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Ultimate Enthusiast Contest
In celebration of those who live and breathe all things automotive, Shell conducted a nationwide contest to find the "Ultimate Enthusiast" and treat them to a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Meet the three finalists selected by our panel of top automotive judges. These three finalists will attend the 43rd Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. in January 2014, where the grand prize winner will be announced. Stay tuned to see who will be crowned this year’s Ultimate Enthusiast!
Ronald Varley (St. Louis, Missouri)
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
“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.
"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).