February 20, 2017

– 4th Annual Romantic Ride and Rendezvous” Gives Couple Special Anniversary Celebration-

(HARTFORD, CT)– February 20, 2017– Stephanie Hobbs of West Hartford is not only a busy wife and mother, she’s also the dedicated owner of a barre fitness studio. Her husband Benjamin wanted to express his admiration for Stephanie by nominating her for New Country Motor Cars’ 4th Annual Romantic Ride and Rendezvous Valentine’s Day promotion. Of the more than 50 entries, Benjamin’s heartfelt tribute captured the judges’ hearts and the grand prize.

“As husbands and parents ourselves, we see firsthand the countless ways women care for their families every day. As the father of seven children, I can certainly relate to busy couples who rarely have time to enjoy a romantic date night!” joked Job Pimental, General Manager of New Country BMW.

Benjamin’s winning entry:

My soul mate, Stephanie, and I have been married for almost 9 years. We fortuitously met on a beach in Hawaii in February 2006. She wanted nothing to do with me at the time even though we soon found out we attended the same university in Indiana. I somehow won her over, we dated long distance for a year and miraculously she moved to Connecticut to be with me. We are now the lucky parents to two children we adopted in 2010 and 2013: Annabelle (6) and Tyler (4). The journey to becoming parents was something we could only have done with the support of one another. Stephanie owns a barre studio that opened in November of 2015. She works tirelessly to create an inclusive and fun environment for everyone who walks through the door. She amazes me with her love and compassion for everyone she meets. Stephanie does not have a lot of time for herself as she plays the multiple roles of wife, mother and business owner. Stephanie spends most of her days at her studio in fitness clothes. I work full-time and we just don’t have a lot of opportunities to take a night off, get dressed up and go out as adults. She misses that and I miss being able to do that for her. She amazes me every day with her selflessness and I would love for her to be pampered in this amazing way.

“I heard Scot Haney mention the contest on the morning news and thought it would be a magical way to celebrate our anniversary in March,” said Hobbs. “I am so grateful to be able to give Stephanie this wonderful gift.”

The Hobbs’ were chosen by a prestigious panel of romance experts, including WFSB-Channel 3 Eyewitness News Meteorologist and Better Connecticut Host Scot Haney and Tim Parker, Vice President of New Country Motor Cars.  The winners will receive a beautiful strand of pearls valued at $600 from Becker’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry and a bottle of Ardent Rose perfume from Roses for Autism, then be whisked away by a personal chauffeur in a luxurious new BMW to indulge in a candlelit, gourmet tasting of exquisite French cuisine at a’Vert Brasserie Restaurant in West Hartford Center.

To prepare for the event, the lucky couple will get primped and polished with a haircut and shave at Kennedy’s All American Barber Club for him and a glamorous hair styling at Blo Blow Dry Bar for her, both in Blue Back Square.

About New Country Motor Car Group

New Country Motor Car Group has several locations in the Hartford, CT area; New Country Motor Cars representing Mercedes-Benz /smart / Sprinter, and New Country BMW-MINI.  The organization prides itself on world-class knowledge and impeccable service.  New Country Motor Car Group has dealerships representing 16 brands in Connecticut, New York and Florida.  Visit or for more information.


PHOTO: From left – Tim Parker, Vice President of New Country Motor Cars in Hartford and Scot Haney, WFSB-Channel 3 Eyewitness News Meteorologist and Better Connecticut Host, were among the judges who chose Stephanie and Benjamin Hobbs of West Hartford as the winners of New Country’s 4th Annual Romantic Ride and Rendezvous Valentine’s promotion.

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