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Simcoe man 'rolls up' a Honda Civic

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 It might have been a coffee. Maybe a donut or muffin.

Simcoe's Jerry Antoszek was not expecting to win a car when he 'rolled up the rim' on March 2.

"I was on my way to work, stopped, grabbed two coffees, large double-doubles," said Antoszek, who was in Tillsonburg Wednesday morning for the official presentation of a 2017 Honda Civic he won from a purchase at the Simcoe Street Tim Hortons. "I was working at those horse barns (west of Tillsonburg), I think it was in Putnam. I rolled up the rim and it said 'Win / Civic.' It was pretty surprising. You don't expect to roll up a rim and win a car."

Tim Hortons introduced Roll Up the Rim promotion 30 years ago, and over the years Antoszek has won free coffee, donuts, and potato wedges.

"I drink a lot of coffee," said Antoszek. "I was winning all kinds of things."

But nothing like the 2017 Honda Civic EXT Coupe.

It was the first Roll Up the Rim car won at a Tillsonburg Tim Hortons franchise, owned and operated by the Salverda family for the past three decades, including current owner Randy Salverda.

"We've been in Tillsonburg for 34 years, and it's been 30 years for Roll Up the Rim," said Salverda, noting the last major prize in Tillsonburg was a boat won at the Broadway location.

"This was the first car."

"This is the second year Honda has teamed with Timmy's," said Darryl Lazowski, owner of Simcoe Honda. "And this is my first win. Probably the first (Honda) win in Norfolk County - I would have been contacted if there was a winner in Simcoe, Port Dover, Delhi, Tillsonburg... that's my area."

The two-door, turbo-charged Civic EXT Coupe, which Antoszek planned to pick up in Simcoe Wednesday night after work, was fully loaded.

"It's got everything," said Lazowski. "Air, it's got all the safety features, cameras..."

For now, Antoszek said it will be used mostly on weekends and road trips.

"I've got a daily driver... a '98 Chev truck."

 

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