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    Texaco Launches Car of the Decades Contest

    Virtual auto show celebrates the history of the automobile and their fans.

    SAN RAMON, Calif. -- Chevron Corp.'s Global Marketing division unveiled Texaco's Car of the Decades contest, which celebrates cars and the people who have a passion for them. The contest consists of a virtual auto show where visitors decide the best cars from each decade in the 20th century to the present.

    "Many people share a passion for automobiles and the rich tradition and heritage they have in American culture," Danny Roden, vice president of North America marketing for Chevron, said in a written statement. "The Car of the Decades contest celebrates the automobiles Texaco has serviced for eleven decades and the people who love them, providing an online forum for enthusiasts plus a chance at an opportunity to attend the launch of the 2008 Texaco racing season in Daytona in 2008."

    The Car of the Decades submission process -- which concludes Sept. 3 – allows auto enthusiasts to register online at www.texacocarofthedecades.com, allowing participants to enter their favorite car. By registering online, enthusiasts and car owners can also gain a chance to win the grand prize package, which features VIP treatment at the launch of the 2008 racing season at Daytona; a tour of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline garage and the pit; and a chance to meet driver Juan Pablo Montoya. Other potential prizes include customized and framed drawings of the winning cars by automotive artist Dwayne Vance as well as Texaco Gift Cards.

    From Sept. 4 through Oct. 4, visitors can go online to view, vote and comment on the eleven decades -- from 1900 to 2000 -- of cars to help decide the winners. Once all votes are tallied and a each decades' winner is announced, an expert panel of judges, including editors of Automobile and Hot Rod, will determine the winner of the Editor's Choice award, to be announced Oct. 19.

    The Editor's Choice award consists of the grand-prize package, which includes two VIP passes to the Daytona, Fla., race, roundtrip airfare, lodging, transportation, $500 spending money, a full-sized customized framed color painting of the winning car by artist Dwayne Vance and a $500 Texaco Gift Card.

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