Gotta love those Scots! A Scottish farmer traveled over 400 miles to collect a MINI Cooper he had won at a trade exhibition and then promptly gave it away!
A St. Andrews potato grower by the name of Jim Mason won a new MINI at last year's British Potato (BP07) event in Harrogate in a prize drawing run by Branston Ltd. Apparently, the UK's leading supplier of potatoes wanted to know more about their farmers' growing habits, so to entice them to fill out a short survey they included all participants in a prize drawing to win a new MINI Cooper.
And lo and behold, Jim's name was first one out of the hat. Only two drawbacks: one, he'd have to drive 400 miles to collect it, and two, he really didn't want it.
"It's a wonderful car and I'm delighted to have won it, but I've decided to give it to my wife. It's far more suited to her than me," explained Jim as he collected the keys from Soper Mini in Lincoln. "I drove a Mini myself back in the 70s but now I find a four by four or a tractor is more my style!"
The prize draw was devised by Richard Clark, Commercial Director, at Branston. "We saw BP07 as a great opportunity to find out how confident growers were in the industry, what they grew and their plans for the coming year.
"The offer of a Mini Cooper certainly attracted a huge amount of interest from growers at the event and we're delighted that Jim won. We were more than a little surprised when he first said he was giving it away but we're sure his wife will appreciate her new car."
Hey, a free MINI is still a free MINI. Nice going, Jim!
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