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  • The Mopar® ‘Top Eliminator’ program recognizes the most skilled Mopar enthusiasts and their modified Mopar vehicles
  • Fan voting for 10 finalists in ‘Top Eliminator’ online competition runs from Oct. 15–21
  • Mopar ‘Top Eliminator’ online winner to be announced Oct. 22

October 16, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – With nearly 80 entries submitted for the first-ever online version of the widely popular Mopar® “Top Eliminator” program, Mopar officials have selected 10 finalists, which will be narrowed down by fan voting to one lucky winner. Fan voting opened on Monday, Oct. 15, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 21, with the winner set to be announced on Monday, Oct. 22.

Mopar enthusiasts submitted entries for the Mopar “Top Eliminator” online competition earlier this month by uploading photos of their classic or modern-day Mopar vehicles to the Mopar Facebook page, located Each entrant also provided a brief background story about their vehicle, along with details on any modifications made to their ride utilizing Mopar parts or accessories.

“It was a hard task to select 10 finalists for the Mopar ‘Top Eliminator’ online competition, as there were many entries that demonstrated the deep passion Mopar owners have for their vehicles. We look forward to adding another name to the prestigious list of past Mopar ‘Top Eliminator’ winners, and invite all Mopar enthusiasts to cast their vote online at our Mopar Facebook page.”

-Tricia Hecker


Mopar Service & Parts Marketing

  • Joshua Brack of Ozark, Mo., 2000 Dodge Dakota R/T
  • Chris Jackson of Russiaville, Ind., 2010 Dodge Challenger
  • Earl Heseman of Stockton, Calif., 1964 Dodge 440
  • Shawn Kaufman of West Palm Beach, Fla., 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic
  • Jess Neal of Colorado Springs, Colo., 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda
  • Jon Priess of Elko, Nev., 1971 Dodge Charger R/T
  • Duane Reimer of Casper, Wyo., 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
  • Scott Shanks of Gardner, Kan., 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T convertible
  • Miguel Torres of Bakersfield, Calif., 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT
  • Larry White of Huntington Beach, Calif., 1960 Dodge D100 Sweptline Powergiant

The long-running Mopar “Top Eliminator” program shines a light on passionate and dedicated Mopar enthusiasts who display unmatched skill in modifying or preserving a classic or modern-day Mopar vehicle. A total of three Mopar “Top Eliminator” winners have been chosen this year at Mopar event-based car shows.

Tom Ledoux of Pearland, Texas, was chosen as the first 2012 Mopar “Top Eliminator” winner for his modified 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8® during the Seventh Annual Spring Festival of LXs in Irvine, Calif. Neil Wedeking of Marble Rock, Iowa, was named the second Mopar “Top Eliminator” winner of the year for his 1970 Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda during the 28th Annual Midwest Mopars in the Park car show in Farmington, Minn. Rich Gengo of Piscataway, N.J., was named the third Mopar “Top Eliminator” winner of 2012 for his 1951 Dodge pickup truck at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, Pa., July 6–8.

Mopar “Top Eliminator” candidates are judged on a number of criteria, including Mopar content, overall appearance, along with the story behind the build and additional benchmarks. The online Mopar “Top Eliminator” winner will receive the exclusive Mopar “Top Eliminator” trophy.

To vote in the Mopar “Top Eliminator” online competition, visit the Mopar Facebook page, and click on the Mopar “Top Eliminator” voting tab. Mopar “Top Eliminator” updates are also available on Twitter, @OfficialMopar. Twitter users can follow the hashtag #TopElim for program updates.

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

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 support.

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