Michael gets a bargain!

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.
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 campus.

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 the prize.

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 exciting prize.''

 

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