TAMPA, Fla. — RNR Tire Express honored a special father with a Jurassic Park-themed Jeep Wrangler as part of its Father's Day giveaway promotion.
This year's winner, Chris Festo of Archer, Fla., received a 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ Sahara, inspired by and customized to match the original "Jurassic Park" film franchise. The vehicles was outfitted with a new set of Candy Apple Red Fuel Forged Wheels and Nitto Mud Grappler Tires, a four-inch lift kit and a custom Jurassic Park paint job.
The annual contest recognizes and celebrates the tireless work done by fathers, RNR said.
The dealership received more than 10,000 nominations sent in from families throughout the country, each sharing personal details of the sacrifices and commitments made by their fathers.
Festo's family and friends joined the RNR team at the company's Leesburg, Fla., location on June 18 to surprise him with the vehicle.
"Chris is the best dad to his girls and a huge "Jurassic Park" fan. He has been collecting "Jurassic Park" memorabilia since the first time he read the book as a young teenager," his wife Heather said. "He passed this love of "Jurassic Park" on to our oldest. Before COVID, they'd proudly display their collection during the annual collector's day at our local museum."
"The excitement surrounding this giveaway was palpable. Not only for us here at RNR but for those in the Festo family that helped coordinate the surprise," RNR Tire President Adam Sutton said.
"As a company that takes every opportunity to give back when and where it can, it was one of our most unique such endeavors to date, hands down."
"I was shaking. Truly, it was a speechless moment for me," Chris Festo said. "My only advice to all the other dads out there is to be nice to your wife, because she might do nice things for you in return, like win you a free car."
Last month, RNR honored a Flordia mom in their annual Mothers Day Giveaway.