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Alicia Zerbe Wins Goodguys Giveaway S550 Mustang
A longtime lover of Mustangs, 24-year old Alicia Zerbe of Spokane, Washington, bought her first Mustang, a dark-red 2005 GT coupe, last summer and has since fitted it with a cold-air intake. Then her Stang stable doubled in December when she won a modified 2016 GT designed by Eric Brockmeyer, one that beats the factory version on looks, growls, cornering, and stopping.
Alicia’s windfall came courtesy of Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, which has given away 92 cars and trucks since 1984. She and her boyfriend, another Mustang fanatic, are regulars at the Goodguys Great Northwest Nationals in Spokane, which is where she entered to win the GT last summer.
But it almost didn’t happen, said Alicia, who is a waitress for DoubleTree by Hilton. She and her boyfriend, who had owned (and wrecked) a 2005 Mustang just like hers, were registering for the contest at several kiosks set up next to the red, white and blue GT, but her touchscreen kept balking.
“I got really frustrated, only to walk away and another person started to fill in their information. It was my boyfriend who went back to the machine he was on originally and filled in my information for me. If I had gone back to the one I was using, I probably wouldn’t have won.”
For the GT, Goodguys teamed up with Eric Brockmeyer and two Arizona car builders; Drew Brothers Customs in Chandler and Brown’s Classic Auto in Scottsdale.
Ford Performance provided all the goodies, including a heavy-duty sway bar, shocks and springs, valve covers, hood struts, a strut tower brace, cat-back exhaust, a short-throw shifter, and a scoop that directs air around the six-speed transmission. Fifteen-inch drilled and slotted Baer rotors with six-piston Brembo brakes bring the Mustang quickly to a halt.
“Drew Brothers did a lot of custom paint and detail work to the Mustang and gave us a good platform to put the aftermarket parts on,” said lead builder Tony Arme. “We got it and put on the wheels and tires, a lot of handling stuff—bigger brakes, short-throw shifter—and we made carbon fiber front and rear splitters for it.”
Drew Brothers added fender flares and painted the Mustang PPG white with PPG gloss black on the roof, wing windows, and rear diffuser. The bright-red side mirrors really pop, and a vinyl stripe in Shelby Blue finishes the look. The 20-inch smoked-titanium Rohana RC9 series wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot tires with custom white lettering from TireStickers.com that says “Goodguys.”
“Our original concept was to be super-aggressive and track ready,” Brockmeyer told us in an email. “We figured why not? It’s a giveaway car. It made for a cool illustration, and I still think the way the car came out keeps the flavor of the design but is a little more refined and probably a more driveable car.”
Ed Capen, vice president of sales and sponsorships for Goodguys, said the GT was chosen to appeal to a younger demographic, which is important because the age of the average Goodguys hot-rodder continues to tick upward. After it was finished in June, the GT was shown at association events around the country. “We wanted people to see this car because we’ve done quite a bit to it,” said Capen. “There was a lot of effort into making this a pretty cool car for somebody to win. It turns heads everywhere it goes.”
The GT was the official chase car for photographers shooting the 81 hot rods, street machines, and muscle cars participating in the Goodguys Hall of Fame Road Tour 2016, which kicked off September 24 in Chicago and concluded at the Lone Star Nationals in Fort Worth on October 1.
With two Mustangs at her disposal, Alicia probably will roll in the GT just on the weekends. So if you’re in Spokane some warm, sunny weekend, keep an eye out for this Mustang because the only way she might see you would be in her rearview mirror.