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News   November 4, 2011   by Auto Service World

SEMA Special Report: Winner of Raybestos ’64 GTO-R Road Racer Hails from Ontario

Car Unveiled and Grand Prize Winner Named In Las Vegas

Nina Murray of Flesherton, Ontario, Canada, was announced as the winner of the Raybestos 1964 GTO-R from the brand’s summer 2011 North American promotion.
Murray’s name was drawn as winner from more than the nearly 60,000 unique entries received. The announcement was made in the Original Parts Group booth at the SEMA Show by Raybestos brand representatives, builders Kevin Tully and Chad Hill from Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle, and dozens of other build partners involved in the project.
“My husband and I are so thrilled about this prize. We used to go to car races at the local track in Varney when we first started dating, so it’s pretty cool that we have won our own race car. Since we can’t make it to Las Vegas, we already have plans to attend the auto show in Detroit to see it before it’s ours in June,” said Murray. “We’re very excited!”
With the announcement made, Murray must patiently wait until June 2012 to receive the keys to her new car. Until then, the Raybestos ’64 GTO-R is scheduled for additional TV and on-track appearances, and will tour the car show circuit.
The car will compete in the Optima Batteries Ultimate Streetcar Invitational, and is scheduled for featured display at upcoming high-profile shows such as the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals, and 2012 Detroit Autorama.
The Raybestos ’64 GTO-R was built to handle racetrack duty like no other mid-1960s musclecar. While retaining a vintage outwardly appearance, its suspension was entirely re-imagined, nearly 800 pounds of weight eliminated, and was then equipped with a 700 horsepower GM LSX 454 engine and Raybestos NASCAR-spec racing brakes.
“Kevin, Chad and the crew at HRCC built something truly special in this ultra-high performance GTO-R. In a sea of impressive muscle car builds, this one really makes you stand up and take notice,” said Josh Russell, director of sales & marketing at Affinia Global Brake and Chassis, manufacturer of Raybestos Brakes & Chassis products.
During the sweepstakes, the interactive web site offered a behind-the-scenes view of the entire build process. Visitors got the inside scoop on everything from design inspiration, to chassis and suspension fabrication, engine tuning, brake package engineering, custom paint and on-track testing.

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