University of Otago student Michael Callander with his new
shoes yesterday, the footwear he bought to win a new Toyota
GT86. He is flanked by Cooke Howlison Toyota sales manager
Steve Wilson (left) and The Warehouse South Dunedin store
manager Gareth Michelle. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
A Dunedin student has upgraded his transport from a $5
pair of shoes to a $46,486 sports car that buying those shoes
helped win him.
Michael Callander (20), of Whangarei, entered a nationwide
competition for a Toyota GT86 by buying a pair of $5 black
canvas shoes and a bottle of Thomas the Tank Engine body wash
at The Warehouse in South Dunedin.
The University of Otago third-year commerce student was
''chilling out'' on the couch with his five flatmates on a
recent Friday afternoon, when he was called about winning the
competition at The Warehouse.
''I couldn't remember entering and thought I had won some
stationery or something, but was stoked when I was told I had
won a car,'' Mr Callander said.
The Toyota GT86 is a rear-wheel-drive sports car with a
six-speed manual transmission and can accelerate from 0kmh to
100kmh in 7.6 seconds.
Previously, the only mode of transport Mr Callander needed in
Dunedin was his size nine shoes because his flat was near the
He had considered selling the car but had decided to keep it
for ''road trips'', Mr Callander said.
Cooke Howlison Toyota sales manager Steve Wilson said the
GT86 cost $46,486.
On-road costs and a full tank of petrol were included with
Warehouse South Dunedin manager Gareth Michelle was
''delighted'' the winner was a customer of his store.
''It's fantastic to be able to give Mr Callander such an