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HOUSTON -- Hundreds of automotive and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country entered the Shell V-Power "Fuel My Passion" Contest & Sweepstakes, and five grand-prize winners were chosen following a nationwide vote through the online community, according to Shell.
"The response to this contest has been overwhelming. With more than 146,000 online votes cast, consumers across the U.S. wanted to get involved," Meg Kreutzer, category manager, fuels and forecourt marketing at Shell Oil Products US, said in a released statement. "Now that the votes are in, we couldn't be more excited for our grand prize winners who really know first-hand the 'power of Shell V-Power.'"
One sweepstakes winner, Charlie Smith from Lawrenceville, Ga., also was awarded the all-new 2010 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo motorcycle (valued at $16,299), Nov. 7, 2009, during the Stone Mountain Harley-Davidson dealership's 11th anniversary celebration.
"Charlie was speechless when he received the call that he was selected as the sweepstakes winner. His pure joy and excitement is a testament to the passionate nature of this contest," said Peggy O'Neil, retail marketing project manager, Harley-Davidson. "We welcome Charlie to the Harley-Davidson family, and we are grateful to Shell for making Charlie's dream of being a motorcycle owner become a reality."
Below is a list of the Shell V-Power "Fuel My Passion" Contest's grand-prize winners. All the runner-up finalists received a $250 Shell Gift Card that can be used on items including gasoline, car washes, repair service or food and drinks at any of the 14,000-plus Shell-branded stations coast-to-coast, the company reported.
-- Phil Roberts, Lexington, Ky.: This father of four showed his passion for his family by trading in his convertible for a modified van.
-- Donald Henkes, Humble, Texas: As a master mechanic for almost 30 years, Henkes knows to only put Shell V-Power in his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
-- Mike Newman, Kettering, Ohio: Newman will go out of his way to fill up with Shell gasoline -- the only brand that his vehicles have ever known.
-- Debra Nicholson, French Lick, Ind.: As part of her preventive maintenance practices, Nicholson only uses Shell V-Power to help keep her truck in top condition.
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-- Rob Krider, Fresno, Calif.: Krider and his Baja Bug recently won an endurance race from Long Beach, Calif., to Las Vegas, fuelled by Shell V-Power.
View more information about the Shell V-Power "Fuel My Passion" Contest & Sweepstakes, and the grand-prize winners here.
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