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Ronald Varley is the 2013 V-Power Ultimate Enthusiast

Shell would like to congratulate Ronald Varley, our 2013 Ultimate Enthusiast Grand Prize Winner!

In celebration of those who live and breathe all things automotive, Shell conducted a nationwide contest to find the “Ultimate Enthusiast” and treat him or her to a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Maranello, Italy.

Meet grand prize winner Ronald Varley and the other two finalists who attended the 43rd Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. in January 2014.

Car Clubs: Gateway Healey Association, Austin Healey Club of America

“Ronald’s entry was unique and creative. I've never seen someone describe their love for an automobile in terms of a patient record – but his prognosis is certainly a compelling case!”– Roger Penske

Ronald’s entry was unique and creative. I've never seen someone describe their love for an automobile in terms of a patient record – but his prognosis is certainly a compelling case!– Roger Penske

Name: Ronald L. Varley 

Date of First Visit: 1942 

Primary Diagnosis: Ultimate Car Enthusiast 

Most Recent Episode: Exceeded limits of adhesion 

History: Unable to function without owning an enthusiast car; addicted to car magazines and books; hand washes and waxes and details his cars; lavishly decorated his garage with petroliana; restored three vintage cars 

Prognosis: Incurable

Dave Taube

“Driving Route 66 in a vintage car - now that is the Ultimate Enthusiast adventure. What a wonderful way to make amazing memories.” – Eddie Alterman

“Driving Route 66 in a vintage car - now that is the Ultimate Enthusiast adventure. What a wonderful way to make amazing memories.” – Eddie Alterman

Driving the entire length of Route 66 from the skyscrapers of Chicago all the way to the beaches of California would be my dream automotive experience. Driving [with] my beautiful wife, Michelle, I would do the ultimate American trip: eating delicious local foods, staying in classic motels, attending local festivals, and catching as many baseball games as possible. 

Josh Seely

"I still have my first car. I will never get rid of it. Not many people can say they still have their first car. Mine has now been restored twice [by me]."

Holding on to your first car in these tough economic times when everyone is looking to trade in or upgrade is a huge accomplishment for any auto enthusiast. Finding the time to restore that car more than once is even more impressive!– Roger Penske

*For the purposes of this Prize, “a year’s worth of Shell V-Power Premium Gasoline®” is calculated as the average consumer’s yearly gasoline consumption of 636 gallons (4.5 fuel purchases per month x 11.77 gallons of gasoline per purchase x 12 months) at an average July 3, 2013 cost of $3.819 / gallon consistent with the Oil Price Information Services national average released on July 3, 2013 (636 x $3.819 = $2,428.88).