Honda Canada has made one Sooke resident a very happy man.
Lawrence Keys was the 4 millionth customer to purchase a Honda vehicle, and in return was awarded a ton of prizes.
“The whole thing was a total surprise,” said Keys.
Included in the prizes was a free seven-day-trip to Toronto, a “Honda Garage” of power equipment such as a lawn mower and snow blower which Keys later traded in for a dirt bike, and a Honda Civic Type R car.
“I’m going to drive my Type R to work and show everybody what a beautiful car it is and what a great company Honda Canada is,” said Keys in a Honda Canada Video. “I want to thank everybody from the bottom of my heart for giving us a time that we’ll never forget.”
He explained that the highlight of his trip was getting to go to the Honda Canada headquarters and see all the smiling employees, staying in a luxury hotel, and going to two Toronto Blue Jays games.
Megan Williams from Campus Honda in Victoria said it was very exciting to have someone from a small town like Sooke win such a big prize.
“It was a lot of fun and a really cool experience. He thought it was a joke at first,” laughed Williams. “Seeing his reaction was so sweet, and it was awesome to see someone from Vancouver Island win.”
Brad Ostermann, another employee at Campus Honda, agreed and said that Keys’ excitement was infectious.
“Lawrence is a wonderful human being, a really nice guy and a very deserving winner of this contest,” said Ostermann.