Southfield, Michigan, August 25, 2014.A gleaming, custom-green 1967 Chevrolet Camaro used as a daily driver by a Jacksonville, Fla., enthusiast is the grand-prize winner of the Champion® Spark Plug brand's "King of the Road" contest. Tim Kowalchick's Champion-powered Camaro led the voting in the final round of the 10-week contest, which encouraged consumers to enter and select their favorite rides at www.AlwaysaChampion.com. Champion spark plugs are distributed by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML).
Kowalchick, the owner of a specialty automotive service business, receives the $5,000 King of the Road grand prize as well as $500 for winning one of the contest's 10 weekly rounds. The 2014 King of the Road program garnered more than 550 entries and over 90,000 votes from among the Web-connected Champion community of "Performance Driven(TM)" enthusiasts.
"This is the coolest honor and a great reward for all of the hours I spent restoring my car in the driveway," Kowalchick said. "We've won trophies at car shows, but to be selected by Champion and its thousands of fans is something I'll never forget. I never would have won this if it weren't for the encouragement of my family and the many friends I have met at car cruises, so I thank all of them."
Other weekly winners and finalists in the 2014 contests were:
Louis Bouchard Sumiton, Ala. 1965 Chevrolet Nova SS
Gene Hawthorne Orange Park, Fla. 1973 Ford Gran Torino
Kevin Henry St. Marys, Ga. 2007 Dodge Ram
James Laurita Commack, N.Y. 1970 Ford Torino Cobra Jet
Billy Mccollim Middleburg, Fla. 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II SS
Atari Roundtree Greenwood, S.C. 1975 Chevrolet Caprice
Stacy Wood Carleton Place, Ont. 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
The 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. Anyone could vote for their favorite entry and participate in other contests and promotions simply by completing a free registration at www.AlwaysaChampion.com.
"The best part of this contest was the variety of entries we received, from beautifully restored 60-year-old hot rods to late-model vehicles that have been enhanced with custom paint, wheels and Champion plugs. In each case, the owner obviously invested tremendous time, effort and pride in the project, and Champion is proud to shine a spotlight on their achievements," said Jessica Wynn, global digital marketing manager, Federal-Mogul Motorparts.
To learn more about "Performance Driven" Champion products and to view this year's 10 King of the Road finalists, please visit www.AlwaysaChampion.com.
Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML) is a leading global supplier of products and services to the world's manufacturers and servicers of vehicles and equipment in the automotive, light, medium and heavy-duty commercial, marine, rail, aerospace, power generation and industrial markets. The company's products and services enable improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and enhanced vehicle safety.
Federal-Mogul operates two independent business divisions, each with a chief executive officer reporting to Federal-Mogul's Board of Directors.
Federal-Mogul Motorparts sells and distributes a broad portfolio of products through more than 20 of the world's most recognized brands in the global vehicle aftermarket, while also serving original equipment vehicle manufacturers with products including braking, chassis, wipers and other vehicle components. The company's aftermarket brands include ANCO® wiper blades; Champion® spark plugs, wipers and filters; AE®, Fel-Pro®, FP Diesel®, Goetze®, Glyco®, Nüral®, Payen® and Sealed Power® engine products; MOOG® steering and suspension parts; and Ferodo®, Jurid® and Wagner® brake products.
Federal-Mogul Powertrain designs and manufactures original equipment powertrain components and systems protection products for automotive, heavy-duty, industrial and transport applications.
Federal-Mogul was founded in Detroit in 1899 and maintains its worldwide headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. The company employs more than 45,000 people in 34 countries. For more information, please visit www.federalmogul.com.