Neil Wedeking of Marble Rock, Iowa's Challenger

Neil Wedeking of Marble Rock, Iowa’s ‘CUDA

  • The Mopar ‘Top Eliminator’ program recognizes the most skilled Mopar enthusiasts and their modified Mopar vehicles
  • ‘Top Eliminator’ winners will also be picked at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, Pa., and via an online competition
  • Mopar ‘Top Eliminator’ winners will have their vehicles showcased in the Mopar display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas later this year

June 8, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Neil Wedeking of Marble Rock, Iowa, was named the second 2012 Mopar “Top Eliminator” winner for his 1970 Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda during the 28th Annual Midwest Mopars in the Park car show in Farmington, Minn., on June 2–3. Wedeking’s car was chosen from the more than 1,200 Mopar vehicles on display at the event.

Neil Wedeking of Marble Rock, Iowa's Challenger

Neil Wedeking of Marble Rock, Iowa’s ‘CUDA

In recognition of being named a Mopar “Top Eliminator,” Wedeking will have his car showcased in the Mopar display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Oct. 30–Nov. 2, 2012.

“Congratulations to Neil Wedeking on being honored as the second 2012 Mopar ‘Top Eliminator’ winner. As with previous ‘Top Eliminator’ winners, Neil possesses an extraordinary passion and dedication for the Mopar brand. His beautiful ‘Panther Pink’ AAR ‘Cuda will be a most welcome addition to our Mopar display at SEMA.”

-Pietro Gorlier

President and CEO of Mopar

The Mopar “Top Eliminator” program, now in its sixth year, shines a light on passionate Mopar enthusiasts who display unmatched skill in modifying or customizing a classic or modern-day Mopar vehicle. Mopar “Top Eliminator” candidates are judged on a number of criteria, including Mopar content, overall appearance and additional benchmarks.

Wedeking spent five painstaking years restoring his “Panther Pink” 1970 AAR ‘Cuda. “I’m very happy to be picked as the Mopar ‘Top Eliminator’ winner at this show and for having the opportunity to show the car in the Mopar display at SEMA,” said Wedeking. “Many hours and years of love we’re put into the car. It’s a heck of a big honor, and I’m very enthusiastic about being chosen. We’re really looking forward to the SEMA show.”

Wedeking’s 1970 AAR ‘Cuda features a four-speed transmission, Mopar 340 six-barrel engine and stunning FM3 “Panther Pink” paint. Wedeking utilized many New Old Stock (NOS) Mopar parts during the restoration process, including the steering wheel, four-speed handle, mirrors, headlamps, shock absorbers, grille bezels and ‘Cuda emblems. The tires on the ‘Cuda are also time-era correct.

Neil Wedeking of Marble Rock, Iowa's Challenger

Neil Wedeking of Marble Rock, Iowa’s ‘CUDA

“I’ve had the car for 15 years,” said Wedeking. “We spent five years putting it back together, and have been showing it for the last ten years. It was originally going to be ‘parted out’ (used for spare parts), but we decided it was too nice of a car and it needed to be put back together.”

The third 2012 Mopar “Top Eliminator” winner will be chosen at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, Pa., July 6–8. The fourth and final Mopar “Top Eliminator” will be picked via an online competition. Tom Ledoux of Pearland, Texas was named the first 2012 Mopar “Top Eliminator” for his modified 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8® at the Seventh Annual Spring Festival of LXs in Irvine, Calif., held on Saturday, March 24.

Further details of the online competition will be revealed later in the year on Mopar‘s Facebook page,, and on Mopar‘s Twitter handle, @OfficialMopar. Twitter users can follow the hashtag #TopElim for program updates. To see photos of Mopar “Top Eliminator” winner Neil Wedeking and his 1970 AAR ‘Cuda, visit

Mopar-First Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

  • Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
  • Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
  • Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
  • Wireless charging: first to introduce in-vehicle wireless charging for portable devices
  • Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
  • 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
  • Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
  • WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand

Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes 280,000 parts and accessories. With the creation of the Chrysler Group and Fiat SpA partnership, Mopar is extending its global reach, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Combined with Fiat SpA, Mopar‘s global portfolio includes more than 500,000 parts and accessories which are distributed in more than 120 countries. Mopar is the source for all genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group and Fiat SpA brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and Fiat SpAvehicles — a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at

Neil Wedeking of Marble Rock, Iowa's Challenger

Neil Wedeking of Marble Rock, Iowa’s ‘CUDA

75 Years of Mopar

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for antifreeze product in 1937. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s — the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use. The brand has expanded to include technical service and customer


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