See the transition from rough to fabulous for this 1968 Camaro Resto-mod, the grand prize for the Mahle technician contest. Booth #2661.

See the transition from rough to fabulous for this 1968 Camaro Resto-mod, the grand prize for the Mahle technician contest. Booth #2661.

Today at 4 p.m. one of four finalists in the Mahle Aftermarket Inc. “Drive With the Original” Technician Promotion will win the grand prize custom-built Petty’s Garage 1968 Camaro Resto-mod at the 2018 Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas (booth #2661).

The “Original,” Richard Petty, will be present when the finalists each select a key from his signature Charlie One Horse hat – one of which will unlock the doors of the modified, 625-horsepower classic Camaro from Petty’s Garage.

The four finalists are:

  • Pete Bethcle of Bimmer Performance Center, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Martin Koschik of J and J Automotive, Rhinebeck, N.Y. 
  • Raymond Ochsner of Ochsner’s Garage, Louisville, Ky,
  • Marshall Zinn of Robbins Service Center, Daytona Beach, Fla.

 “Congratulations to these technicians for being finalists with a chance to win this spectacular Mahle Resto-mod Camaro, custom-built by the team at Petty’s Garage,” says Jon Douglas, president of Mahle Aftermarket North America.

“I sure do wish I were in their shoes after having had a chance to drive the car myself before it made its way to Las Vegas for next week’s big ceremony,” Douglas says. “I would also like to express sincere appreciation on behalf of Mahle Aftermarket to the thousands of technicians around the country that participated in the promotion, and more importantly, for trusting Mahle components in the work they perform.”

The four finalists were randomly selected from the 70,000 entries received and have been awarded a trip to Las Vegas to participate in today’s grand prize ceremony.

In addition, over 1,000 instant-win prizes were awarded in the promotion, including Richard Petty Driving Experiences, autographed Richard Petty signature Charlie One Horse cowboy hats, and autographed #43 die-cast model cars.

For more information about Mahle Aftermarket and its brands, visit www.mahle-aftermarket.com.

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