HOUSTON, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Automotive enthusiasts from across the country submitted entries to the Shell V-Power ® " Ultimate Enthusiast" Contest this summer, sharing their compelling stories behind their love of all things automotive. After carefully reviewing the entries, a judging panel made up of top automotive experts selected three finalists whose entries best exemplified the qualities of an Ultimate Enthusiast: Josh Seely of Haze, Ark., David Taube of Eugene, Ore., and Ronald Varley of St. Louis, Mo.
"While all of our Ultimate Enthusiast entrants impressed us with their passion for automotives, these three finalists stood out for their originality and unique journey to becoming an automotive enthusiast," said Elizabeth Hudson, US Fuels Category Manager at Shell Oil Products US. "We're thrilled to recognize these enthusiasts by providing all of them with a year's worth of Shell V-Power – our best, most technically advanced gasoline – and a VIP automotive experience at Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction."
In his entry, Seely impressed the judges with his passion for automobiles from a young age, stripping and restoring a car at just 15 years old. He also still owns his first car and has restored it twice. "Holding on to your first car in these tough economic times when everyone is looking to trade in or upgrade is a huge accomplishment for any auto enthusiast," said Roger Penske, an Ultimate Enthusiast judge and founder and chairman of Penske Corporation. "Finding the time to restore that car more than once is even more impressive!"
Taube's formula for driving excitement is cruising Route 66 in his 1956 Oldsmobile Holiday Sedan from Chicago to California while attending baseball games and local events along the way struck the judges as the ultimate adventure. "Driving Route 66 in a vintage car - now that is the Ultimate Enthusiast adventure," said Eddie Alterman, an Ultimate Enthusiast judge and editor-in-chief of Car and Driver. "What a wonderful way to make amazing memories."Taking a creative approach to his entry, Varley explained why he is the Ultimate Enthusiast by creating a patient record, complete with a doctor's note outlining his addiction to all things automotive. His prognosis was deemed "incurable." "Ronald's entry was unique and creative," said Penske. "I've never seen someone describe their love for an automobile in terms of a patient record – but his prognosis is certainly a compelling case!"