Sidcup plasterer wins £85,000 Aston Martin - all thanks to a toddler’s tantrum

PUBLISHED: 10:25 30 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:47 30 September 2015

Gary Gibbs with his new Aston Martin

Gary Gibbs with his new Aston Martin


A plasterer from Sidcup is still in shock after winning an £85,000 Aston Martin and £10,000 in cash.

A plasterer from Sidcup is still in shock after winning an £85,000 Aston Martin and £10,000 in cash.

But Gary Gibbs has his toddler Thomas to thank for the tantrum that led to him buying the winning tickets.

He and his wife Lesley were at Heathrow airport, about to set off on holiday to Menorca, when Thomas started to get upset – so he took him to admire an Aston Martin on the Best Of The Best stand.

Best Of The Best runs prize draws giving away supercars – each week one lucky winner receives a luxury new motor.

“I played for some tickets and walked away thinking, there’s no way I’m going to win that,” Gary said.

But a week later, he was surprised with the V8 Vantage as he worked on a property in Eltham.

“I was looking out of the window and I saw an Aston go past and I thought wow, that’s a nice motor,” he recalled.

“The next thing I know there’s a knock at the door asking me to come outside.

“It’s completely unbelievable. I’m pinching myself. It’s a dream come true.”

Since it was founded in 1999 by Will Hindmarch, Best of the Best has given away cars worth more than £17 million, from Ferraris and Porsches to BMWs and Range Rovers.

Mr Hindmarch said: “Every time we give a car away it’s a special moment but Gary’s reaction shows just what it means. It’s a life-changing moment.

“Surprising our winners is one of the best bits of the job.”

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