Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Lucky Volkswagen Malaysia Winner Mohamad Syazwan Will Head For The Wörthersee GTI Festival 2018

Mohamad Syazwan bin Mohamad Naim is one lucky fella! Last saturday, he beat two other finalists and won the grand prize of an all-expense trip to the Wörthersee GTI Festival in Austria, courtesy of the Wörthersee GTI contest organised by Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) in conjunction with the Malaysian launch of the new, facelifted Volkswagen Golf which many enthusiasts call the Golf Mk7.5.

Syazwan won after duking it out at the Grand Finale in front of a lot of people (include Yours Truly who had nothing better to do that sarutday morning) at the recent Volkswagen Tour roadshow at One Utama Shopping Centre. The two other finalists were Moh King Yew, who came in a close second and Abu Ubaidah Amir. Mr. Moh, who looked the part of a total GTI fanboy fought hard, but it just wasn't his day. You can see in the photo below how close it got at one point.

The Wörthersee GTI contest ran from the 20 th till 27 th March and had garnered over 1,500 submissions. Quite a good number even though the contest period was short. To compete, participants had to register and complete a slogan and answer 10 questions correctly in the fastest time, with the top three fastest participants qualifying to the Grand Finale which you now know who won. During the Grand Finale, one would need to have a high level of proficiency  concerning historical and technical aspects of the Golf and the Wörthersee GTI Festival as the questions centered around these topics.

26-year old Mohamad Syazwan is a self-confessed car enthusiast and a Volkswagen GTI fan. The chap actually spent an entire week polishing his GTI knowledge to prepare for the contest and he actually stayed up the night before. Talk about being prepared and the dedication.  Syazwan, who works in the ICT field, will be bringing his younger brother with him to Austria. Lucky guys.

The Wörthersee GTI Festival is held in May of every year on the shores of Lake Wörth or Wörthersee, as it is known in German. It first started as a small gathering of Volkswagen GTI owners and now has grown into a  full-fledged event of modified, classic and vintage Volkswagen cars which attracts over 100,000 fans from all around the world. This year marks the 37th year of the festival and it is 'worth the see'. Don't mind the pun please. This year, two Malaysian young men get to attend the event.

Erik Winter, the Managing Director of VPCM said that the Wörthersee GTI Contest was a way of celebrating the enthusiasm and devotion displayed by GTI fans in Malaysia of which the grand prize was a once in a lifetime experience for such a fan.

As stated earlier, the Wörthersee GTI Contest was held in conjunction with the very recent launch of the new Golf family in Malaysia. Four variants were introduced - Two variants with a 1.4 TSI engine – the Sportline and R-Line which is priced at RM 155,990 and RM169,990 respectively and then the Golf GTI with its performance packed 2.0liter TSI engine at RM239,990 while the range topping Golf R, powered with a 2.0 TSI all-wheel drive turbocharged engine is priced at RM295,990.

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