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The 2010 OPTIMA® Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational: First Finalists Revealed

The 2010 OPTIMA® Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational: First Finalists Revealed

OPTIMA’s invitation-only event to once again showcase the finest street machines in the world on the heels of SEMA 2010

October 5, 2010 (MILWAUKEE) – OPTIMA® Batteries announces the highly-anticipated first group of drivers and one-of-a-kind vehicles selected to participate in the 2010 OPTIMA Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational. The invitation-only event will take place on Saturday, November 6 – right on the heels of the leading specialty automotive trade event, the SEMA Show. Held at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada, this Invitational will challenge up to 50 of the finest street machines in the world, showcasing the quality, performance and talent of the country’s top builders, performance parts manufacturers and car owners.

“The OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) began as a small enthusiast event a few years ago as way to promote the street car enthusiast hobby by showcasing the finest vehicles, both import and domestic, cars and trucks, that use the best parts in a fun, yet competitive environment,” says Cam Douglass, OUSCI founder and director of product development and marketing for OPTIMA Batteries. “It’s been fun to see the industry get involved over the years, helping the Invitational grow into a world-class, internationally-publicized and unique event.”


For the first time this year, OPTIMA worked with several, existing regional race events to offer top contenders an opportunity to win a spot in the 2010 Invitational. The following list of entrants were invited during these 2010 qualifying events:


· Paul Arvid “Polly” Blytt ’86 Pontiac TransAm

· Tom Ciancitto ‘37 Ford Pick-up

· Brad Coomer ‘68 Mustang

· Tom Farrington ‘66 Chevelle

· Brian Finch ‘71 Camaro

· Kyle Newman ’57 Chevy 210 Wagon

· Brian Nutter ’02 Z06 Corvette

· Mark Stielow ‘69 Camaro

· Kyle Tucker ‘71 Camaro

· Telly Violetto ‘78 Trans Am

· Rob McGregor ‘55 F100

· Phil Gerber ’70 Chevelle


The spirit of the OPTIMA Invitational is unite the performance automotive aftermarket industry while exhibiting the true potential of the vehicles showcased at SEMA, proving they are built for speed and performance, not just for looking good on the show floor. While hundreds of car owners submitted entries in hopes of participating in this unique event, OPTIMA and its committee of automotive experts, including manufacturers, media, top builders and designers, continue to use strict criteria to select up to 50 finalists. The following represent this “spirit of the event” and have been selected to compete in this year’s event:

· Herb Adams ‘80 Camaro

· Bob Bertelson ‘72 Firebird

· Bruce Cambern ‘05 Ford GT

· Sean Dell ‘61 Mercedes

· Vaughn Gitten Jr. ‘69 Mustang

· Kendrick Gray Subaru Impreza

· Jim and Mike Ring ‘67 Mustang

· Dennis Linson ’62 Chevy II

Additional Invitational finalists will be announced in the coming weeks and a few invitations are being held to potentially be awarded during the 2010 SEMA Show. A committee made up of OPTIMA and industry representatives will walk the SEMA Show floor in Las Vegas, looking for the best of the best, across all vehicle segments. The final phases of the search will be promoted during the Show and will benefit the many vehicle teams who work on project builds right up to the final hours before the start of the show.

An OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational press conference will occur during the SEMA Show on Thursday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m. PT in the OPTIMA booth #23059 to reveal all final event announcements. For the current list of the OPTIMA Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational participants, the official rules and more information on the event, visit http://www.optimainvitational.com/

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