GM, the company behind the brand of Chevrolet, has almost completely withdrawn from Europe. They sold their big brands Opel/vauxhall to the Peugeot Group. They closed the Chevy dealerships years ago. That all to concentrate on the American market.
Importing a car, that isn't approved for a regional market, is costly and takes a lot of time. And then there is shipment and maintenance. They can't deliver out of their warehouse in Europe, South America, Asia or Africa.
So GM who sponsors this Sweepstakes heavily I guess, wants an American winner. They are only interested in American publicity and simply deliver the car through their American dealer network. Why would they want a few articles in a German or Dutch newspapers, where they don't sell cars?
They are interested in 100 articles in newspapers from the USA, where they do sell them.
And then there is the forest of different rules and regulations and taxes. Almost each country have them.
Sweepstakes in NL are completely regulated by laws for instance. Sweepstakes are therefor hardly a thing in my country.
Even in the US not every state has the same rules, so even some US residents face restrictions.
Sweepstakes are just publicity gimmicks.
The car is simply a case of bad luck for non Americans. We all lost already, just like all American participants in the end, but one.
I still signed up: I live long premium membership is cool too.
Now that the weekend is over, things calm down a bit on the SL20B regions. Almost lag free. Cool.
So I went out exploring a bit.
This year the exhibitions are really amazing. I only scratched the surface so far, but at times I felt like a kid in a candy store.
I think you miss out, if you don't go and explore a bit.
A few examples :
And here the same place yesterday evening:
Maybe a few more later in the week.
But my suggestion: Put on the walking shoes and go and see for yourself. It is worth it.
I can't organize for shit so I suspect this probably doesn't help as much as I'd like; but I got some 360 shots of my SL20B exhibit. I hope it gives you the rough idea, at least (five souls enter, one soul leaves ) !