Sweepstakes Winner Gets Keys To Big Red

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Houston Businessman Rides High In Big Red

2013 Sweepstakes Winner Gary Koenig gets title to ProPickup’s Mobil Delvac 2013 project truck


Gary Koenig, owner of Gary’s Tire & Automotive Service and Gary’s Rhino Linings, has been waiting nearly a month to see what he won.

Today the fully customized 2008 GMC Sierra 3500 dually work truck, Big Red, is sitting in outside his office for all to see.

“The only thing I’d ever won was a cake during a cake walk when I was in grade school,” quipped the Texas businessman. “I really don’t know what to say. It’s some truck when you see it in person.”

Gary Koenig, winner of 2013 Big Red SweepstakesGary Koenig, winner of 2013 Big Red Sweepstakes

The Texas businessman flew to Tuscaloosa where Dan Tidwell, the VP of the Construction Media Group of Randall Reilly, presented Koenig with the keys and a plaque commemorating the social occasion held at Barkley GMC.

“We wanted the truck to have pulling power, load-carrying capability, passenger comfort, versatility and dependability all wrapped up in a stylish package,” said ProPickup editor Bruce Smith who oversaw the build.

“From what Gary has told me today, I think we accomplished that goal.”

Koenig, whose tire and auto repair business has been providing services for contractors and consumers in the greater Houston area for nearly 40 years, says he’d thought about letting his son and employees drive the truck.

But that’s changed now that he has seen it first-hand.

“I think the keys to Big Red are going to be staying in my pocket for quite a while. My son can drive my Denali,” says Koenig.