Macon Man Named Owner of Country's Messiest Garage

MACON, Ga. (AP) _ Dan Leslie has a dream car-a white, 1968
Porsche 911 sitting in the garage. But unfortunately for him, he
can NOT get to it.

Leslie's garage has boxes crammed around the car on one side, a
cabinet on the other and scraps of wood, tarps, tools and computer
monitors everywhere. It also has earned a dubious honor: The
messiest garage in the nation.

Leslie was the winner of the Gladiator GarageWorks Chaotic &
Ultimate Cramped Garage Makeover Contest, but he's NOT sure how he
feels about being honored in the promotional contest.

Leslie said,``It's horrible; it's embarrassing. When
I found out I won, I had mixed emotions.''

Leslie beat out nearly 1,000 other competitors to win a $10,000
dollar makeover for his garage, which will include storage devices
made by Gladiator.

Lou Ann Schafer, senior marketing manager for Gladiator, said Leslie's entry managed to stand out even among some other disastrous garages. She says,``You can't imagine some of them. Some of them were quite scary.''

Leslie says he plans on going through everything himself and
deciding what he wants to keep, what he wants to sell, what he
wants to give away and what he will trash.

Leslie says he never meant to let his garage get so out of
control. He built the house nine years ago for his mother and
eventually moved in himself.

But he says the rest of the house does NOT resemble his garage,
saying -- quote -- ``My wife controls that, rules that, keeps it
neat.''


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