Scott Shanks and his 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible have been selected to drive the 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour as a guest of Royal Purple.
After receiving more than 340 entries on its Facebook fan page, high-performance synthetic oil manufacturer Royal Purple announced Shanks as the winner of its High Performance Experience contest, according to a press release.
Shanks will receive a Visa gift card to help defray expenses traveling on the tour, paid registration fees for the tour, VIP parking, a spot in the Royal Purple booth on tour and a variety of Royal Purple swag, the company noted.
The contest winner was determined after entrants submitted a picture of their American muscle car or performance vehicle on the Royal Purple Inc. Facebook fan page from March 2-16. The entries were whittled down 10 finalists who received the most votes from polling open to Royal Purple’s 158,000 Facebook fans.
Finalists were asked to submit a detailed vehicle spec and modification list and 10 photos showcasing the vehicle’s exterior and interior. A panel of independent judges rated each of the finalists based on the vehicle, photos and how the vehicle embodied Royal Purple’s mantra of “Outperform,” the company said.
The judges were: Mark Bowler (Bowler Transmissions), Mike Copeland (Lingenfelter Performance), Drew Hardin (former “Hot Rod” magazine editor), Liz Miles (Holley Performance) and Dennis Overholser (Painless Performance).
The 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T convertible owned by Shanks, of Gardner, Kan., has an extensive list of modifications that include: 6.1 Hemi crate motor, making 420 hp at the wheels; Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed transmission; custom Moser MO875 rear end with 4.10 gears bolted to an Eaton true track differential; a set of Wilwood four-piston brake calipers and 12-inch rotors on all four corners; Billet Specialties SLG23 18×8 (front) and 18×10 (rear) wheels with Nitto 555 tires; Reilly Motorsports AlterKtion coilover front suspension and Hotchkis leaf springs in the rear; a restored to 1970 stock interior with Hurst pistol-grip shifter; custom eight-speaker Pioneer stereo system integrated with the factory eight-track; Viper Race Yellow exterior paint and a custom Hemi stripe; and rare 71 elastomeric bumpers with front and rear spoilers to round out the Pro-Touring look.
The 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour stops in seven cities over seven days, beginning at the GM Proving Grounds in Detroit on June 2 and concluding with the a Long Haulers Ceremony in Arlington, Texas, June 9, for those that completed the 1,200 mile trip.
Royal Purple is a featured sponsor. Over the course of the tour, special Royal Purple events include: Day 1 — Autocross in Muskegon, Mich.; Day 2 — Drag Racing in Madison, Ill.; Day 5 — Ugliest Luggage contest in Miami, Okla.; and Day 7 — Burn-Out Contest in Arlington.
The company will also offer daily prizes at its booth and present and exclusive Royal Purple prize at the Long Haulers Award ceremony, the release stated.