At the end of May, we wrote to tell you that Mopar was launching its 7th annual “Top Eliminator” competition to showcase four awesome enthusiasts and their unique restyled, accessorized, and performance-enhanced Chrysler Group LLC vehicles. Modified or preserved classic and modern-day vehicles are judged by a panel of Mopar representatives on a number of criteria, including Mopar content, overall appearance, and additional benchmarks.
The first “Top Eliminator” has been chosen. Of the over 1,000 customized Chryslers on display at last month’s 29th Annual “Mopars in the Park” car show in Farmington, Minnesota, Miles Watsko of Manitoba, Canada, and his 1964 Plymouth Savoy took the title. Along with bragging rights, Watsko will have his winning entry showcased in the Mopar display area at the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Michigan, on August 17, 2013.
“The passion Miles (Watsko) has for his car is to be commended and recognized, and we are happy to give him the honor of the first Mopar ‘Top Eliminator’ of 2013,” Tricia Hecker, Mopar Marketing Director said. “We are thrilled to host his amazing 1964 Savoy at the Woodward Dream Cruise, one of the best places to be for true heritage, muscle, and dream vehicles.”
“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the entire Mopar team for the recognition of the ‘Top Eliminator’ award for my work and effort in restoring my ‘64 Savoy,” said Watsko. “It is hard to describe the overwhelming feeling of excitement and pride this award has given both my family and me.”
The Savoy represents Watsko’s vision of a perfect classic Mopar model, owning the “stripped down, go fast look” of a 1964 muscle car. Mopars of that era are not necessarily rare, but 1964 was an important year for Mopar with the introduction of the 426 Hemi race engine and Plymouth’s ownership of the top three positions at the famous Daytona 500 race, as well as the upgraded Max Wedge and the beginning of the Hemi’s domination at the drag strip.
Watsko’s customized Savoy impressed the judges because it was initially purchased as a four-door parts car to contribute to the restoration of a two-door Savoy that was in less than perfect condition. The beautiful craftsmanship in restoring the Mopar is what inspired judges to deem it worthy of a being displayed as a “Top Eliminator,” so that Mopar fans would be able to get a second and third look – outside, inside, and underneath.
You think you have what it takes to be a “Top Eliminator?” Three golden tickets are still out there! A second winning entry will be chosen in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, between July 12 and 14 at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, and that winner will also have his or her vehicle featured at the Woodward Dream Cruise.
The third Mopar “Top Eliminator” winner will be chosen from the top rides that will race down the track at the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend in September. Mopar will recognize a Sportsman racer who competes in a Chrysler Group vehicle with the “Top Eliminator” trophy, and the chance to lead the Hemi Challenge parade during the event, while the fourth winning vehicle will be selected online from a multitude of fan-uploaded images, with a peer vote selecting the best among those posted.