SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alan Nappi’s children fight over who will someday assume ownership of his beautifully maintained 1967 Oldsmobile 442. Now they might have to contend with thousands of other muscle car enthusiasts, as Nappi’s flawless coupe has claimed the grand prize in the 2016 “King of the Road” contest from Federal-Mogul Motorparts.
Nappi’s Olds outperformed more than 550 other King of the Road entrants in the popular online contest, which garnered more than 83,000 votes on the www.fmcarshow.com website. The owner, a retired auto parts counterperson and New York City fireman residing in Merrick, N.Y., will receive the $5,000 (USD) King of the Road grand prize in addition to the $500 (USD) he already received for winning one of the contest’s 10 weekly rounds.
The King of the Road contest encourages enthusiasts to showcase their daily rides, hot rods and/or custom vehicles through photos and stories shared at www.FMcarshow.com and via social media. Participants also have the opportunity to demonstrate how they utilize Federal-Mogul Motorparts products – including ANCO® wipers; Champion® spark plugs, filters and wipers; Fel-Pro® gaskets; MOOG® steering and suspension; National® bearings and seals; Sealed Power® and Speed-Pro® engine parts; and Wagner® brake products and lighting – to help ensure superior vehicle safety, performance and reliability. Federal-Mogul Motorparts is a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FDML).
Nappi purchased his 442 – the name signifies the vehicle’s four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission and dual exhaust – as a 16-year-old in 1971. “It didn’t matter that I couldn’t drive a four-speed – I would learn!” he said. “My mom wasn’t very happy that my dad let me buy it, but in the years since she saw how it brought our family together – especially as she watched her grandchildren gather around and ask for rides.”
The Olds came factory-equipped with air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows, AM/FM radio, power antenna and even a rear defroster. Over the years Nappi has invested in custom chrome, pin striping, powder coating and new paint, all of which “have made her even more special,” he said, adding that the car is equipped with a full complement of ANCO, Champion, Fel-Pro, MOOG, and Wagner parts.
“The King of the Road contest celebrates the continued vitality of the North American car culture,” said Dana Bubonovich, manager of social media and digital promotions for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Alan’s 442, like those of many of this year’s entrants, is much more than a car. It is a family heirloom.”
Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FDML) is a leading global supplier of products and services to the world’s manufacturers and servicers of vehicles and equipment in the automotive, light, medium and heavy-duty commercial, marine, rail, aerospace, power generation and industrial markets. The company’s products and services enable improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and enhanced vehicle safety.
Federal-Mogul operates two independent business divisions, each with a chief executive officer reporting to Federal-Mogul’s Board of Directors.
Federal-Mogul Motorparts sells and distributes a broad portfolio of products through more than 20 of the world’s most recognized brands in the global vehicle aftermarket, while also serving original equipment vehicle manufacturers with products including braking, wipers and a range of chassis components. The company’s aftermarket brands include ANCO® wipers; BERU®* ignition systems; Champion® lighting, spark plugs, wipers and filters; Interfil® filters; AE®, Fel-Pro®, FP Diesel®, Goetze®, Glyco®, Nüral®, Payen® and Sealed Power® engine products; MOOG® chassis components; and Ferodo®, Jurid® and Wagner® brake products and lighting.
Federal-Mogul Powertrain designs and manufactures original equipment powertrain components and systems protection products for automotive, heavy-duty, industrial and transport applications.
Federal-Mogul was founded in Detroit in 1899 and maintains its worldwide headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. The company employs nearly 50,000 in 34 countries. For more information, please visit www.FMMotorparts.com.
*BERU is a registered trademark of BorgWarner Ludwigsburg GmbH
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