Copart is offering talented wrench-turners the chance to win $2,000 in a competition to find the most impressive project car. 

Here’s how it works: starting July 6th, Copart members (anyone can sign up for free), can submit their projects for consideration in an online form, including single before-and-after pictures, plus a brief description of the rebuild process and how it relates to Copart. It doesn’t matter if it’s fix-up, rebuild, or custom job – any project car, from the most minor touchup to the biggest restoration, is invited to participate.

Once the entries are in, an expert panel of judges from Copart will pick 10 finalists based on the submitted pictures and descriptions. The top three projects will then be chosen via a public vote. 

Third place nets a free year of premier Copart membership (a $200 value) or an equivalent payout if the winner is already a premier member. Second place gets $500. The ultimate winner gets the grand prize of $2,000, which should go a long way toward funding whatever project is lined up next.

Copart will also offer weekly prizes of $100 via its social sweepstakes. Interested parties are encouraged to follow Copart’s Twitter and Instagram accounts and give a Like on Facebook, as further information on how to participate is forthcoming.

Copart is an online auto auction house that serves a global community with the means to bid and buy vehicles via their computers or mobile devices. Copart has a rolling inventory of over 75,000 vehicles available for salvage, normal use or specialty and project cars. 

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Why it matters

While clearly a bid to gain more members, this online contest still provides enthusiasts with the means to not only show off their handiwork, but also feed the passion with a fresh infusion of funds.

I like stuff like this because it raises visibility for those individuals who actually put the time in to do it themselves.

And at the end of the day, there’s not much to lose – registration is free, so all you gotta do is spend your time uploading the pics and description and hope that the folks making the votes think your project is as awesome as you do.

What’s more, I like stuff like this because it raises visibility for those individuals who actually put the time in to do it themselves. Too often, the emphasis is on chucking the old in favor of the new, which is a mentality that neglects the inherent goodness a vehicle has in the first place.

Sure, getting the latest and greatest is nice, but bringing a car back from the dead, or restoring it to it’s former glory – hell, even just changing your own oil, rotating your tires and adding a custom intake is reason to be proud.

So then – that rattle that’s been annoying you on the way to work? That Mustang you just know you could take to the drag strip with a little more traction? That old beater that’s been growing weeds on blocks? Grab the tools and get to work. Who knows – you might even profit from it.

Source: Copart

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