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One sweet (free) ride

by Daniela Martins
summit daily news
Special to the DailyMatthew Wade with his new wheels at the Chicago Auto Show.

FRISCO ” After winning the Ford’s “Connect with Connect” contest, Matthew Wade, owner of the Ten Mile Creek Kayaks in Frisco, is all joy.

“I’m so excited about that!” he said.

One of the contest’s five finalists, Matti (what people usually call him) went to Chicago Feb. 11 to see his prize. At the Chicago Auto Show, the kayak salesman finally met his brand-new, customized 2010 Ford Transit Connect.

Those five winners were chosen among almost 1,000 people around the country interested in having the vehicle. All of them had to answer questions about how they would use the Ford van to enhance their work and explain the problems with their current vehicles.

Wade was looking and dreaming for a new car to improve his business on the Internet when a friend told him about the opportunity. It was the last day to participate, and he really worked on it.

It paid off. The van is black, equipped, with an onboard computer and has a big Ten Mile Creek Kayaks logo on both sides.

Wade couldn’t hide his happiness before and after the Chicago meeting. He stayed four hours admiring the van and taking pictures of it during the Auto Show.

“I was surprised, it blew me away,” Wade said. “It was much nicer than I thought.”

Very cool but not yet in his hands. Although Wade has already seen it, his particular van won’t arrive in Frisco until June or July.

The real Ford Transit Connect will be made in Turkey and then come to the Unites States. The vans that appeared on the showcase are just demos, which will travel around the world.

But that won’t be a problem for Matti. The arrival date matches with the opening of the summer season, when he’s going to need his van the most. The kayak salesman used to have his personal van, a 2001 Chevy Astro van, for business matters, but it was impossible to take all the equipment and customers at the same time.

He hopes the new van will help kick-start his business.

“It’s a really good thing for small business.” said Wade “It takes business to the next level and look more professional”.

And about his old van?

“I’ll probably park it” Matti said with a laugh.

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