HOUSTON, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- From meeting the in-laws for the first time, finding your future spouse or simply reconnecting with old friends, the Shell "Favorite Road Trip" Sweepstakes offered Americans the opportunity to relive their favorite road trip memories for a chance to win a year's worth of free fuel.* From June 27 through September 5, 2011, thousands of motorists from across the country entered the Shell "Favorite Road Trip" Sweepstakes by simply sharing their favorite stories or memories while on the road.
The road trip is a quintessential American pastime, but some stories highlight how the road trip is more than just packing and fueling up the car to visit a specific destination – it's about making the most memorable moments while you're on the road. Meghan S., from Bardstown, Ky., described her favorite summer journey as "A-MAZING! Meeting the in-laws for the first time is scary. Driving 600 miles to meet them? Even, scarier. Turns out, the ride there with my husband was the best part. We ate, sang, argued (and then made up)." Now that's a great way to experience the open road.
Kristen R., from Valley, Ala., had a favorite road trip that was life changing: "On August 3, 2009, I spoke to a friend that I hadn't seen in years. He was in Nashville on a job. The next morning I drove the 439 mile trip to see him from West Virginia. It was the best trip I ever took. Nine months later we married."
"The Shell 'Favorite Road Trip' Sweepstakes celebrates the journeys and the drivers who have built lasting memories on the road," says Gerardo Amado, Fuel Category Manager at Shell Oil Products, US. "At Shell we know drivers depend on their vehicles to take these adventures without a hitch. By filling-up with Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, you can keep your vehicle performing at its best so you can focus on what's important to you."
Corrie G., from Jacksonville, Ark., fondly remembers her favorite road trip as a time when she reconnected with a friend. "Recently my best friend moved from Arkansas to Illinois. On a girls night out, another friend and I couldn't help but wonder how Amy was doing that night; and how much more fun we would be having if she were with us. We decided to find out ... In person!!"
For more information on the Shell "Favorite Road Trip" Sweepstakes and winners list, visit www.shell.us/roadtrip. For a chance to win more great prizes, find us on Facebook at Shell on the Road US. For tips on driving smarter, visit www.shell.us/smarterdriving.
* For the purposes of this Prize, "Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasoline for one year" is calculated as the average consumer's yearly gasoline consumption of 566 gallons (4.1 Fuel Purchases per Month x 11.5 Gallons of Gasoline per Purchase x 12 Months) at an average present-day cost of $3.781 / gallon (consistent with the U.S. Department of Energy statistics for regular grade gasoline as of 06/06/11 (566 x $3.781 = $2,140). Fluctuations in gasoline prices after this date will not affect calculation of the prize amount.
Shell Oil Products US, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, is a leader in the refining, transportation and marketing of fuels, and has a network of approximately 6,100 branded gasoline stations in the Western United States. Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Shell Group [(NYSE: RDS.A) and (NYSE: RDS.B)]. Shell Oil Company is a 50 percent owner of Motiva Enterprises LLC, along with Saudi Refining, Inc. Motiva Enterprises LLC refines and markets branded products through approximately 8,200 Shell-branded stations in the Eastern and Southern United States.
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