’06 Custom Charger

2008 LX & Beyond Nats Extreme Makeover

Extreme makeover contest winner Brad Cotterman and his wife, Annette, and their made-over ’06 Charger SRT8.

The 2008 LX & Beyond Nationals, held in Columbus, Ohio was the first installment of what is a good bet to become a regular event for Modern Mopar enthusiasts. The event’s co-founders, Anthony Carter and Chuck Green, rallied the support of over 40 sponsors from across the inaugural event happen. There are no ‘Cudas, Road Runners, Dusters or GTXs at this event. It’s just for the late-model stuff. The event features a car show, Quick-16 Racing, V6 & 5.7 Hemi Class bracket racing, 6.1 Hemi Class bracket racing, and an Extreme Makeover Contest, which we talk about here.

The makeover team led by Bill Cochrane of C3 Motorsports and TommyZ of TommyZ Design, held a contest prior to the LX Nats, enticing owners, family members and friends to write a brief letter explaining why they or someone they know deserved to have their vehicle receive a makeover. Letters poured in from all over the country from enthusiasts wanting the more than $22,000 grand prize in parts and labor. The winner turned out to be Brad Cotterman, the owner of a 2006 Brilliant Black Dodge Charger SRT8 in Lima, Ohio.

Brad’s wife, Annette, had been diagnosed with a rare condition called Susac Syndrome which causes a person to lose their vision. At the time she was diagnosed, she was attending school to become a dental hygienist but had to put her plans on hold to address the rapidly worsening condition. Brad had to take over the sole responsibility of providing for his family. Modifying their Charger wasn’t high on the list of the family budget. Brad originally had no plans of entering the contest, but his wife encouraged him to enter.

The massive makeover package included all of the following items which were installed at Mike Ward Racing in Columbus, Ohio through the collaborative efforts of C3 Motorsports, Modern Horsepower and ACG Motorsports: Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires, TIS 07 chrome wheels, American Racing headers with high-flow cats (installed by Southern Hotrod), Pedders USA suspension (installed by Backstreet Performance), Corsa Performance exhaust, Nitrous Express kit, Tommy Z Design “Limited Edition” Challenger-style hood and Grip Tuning custom body kit (painted by True 2 Form Collision Repair Center of Akron, OH), flat-black vinyl graphics provided by Grip Tuning, Billet Technology complete under the hood and interior dress-up kit, Katzkin custom leather interior, Advanced Automotive Concepts complete halo kit, GS Motorsports polished intake, Ultimate Pedals custom aluminum racing pedals, Diablosport Predator handheld tuner, BND Automotive Products and Custom Swag provided by Jina’s Sew Simple Embroidery.

Brad chose to “Pay It Forward” and donated all of his stock SRT parts to another deserving enthusiast who had entered the contest. The runner-up was Nick Earls of Kansas City, Missouri, the owner of a 2006 Top Banana (Yellow) Dodge Charger Daytona, which was selected as the second makeover recipient. In addition to Brad’s SRT rims and an SRT hood, the sponsors of the makeover provided some goodies to the second build which included Eagle F1 Supercar tires from Goodyear Tires, Billet Technology complete under the hood and interior dress-up kit, Corsa Performance exhaust, Roadwire custom leather interior and a Xenon custom body kit.

I think Brad best summed up the feeling of both winners when he said, “What an awesome prize to win for just telling your life story.”

Contributing Vendors (below)

ACG Motorsports, LLC
P.O. Box 360582
Columbus, OH 43236
(614) 633-8033

Advanced Automotive Concepts
300 Jefferson Highway, Suite #805
Jefferson, LA 70121
(800) 407-5776

American Racing Headers, Inc.
22 Elm Place
Amityville, NY 11701
(631) 608-1986

Backstreet Performance
650 West Smith Road, Unit 12
Medina, OH 44256
(330) 764-1923

Billet Technology
714 South East Coast Street
Lake Worth, FL 33460
(561) 582-6171

BND Automotive
PO Box 670016
Northfield, OH 44067
(440) 821-9040

CORSA Performance
140 Blaze Industrial Parkway
Berea, OH 44017
(800) 486-0999

Diablosport, Inc.
3500 NW Boca Raton, Suite 501
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(877) 396-6614

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
1144 East Market Street
Akron, OH 44316
(330) 796-2121

Grip Tuning
Auburn Hills, MI
(800) 435-1197

Jina’s Sew Simple Embroidery
956 Hedges Drive
Corona, CA 92880
(951) 310-1171

Nitrous Express
5411 Seymour Highway
Wichita Falls, TX 76310
(940) 767-7694

Pedders Suspension
9539 Lakeshore Drive
West Olive, MI 49460
(248) 522-8021

RDP Motorsport Ohio
72 Corwin Drive
Painesville, OH 44077
(440) 358-5500

Southern Hotrod
2201 Aberdeen Street, Suite B
Kenner, LA 70062
(888) 244-4364

True 2 Form
25 Green Street
Akron, OH 44303
(330) 376-6100

TommyZ Design
Troy, MI 48085
(248) 703-3130

Ultimate Pedals
990 Stinson Way #205
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 798-6588

Team Xenon
2891 East Via Martens
Anaheim, CA 92806
(800) 999-8753


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