February 9, 2004

‘Stand By Your (Chrysler) Van’ contest winner stands for 64 hours at Chicago auto show

Stand by your van
Contestants stand attached to a Chrysler minivan during the “Stand By Your Van” contest at the Chicago auto show. Mr. Vidal is pictured third from the front; the winner, Mr. Luckett, is at the back of the group. Click image to enlarge

Chicago – Chrysler Group’s “Stand By Your Van” contest came to a gripping end early Sunday morning, Feb. 8, 2004, after more
than 64 hours.

The contest’s extraordinary finale left two contestants, Robert Allan Luckett of Whitewater, Wis. and Julio Vidal of Chicago, Ill. in a showdown of mental and physical endurance. In the end, Mr. Luckett was the last man standing after keeping one hand on a new 2005 Chrysler or Dodge minivan longer than any of the other contestants.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the minivan and the introduction of its new 2005 Chrysler and Dodge minivans, Chrysler Group awarded Mr. Luckett, the 2004 “Stand By Your Van” contest winner, with an all-new 2005 Chrysler Town & Country.

“The support of my entire family kept my motivation to stand by a minivan longer than the other contestants extremely high throughout the contest,” said Robert Allan Luckett after the 64-hour stand-off. “Our expanding family has dreamed about having the space and convenience of a minivan. Winning the new Chrysler Town & Country is going to dramatically improve our daily life and
enable us to take a long-awaited road-trip to Montana this summer.”

Robert Luckett manages the Whitewater, Wis. cable access station and often takes on the role of a “stay-at-home Dad” to care for his son and daughter, while his wife is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Luckett family will be one of the first consumers to experience the Chrysler Group’s minivan-first Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system, a system that allows customers to fold both second- and third-row seats into the floor in approximately 30 seconds.

Twenty minivan fans, from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin, competed in the “Stand By Your Van” contest, which took place at the 2004 Chicago Auto Show in the McCormick Place South building beginning Thursday, February 5 at 9 a.m. To be considered for the contest, more than 350 contestants wrote a one-paragraph essay explaining why they would like to compete for a new 2005 Chrysler or Dodge minivan and how winning the vehicle would change their life.

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