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Prize draw

The attraction of alcohol still works as well as ever, if business card draws at this year's exhibition were anything to go by.

Amec Capital and FEA were both giving away a magnum of champagne, won by Ian Elliot, business development manager at Nicholls Colton Testing in Leicester and Dr Shon Williams, director of STATS.

Bottles of Glenmorangie were slightly harder to win: visitors to Angle Ring's stand were invited to guess the radius of a steel section that had been bent in the firm's works. The correct answer was 2.053m, and the lucky winners were Mr Beasley of Babtie, Ivor McKeown of Findley Blatcon, Paul Moore of PPWP, Philip and Sarah Hardwill, of PH Hardwill, Shaun Sadler of Euro Pipe Fittings, Tim Sharples of Kvaerner Construction, Bob Spackmann of Tony Gee & Partners, David Incles of GEC Alsthom Automation, and Kay Fox.

There were also plenty of prizes on offer for those who prefer driving to drinking.

Flex-Seal Couplings gave away a rally jacket for prowess on a rally computer game; Wavin Plastics offered motorcycle helmet and gloves in a business card draw; and the lucky winner at Platipus won a day out at a racing circuit and a ride in a Le Mans car.

For those skilled at remote control car racing there was plenty of opportunity to excel.

Aco Drain gave away five Scalextric sets for the fastest drivers, who turned out to be Jason Harris of Staled Air, Tim Knight of Bickerton Builders, Danny Kettle of Kettle Roofing, Chris Green of A Evans Decorators and Josh Dinsdale of Property Mall.

Keller Makers recreated the spirit of the Italian Job by putting an original 1969 Mini Cooper on its stand and asking visitors to guess the distance from London to Rome. The winner took home a Mini Cooper Scalextric set.

Meanwhile on the Infrasoft stand, the prize for the fastest lap on the testing Scalextric circuit was a day out at Brands Hatch. The winner, with a time of 3.1 seconds, was Brian Ramsey of Plastmo Profiles.

For those who prefer Beckham to Barrichello, Groundforce's draw offered pair of tickets to Manchester United's first home game of next season. And Jimmy Murray of Don & Low can afford to relax, having won a record token in Photarc Surveys' competition to guess the value of Emap shares.

Bachy Soletanche was offering a weekend trip to Copenhagen that included a tour of the town's Metro construction sites.

And winners of the Construction Plus draw for four Palm IIIe handheld organisers were SJ Williams, a partner at FJ Williams, G Papadopoulos of Tendlight, D Burgess, a project manager with John Burgess & Co, and R Rowbotham, managing director of Heritage Structure.

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