Toyota Starts 2014 “Hands On” Contest Today

Ten Washington residents are preparing for their part in a homegrown reality show involving endurance, a new car and a lot of touching...
2014 Toyota Corolla S 1 photo
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Touching the car, of course. What were you thinking of? So, the legendary Hands-On Contest at The Washington Auto Show is back for another round which will award a 2014 Toyota Corolla to the winner.

The 10 contenders must stay in physical contact with the prize vehicle until noon on Sunday, February 2nd. There will be a 15-minute break every three hours and the contenders are not allowed to have any personal property besides a blanket, one change of clothes and one set of toiletries.

If two persons will remain in touch with the Corolla when the time expires, the winner will be determined by a random key drawing. Finalists were selected based on the brief essays they wrote stating why they wanted to win a car. Here they are:

• Candice Jackson of Beltsville, MD, who wrote that a car would help shorten her hour-long commute and enable her to help her mother with transportation.
• Darlene Thompson of Stafford, VA, who wrote that she drives "the worst-looking car in the whole metro DC area."
• Mary Campisi of Arlington, VA, who wrote that a car would relieve her difficult commute by bike for the last two and a half years.
• Amos Robinson of Southeast DC, who wants to reward his 18-year-old daughter for her outstanding grades in college with this car;
• Tony Le of Alexandria, VA, a U.S. Navy Submariner, who aims to represent those who were lost on the tragic shooting in the Navy Yard, the USS Santa Fe SSN-763 that is on deployment and the U.S. Navy.
• Tyree Crossland of Capitol Heights, MD, a disabled Air Force veteran on a fixed income, who has not been able to afford repairing the transmission in his current car.
• Christian Garcia of Bladensburg, MD, a college sophomore living at home and sharing a car with his mom, who wants to win the car for her.
• Andres Quintero of Odenton, MD, who made it to the bitter end of the 2003 and 2006 Hands-On Contest and wrote: "I think the third time will be the charm!"
• Gloria Townsend of Northwest DC, who is retired from the DC Fire Department and says she is "ready for a chance to treat myself to some fun."
• Chantale Cole of Springdale, MD, who is hoping for a new car to replace the current one in disrepair that she uses for herself and her twin boys.
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