that size.

    • Tony240Z says:

      I’d also love a wallpaper of the winning submission and a T-shirt would be fantastic as well. Especially if along with the JNC Inkan it included Mary/Diane’s signature on the back or sleeve.

  2. Jin says:

    Congrats to the winner!
    I personally prefer the hand-drawn ones myself.

  3. Nigel says:

    Nice, third to first place are all poster worthy art.

    Great work everybody.

  4. Censport says:

    All three are excellent, but personally I would like to see someone build Vincent Sugin’s design.

  5. jB says:

    Love all three but I would agree with the order that they finished in. Very fresh.
    Where can I get the heart stickers, I do not see them on the site.

  6. Mister Totem says:

    BY FAR..

    Vincent Sujin’s should have won…. i mean look at it.. hand drawn heavilly detailed, obviously loved the subject drawn.

    I can’t cosign a pshop/illustrator over a well done hand drawn… whats more oldschool than a pencil, pen, and ink.

    love you Mary.. but he should have won.

  7. Tyler says:

    Very nice stuff, guys. Is the black one paint or marker?

    I’m super bummed I missed the deadline on this. 🙁

  8. Tj says:

    Slightly off topic but are you guys going to start selling the heart nostalgic stickers? I saw one not long ago and really really liked it.

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