Gresham resident wins new Volkswagen at annual car show
William Gustafson, a resident of Northwest Gresham, said he was speechless Sunday afternoon after the key fob he held in his hand turned out to be the one that unlocked the doors to a brand-new Volkswagen Tiguan.
Gustafson was one of four finalists in a drawing to win the car, which was given away as part of the 2018 Portland International Auto Show. Greg Remensperger, executive vice president of the Metropolitan Portland New Car Dealers Association, pronounced Gustafson the winner after he tested the fob and found it was a match for the Tiguan.
The car giveaway is sponsored by the dealer association in partnership with the Pamplin Media Group. Show attendees entered the drawing during the four-day run of the auto show. The names of four finalists were drawn, and each was given a key fob to try to unlock the car. Whoever had the correct key was the winner.
The other three finalists — Tim Strutz, who lives on the border of Portland and Gresham, Joe Benson of Northeast Portland and Christopher Patton of Salem — all received consolation prizes after Gustafson came out the winner.
After overcoming his initial shock, Gustafson said, now that he has new wheels, he would convert his old vehicle to a "dog transportation car" for his pet Great Pyrenees. Gustafson will pick up the car from Herzog-Meier Volkswagen this week.