Oct 5, 2017

'Olivia' Mustang finds a new home

Husband and wife Tony and Lynn Haysom got the shock of their lives when they found out they had won ‘Olivia’ – a bright green, custom designed Ford Mustang GT – after buying just one raffle ticket in the Bayford Ford Mustang Raffle!

Both truck drivers, Wangaratta-based couple Tony and Lynn Haysom spend much of their time travelling the 7,000km return trip between Melbourne and Perth in their big rig.  They were in Perth when Tony took a call from David Blackwood, Dealer Principal at Bayford Ford Epping, and learnt that he had won a car.   “I was speechless. David asked me if I was still there! All I could do was take a couple of deep breaths and make a noise.”

Lynn’s family has been touched by cancer, with one sister losing her fight with ovarian cancer and another sister currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. This motivated Lynn and Tony to buy a raffle ticket when they saw the ’Olivia’ on display at Winton Raceway earlier this year.

Lynn and Tony were presented with the keys recently at a special event at Bayford Ford’s stunning new showroom in Epping. The next day they drove back to Wangaratta in their shiny new and very conspicuous car!

“Driving up the Hume Highway, so many people were looking at ‘Olivia’, says Tony. “At road houses people would come up and talk to me and ask questions about the car. Back in Wangaratta, we have to be careful about doing anything wrong because everybody knows who ‘Olivia’ belongs to!”

“We feel completely overwhelmed, excited, blessed, it was so unexpected. To be contributing means a lot to us,” - Lynn. 

We are deeply grateful to the Bayford Group and Bayford Ford Epping for so generously providing the Ford Mustang GT ‘Olivia’.  Thanks also to PPG for painting the car in the unique ‘Olivia Green’ colour and to Tickford for the vehicle enhancements. Proceeds from the raffle totalling more than $70,000 were donated towards supporting wellness programs at the ONJ Cancer Centre. Thank you to all those who bought tickets!

If you'd like to purchase tickets in our current raffle click HERE.