Hyundai ‘Hands-On’ Contest

Man Who Dreams of Road Trip Before Losing Eyesight Wins New Car!

Springfield, Va. man wins Hyundai Hands-On Contest, plans to gift car to friend

After enduring five nights and six days of nearly constant physical contact with the 2017 Hyundai Tucson SE during The Washington Auto Show®’s Hyundai Hands-On Contest, George Abbott plans to stay in close quarters with the vehicle. The 44-year-old federal government worker suffers from an eye condition that will eventually keep him from driving. But before that time comes, he will take the Tucson for a cross-country road trip with his father and friend, to whom he will hand the keys at the trip’s conclusion.

“I’ve always believed in helping people who are less fortunate,” says Abbott, referring to a friend who lacks the family support that he has. Abbott has been attending the Washington Auto Show with his father, who is blind, since the 1990s. Read the full press release



2017 Hands-On Contestants

George Abbott – WINNER

George Abbott, 44, of Springfield, Va. says he suffers from an eye condition that will eventually keep him from driving. But before that time...

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Malik Bey, 50, a real estate broker from Waldorf, Md., is a proud U.S. Army veteran who is struggling with cancer. The Tucson would...

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Brandon Donahue – ELIMINATED

Brandon Donahue, 31, of Huntingtown, Md., is a single father without a means of reliable transportation. The Army veteran says his township lacks public...

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David Dow – RUNNER-UP

David Dow of D.C. has the plight of his cousin in mind as he hangs on to the Hyundai. The 34-year-old retail sales associate...

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Robert Karns – RUNNER-UP

Robert Karns, 49, says that winning the Tucson would relieve the financial strain of constant repairs to his current vehicle. The Montgomery County school...

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Patricia Norwood – ELIMINATED

Patricia Norwood of Charles County, Md., had a shot at the Hands-On contest 15 years ago, but was eliminated after rolling away from the...

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Uka Onuma, 57, of Lanham, Md. aims to win the Tucson for his family, whose current car is on its last legs, he says....

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Joshua Rosenberg – ELIMINATED

Joshua Rosenberg, 37, of Alexandria, thinks the Tucson would make a great wedding gift for his fiance, who serves in the Air Force. The...

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Kimberly Walker – RUNNER-UP

Kimberly Walker, 46, wants to give the Tucson to her daughter, Cheyenne, in honor of her college graduation. Their first family member to graduate...

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Joseph Wilson – ELIMINATED

Joseph Wilson, 34, of D.C., wants to win the Tucson for his mother, who is battling breast cancer and has no personal transportation to...

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