Hinckley man wins giveaway car at Cruise-In

<strong>LOGAN—</strong> After three days of fun, food and cars, the Cache Valley Cruise-In came to a close Saturday evening with the annual car giveaway, followed by the parade down Main Street.

Since first Cruise-In, which was held in 1982, the Cache Valley Cruising Association has given away 27 beautiful, classic cars. At precisely 6 p.m. Saturday, one lucky attendee won No. 28.

Brooke Walker, of KSL 5 TV, had the honor of drawing this year’s winner in front of several thousand patrons – each one hoping that their number would be called out. The winning number was 10412.

After a brief pause, a man – flanked by his son and grandson – made his way into the middle of the stadium with a blue ticket in his hand and a huge smile on his face.

Reed Roholt handed over his ticket while it was compared with the one that had been drawn.  As it was verified to the crowd, Roholt’s fist flew into the air and he flashed a triumphant smiled.

“Wow. That’s all I can say,” Roholt said. “Wow. I’m so excited I think I might just have a heart attack.”

This year’s giveaway car was a 1928 Ford Model A Delivery Sedan. Its exterior is painted a dark metallic blue that has metal flakes in the clear coat to make it stand out even more. The inside was just as beautiful with its gray tweed finish and the paired bucket seats.

Luck couldn’t have chosen a more perfect winner this year. Roholt, who recently lost his wife and was attending his first Cruise-In, drove all the way from Hinckley to be with his family for this event.

“Oh, she would be thrilled,” Roholt said. “She would be sitting next to me just laughing her head off right now, I’m sure.”

Even after 25 minutes of signing paperwork, Roholt was still saying things like, “this is really quite exciting,” “I never in my wildest dreams thought I would win something this nice” and “it’s still unbelievable.”

It was evident as Roholt drove his new car onto the parade route that his smile will take a long time to fade.

Next year, the Cache Valley Cruising Association will be giving away a true muscle car in a blue, 1969 Dodge Super Bee.

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