If you have been to a farm show or field day in the past 9 months, chances are you saw the Beck’s Hybrids 2012 Limited Edition Camaro Panther™ that was being raffled off for charity. The winner of that very special vehicle was announced at Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Logan Harding is 18 years old and from Tell City, IN. He graduated from high school, was awarded a scholarship to Purdue, and won the Beck’s Camaro all in one week. Sonny Beck awarded Harding the key during a special ceremony in Victory Lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “This is the kind of thing you see on television happening to other people,” Harding said. In total, there were over 79,000 entries, but the winning ticket was purchased by Harding at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville in February. Harding plans to attend Purdue in the fall, but will leave the car at home. “When I first found out I won, I could not believe it,” said Harding. “I really like nice cars and anytime I see one being given away, especially for a great cause, I sign up to win. But I never thought I would actually win the Camaro Panther. I plan on keeping the car and driving it around when the weather is nice.”
Becks VP Scott Beck said he would not be more pleased with the winner, “With the support of people like Logan, we were able to reach our goal of raising more than $100,000 for the We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund through the Sweepstakes. We want to thank farmers, car enthusiasts, and the agricultural community for their support. Without them, this wouldn’t have been possible.” Harding was the valedictorian of his high school class and plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering at Purdue and “help my dad on the farm.”
The promotion raised money for We Care for Orphans, a charity that is very special to the Beck family. “After experiencing the adoption process first-hand, our family wanted to help as many families as possible make their adoption a reality,” said Shantel Beck, founder of We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund. “We’ve been able to help unite 76 orphans from 13 countries with adoptive families. The joint effort between Beck’s Hybrids and We Care for Orphans has been an incredible, life-changing journey for many families.” During the presentation, Scott Beck announced that Beck’s Hybrids has donated an additional $50,000 to We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund. This donation, plus another $6,800 received for the charity outside of the Sweepstakes, brings the grand total to $156,841. In addition, Beck revealed a new program for next year. Beck’s Hybrids will match every dollar donated to the We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund through May 2014.
Painted black with gold accents, the Camaro Panther that Harding will receive is the number one car out of only 100 Panthers produced in the 600 horsepower class. Customized by SLP®, a company that produces quality performance parts, the supercharged Panther is a convertible and has a 6.2 liter, 427 cubic inch engine with aluminum short block and heads.