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Dream car win ‘unbelievable’

The photo shows Horton Media chief executive Matthew Horton (right) catching the keys to his new Peugeot 508 from NBR publisher Todd Scott (centre), with Sime Darby Automobiles divisional manager Simon Rose (left)

Horton Media Chief Executive Matthew Horton is the lucky winner of NBR’s latest subscription prize.

Mr Horton won a Peugeot 508 worth $54,990, which brings the publication’s prize pool total to almost $500,000 since 2009.

He said he was pleasantly surprised when NBR publisher Todd Scott told him he had won a car but shocked when found out it was the exact model he had been admiring all year.

“It’s so unbelievable – I almost fell over.”

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Mr Horton said he had been promising himself the car as a present after a difficult year.

“I can’t tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to driving it. I’ve been admiring it all year ever since it hit the road.”

The Peugeot 508 was the second car given away this year, the first won by Pharmacybrands chairman Peter Merton.

Asked how he was enjoying the Mini Countryman Cooper S, Mr Merton told NBR to ask his wife. It is understood that Mr Merton did not have a say in who would be driving the car.

Castle Trust Financial Planning owner Glynn Lewis Jones was also a car winner back in 2009.

Mr Jones had just moved to New Zealand and started his financial planning business.

On arrival, a friend told him to get clued up on New Zealand he needed to subscribe to two publications, one of which was The National Business Review.

The subscription paid off a lot sooner than expected when shortly after signing up he won a Peugeot 407 valued at $59,490.

Mr Jones sold his prize and put the money into his business, which he said was doing “very well”.

Other winners include Crombie Lockwood chief executive Carl O’Shea, who was treated to a corporate retreat to Huka Lodge valued at $35,000.

Mr O’Shea said he took 10 friends and colleagues to the lodge and had a fantastic stay.

“The unique thing was that they certainly made you feel like it wasn’t a prize. They didn’t cut any corners and went well beyond the call of duty.”

Other winning NBR subscribers have given their winnings to charity.

Financial Markets Authority chairman Simon Allen listed his luxury European Estate on Trade Me, giving the proceeds to Starship Hospital in Auckland.

The NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants won a BMW 3 Series Touring from its company subscription.

The car was listed on Trade Me and proceeds given to a charity for the Canterbury Quake appeal.

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