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BANGOR, ME., APPOINTED HOST CITY FOR CHRYSLER'S TRANSATLANTIC BALLOON RACE

 BANGOR, ME., APPOINTED HOST CITY
 FOR CHRYSLER'S TRANSATLANTIC BALLOON RACE
 BANGOR, Me., Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Ballooning's greatest race ever, the Chrysler Transatlantic Challenge, will start from the city of Bangor, Me., it was announced today.
 The race between 10 identical balloons across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe will take place in a weather window from mid-August to late September next year.
 The decision to name Bangor as the start venue was confirmed by William H. Cohen, the mayor of Bangor, following meetings with Noble Adventures, Limited, the organizers of the race.
 "The Bangor area will again benefit from the focus of international attention and the excitement of hosting a major event," said Mayor Cohen. "Bangor has developed a great reputation for hosting major projects and events. We know that the community will do another great job for the Chrysler Transatlantic Challenge."
 The decision followed a visit to a number of locations in the northeastern United States by top balloonists Don Cameron and Alan Noble of Bristol, England, who are organizing the event.
 "We've been very impressed, not only by the facilities offered by Bangor, but also by the attitude of the city," Noble said.
 Entries are currently being finalized and inquiries have been received from the USA, Canada, Japan, Brazil and a number of European countries.
 The event is considered ballooning's most demanding challenge. Although only four balloons have successfully completed the crossing, recent changes in technology have made the event a reality.
 While all 10 balloons will depart from Bangor, their exact destination inside Europe will depend on the prevailing winds and how the balloonists utilize them. The finish line is the first hard- surfaced road in Europe but Ireland is the most likely point.
 There will be three major awards. The overall winner will be the two-person crew which makes the crossing in the fastest time.
 There will also be an award for the farthest distance flown and to the crew which lands closest to the goal city of Paris, where ballooning -- man's first form of flight -- was initiated.
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 /CONTACT: Karen M. Stewart of Chrysler Corporation, 313-252-8800; or Andrew Marriott of CSS Promotions - London, 44 071 379 7989/
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