A Nibley resident, motivated by his son’s love of vintage Mustang automobiles, bought tickets for a raffle in his home state of Indiana and he won the restored 1968 cream-colored vehicle.
“I was looking at a website in my hometown in northwest Indiana and I saw that the United Way was raffling off a Mustang to raise money,” said Scot Squires. “Knowing my son loves Mustangs, I paid the $25 because I knew it was going to a good cause and we decided to see what would happen.”
Squires, who moved to the Cache Valley more than two years ago, received a Facebook message from a friend in Indiana who attended the event saying he was the winner.
“That was on a Friday. At first I thought she was joking,” he said, “so I had to wait all weekend to get hold of an official source to learn that it was true.”
He had the car shipped to Utah and it arrived about two weeks ago.
His son’s extensive research into the history of the Ford Mustang will not help him when it comes to his turn to drive the vintage auto. He is only 13 years old.
“He hopes he will be driving it in three years, that’s for sure.”
The car was donated to United Way and was restored after 1,300 hours of work by students at the A.K. Smith Career Center in Indiana. Auto dealers and parts stores donated parts needed for the restoration.
Squires is a former news editor at The News-Dispatch and reporter for the LaPorte County Herald-Argus, both in Indiana. He said the family moved to northern Utah in order for his wife to work on her PhD at USU.