$30, three donuts and go-kart skills win N.S. teen a car

$30, three donuts and go-kart skills win N.S. teen a car

Mitchell Maccarone in his Mazda RX 7, a car won in a competition put on by apparel company Modified Envy. (Valley Breeze photos by Sandy Seoane)

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Mitchell Maccarone was just trying to buy a T-shirt.

Now, he’s driving a modified 1993 Mazda RX 7, considered one of “the best of the best,” among car enthusiasts, according to the 19-year-old from North Smithfield.

Maccarone won the vehicle following a trip to California for AWDsome Lifestyles’ Summer Kickoff Car Show, an annual event that included a contest by apparel and accessories company Modified Envy. The car giveaway gives online shoppers the chance to win a rebuilt car by spending money on their products.

“It wasn’t really even on purpose,” Maccarone said of his entry.

Maccarone says he knew little about Modified Envy before he spotted a “cool” T-shirt online. The company was giving shoppers one entry in the car giveaway contest for every five dollars spent, and by buying the $30 shirt, he got six.

Last month, he was informed that he was among three winners who would receive $400 for expenses to travel to San Bernadino, Calif., and compete for the car.

One of the winners couldn’t make it, leaving Maccarone to face just one rival. At stake was an upgraded RX7 with a long list of features including a fully rebuilt 400 horse power engine, a new top-of-the-line sound system and interior improvements such as leather seats. The second place winner would take home a go-kart.

“I was very excited,” he said.

His father, Marc Maccarone, joined him on the trip, and on June 4, the pair showed up to the competition, which included a go-kart race and a donut-eating contest.

Counting the best three of his four laps in a little electric go-kart, contest organizers said Maccorone beat his competitor’s time by five seconds. Next, the contestants were given three minutes to gobble donuts, with one second shaved off of their time for each one they ate.

“We had no water,” Maccarone said. “I prepared by not eating.”

It was a close match. Maccarone put down three donuts while his rival ate five, leaving him the first-place winner. His prize was delivered to his North Smithfield home on July 5.

Maccarone, a car buff who already owned a Subaru RX with turbo, said he won’t use his new souped-up vehicle for everyday travel. A graduate with the North Smithfield High School Class of 2016, he’s currently studying physics at the Community College of Rhode Island under a joint admission agreement to transfer to the University of Rhode Island.

“This is more of a hobby,” he said.

Footage of the competition can be seen at https://tinyurl.com/yc4axvt9 .

Maccarone races a go-kart for a chance to win the car.