King of the Drill: Fastest screw driller in Canada is from Calgary (November 27, 2003)
Calgary, AB -- Kevin Brunette, a 33-year-old tradesman from Calgary, was crowned Canadian King of the Drill in Toro...
Calgary, AB — Kevin Brunette, a 33-year-old tradesman from Calgary, was crowned Canadian King of the Drill in Toronto recently during the half-time show at a Toronto Argonauts CFL game against Ottawa.
With a time of just over 10 seconds, Brunette had to sink five drywall screws flush into a wooden board. Not only did he win the title and the opportunity to represent Canada in Phoenix early in November at DeWalt’s Million Dollar Challenge cordless screwdriving contest, sponsored by Chevy Trucks, he also won a brand new Harley Davidson Motorcycle.
Brunette later competed head-to-head with 13 U.S. regional champions to see who would become North America’s fastest screw driver and be crowned 2003 King of the Drill.
That honour went to Mike Rennie, a 34-year-old drywall contractor from Kirkwood/Seattle, Wash., who was crowned the 2003 DeWalt “King of the Drill.”
Rennie competed against the 13 other fastest “drivers” from the U.S. and Canada during the final contest held Nov. 1-2 at the Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona.
The 14 contestants were seeded tournament-style. A process of elimination determined the final winner. Rennie sank five screws in 7.6 seconds in the fourth round to win the event along with $25,000 and a new Chevy Silverado pick-up truck.
He also had the chance to earn a $1,000,000 grand prize if he could sink five screws under 6.5 seconds during the grand finale. Standing front and centre on the start/finish line, Rennie was on pace to beat the clock but got hung up on the fourth screw. He ended the million-dollar round with a time of 8.06 seconds. .
A veteran from last year’s Million Dollar Challenge, Rennie says he built his own practice station and drove 450,000 screws over the past 10 months getting ready for the 2003 event. .
Shannon Hunter, the special events marketing manager for DeWalt Industrial Power Tools, was responsible for all Canadian logistics surrounding DeWalt’s Million Dollar Challenge. The national competition brought together eight contestants from across Canada — Calgary, Alta.; Barrie, Ont.; Halifax, N.S.; Montreal, Que., Windsor, Ont.; Thunder Bay, Ont.; Saskatoon, Sask.; and Kelowna, B.C.
From the beginning of June through August, 2003, the company staged more than 100 local qualifying contests across Canada. To complete the challenge, contestants had to start the timer, pick up the drill, drive the screws, and stop the timer as quickly as possible.
The fastest local winners earned prizes and moved to one of eight regional events. From there, the top eight contestants advanced to the Canadian finals. The is the second year for the DeWalt Million Dollar Challenge and the first year of DeWalt Canada’s participation.