You have until 500 pm ET on December 23 to enter the NC Auto Interior of the Year “Young Guns Challenge” — so get off your ass and show us what you got!
The auto upholstery industry’s premier competition is highlighting new talent this year by focusing on trimmers with 5 years or less of experience building complete interiors.
It’s also stepping up the prize! The winner will receive an NC 1508NH sewing machine complete with a servo motor workstation, as well as a giant trophy to display in his shop. The 1508NH is an extra heavy duty walking foot machine that can run through pretty much anything.
“Forget the machine and forget the trophy. Your work is being placed front and center, being judged by elite interior builders, and viewed by thousands world-wide. The Hog Ring will also feature your shop in an article,” said Mal Maher, CEO of the contest’s host NC Carpet Binding & Equipment.
“We’re focusing on ‘young guns’ this year to showcase new talent and encourage the next generation of trimmers to keep pushing the industry forward,” he added.
This year’s contest will be voted on by a panel of elite shops and industry insiders, including past winners of “NC Auto Interior of the Year”: DJ Designs (2018), Stitchwurx (2019), Brent Parker Motor Trimming (2020) and RMD Garage (2021).
- Stitchcraft Interiors
- Cato’s Custom Upholstery
- Interiors by Shannon
- Sewn Tight Interiors
- Bux Customs
- Customs by Vos
- DJ Designs
- Brent Parker Motor Trimming
- RMD Garage
- NC Carpet Binding & Equipment
- The Hog Ring
HOW TO ENTER
To submit your interior project for judging, follow these simple rules:
- Be a trimmer with 5 years or less experience building complete interiors.
- Post high-quality photos of your entry on Instagram, tagging @NC_Carpet_Binding and @TheHogRing. Use #NCAutoInteriorOfTheYear
- Complete the above step by 5:00 pm ET on December 23, 2022.
You can enter as many interiors as you’d like.
Please document your build as you go along with images and any notes you deem relevant. If you’re a finalist, we may call on you for additional images and build information.
DON’T MISS OUT
There’s absolutely no good reason not to enter this year’s competition.
“There’s no excuse. Competition breeds excellence and setting a higher bar for yourself will make you better,” said Maher. “If you’re a trimmer with 5 years or less of experience, you’d be crazy not to enter. Even if you don’t win, you’ll get exposure and connections — it’s all upside.”
To learn more about NC Carpet Binding & Equipment and check out their high-quality sewing machines, visit N-CCarpet.com and follow them on Instagram. Also don’t forget to tune in to NC’s Podcast “NC Shop Talk,” where some interesting guests might discus your entries.