Texas Man Wins "Big Red" Sweepstakes
Gary Koenig Wins “Big Red” Sweepstakes
Katy, Texas businessman in shock over winning ProPickup’s Mobil Delvac-sponsored 2008 GMC Dually project truck
by Bruce W. Smith
When the computer program at Dallas-based Promotion Partners flashed a random number on the screen from a database containing thousands of sweepstake’s entrants, it was as impersonal as it gets: Line 1762.
Some 650 miles south of ProPickup magazine’s offices in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the winner of the magazine’s $50,000 sweepstakes pickup, Big Red, was busy juggling his two businesses in Katy, Texas.
Gary Koenig, owner of Gary’s Tire & Automotive Service and Gary’s Rhino Linings, didn’t have a clue it was his name on Line 1762.
Nor did he have a clue that in the blink of some random computation he’d just become the owner of the Mobil Delvac-sponsored sweepstake’s dually – a customized and fully-equipped 2008 GMC Sierra 3500 Crew Cab 4×4 work truck.
“Our goal when we started building this truck was simple,” says Editor Bruce Smith who oversaw the year-long build. “We wanted the truck to have pulling power, load-carrying capability, passenger comfort, versatility and dependability all wrapped up in a stylish package. I think we accomplished that goal.”
So does Koenig, who does a lot of business in the greater Houston area providing tire repair services for construction contractors and oil companies, field repairs, and spraying on the Rhino Lining protective coatings.