JC Whitney Centennial Sweepstakes Winner Picks 2015 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew 4X4; Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Charity Auction Set for Mecum on November 14th

Tara Horton from Clearwater, Florida awarded custom Ford F-150 at special event at SEMA Ignited; Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon to be auctioned to benefit United Way Veterans Programs and the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts

Nov 11, 2015, 08:00 ET from JC Whitney

LASALLE, Ill., Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- JC Whitney presented a customized 2015 Ford F-­150 XLT SuperCrew 4X4 to Tara Horton of Clearwater, Florida.  Tara Horton had the choice of the Ford F-150 or a customized Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, both of which were on display all week at SEMA. On November 14th, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon will be auctioned at Mecum Auctions at Lot S45 at the Anaheim Convention Center, with net proceeds benefitting United Way Veterans Programs and Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts.

"Congratulations to Tara, and to all of JC Whitney Centennial Sweepstakes prize winners," said Shane Evangelist, U.S. Auto Parts' Chief Executive Officer. "Out of more than 68,000 entries, you made it to SEMA Ignited in Las Vegas, and had a very special hand in helping us celebrate our 100th Anniversary."  

The runners up, Alina P. from Ann Arbor, Michigan and Brian J. from Worthington, Texas, were each given a $2,000 gift certificate to www.jcwhitney.com.  All finalists were flown to Las Vegas and took part in a special presentation during SEMA Ignited, the SEMA Show After-Party. The three fans were there to help SEMA Ignited host Dennis Pittsenbarger, Shane Evangelist and US Auto Parts' Vice President Tony Savasta celebrate with a moving "100 Years of Everything Automotive" tribute to founding father and Automotive Hall of Famer Roy Warshawsky, before the drawing was held.

"I definitely always shop for parts on JC Whitney," said Tara. "I'm just ecstatic, speechless...and so grateful to JC Whitney for making this happen. As great as the Jeep was, I chose the Ford because I want a capable truck with a special style – and our family could use a truck in our day-to-day life."

Both vehicles were the focus of an interesting experiment: for every auto enthusiast and hobbyist that entered the sweepstakes, the custom build from OC Motorsports got better – and there were over 68,000 entries. The result? Two amazing, very custom and very valuable creations that included parts from the very best suppliers, including: 

  • K&N Cold Air Intakes
  • Flowmaster CatBack Exhausts
  • Powerstop Four Wheel Brake Kits
  • Curt Towing Components
  • Rancho Lift Kits and Shocks
  • B&M Shifter/Transmission Components
  • Covercraft Interior Accessories
  • Bestop Jeep Top and Accessories
  • Lund Truck Accessories
  • Bushwacker Fender Flares
  • Westin Exterior Accessories
  • Yukon Gear Driveline Components

About United Way LA

United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways out of poverty by helping homeless people move into housing, providing students with the support they need to graduate high school prepared for college and the workforce, and helping hard-­working families become financially stable. United Way identifies the root causes of poverty and works strategically to solve them by building alliances across all sectors, funding targeted programs and advocating for change. For more information, visit www.unitedwayla.org.

About Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts

The AXC program was developed in collaboration with automotive business owners and classic car enthusiasts based in the Inland Valley outside of Los Angeles. During the two-­year program, high school students explore automotive concepts and build skills in basic mechanics, diagnostics and service, auto body, metal fabrication and restoration. The program is designed to prepare students for continued study in college and the workplace. The program is funded through the generous support of private donors and sustaining partners. For more information, visit http://www.tlcfairplex.org/ctec/career-tracks/automotive.

About JC Whitney

Established in 1915, Whitney Automotive Group, Inc., formerly JC Whitney & Co. ("JC Whitney"), is a leading direct marketer of name-­brand automotive parts and accessories, providing "everything automotive" with more than 6 million automotive applications from the latest model year back to the 1920s, and over 1.2 million parts for over 25 million different vehicles. Backed by 100 years of  hands-­on, expert customer service, JC Whitney offers products for virtually any vehicle — automobiles, trucks, jeeps, modern muscle, motorcycles, and more — through its comprehensive family of general and vehicle­-specific catalogs and www.jcwhitney.com. The company is dedicated to providing customers the parts they need at some of the most competitive prices, along with high levels of customer service, fast and low cost shipping and convenient returns.  JC Whitney is a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.

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