Auto Service World
News   November 3, 2006   by Auto Service World

Greg Damon Named Golden Mechanic at SEMA

Greg Damon hit the jackpot in Las Vegas today when he competed against top mechanics from across the country to take top prize in the BP search for the 2007 Amoco Ultimate “Golden Mechanic.”
Damon, from St. Charles, Mo., who leaves his tools behind at Sant Automotive in Crestwood, Mo., won based on his superior auto repair skills, community involvement, environmental consciousness and of course, winning personality.
Damon took home the grand prize of $25,000, a year’s worth of Amoco Ultimate fuel at BP, and will serve as an Amoco Ultimate national spokesperson in 2007.
The national competition took place on November 2 at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas and was hosted by Car and Driver radio host, Alan Taylor.
Finalists were rated by an expert panel of judges including The Car Coach(R), Lauren Fix; Denny Kahler, past Chairman of the Board for Automotive Service Association (ASA); Road & Track editor Andrew Bornhop and Steve Saleen, founder and president of Saleen Inc.
“I am honored and thrilled to have been selected as the 2007 Amoco Ultimate Golden Mechanic and I am looking forward to serving as the spokesperson throughout the next year,” said Greg Damon.
“It will be a great opportunity to work with mechanics all over the country and to help educate drivers about the benefits of Amoco Ultimate at BP.”
The final competition featured multiple challenges testing each of the three finalists in various areas.
Each competitor had the opportunity to showcase their auto repair knowledge and auto diagnostic skills in a series of fast-paced physical challenges.
The finalists then flexed their brain power by answering tough questions from a panel of industry experts.
The finalist who tallied the most points took top honors, collecting the grand prize and received the coveted Golden Mechanic giant wrench award.
“We are thrilled that Greg won our second annual Amoco Ultimate ‘Golden Mechanic’ contest,” said Christine Jagher from BP.
“Greg will continue the important work performed by our 2006 winner, Ryan Kooiman. Over the past two years, we have seen hundreds of examples of the outstanding level of talent represented in the automotive service field today. BP is honored to continue to salute the mechanics who keep our cars running smoothly and safely.”
BP began its search for the Amoco Ultimate Golden Mechanic earlier this year to find a mechanic who has premium auto repair abilities, is trustworthy, active in the community and environmentally conscious.
The contest drew hundreds of qualified applications from all over the country from which twenty-five semifinalists were selected.
Of the semi-finalists, three finalists were chosen to compete in the final competition in Las Vegas. The two runners-up in the contest included, John Vallely of Elgin, Ill., and Scott Davidson of Dayton, Ohio.