Soldier serving in Iraq wins 2010 Ford Mustang GT Coupe

Ford has announced the winner of the “Mustang Stories” online contest and the winner of the 2010 Ford Mustang. U.S. Army Specialist Kory Chesher, a member of the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division serving in Iraq will be flown to the LA Auto Show to see the 2010 Ford Mustang unveiled in person and to pickup his new Pony. Out of the top 25 stories, voters selected Chester’s story for the grand prize of a new 2010 Ford Mustang GT Coupe and the trip for two to LA. Chesher, 22, and his group will be returning the U.S. this month.

“I opened up my e-mail and saw the first bold message said, “˜Congratulations: You are a Winner in the Mustang Stories Contest.” I couldn”t read it fast enough. I”m just overwhelmed,” Chesher said via e-mail from Iraq.

You can read Chesher’s 242-word essay after the jump. Make sure you join on Nov. 19th as we kick off live coverage of the 2008 LA Auto Show. In the mean time, Chesher and all of us here continue to get teased by Ford.

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Chesher”s 242-word essay, “A Life Obsession,”:

It started when I was about 6 years old. I was in the truck with my father and we were at a stoplight. Across the road at the other light was this “car.” It drew my attention away from everything else in the world. I asked my dad what it was and he simply said, “Oh, that”s a Mustang.”

I remember it like it was yesterday. I now know that it was a 1968 black Fastback. That was almost 20 years ago. Twenty years of love, addiction, obsession. Twenty years of longing and desire.

Now I”m a solider in the United States Army deployed to Iraq. I spend my spare time tearing through Mustang magazines that my family and total strangers are kindhearted enough to send to me. Every opportunity I get I”m online poring through forums and pictures; studying every little tidbit of knowledge I can get my hands on; meticulously memorizing seemingly insignificant trivia. Names, dates, specs, colors, paint codes, production numbers, costs, anything, everything.

A Mustang of my own wouldn”t quell this life I live ““ it would supercharge it. The only thing greater than a life loving Mustangs is a life with a Mustang. With a Mustang to call my own I could finally experience the pride and freedom that I”ve only been watching from afar. It will ignite a passion like nothing I have ever experienced. Mustangs are my one true love.

I”m ready to go driving now.