Mopar Selects First Top Eliminator Winner At Mopars At The Strip Event

By Auto News Log • March 30th, 2010

Steve Ashby of Marietta, Ga., and his 1968 Silver Dodge Coronet R/T HEMI were selected as the first 2010 Mopar Top Eliminator Program winner at the Mopars at the Strip event March 26-28 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The beautifully-restored Silver Metallic convertible with black accents and blue interior was selected by a panel of Mopar judges at the event, which also featured drag racing, an autocross, a swap meet and auctions which drew thousands of Mopar enthusiasts throughout the weekend.

Originally a base Dodge Coronet with a standard 318 cu. in. engine and automatic transmission, Ashby said he acquired it from his brother and considered parting it out before finally putting it through a transformation completed in May 2008 that included dropping in a Mopar Performance 472 HEMI crate engine and 5-speed transmission.

“I had a ’67 Chevelle right out of high school and used to drag race against HEMI cars. They would give me 4-5 car lengths and still blow my doors off,” said Ashby, now a devout Mopar convert. “I said to myself that one day I would own a Hemi. Now I do.”

Mopars at the Strip also featured an appearance by members of the famous Ramchargers™. Tom Coddington was on hand to meet with fans and sign books and other memorabilia. In the weekend’s feature race, Charlie Westcott Jr., of Parma, Mich., won the HEMI Shootout event in his ’68 Plymouth Barracuda, besting the ’68 Dodge Dart driven by Mark Viera, of Turlock, Calif., in the finals.

The Top Eliminator program, now in its fourth year, recognizes the most skilled Mopar enthusiasts and their restyled or customized Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram vehicles. Six Mopar “Top Eliminator” winners will be selected throughout the year at various events and through online submissions. The winning vehicles will be displayed in the Mopar Alley at the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Source: Mopar Speed

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