STIHL Inc. Gives Away Custom Chopper to Ohio Resident

STIHL’s nationwide STIHL Street Boss sweepstakes culminated on June 11 in the awarding of a one-of-a-kind custom motorcycle to one lucky winner, selected at random from more than 64,000 entries. The drawing took place in mid-May, and the winner was Mansfield, Ohio, resident Michael L. Davenport.

Davenport, who grew up in Mansfield, has been self-employed for 21 years and is engaged to be married this summer. As he received the sweepstakes notice in the mail and promptly began filling out his entry for the drawing, his fiancé, Elaine Jacobs, taunted, “I can’t believe you’re wasting your time; your chances are one in a million!” To this he replied with a steadfast hope, “You can’t win if you don’t enter.”

Davenport is a former Harley motorcycle owner and long-time bike enthusiast. After selling his Harley Davidson Ultra Classic three years ago, he views the new chopper as a “real godsend.”

“I’ve never won anything in my entire life,” said Davenport. “It took a couple of days for it to even register in my mind that I had actually won.”

The keys to the chopper were presented to Davenport at a special event held at Mid-Ohio Gravely, an independent outdoor power equipment retailer in Mansfield, Ohio. The event began with a number of STIHL merchandise giveaways to the general public throughout the day. As an added bonus, visitors were entertained by the STIHL IRONJACK Timber Team’s lumberjack sports show, as part of a 32-week tour that showcases the athletes’ dexterity, speed and brute strength. Competitions included pole climbing, springboard chop, underhand chop, hot saw, obstacle pole and log rolling.

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