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Hurst Custom Dodge Charger Auctioned on eBay
Hurst, Street Scene Equipment, Dodge and SEMA teamed up to build a pair of custom Dodges—a Charger sedan and an Avenger coupe—to benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Charger sold for $45,001, and the Avenger brought in $21,605. Both sums will benefit the fund.
Each year, the SMSF distributes between $100,000 and $150,000 in scholarships to deserving students who plan to pursue careers in the automotive industry. The distributions include awards for vocational schools and two-year, four-year and post-graduate work, with a percentage designated for the families of employees of SEMA-member companies. There is also a Loan Forgiveness Program to help repay student loans for employees of SEMA-member firms. This year, two eBay auctions contributed a record-breaking amount to the SMSF.
With the participation of SEMA-member parts manufacturers as well as Dodge, the fund this year benefitted from eBay auctions of a modified Dodge Charger and Dodge Avenger.
The Avenger features best-in-class V6 fuel economy (19/29 mpg) and is one of the most affordable V6 midsize sedans available today. The Charger features all-new modern heritage-inspired design and a best-in-class combination of power and fuel efficiency from its 5.7L V8 Hemi, which boasts 370 horsepower while achieving 16/25mpg fuel efficiency. The Charger was built in the Hurst/Aria facility, with Aria serving as the design engineers and artists for both vehicles.
The Charger sold for $45,001 and will be the only Charger that Hurst will customize this year. The vehicle features a custom paint scheme by Aria, Hurst wheels and tires, a Katzkin Leather interior with red and black Hurst logos in the headrests, an Eibach suspension setup, a Flowmaster exhaust, a Hurst shifter and badges for the interior and exterior, Hurst floor mats from Star West and a Grant steering wheel.
The Avenger sold for $21,605 and was built by Mike Spagnola at Street Scene Equipment. It features a custom paint scheme by Aria, a Street Scene Speed Grille, Nitto tires, Lorenzo wheels, embroidered Hurst-logo headrests and Star West mats with a Hurst logo design.
“Dodge, Hurst, Street Scene Equipment, eBay and the other sponsors provided their products and services at no charge,” said Joel Ayres, chairman of the SEMA Scholarship Committee. “That means 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to the fund. Those contributions will go a long way toward helping deserving students to achieve their goal of working in the automotive and specialty-equipment industries. All of the participating companies deserve our thanks and the recognition that they are helping to build our future.”
Visit here for more information about the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. Encourage qualifying students to apply for a SEMA scholarship. Applications went live December 1.
Fully Equipped Small-Block Ford Engine Benefits Scholarship Fund
A special engine built by the legendary Ed Pink using only premium-quality high-performance components from leading manu-facturers in the automotive after-market was also recently auctioned to benefit the fund. Pink is shown here checking the plugs for the one-off powerplant.
This is not your ordinary crate engine, as absolutely no factory-stock parts were employed. The engine was based on the popular small-block Ford design, and a roster of the components includes:
- Dart 302 Ford block and Pro 1 aluminum cylinder heads
- COMP Cams hydraulic roller camshaft, lifters and valvetrain components
- Scat 4340 forged-steel crankshaft and H-beam connecting rods
- ARP chrome-moly head and main studs, rod bolts and polished
- Milodon oil pan, oil pump, drive and dipstick
- ATI Super Damper and flex plate
- Crane Cams distributor, coil and ignition box
- Moroso “Blue Max” sparkplug wires, separators and hold-down
- Fel-Pro high-performance gaskets
- Champion sparkplugs
- Edelbrock intake manifold, carburetor, valve covers, water pump and air cleaner
- Speed Pro bearings
- Joe Gibbs Driven lubricants
- Manley Performance valves and pushrods
- Powermaster alternator and starter
- Mahle pistons
- Total Seal piston rings
- Hedman Exhaust headers
The engine, meticulously blueprinted and assembled by “The Old Master” and technicians at Ed Pink Racing Engines, produced 404 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 403 lbs-ft of torque on the dyno under SAE testing parameters.