James Wright went to the Navistar booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show looking for some free swag from the company. He came away with a lot more than he bargained for.
“I went up there looking for a T-shirt or a cap,” he said in a phone interview with Land Line on Friday. “They didn’t have anything like that, but the woman asked if I’d like to have my own truck. I said ‘sure.’”
Wright, an OOIDA member from West Helena, Ark., said he filled out an entry slip for a chance to win an International tractor, part of the company’s effort to promote its Diamond Renewed program. The truck he ended up with was a 2012 International ProStar, with a MaxxForce 13 engine and a 9-speed manual Eaton Fuller Transmission.
When he got a phone call two weeks after show, Wright said he thought the whole thing was a put-on at first.
“My first thought was ‘yeah right,’” he said. “I was waiting for them to say ‘Now all we need is your credit card number and life history, and we can make this possible.’”