Chris Pernod Wins a Car Kokomo Tribune 13 Feb 1999
Snowball's chance earns him a car • Man wins a car after guessing when snow would melt. By LISA FIPPS Tribune staff writer The early January snowstorm paid off big for Chris Pernod. He has a convertible because of it When about 14 inches of snow blanketed the area, businesses had a lot of shoveling to do to clear the parking lots. As Fouts Tire employees removed snow, they had an idea: buy a car, put it on top of a 12-foot snow mound which formed as they cleared the lot, and ask people to guess when the snow would melt down to where the four tires touch the pavement. "We thought it'd be a fun thing to do," said Theresa Fanning, sales manager. Pernod guessed it would be at 8 a.m. Feb. 11. Sometime between Fouts closing on Feb. 10 and when the business opened Feb. 11 the tires were no longer on snow, but on the parking lot pavement Judges declared Pernod Pernod the winner. There was no scientific strategy involved. "I just got really lucky," Pernod, a Fairmount resident who works in Kokomo, said. He said he looked at the snow sfill under the car, knew it was s upposed to stay warm, and figured figured the snow would be melting soon. "Mother Nature just worked well for me." It also worked out well for his wife. Fanning said Pernod plans on giving the car to his wife as a Valentine's Day present The judges were Dwight Fouts, Fouts Tire, Pat McGavic, McGavic Outdoor Power, Aaron Sims, Sims Auto Outlet and Bill Lambert Star Building Supply. The car, a 1992 Geo Metro convertible, was purchased at Sims Auto Outlet and was valued at $4,500. Fouts Tire put four new Cooper Cobra tires on the vehicle. The store promoted the contest and 475 people took a shot at winning the car. Twelve others who threw their guesses in the hat received consolation prices. ' Their names were drawn by Jerry Adamson, pastor of Indian Heights Baptist Church. The consolation consolation prizes, ranging from Cooper hats and sweatshirts to free tire rotations, were given to' Larry Griffin, Bill Schaefer, Brad Heiler, Lloyd Van Hoosier, Greg Bell, Sam Sokolski, Catherine Scott Sharon Short, Dan Miller, Marie Harvath, Sherry Turnpaugh, Turnpaugh, and Neal Miller.