Valvoline is the official sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports, and as such they’ve teamed up with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson to celebrate 140 years of reinventing motor oil, by reinventing two classic Chevrolet trucks.
After several weeks of collaborating with Valvoline and Hendricks Motorsports, their models are revealed.
In a nod to his birth year, Earnhardt Jr. selected a 1974 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super 10 pickup. The top-of-the-line truck came from an owner in Kansas with just 21,000 miles on the odometer. Its 350 V8 engine and 3-speed automatic transmission were upgraded to a Chevy LS3 V8 – a powerful motor – with 480 horsepower and 4-speed automatic transmission, respectively.
Johnson’s 1955 Chevrolet truck is a true original, coming from its first and only owner in Georgia where it served as a trusty farm truck, equipped with a straight 6 cylinder, 3-speed manual transmission. The selection showcases Johnson’s deep appreciation for the styling and lines of early 1950s trucks. Engine upgrades include a Chevy LS3 V8 with 480 horsepower and a rhino-lined engine compartment.
Both trucks were then put to the test in a final performance test drive, NASCAR style. Completing an autocross challenge, smoking burn out show, and drag race, fans are then invited to submit their favorite reinvented models to Valvoline’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/valvoline).
To see Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson go head to head with their trucks, and to find out more about the Valvoline Reinvention Project, visit www.ReinventionProject.com.