March 2006

A New Cadillac for $100?

If you’re in the market for a great new luxury car at a low, low price, then you will want to take part in the car raffle sponsored by the Foundation of the Wall and Ceiling Industry. You do not have to be present to win the car; all you have to do is buy a ticket. Each ticket is $100, or buy five for $400. The winner of the raffle will be announced on April 28 at the Beach Blanket Blowout, which is being held during AWCI’s annual convention.

The Beach Blanket Blowout is the second part of the final night event. This laid-back party will feature hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live music provided by Ronny and the Classics.

It is during the band’s breaks that the live auction and car raffle will be held, as will a David Yurman bracelet. You can purchase raffle tickets on site during the convention, or you can enter the raffles by filling out the forms that are provided in your copy of AWCI’s Construction Dimensions magazine (turn to page 53 in the February issue). Whether or not you are in attendance at the convention, if yours is the winning ticket that is drawn, you will win the 2006 Cadillac CTS.

Standard features of the car include a CD player, XM® Satellite Radio, 4-wheel anti-lock Brakes and a driver airbag with dual stage deployment. says that "With either of its V6 engines, the Cadillac CTS drives wonderfully around town, no muss, and no fuss. It cruises comfortably on the freeway and feels right at home on winding roads.”

And about the engine, the Web site reports, "The 3.6-liter V6 is silky smooth when cruising, less so at full throttle. It responds quickly whenever you step on the gas, a benefit of its broad torque curve, which is largely a function of variable valve timing. Both V6s are thoroughly modern engines, with 60-degree aluminum blocks, double overhead cams, electronic throttle control, coils-on-plug ignition and a structural oil pan. The 2.8-liter and 3.6-liter V6s earn the same EPA-estimated mileage ratings of 18/27 mpg City/Highway. Both run on regular 87 octane, and choosing between them is a matter of power versus cost. We prefer the bigger 3.6-liter hands down, but speed costs money, and we enjoy driving the CTS with the smaller V6.”

In summary, they say, "The Cadillac CTS delivers all the elements required of a good sports sedan, including rear-wheel drive, strong power, a first-rate automatic transmission with manual shift capability (or an excellent six-speed manual), and a superb ride-handling balance. Its styling is distinctive and its image is still fresh. This is the first smaller American luxury sedan in a long time that can play in the same league as BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Infiniti. For its part, the CTS-V can rip up chunks of poorly laid asphalt with its rear tires. It more than holds its own with the specialty cars from BMW’s M division or AMG Mercedes.”

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the AWCI Cares program.

To learn more about the raffles and other prize-winning opportunities from the Foundation, contact Jane Northern at (703) 538.1615 or