It was a dream come true for Mohamad Syazwan bin Mohamad Naim, as he came out on top in the Wörthersee GTI contest organised by Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM). His prize? An all-expense paid trip to this year’s Wörthersee GTI Festival in Austria.

To win the experience of a lifetime, Syazwan had to battle it out with other finalists, Rick Moh King Yew and Abu Ubaidah Amir, at the recent Volkswagen Tour roadshow in One Utama Shopping Centre. The grand finale saw a number of challenging questions relating to historical and technical aspects of the Golf and the Wörthersee GTI Festival, which tested the participants’ knowledge to the limit.

“It’s been nerve-wrecking week, and I had even stayed up all night before the grand finale to make sure I covered everything on the GTI. To win this trip is a dream come true, and I couldn’t be more excited,” said 26-year-old Syazwan, who will be bringing his younger brother with him to Austria.

“We are delighted to be able to present this once-in-a lifetime chance to our winner – congratulations on a well-deserved win to Syazwan,” added Erik Winter, managing director of VPCM.

The GTI Festival started out as a small gathering of Volkswagen GTI owners, but has since expanded to become a major event that attracts over 100,000 fans around the world. It is held every May on the shores of Lake Wörth or Wörthersee, as it is known in German.

To give Volkswagen fans the chance to visit the festival, VPCM ran the Wörthersee GTI contest from March 20-27, which garnered over 1,500 submissions. To compete, participants had to register and complete a slogan and answer 10 questions correctly in the fastest time, with the top three fastest participants qualifying to the grand finale.