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RAF MILDENHALL, England — Ron Hymas had plans to rent a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle for a road trip through his home state of Idaho this summer.

The former Marine can cancel those plans. On Monday, his name was selected in a drawing held by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

His prize? A Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle.

“It’s cool,” Hymas said in a telephone interview from Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, where he is director of the youth center. His wife is U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Constance Hymas, a nurse stationed at the base hospital.

The marketing promotion for Exchange New Car Sales was held at 26 locations across Europe, according to Debbie Byerly, public affairs spokeswoman for AAFES. The drawing took place Monday at Vogelweh, Germany.

When the call came Monday, Hymas was disbelieving.

“I was thinking, ‘Yeah, I got scammed,’” he said.

But he made some calls to exchange officials and became convinced he was, indeed, richer by one motorcycle.

The motorcycle will be delivered in the United States and Hymas will keep it there so the salty sea spray on the island won’t damage the bike, which is a special edition version worth $20,000.

He’ll ride the bike this summer and then join it permanently at the end of 2006 when his wife’s tour ends. As the winner of the drawing, Hymas had his choice of the motorcycle or a $15,000 advance toward purchase of a new truck.

“I don’t need a truck,” he said.


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