Zippo/Harley Hand-Off in Windy City
10 May 1999Zippo/Harley Hand-Off in Windy City: Vintage Zippo Car 'Sparks' Interest ZIPPO ONE OF A KIND SWEEPSTAKES HARLEY DAVIDSON The Zippo car, a 1947 Chrysler Saratoga, made a special visit to Chicago's Navy Pier. Michael Martin, vice president of sales and marketing for Zippo Manufacturing Company, hands over the keys to a custom designed, 1999 Harley-Davidson motorcycle to Johnnie Poole, the winner of Zippo's One-Of-A-Kind Sweepstakes. (PRNewsFoto) [KC] CHICAGO, IL USA 05/07/1999
CHICAGO, May 7 -- Zippo Manufacturing Company, maker of the world-famous Zippo windproof lighter, today announced that Johnnie Poole, a Chicago college student, is the winner of the Zippo One-of-a-Kind Sweepstakes. He was presented with a one-of-a-kind, custom-built Harley-Davidson(R) motorcycle similar to those that literally hundreds of people wait months for the chance to buy. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990507/HSF001 ) Earlier today, Zippo vice president of sales and marketing, Michael Martin, handed over the keys of the 1999 Harley-Davidson FXDX Dyna Super Glide Sport(R), with a new Twin Cam 88(R) engine, and custom-design elements by Willie G. Davidson, grandson of founder William A. Davidson, to Poole. Tens of thousands of people entered the Zippo "One-of-a-Kind" Sweepstakes, which began in March of 1998 at selected Zippo retail locations and Harley-Davidson dealerships across the country. "While Harley-Davidson has people waiting in line to ride off on a motorcycle, Zippo put one lucky person at the top of the list. We were excited to be able to hand-off this custom-designed, one-of-a-kind bike to Johnnie," Martin said. Also sparking attention, the legendary Zippo Car made a very special debut, raising two of its largest flames to commemorate the Harley hand-off and making its first road-trip away from its hometown of Bradford, PA. The recreated Zippo Car is a custom-designed 1947 Chrysler Saratoga which replicates the original "product mobile." "We wanted to do the Harley hand-off Zippo style," Martin said. "So we decided to bring along the famous Zippo Car on its first national road trip -- destination Chicago." The original Zippo Car won America's heart during the late 1940s and early 50s, appearing in parades, expos and fairs in 48 states, before its mysterious disappearance a few years later. This summer the recreated Zippo Car is scheduled to appear in several locations across the country. Two American Icons Both Zippo and Harley-Davidson are revered as American icons, known world-wide for their parallel philosophies of rugged construction, distinctive sound, reliable performance and superior craftsmanship. Their distinctive products have been a part of American fashion, culture and heritage for decades. In WWII and every American conflict since, the Zippo lighter has served as a pocket-size piece of home to our soldiers fighting to ensure freedom. For motorcycle lovers worldwide, Harley-Davidson's symbol, the eagle, also represents American patriotism and independence. Zippo Manufacturing Company produces nearly 60,000 lighters each day and ships to more than 120 countries around the globe. Other products from Zippo's diverse line include pocket knives, key holders, money clips, writing instruments, tape measures, ZipLight(TM) pocket flashlights and the Fixxit(R) pocket tool. Zippo employs nearly 1,000 people.