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Luke Council, Santa Clara Car Salesman, Loses Jimmy Fallon Contest



    Luke Council, a South Bay car salesman, was ousted from a bizarre Jimmy Fallon-inspired contest after he took his hand off a pickup truck, but got a shout out from the "Tonight Show" host for becoming a "national sex symbol" despite his loss. (Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014)

    A South Bay car salesman was ousted from a bizarre Jimmy Fallon-inspired contest after he took his hand off a pickup truck. But he did get a shout out from the "Tonight Show" host for becoming a "national sex symbol" despite his loss.

    Late Tuesday night, Luke Council of Frontier Ford in Santa Clara tweeted that "I accidentally pulled my hand off grabbing a cup #Imout." According to a Tweet, Council later put his hand on an Indian Pale Ale beer, saying that when he does that he wins every time.

    In a phone interview from New York, Council told NBC Bay Area that despite losing, the whole thing was "fun, a lot of fun."

    Council and nine other top Ford car salespeople flew to New York to participate in Fallon's "Fingers on a 4x4" contest held aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid ship in the Hudson Bay.

    Fallon is in the market for a Ford 150 King Ranch pickup and told 10 car dealers that he'd buy the vehicle from whomever could keep one hand on the truck the longest. Council held on for 24 hours but eventually gave up.

    "I guess I'm not good at holding on and standing up for multiple days," he said. Contestants were given 5-minute breaks every hour and a 15-minute break every six hours. Sleep was not an option.

    Fallon conjured up the contest and streamed it live for all to see beginning on Monday. As of Wednesday morning, the contest was still underway with three contestants left.  By Wednesday afternoon, Pete Porzio of Chicago had won the contest, holding on for 38 hours and 52 minutes.

    Even though he ended up losing a sale, Council did seem to pick up a few admirers along the way. Speaking to Council through video feed on the "Tonight Show," Fallon noted the 27-year-old Council has become "something of a national sex symbol."

    Council responded: "I did get a few flattering tweets from female Twitter followers. I think I tweeted everyone of them back." Then, not to disappoint, Council blew his fans a kiss.

    Council's friend, David Musgrave, who owns a CrossFit on Meridian Avenue in San Jose, put in a plug for his single friend.

    Council works out, played rugby at California Polytechnic State University and is a Bellarmine College Preparatory graduate. Musgrave also told NBC Bay Area by phone that Council is a good family man.

    Council is not sure how his new fame will play out. He plans to tour New York and head home on Friday. Whether car sales and dates will start to pour in, Council said he'll just have to wait and see.