Oh what a feeling

24 Apr, 2014 02:00 AM
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At the New Town Toyota showroom for the Toyota HiLux competition draw on Tuesday were Farm Weekly publisher Trevor Emery (left), New Town Toyota and Kalamunda Toyota dealer principal Joe Zito, who drew the winning ticket from among more than 25,500 entries received, New Town Toyota general manager Sheryl Grimwood and Kalamunda Toyota general manager Oliver Brown.
You have made my day, well actually you've made my week!
At the New Town Toyota showroom for the Toyota HiLux competition draw on Tuesday were Farm Weekly publisher Trevor Emery (left), New Town Toyota and Kalamunda Toyota dealer principal Joe Zito, who drew the winning ticket from among more than

BEACON is Farm Weekly's latest competition giveaway lucky town with the Toyota HiLux ute destined for the property of local farmers Stuart and Michelle Faulkner.

"You're joking? Are you serious? That's absolutely fantastic..wow! awesome! what a surprise... I'm baffled," said Mr Faulkner exercising almost every available superlative when told the news on Tuesday.

"You have made my day, well actually you've made my week!"

A third generation farmer, Mr Faulkner and his wife Michelle farm 20,000 hectares at Beacon in partnership with his brothers Ray and wife Tania and Jason and wife Arlene.

And there's obviously something special in the dirt, the water and the genes out there, as Ray and Tania won an iPad in a Farm Weekly /CSBP subscriber competition last year.

Mr Faulkner said they had used Toyota vehicles on the farm for at least 30 years and currently had three HiLux 4 x 4 utes, including one double-cab in the stable, while his family vehicle was a Toyota Prado.

"Toyotas are really reliable, have good resale value and we get good sales and service back-up with them," he said.

The Faulkner enterprise comprises about 14,000ha of cropping, a 3000 head, Hurstdene blood, self-replacing Merino ewe flock with another 1200 Merino ewes mated to Poll Dorset sires.

Mr Faulkner said on the back of 15 to 20 millimetres of rain two weeks ago they had already sown 600ha of Pallinup oats mostly for forage crops and would be starting on the rest of the 2014 seeding program, whether wet or dry, in the next couple of days.

This would include Cobra and Sturt canola and Mace, Justica and Calingiri wheats.

Mr Faulkner said they had got out of jail with a soft finish last year to scrape in for an average season.

He hoped some of his luck would rub off for a better season for all this year, especially for those farmers to his east around Southern Cross and Bullfinch who'd had "a pretty tough run weather wise".

The lucky winner of the $2500 cashback prize for any Farm Weekly subscriber who bought a new Toyota vehicle from New Town Toyota or Kalamunda Toyota during the competition period was Craig Strahan, Koorda.

Mr Strahan said he had downsized from another brand to Toyota because he wanted reliability and fuel economy but with enough power for towing.

His purchase was a Toyota HiLux SR 4 x 4 "similar to the competition model but the sportier version".

"I've leased the farm for a year and my wife Linda is nursing at Sir Charles Gardiner hospital so I'm going to be back and forth to Perth a lot," Mr Strahan said.

"I've got to say I kicked a lot of tyres and visited a lot of caryards before settling on this vehicle and New Town Toyota was great to deal with."

Kalamunda Toyota and New Town Toyota dealer principal Joe Zito said he was overwhelmed by the response to the HiLux ute competition, with more than 25,500 entries received.

"I thank the Farm Weekly subscribers who sent in their entries and especially those who purchased a new vehicle or had their vehicle serviced," Mr Zito said.

"I hope this competition has helped us to strengthen and secure an ongoing relationship with Farm Weekly and its readers.

"I congratulate Stuart Faulkner on winning the new Toyota HiLux fitted with Toyota Genuine accessories heavy duty alloy tray, bull bar, tow bar and floor mats and look forward to handing over the keys to their new vehicle in coming days."

Mr Zito said it was still a great time to buy with many savings across the entire Toyota range.

"We welcome your inquiry and look forward to assisting you with all your motoring needs – New Town and Kalamunda Toyota are your one-stop-shop Toyota Dealers," he said.

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