Extraordinary Event in My Ordinary Life: I Won a Car

Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle (Photo credit: Karen Roe)

When I was 16, I had worked at a women’s retail shop, that offered bumper stickers to promote the rock radio station WKTK in Baltimore.  I had placed  a bumper sticker on my father’s Chevrolet station wagon, that I drove daily.

The bumper stickers were part of a contest that had employees from WKTK drive around the Baltimore area writing down license plate  numbers from cars that displayed the WKTK sticker. I didn’t pay much attention to the contest, because I knew that I wouldnt win. During the summer of 1973, they had selected one license number per week and announced it over the radio. If the owner of that license number called in, they won a stereo or other music related prize. I never listened for my license number.

In the fall of 1973, WKTK awarded the grand prize by drawing a name at an Elton John concert. They drew my father’s name. 

WKTK contacted him the next day, and my father called me at school and told me that I had won a car.

The car was bright orange with WKTK and yellow beetles and butterflies painted on the hood, sides and back. You couldn’t miss it! 

However, I had  been driving a Pontiac Firebird, that I loved, that my parents had purchased for me early in the summer, and I was working to pay for a windshield wiper a week. 

The Volkswagon was worth about $2,800.00., and after driving it for a few months, I suggested that my parents sell it.  I asked them to keep the money, but they had to tell everyone that I paid for my Firebird. It was a win-win!

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2 thoughts on “Extraordinary Event in My Ordinary Life: I Won a Car

  1. Barbara Wood says:

    Dottie
    I was there with you at NDP and I should remember that VW, but my memory is shot these days. What a cool experience that must have been for you!!! God’s favor never ceases to amaze me.
    Hope all are well,
    Blessings,
    Barb Wood (Vitale)

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