1970 Dodge Coronet

May 16, 2013

Performance oil company Royal Purple, Porter, Texas, named Mike Mead of Springfield, Mo., and his 1970 Dodge Coronet convertible the winner of a photo contest on the Royal Purple fan page.

Mead was awarded the opportunity to go on the 2013 Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour, June 1-7.

Royal Purple will cover his tour registration expenses and provide a $500 Visa gift card to defray travel costs and provide a space in the Royal Purple booth on tour for his car.

“I never dreamed this old car would do the things it has done and put me the places it has,” said Mead after learning of his selection.

The four other finalists were:  Joseph Beal of Glenarm, Ill., and his 1966 Chevelle SS;  Donna Franks of Williamston, Mich., and her 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible; Donald Gregg of Lewisville, Texas, and his 1937 Chevy coupe; and Michael Humphrey of Lapeer, Mich., and his 1957 Oldsmobile 88.

They, along with Mead, were the top five vote-getters from more than 80 entries. A panel of judges reviewed submitted spec lists as well as additional exterior and interior photos of the vehicles to select the winner, according to the company.

“We were pleased that the number of entries we received more than doubled from last year,” said Marlena Solomon, Royal Purple communications specialist. “The caliber of vehicles entered was outstanding and we’re looking forward to a great Power Tour.”

The Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour will travel to Texarkana, Little Rock, Memphis, Birmingham, Chattanooga and Charlotte.