Contest Winner Selects Classic 4×4 at Auction

Sep 10, 2012

Mike Collins, the winner of Bosch’s “The Gut Check Challenge,” went with his gut, and won his bid on a restored 1977 International Scout 4×4 at the Mecum Auto Auction in Monterey, Calif.

In accordance with the rules of the contest, Bosch contributed $25,000 to the purchase.

Borsch Spark Plugs sponsored the online contest this summer on Facebook; it involved a challenge designed to test a contestant’s automotive know-how and spark plug smarts through multiple-choice and write-in questions, according to a company press release.

Collins, a professional diesel mechanic from Jourdanton, Texas, competed with thousands of auto enthusiasts, technicians and DIY motorists from around the U.S. He and his teenage son, both car enthusiasts, attended the Mecum Auto Auction courtesy of Bosch.

At the auction, Wayne Carini, host of Velocity TV’s “Chasing Classic Cars” advised him to “go with his gut” and bid on his “dream car.”

Collins followed his advice and acquired the International Scout Harvester, a precursor of today’s array of SUV designs. He could have chosen any of the popular muscle cars, sports cars or hot rods that crossed the auction block, but has always had a passion for the last-generation Scout 4×4.

“This is a dream come true for me,” Collins said after winning the bid. “Never could I have imagined that one day I would actually own a 1977 International Scout 4×4.”