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Hyundai “Hands On” Contest

Hyundai “Hands On” Contest Puts Washington
In Touch with a New Car!

Contest Rules & Regulations

Contest Starts at 3 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 27


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington’s favorite reality show returns! The Hands-On Contest at The Washington Auto Show® will put a handful of lucky Washingtonians in touch with the chance to win a brand new Hyundai Sonata!

The legendary Hands-On Contest, in which show guests must stay in physical contact with the prized vehicle for a period of several days, first wowed Washingtonians in 1999 when the match came down to a test of wills between a pair of officers from the army and navy. This year’s contest will begin at 3 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 27 and end at noon on Sunday, Feb. 1.

For the 2015 edition, The Washington Auto Show will update the classic event with various challenges to keep the contestants guessing – and everyone entertained.

“The Hands-On Contest is a hallmark of The Washington Auto Show that puts the thrill of winning a new car literally within arm’s reach,” said Kevin Reilly, chairman of the 2015 Washington Auto Show. “We thank the Washington Area Hyundai Dealers for sponsoring this contest and allowing us to showcase Hyundai’s cutting-edge technology and award-winning products.”

For a chance at competing in the Hands-On Contest, area residents must register through, no later than Sunday, Jan. 18 at 6 pm. They will be asked to provide a short explanation of why they want to win the car. Thirty applicants will be chosen from that pool of registrants to qualify for the next round, from which a final group of 10 will be screened and selected by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA) to participate in the final stage of the competition.

Last year’s new car went to Southeast D.C. resident Amos Robinson, who won the car for his daughter, who stood by him when he endured breast cancer.

Up for grabs this year is a brand new 2015 Hyundai Sonata SE, boasting a 185-hp, 2.4L GDI 4-cylinder engine. The all-new redesigned 2015 Sonata offers a Bluetooth® hands-free technology, iPod®/USB and auxiliary input jacks along with an AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system. Safety features such as electronic stability control and anti-lock braking systems have earned the vehicle its five-star crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminitration (NHTSA).

Contest rules require that all participants keep their “hands on” the Hyundai Sonata for the duration of the contest. Finalists will be positioned around the prize vehicle at random by the judges and must be continuously in physical contact with the vehicle at all times (excluding sanctioned breaks). If a participating contestant does not maintain continuous contact with the vehicle for any reason, including reward challenges, that contestant will be disqualified.

The last person remaining in physical contact with the prize vehicle will win it. In the event that the end of the live contest leaves more than one finalist, a random drawing will be conducted by the sponsors to determine the winner.

Each participating contestant will be responsible for acquiring his or her own food and beverages. Each contestant may bring no other personal property to the contest except for the following: one blanket, one change of clothes and one set of toiletries. Once the contest has begun, no additional personal property will be permitted. A regular break of exactly 15 minutes is scheduled every three hours. (Participants returning late from these breaks will be disqualified.) No electronic devices, reading, writing or drawing materials are allowed, and smoking, alcoholic beverages, offensive language and physical contact between contestants are prohibited. Family, friends and onlookers are encouraged and welcomed, but only contestants are allowed within the confines of the contest space.