GI ends losing streak for contests in big way
June 30, 2005
PYONGTAEK, South Korea — About four or five years ago back in her native Oklahoma, Stephanie Jo Cassidy would get on the back of her Uncle Jake’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle and he’d take her through the streets of Ringling and on the highways near town.
But apart from that, and a small dirt bike she owned many years ago, the 27-year-old Army specialist has had little involvement with motorcycles. Normally, her enthusiasm is for softball, fishing, and playing spades.
Well, stand by, Oklahoma: Stephanie Jo’s next duty station will be Fort Sill, Okla., and before long she’ll be the one flashing past on a 700-pound 15th Anniversary Edition Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle with a 1,550 cc engine, chrome wheels, a Badlander-inspired seat and a 24-karat gold-plated emblem.
Cassidy, 27, who just weeks ago saw herself as someone who “never” wins anything, now feels as if she won something on “The Price Is Right.”
She won the Fat Boy in a Pacific-wide promotional contest put on by the new car sales people at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, said Sal Salvucci, senior sales agent at Camp Walker’s AAFES new car sales outlet. Salvucci says they sell the Fat Boy for $18,862 but that he’s seen them selling stateside for $25,000 or more.
It was a hot Saturday earlier this month when Cassidy signed up during a stop at the Walker PX.
“I said, ‘I’ll sign up but I won’t win. I never do.’”
Then, the next day she worked 24-hour barracks duty until 9 a.m. Monday, and was asleep after her shift when a soldier friend woke her.
“She said ‘Let’s go. We gotta go to the PX right now.’ So I threw on some sandals and went with her and we get to the PX and she said ‘I need to make a payment on my new car. Go into the car place and wait for me while I go to the ATM,’” Cassidy said.
“Pretty much she was settin’ me up because Sal walked in and said ‘Are you Specialist Cassidy?’…and I said ‘Yes’ and he said ‘Well, guess what? You won!’”
She’ll pick up the new Harley after she returns to the United States in September — and she’ll also need to pick up a license.
“I have never owned one,” she said of motorcycles. “I do not have a license. I’ve rode on the back of ’em. I rode a dirt bike way back in the day but it was little bitty. That was when I was younger. I’m definitely going to have to get some riding lessons because it weighs 700 pounds.”