Pontiac Crowned Champion ‘King of the Road’

Sep 30, 2013

Roger Walker of Jacksonville, Ark., was named the inaugural $5,000 grand-prize winner of the Champion “King of the Road” contest-Southfield, Mich.-based Federal Mogul’s Web-based program that enables consumers to vote for their favorite rides.

Walker was one of 10 weekly winners who faced off in the final round of consumer voting on the contest’s website. His restored 1966 Pontiac GTO gathered 23 percent of the total votes cast in the King of the Road finals, according to a Federal Mogul press release.

“King of the Road has helped thousands of automotive enthusiasts join the Champion brand in celebrating our shared passion for world-class technology and performance,” said Jessica Wynn, Federal-Mogul digital marketing manager. “Roger’s GTO and the great stories behind it really stood out for our voters, but there were hundreds of entries that received support from consumers worldwide.”

A popular attraction at regional car shows, Walker’s classic Warwick Blue GTO was restored in 2010 after being parked for nearly 35 years, the press release noted. His father purchased the car in 1968 and raced it for seven years before moving on to other interests.

The car features a Pontiac 400 HO engine with 6X cylinder heads, a Muncie M22 Rock Crusher transmission and 3:55 gears in a 12-bolt positraction rear end.

In addition to Walker, the other 2013 King of the Road finalists were: Michael Appio of Groton, Conn. (1966 Chevrolet Malibu); Rich Barcia, Selden, N.Y. (1969 Dodge Charger); John Carlson, South Bend, Ind. (2008 Ford Mustang); Rodney Cary, Cedar Falls, Iowa (1968 Dodge Charger); Richard Davenport, Camp Hill, Pa. (1958 Chevrolet Apache Step-Side Pickup); Jeff Dusek, San Antonio, Texas (1951 Chevrolet Deluxe); Kenny Fensom, Fayetteville, N.C. (2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer); Kevin Henry, St. Marys, Ga. (200 Dodge Ram) and James Laurita, Commack, N.Y. (1970 Ford Mad Max Cobra Jet).

The 2013 Champion King of the Road program awarded $500 cash prizes to the winners of each of 10 weekly rounds of voting, with weekly winners automatically being entered into the $5,000 grand-prize round.