Tim Kowalchick of Jacksonville, Florida has won the $5,000 grand prize in the annual contest from the Champion Spark Plug Brand.
Tanya Morewood from Tottenham, Ontario was also one of the ten finalists, winning a $500 price.
Fans of classic and current vehicles cast their votes throughout the summer, ultimately choosing a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro as the grand-prize winner in the Champion Spark Plug “King of the Road” contest. Champion is a brand of Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.
Kowalchick, who owns a specialty automotive service business, drives the winning bright green Camaro with black stripes every day. His car was one of 549 entries submitted in this year’s contest, which drew 160,769 votes from the Champion brand’s growing online community.
“I enjoy driving, working on and restoring my vehicle, and being named the 2015 ‘King of the Road’ is such a great reward for the hours of time I put into making my car my own,” said Kowalchick, who also won the 2014 King of the Road contest. “Thank you to Champion as well as all of my fellow Champion fans and classic car enthusiasts who made this possible. It truly is an honor to represent Champion Spark Plugs again.”
The other weekly winners and finalists in the 2015 contest were:
Mike Ashley, Fruit Cove, Fla.; 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible
Robert Atkinson, Jacksonville, Fla.; 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T
Eddie Campbell, Pikeville, Ky.; 1970 Chevrolet CST/10
Kevin Henry, St. Marys, Ga.; 2007 Dodge Ram
James Laurita, Commack, N.Y.; 1970 Ford Torino Scramjet
Daphne Norris, Bryceville, Fla.; 1965 Ford Mustang
Eron Paaso, St. Marys, Ga.; 2015 Dodge Dart GT
Mark Ritter, Lakewood, Colo.; 1969 Dodge Super Bee
Enthusiasts voted in a head-to-head format on the Champion website over a 10-week period to determine the 10 finalists. Each weekly winner received a $500 cash prize before moving on to the grand-prize voting round. Voting for both rounds was open to anyone through the Champion website.
“The finalists represent such a variety of vehicles, and any one of these winners would be a great Champion ambassador. Seeing the dedication each owner gave to their vehicle to improve its look and performance, including installing Champion spark plugs, shows that our society’s passion for automobiles remains strong,” said Jessica Wynn, global director, digital marketing and strategy, Federal-Mogul Motorparts.