Dude, I'm not saying the AJC is completely blameless and I agree with the you --the Rockin' Van clause is a little weak. But, if you DO read the rules, they have the right to do what they did, and I'm sure that most of the other entrants (who share an appreciation for custom cars and wanted to see a legitimate entry win) agree that the AJC did the right thing.
Personally, I was bummed to learn that a 2006 Soltice had won. I mean there were some incredible cars on the site. But to put your Van in the show would have been real abomination and an insult to the customizing community.
Besides, man, it's not that big of a deal. $1,000 -- what, that's like two or three hours of work for you?
While the AJC should have told Mr. Hollywood right off the bat that his advertisement was a clear abuse of the contest, only an idiot would really be surprised by the ruling.
It was clearly a contest for custom cars. Every other entrant figured it out. One can't deny Mr. Hollywood's ingenuity and creativy in attempting to exploit the AJC's contest for his own personal business gain, but any fool could have predicted this outcome, and his current protest is kind of pathetic.
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