Macanudo Big Drive winner gets smokin’ new ride

Robert Cowan

Macanudo®, America’s best-selling premium cigar, announces today that Robert Cowan of Commack, NY has won the grand prize in the brand’s national “Big Drive” sweepstakes.

Robert, who entered into the contest by purchasing Macanudo cigars from, won a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro by choosing the key that opened the car. In winning the muscle car, Robert became the envy of fellow contestants who were randomly selected from online cigar retailers. They are: George Castellese, Sugar Grove, IL (Cigars International); David Nygaard, Astoria, OR, (Famous Smoke Shop); Jeff Diedrich, Frisco, TX (Mike’s Cigars); Brij Patel, Marietta, GA (Best Cigar Prices); Fred Steinberg, Boca Raton, FL (Thompson Cigar). Gustavo Rosales, Ft. Lauderdale, FL was randomly selected through online entries to

The Camaro boasts an array of amenities and enough horsepower to leave other hotrods in the dust.

Gus Martinez, director of marketing for Macanudo said, “The Macanudo Big Drive sweepstakes brings together two great passions, cigars and muscle cars, and has given us the opportunity to deliver an unparalleled VIP experience. For these devoted Macanudo fans who enjoy cars as much as they enjoy their cigars, this trip is one they’ll never forget.”

Robert looks forward to taking the smokin’ hot muscle car for a celebratory spin when he returns to Commack, NY. He said, “I always smoke Macanudo during special occasions, so I’m lighting up one now to celebrate my victory and will definitely do so again when the car gets delivered to me in Long Island.”

As part of the Big Drive sweepstakes, the contestants and their guests were treated to an all-expense paid weekend at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. While in Sin City, they were wined and dined by the Macanudo brand team, and savored Macanudos at cigar-friendly hotspots in Vegas.

For additional photos of the Macanudo Big Drive contest, please visit the brand’s Facebook and Twitter channels.

About Macanudo Cigars

Since their introduction in 1968, Macanudo cigars have been a favorite among premium cigar connoisseurs. The brand continues to be the best selling premium cigar brand in the U.S. and also sells in more than 90 countries worldwide.  In addition to the base brand of Macanudo cigars, the brand also features these collections: Macanudo Maduro, Macanudo Robust, Macanudo Gold Label, Macanudo Vintage, Macanudo 1968 and Macanudo Estate Reserve.

About General Cigar Company

General Cigar Co. is the leading manufacturer and marketer of handcrafted cigars for the premium market. Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo, Cohiba®,  La Gloria Cubana®, Partagas®, CAO®, Punch®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading premium brands in the company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition, the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends and has a dedicated R&D practice that develops new varieties of tobacco and revitalizes vintage seeds. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. In 2010, General Cigar entered into a joint venture agreement with Plasencia Group.  Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists nationwide and exports select products to 62 countries. For more information, please visit

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