Widnes is now home to the happiest camper around, after he won a brand new camper van from the AA.
The winner of the first AA Summer Saviours Volkswagen California Camper van is Tony Byrnes, 70, from Widnes. He lives with his wife, Marlene, their daughter and granddaughter.
Tony recently went to the Volkswagen Van Centre Liverpool dealership, where he will collect his prize in a few weeks, to have a look at the features on the van.
He was also presented with a letter showing he is the registered owner of the amazing van, by local AA patrol Tony Rich. His prize is currently being shipped over from Germany and he should receive the keys in the next few weeks.
I thought it was a hoax to start with. I’ve never won anything in my life before now, except £3 on the pools and £100 premium bonds
Tony Byrnes, Widnes
Mr Byrnes said: “I was in total disbelief when I got the phone call to say I had won the camper van, I thought it was a hoax to start with. I’ve never won anything in my life before now, except £3 on the pools and £100 premium bonds.
“Marlene and I have always wanted a campervan but we didn’t have space in our old house to park it. Luckily we do now and I just can’t wait to get out and about in it; it’s going to be great for the whole family.
“I used to be a real camper, but I haven’t been for a few years, so it’s time to get the camp chair out again now!
“We’re celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this autumn and it’s my birthday in September, so we’ve got a lot to look forward to in the next few months.”
Tony checks out the California's features
Two other lucky AA members will also win an amazing £45,000 Volkswagen California Campervan this summer as part of the company’s ‘Summer Saviours’ campaign.
The competition is open to new members signing up, like Tony, or existing AA members registering with AA Rewards.
I can’t think of many better ways to have a great summer than winning a Volkswagen California
Edmund King, AA president
Best summer ever
Edmund King, AA president, said: “Summer Saviours is all about giving our AA members their best summer ever and I can’t think of many better ways to have a great summer than winning a Volkswagen California.
“It’s a fantastic prize and I’m delighted that Tony is looking forward to many happy road trips in it with his family.
“We’ve got two more campervans to give away before the end of the summer so there’s still time for members to try their luck.”
As well as the campervan giveaway, the AA is also offering drivers, who take out breakdown cover in August, 15 months membership for the price of 12, to try and take some of the stress out of their journeys this summer and beyond.
(11 August 2014)