Farmington Hills, Mich.—Jim Pickles, a technician at J and J Automotive, Inc. in Rhinebeck, N.Y., was the grand prize winner of the 2019 MAHLE “Drive with the Original” promotion. He was awarded a Petty’s Garage supercharged Dodge Challenger on the first day of this year’s AAPEX in Las Vegas.
Motorsports legend Richard Petty was on hand to present each of the four finalists with the opportunity to draw a key fob from his signature Charlie One Horse cowboy hat – one of which unlocked the doors of the 1,100-horsepower Challenger.
“I was on pins and needles when it was my turn to pick the fob from Richard Petty’s hat,” Pickles said. “When I approached the car and pressed down on the fob, I never believed it would actually work. I’ve never won anything like this in my life!”
“On behalf of the entire MAHLE family, I want to congratulate Jim for being the grand prize winner of this awesome car,” said Jon Douglas, president, MAHLE Aftermarket North America. “I had the opportunity to drive this machine, and I didn’t want to get out. We also want to thank the other three finalists, as well as the thousands of technicians around the country, for supporting the ‘Drive With the Original’ promotion and placing their trust in the MAHLE brand.”
The four finalists were randomly selected from entries submitted since the launch of the promotion earlier this year in March.
The four finalists each received a trip to Las Vegas to participate in the special grand prize ceremony held at the MAHLE Aftermarket exhibit on the opening day of AAPEX 2019.