It was billed as the shoot out to end all shoot outs … by us anyway! One of seven people would drive away with a £17,999 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.7 V6 – and the turn of the key would be the decider!
Big Brother winner Craig Phillips, the expert when it comes to being watched, had the chance to turn the tables and make sure everyone kept to the rules.
Hyundai teamed up with Santa Fe Restaurants for the unique competition, where everyone buying a meal at any of its seven branches could fill out a form and be entered into the prize draw. The promotion ran for eight weeks starting in October 2001.
Seven of the 13,000 people who entered were picked at random, and turned up at Santa Fe’s Reading restaurant for the final nail-biting instalment last weekend. The seven were each given a key, but only one of those actually opened up the car. And that lucky person was Laura Nelligan from Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
Laura, 21, a shoe shop manager at Bluewater, said: "I wasn’t too optimistic when I travelled down, in fact I wasn’t sure about going at all. When the key turned in the lock, I was in complete shock and didn’t know what to say. Even now it hasn’t really sunk in!"
Now Laura plans to load up her new car with her friends and surfing equipment for a trip to Cornwall … or maybe stocking up on ‘supplies’ during a quick trip across the Channel! She added: "Craig was very nice, and really made me feel at ease."
Craig certainly knows what he is talking about when it comes to the Hyundai Santa Fe; he has driven a 2.0 TD model since last August – and he loves the experience! Craig can currently be seen on BBC1's House Call, weekdays at 10am.
Also officiating at the event was Santa Fe Restaurant Executive Chef Rocky Durham. Rocky, originally from Santa Fe in New Mexico, is a specialist in southwestern food and even taught his art at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.
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