Check Out Two Mopar ‘Top Eliminator HEMI Heritage’ Winners at Woodward
For the eighth year of Mopar’s beloved “Top Eliminator” program, the brand has added a “HEMI Heritage” component to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 426 Race HEMI® engine. The resulting “Top Eliminator HEMI Heritage” program has seen Mopar enthusiasts from across the country vying for a top spot for their Chrysler Group vehicles, which they have worked hard to accessorize, enhance, and restyle. In total, we’ll see four winners from the “Top Eliminator HEMI Heritage” contest, two of which will be on display at Woodward Dream Cruise this weekend, near Detroit.
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The two winners (Patrick O’Leary and Ron Dezsi) were selected at the 30th Annual “Mopars in the Park” car show in Farmington, Minnesota, back in June, and at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in July, respectively. A third winner will be selected at the National Hot Rod Association U.S. Nationals event in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the end of this month. These winners are selected by a panel of Mopar representatives, who judge the competitors based on their Mopar content, contribution to the 50-year heritage of the 426 HEMI, overall appearance, and more.
A fourth “Top Eliminator HEMI Heritage” winner will be chosen by the Mopar social media community this October.
The two winners that have already been named will be showcased tomorrow, Saturday, August 16, at Woodward. The first winner is Patrick O’Leary’s 1968 Plymouth Road Runner, powered by a 426 HEMI V8. The second winner is Ron Dezsi’s 1969 Dodge Super Bee, also powered by a 426 HEMI V8.
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“It’s really amazing to see how Mopar enthusiasts have embraced the 50th anniversary of the 426 HEMI engine and that is reflected in our choice of winners in this year’s HEMI Heritage edition of our Top Eliminator program,” said Tricia Hecker, Mopar Marketing Director. “Not only are we excited to bring and show off these beautiful vehicles to the Woodward Dream Cruise, but we are proud to share the hard work and passion the winners have put into them with the entire car community.”
Derrick Brown is the Chrysler Business Manager at Brown Motors Ford Lincoln Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. He is the 4th generation to work at Brown Motors which started selling transportation in 1898. In his spare time, Derrick likes to go boating in the summer and hang out with his dog.