Southington man and Army Private wins dream car in national contest
For as long as David Myers can remember, cars have always been a passion.
"I was always into cars when my dad bought the first Fast N' Furious movie," said Myers.
So when Pep Boys and Penzoil held a contest giving away a custom Ford Mustang RTR Spec 2, Myers knew he had to enter.
"I entered to win it on Instagram. I was just laying on my bed, scrolling through Instagram, and an ad popped up about Penzoil. Penzoil and Pep Boys were giving away a Mustang RTR. I knew what the RTR brand is, so I know about the car and how stylish it is," said Myers.
Never in his wildest dreams did this Private Second Class in the Army, who is currently stationed in South Korea, think he would win.
"I'm like, this can't be real. This is not real. This is a scam. It can't be real," Myers said.
It was real, though, and he won out of more than a million entries.
This past weekend in North Carolina, Myers was given the keys by world champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. His motorsports team hand-built the car in Gittin's personal garage. Gittin even autographed the dash and under the hood.
The cars he builds are also numbered, and this one is number 40.
"It was jaw-dropping. The very first impression of seeing the car, it was amazing. I love it so much," said Myers.
Myers says having a car like this with all the bells and whistles and a vehicle he doesn't have to do anything to it, is like a dream come true.
"I can finally take it to car shows and show other people, show my story, give other people some hope about it and maybe they'll enter sweepstakes and have a chance to win a car of their dreams as well," he said.
In addition to the car, Myers also received a $1,000 gift card to Pep Boys and got to see the RTR lab where the Mustang was built.
Myers took military leave to get the car. He'll head back to South Korea next week.