Tampa Native Greg Carr Named As Grand Prize Winner Of “Ultimate Road Trip” Contest To Represent Company In "Magellan Presents The 2002 JAOS Adventure Rally"
Carr, With Fiancé P.J. Hansen Serving as Navigator, Will Participate in the Magellan Adventure Rally and Then Begin the Adventure of a Lifetime ... Marriage!
Santa Clara, Calif. (December 04, 2002) Thales (TAL-less) Navigation, a leading global provider of GPS solutions including the Magellan® brand consumer product line and Thales Navigation professional GPS products, today announced that it has selected Greg Carr as the grand prize winner of the Magellan "Ultimate Road Trip" contest. The contest required entrants to compose an essay that described their adventurous lifestyle and told why they should win a trip to participate in the "Magellan Presents the 2002 Jaos Adventure Rally" in Laughlin, Nevada on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002.
Aptly named, Carr is a car buff whose essay recounted his love of building and driving cars, cross-country road trips off the beaten path and road rallies that he plans for friends and car enthusiasts in Florida - car rally experience wasn't a requirement of the contest, but Carr had all the key adventure traits for a successful Adventure Rally entrant. His "never give up" attitude, eagerness to make the most of life, and his sense of adventure helped him shine as the top entrant.
Carr's essay also featured the power - and adventure - of love. A Volkswagen enthusiast, Carr owns one of the original "Herbie the Love Bug" cars, built for the film of the same name, and drives it in local rallies and car shows. Like in the movie, Herbie made sure Carr was bitten by the love bug. Carr met his fiancé, P.J. Hansen, at a Volkswagen car club event. In his adventure essay, Carr mentioned plans not only to have P.J. be his teammate in the rally if he should win the contest, but to also make P.J. his permanent partner by marrying her in Las Vegas during the trip to Nevada.
With Hansen serving as his navigator, Carr will represent Thales Navigation in "Magellan Presents the 2002 Jaos Adventure Rally." In addition to a spot in the rally, Carr has won round trip air travel for two to Las Vegas; accommodations at the Ramada Express Hotel & Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, host to the rally; a Magellan SporTrakTM GPS receiver; and the use of a vehicle to drive in the competition - making up a prize package valued at $3,500.
While Carr has had a fair share of outdoor adventure, he's also no stranger to adventure of a different kind - one that required overcoming a tough personal obstacle. Last January, Carr noticed he was losing his hearing in one ear. Doctors determined that he had a tumor behind his right ear and he underwent surgery in May. He had a week-long stay in the hospital and a recovery period of six weeks, during which P.J. was always by his side. He said it was a struggle, but he persevered and except for a slight hearing loss, made a full recovery. It was during his recovery that Carr's father saw an article on the contest in the Tampa Tribune, and knowing his son's love of rallies and cars, passed the article on to Carr.
"Dad saw the article on the rally and knew that I would love to have the opportunity to participate in it," said Carr. "I am so excited to have won the contest to participate in the adventure rally with P.J. It has been a tough year, so it is nice to cap it off on a high note with both the rally and the trip, which also provides a perfect opportunity for us to get married. P.J. and I are looking forward to our wedding, and we're a great team so I know we'll do well in the rally."
Carr got his start in rallies when he lived in New York. He began as a volunteer for a Braille rally, where each driver is assisted by a blind or sight impaired navigator who has the instructions in Braille and must dictate them to the driver. He loved working at rallies but soon grew hungry to participate in one himself. So when he moved to Florida a few years ago, he began planning rallies of his own for friends and family.
"Congratulations to Greg Carr, our nine semi-finalists and all those who entered the contest," said Karen Carbonnet, Thales Navigation vice president of corporate communications. "We had so many adventurous people participate with thoughtful, well-written and often funny entries that it was difficult to narrow it down. We were truly inspired by the adventurous spirit we found present in so many people across the country. But we could only select one winner, and Greg showed us his daring, determination and a real heart for bringing others into his adventure. We are delighted to have Greg and P.J. represent the Magellan brand in the rally. We wish them the best of luck in this adventure and their upcoming marriage."
"Magellan Presents the 2002 Jaos Adventure Rally" is a high-tech scavenger hunt that combines basic driving skills with technological savvy, logic and a little luck. The adventure-packed weekend begins on Friday, Dec. 13, with a GPS training school, a practice rally, and welcoming activities. The rally is held on Saturday, Dec. 14, outside Las Vegas in Laughlin, in conjunction with the Ramada Express Hotel & Casino International Rally, the premier rally event in the United States. As an added bonus, Novice rally participants get to see the professional drivers' final event on Sunday, Dec. 15, and can even take a high-speed ride on the winding dirt track with top drivers from around the world.
The Adventure Rally course is a 250-mile journey at moderate to low speeds both on- and off-road. Participants travel through varied terrains and scenic routes, including stretches of historic Route 66, an old mining town and the rim of the Grand Canyon. Driving teams enjoy fun, excitement and healthy competition as they use Magellan GPS receivers to locate coordinates for landmarks, answers to trivia questions and occasionally a playing card for a hand of Poker. Sections of the course also require contestants to maintain a specified average low speed for a certain time and distance. Correct answers, timing and the Poker hand all factor into the overall score to determine a rally winner.
More than 250 contestants submitted essays to the Magellan "Ultimate Road Trip" contest for a chance to compete in the "Magellan Presents the 2002 Jaos Adventure Rally." Thales Navigation selected ten finalists, who each received a Magellan SporTrak GPS receiver. Greg Carr, the grand prize winner, and the names of all finalists are posted online at www.magellangps.com. For more information on "Magellan Presents the 2002 Jaos Adventure Rally," please visit the rally website at www.rallyusa.com.
About Thales Navigation Thales Navigation is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of positioning, navigation, communication, and guidance equipment with global operations. Thales Navigation markets its Magellan brand GPS products in the consumer electronics, recreation, and automotive markets, and its professional GPS and GPS+GLONASS solutions in the survey, GIS/Mapping, tracking, and OEM markets. Through its joint venture with Hertz, Thales Navigation has developed the Hertz NeverLost® vehicle navigation system. Thales Navigation's key innovations include the first U.S. commercial hand-held GPS receiver for positioning and navigation, and the first handheld GPS with industry standard Secure Digital Memory Card capabilities.
Thales Navigation, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with European headquarters in Carquefou, France, is a subsidiary of Thales, a leading professional electronics company headquartered in Paris, France, with activities in aerospace, defense and information technology and services. For more information, visit www.thalesnavigation.com.
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