Charles Schwab Challenge winner drives home from Fort Worth in a 1946 Power Wagon
Newly crowned 2021 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson will be among a group of international golfers vying for the lowest score at the Charles Schwab Challenge PGA Tour event in Fort Worth this weekend. Besides receiving more than $1 million and new bragging rights, the winner will get to drive home in a sweet 1946 Dodge Power Wagon.
This is the second vehicle the tournament has awarded to a winner with a 1973 Dodge Challenger awarded to Kevin Na in 2019. Na didn't keep the car for long. He turned it over to his car-obsessed caddy Kenny Harms.
The '46 Power Wagon — which has undergone a complete resto-mod revision by Legacy Classic Trucks — is a nod to the roots of the event, tournament officials say. This year marks the 75th anniversary of The Colonial, the original name for the event and the name by which many Fort Worthians still call it.
Under its hood is a 6.2-liter Chevrolet LS3 engine that delivers 430 horsepower. The engine is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and a custom Atlas transfer case. The rig rides on 40-inch Toyota tires and custom Trail Ready wheels.
Modern conveniences have been added like air conditioning, disc brakes, a long travel suspension, and a 12,000-pound Warn winch.
Because Charles Schwab is the sponsor of the tournament, Legacy Classic Trucks added some special "Schwab" elements to the model, including a Dove blue paint job and a custom "SCHWAB" tailgate and brightwork. The interior of the truck is upholstered with a tartan fabric in the design of The Colonial's traditional plaid. A custom nameplate on the dashboard acknowledges Ben Hogan's 1946 win that started the legacy of the tournament.
Similar resto-modded trucks by Legacy Classic Trucks go for around $350,000.
Uniquely, the truck has inspired a song by up-and-coming country singer Travis Denning called "Grew Up with a Truck." The song debuted last week on Bobby Bones' podcast, "Bobbycast."
Other golfers joining Mickelson at the tournament include Lee Westwood, Jordan Speith, Si Woo Kim, and Sergio Garcia.
The first round of play kicks off on Thursday, May 27 with the second and third round on ensuing days leading up to the Final Round on Sunday, May 30. Tickets for the event are still available.
A version of this story originally was published on our sister site AutomotiveMap.com.