The Bird was awarded in my name via my proxy-nephew Joel Smith who drew the winning number in Miami on November 18, 2017. Shortly after, fierce winter weather hit Florida and surrounding areas, so delivery to Portland was delayed. In addition, two of the largest car auctions in the country were taking place, and Reliable Carrier, the transport company hired by Smithfield, was shipping hundreds of cars to auction sites and were not available for several weeks. Arrival finally took place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
I was becoming increasingly anxious about seeing that my car is actually real and being able to touch it. KGW, Channel 8 News interviewed me, recorded the occasion and broadcast it that evening.