JC Whitney Launches Centennial "Jumpstart" Gallery: Designed to Help Bring Project Vehicles Back to Life

The Jumpstart Gallery is an exclusive forum for JC Whitney customers and fans to create a visual learning community about "Everything Automotive"

For a limited time, Jumpstart members will also get a 20% discount on auto parts

Aug 27, 2015, 08:00 ET from JC Whitney

LASALLE, Ill., Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- JC Whitney, the largest direct marketer of name-brand automotive parts and accessories, today announced the launch of a special Centennial Jumpstart Gallery designed to help give DIYers, enthusiasts and dreamers an opportunity to connect around their favorite topic: cars, and how to customize them. The Gallery is intended to be a visual learning and sharing community between experts, novices, and everyone who considers him/herself a motorhead.

"If you're looking for a place to help Jumpstart your project, this is it," said Shane Evangelist, CEO of JC Whitney. "If you want to share the knowledge you've gained, or just get ideas about the next great project car you take on, the JC Whitney Jumpstart Gallery is the perfect place for you to connect, learn, dream and share. We're so proud to have been a small part of millions of automotive dreams over 100 years, that we're also offering new Jumpstart members a 20% discount on their auto parts. Here's to the start of a million more DIY dreams, and a new generation of enthusiasts like Darrell Peters."

Jumpstart Gallery Story: 50 Years of Hot Rodding
The Jumpstart Gallery was ignited by a story from retired firefighter Darrell Peters for whom building and collecting project vehicles has been a lifelong passion.One of his favorite builds was a 1932 Ford Phaeton, one of only 2500 made. Peters used the JC Whitney catalogs to rebuild a Chevy 350 engine -- with gaskets, pistons and rings sourced from JC Whitney -- for the Phaeton. On the front end he installed a disc brake conversion, rack and pinion steering, and a modern suspension. More JC Whitney boxes came with shocks, brake calipers, bushings and tie rods. Forty-two years later, the Phaeton has a cushy life of car shows and occasional wedding/special event appearance. To read more about and see pictures of the Ford Phaeton, click here

How to Join Jumpstart
Got a story to tell about your own special build? Just submit a photo of you with your project vehicle and a brief story about why the project is important -- and how JC Whitney helped make it happen. It's not a contest, so if you haven't yet mastered the art of building a Ford Phaeton, don't worry! Jumpstart is about creating a community of pros like Darrell Peters, novices and dreamers. Just be 18 years-old or older and you will receive a special Centennial 20% discount (Maximum discount of $100. See terms and conditions) to "Jumpstart" your next project. Include your name and email address with your story.  

Submission link: http://100.jcwhitney.com/our-heritage/jumpstart/

About JC Whitney
Established in 1915, JC Whitney & Co. is the largest 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 providing customers the parts they need at the most competitive prices, along with the highest levels of customer service, fast and low cost shipping and convenient returns. 

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Contact: For a list of scheduled media events, to share your JC Whitney memories and to set up interviews contact:

Melanie Webber, mWEBB Communications, Melanie@mwebbcom.com (424) 603-4340
Elizabeth Johnson, mWEBB Communications, Elizabeth@mwebbcom.com (213) 713-4865