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JEEP SPONSORS SPORTING CLAY TOURNAMENT

 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Annie Oakley get your gun! The Jeep-Eagle Division of Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) is looking for the best shot in these parts.
 More than 150 marksmen from Michigan and surrounding states will compete at the Jeep Claybird Classic May 22 at Hunter's Ridge Hunt Club in Oxford, Mich.
 This is the last of 13 regional events and is the first national tournament open to all shooting enthusiasts. All regional champions will vie for a national title and a Jeep Grand Cherokee in Atlanta June 26 at the Cherokee Rose Gun & Hunt Club.
 Sporting clays contests simulate actual hunting situations, according to Dave Fisher, owner of Hunter's Ridge Hunt Club and Sporting Clays. Clay targets of various shapes and sizes are thrown to mimic bird and animal behavior. Participants walk through a course of shooting stations and at each station try to hit as many targets as possible.
 Sporting clays originated in England in the 1920s but only recently came to the United States. In 1985, there were two hunting clubs that had sporting clay courses. Today, there are more than 400 sporting clay hunt clubs.
 "It's been described as golf with a shotgun," said Mike Coughlin, Merchandising Manager for Jeep-Eagle. "With our new Jeep Grand Cherokee and Eagle Vision, we are targeting consumers who are very independent, active in sports and events considered to be out of the mainstream, and oriented to the outdoors. It's a logical association for us to sponsor the Jeep Claybird Classic series."
 A preview charity event is scheduled for May 21 at 2 p.m. at the hunt club. All proceeds benefit Children's Hospital of Michigan. Shooting games, such as the NRA High Tower portable sporting clay station and a portable, self-contained unit that allows shooters 50 shots at five stations from one stationary position, are scheduled for afternoon entertainment. Dinner will be served on the clubhouse lawn and radio personality Dick Purtan will host an awards ceremony after dinner. Tickets for the complete package are $95 per person; dinner tickets are $35 per person. Field and Stream and Outdoor Life magazines are co-sponsoring the charity event.
 The shooting games also will be available to the public on the afternoon of May 22. Admission is free.
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 /CONTACT: Scott Fosgard of Chrysler Corporation, 313-252-5781/
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