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By VINCE LUECKE
TELL CITY – Logan Harding should be excused if he feels like he has the world at his feet. He just graduated high school – as one of his class’ valedictorians, nonetheless – and is set to study mechanical engineering at Purdue University. He also just won a brand-new 600-hp convertible.
Harding, 18, and a Perry Central grad, won a 2012 limited edition Camaro Panther in a drawing sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids, a national seed company based in Indiana.
He purchased 20 tickets for $20 at the National Farm Machinery Show Feb. 16 and learned a week or so before graduation he was the lucky winner. He picked up the car May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He didn’t get to drive the black convertible on the famed track but he’s proud of the car and the cause that he and his family supported that won him the slick set of wheels.
The car was awarded through Beck’s We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund Sweepstakes, a project that raises money for adoptions of orphans.
“What an amazing way for Logan to commemorate his high-school graduation,” said Scott Beck, vice president of Beck’s Hybrids. “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.”
At the Harding home, the Camaro rests in the garage next to the Ford Mustang that is his everyday car.
Painted black with gold accents, the Camaro Panther that Harding received is the No. 1 car out of only 100 Panthers produced in the 600-horsepower class.
He started it up for a photograph Friday and it emitted a deep rumble.
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.
A Beck’s representative called the Hardings’ phone in mid-May but never left a message. Logan received an e-mail the following day. After a bit of phone tag, Logan learned he was the winner, after confirming that he was 18 years old.
“When I first found out I won, I could not believe it,” he said. “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.”
He plans to keep the car but will drive the Mustang to Purdue when classes begin this fall. For more information about the We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund, visit www.wecarefor orphans fund.org.