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And no, that is not a picture of the winner
JEGS did a summer long “Win This Car! Celebrating 50 Years” sweepstakes and a lucky winner has finally been chosen. JEGS gave away a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro sporting a nice yellow and black theme and it couldn’t have gone to a better customer. Gary Winkelman is a decorated sportsman drag racer and is currently 62 years old residing in New York. Randomly selected as the winner, it puts Winkelman behind the wheel of a muscle car for the first time in a dozen years.
There isn’t a huge story with Winkelman. He’s your normal car enthusiast that worked most of his life as an electrical engineer at Eastman Kodak. He’s been married for 41 years (we guess he deserves a free car just on the basis of that) and has two children and two grandchildren. Winkelman plans on picking up his new ride on July 28th at Jegs and to take a tour of the facility.
We have to wonder how long ago it had been since Winkelman even purchased anything from JEGS. What an interesting return on investment he got!
When the new Camaro came out, General Motors explained the very careful two-pronged approach for the car, with the high-volume V6 models appealing to lifestyle consumers, while the high-powered and more expensive V8 version selling to the limited enthusiast crowd. So imagine the surprise in the marketing and product planning departments upon learning that two out of three Camaros sold come equipped with a V8 engine.
GM even went to great lengths to make the V6 models attractive, equipping them with a 29 mpg highway rating, more than 300-hp and a starting price of just $23,530.
This news is a bit of a double-edged-sword for GM. The down side is that high sales of V8-powered SS models will hurt the company’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rating. The up-side, however, is that with V6 an V8 models costing almost the same to produce, the profit margins on SS models is much higher.