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OMV car design competition announces more winners

Three winners at OMV Move & Help car design competition Three turned into one. In June 12-year-old Anja from Germany had won the internet voting for the design of the Citoen Xsara WRC which Manfred Stohl will steer at the "ADAC Rallye Germany".

Three winners at OMV Move & Help car design competition

Three turned into one. In June 12-year-old Anja from Germany had won the internet voting for the design of the Citoen Xsara WRC which Manfred Stohl will steer at the "ADAC Rallye Germany". The whole family rejoiced and a few days later a great idea was born. The young winner suggested that the three nominated designs could be turned into a singular one. And Central Europe's leading oil and gas group, OMV, was happy to make this come true. Thus the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team will compete at the Rally Germany with an international design-cooperation by children from Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Perfectly combined

Everything had actually already been decided. 12-year-old Anja from Furth/Germany had won the internet voting where the three best car designs had been up for choice. But the young artist wanted to share her joy. Therefore she suggested that one should turn all three designs into a singular one. Said, done. Thus the drawings of Czech brothers Radomir (9 years) and Jaromir Wisnar (7 years) from Stramberk, as well as of Norbert Seitlunger (10 years) from the SOS Children'sVillage in Imst/Austria will also be immortalised on the Citroen Xsara WRC.

Ilka helps Manfred

The whole car shines in rainbow colours. The main graphic motive, created by Anja, shows the altered OMV Move & Help logo, the punchline being the addition by the young German: Manni MOVE faster, Ilka HELP him. Radomir and Jaromir created a highway landscape that leads over the side of the car. The rear end is decorated by a tunnel entrance. Norbert contributed coloured balloons to the design as well as an enchanting little angel and a mischievous little devil. The design has only been adapted by a graphic artist to get it into a shape that will fit onto the car. Otherwise the initial ideas of the children were left almost completely unchanged.

The back story

Over 240 children from 14 nations (Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, France, Pakistan, Iran, USA, Japan, Italy, Argentina, Bulgaria and France) took part in the design competition in aid of Move & Help, the educational program by OMV. The designs for the car for Germany ranged from a flower meadow over a camel in the desert to a highway that encompasses the whole car. No easy job for the jury (Manfred Stohl, Ilka Minor, OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team Principal Marc van Dalen, representatives of Caritas, SOS Children's Village and UNICEF) to chose the three best ones.

Now for Germany

Invited by OMV, the children and their escorts will now visit the ADAC Rallye Germany from August 15 to 19. Already on August 16 they will present their Move & Help Citroen Xsara WRC at a press conference in the service park to the international media.

Rally under the sign of OMV Move & Help

During the season 2007 the drivers of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team are involved in the international educational program OMV Move & Help. Each completed special stage kilometre is worth EUR 20 and benefits the OMV partners Caritas, SOS Children's Village and UNICEF. The money is used to support educational programs - including road safety - for over 35.000 children and youths in Europe and Pakistan.

-credit: owrt.com

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Series WRC
Drivers Manfred Stohl , Ilka Minor
Teams Citroën World Rally Team