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Million-km car brings fame for Red Deer man

An old car has brought new fame to a Red Deer man.

The nearly 1.2 million km on Tim Lasiuta’s 1982 Toyota Corolla has earned him a place in Toyota’s advertising. A one-minute animated video called To The Moon and Back recently became part of the car maker’s Canada Moving Story ad campaign.

Lasiuta paid $150 for the 30-year-old car four years ago and has since added 40,000 km to its 1,160,000 total.

“Both my daughters learned to drive in it,” he proudly recounts.

Still in good repair, he drives the two-door two-tone automatic daily, using it to deliver newspapers and make trips to Calgary and Edmonton. He’s grown accustomed to people offering him parts.

“I had one guy say he knew where I could get a front end if I needed one. Some things have a life of their own.”

 

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