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Opening night for ‘Hardbody’: Contestants to attend Broadway premiere of musical

Opening night for ‘Hardbody’: Contestants to attend Broadway premiere of musical
Michael Cavazos
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 5:07am

Benny Perkins entered his name to win a Nissan pickup every day when he heard about the first Hands on a Hardbody contest.

“I went around telling everybody, ‘I’m going to win that truck,’ ” said the seal technician who recalled the boasting that pushed him to an 87-hour triumph in the oddball promotion by Longview’s Nissan dealership, which then was Jack Long Nissan. “So instead of making a fool of myself, I did it.”

That first endurance contest in July 1992 was the stuff of legend. Three years later, the promotion inspired Longview native S.R. Bindler to shoot footage for an award-winning 1997 documentary film.

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