August 24, 2006 13:17 ET

The Worldwide “Pirate” Treasure Hunt -- Who Won??? Watch the Dramatic Finish -- Webisodes Debut Friday, August 25 @

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 24, 2006 -- Found!!! "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

Three U.S. finalists and four international finalists unearth treasure in a dramatic search by sea, air and finally land for the buried chest.

The Hunt was part of Volvo's promotional tie-in to Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" announced last June.

Look what the tide's washed in, maties! Volvo Car Corporation sent seven international finalists in its global, multi-media treasure hunt for the pirate-themed Volvo XC90 V8 to the Bahamas to unearth the buried treasure of a vehicle worth more than $82,000. The seven wanna-be pirates, including two women and five men, scoured the islands by sea, land and air in a dramatic search for the prize.

Hailing from such locales as Newnan, Georgia and Trieben, Austria, the finalists -- three Americans and one each from Japan, United Kingdom, Spain and Austria -- were flown to an undisclosed location on August 6. Once there, they competed in a historic race, frantically deciphering clues that led them closer to the exact location of the buried Volvo. The first to find it, kept it! Who was the winner?

The format for the final leg of the competition was reminiscent of reality TV shows like "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race," with contestants participating in a series of mental and physical challenges over two days that either eliminated them from the competition or advanced them closer to the buried vehicle. The treasure hunt elicited participation from more than 52,000 online contestants in the U.S. alone. The U.S. finalists were Jenny Buckalew, 35, Newnan, Ga.; David Hutz, 30, Herndon, Va. and James Hutz, 57, Carefree, Ariz.

Highlights Include:

--  Search footage by helicopter, speed boat, land vehicles.
--  Unearthing of Treasure Chest
--  Winner(s) unveiled, soundbites with all participants prior/during

Contact Information

  • For more information, hard copy, contact:
    David Sands