January 9, 2014

2013 Mustang Dream Giveaway

The 2013 Mustang Dream Giveaway, a nationwide drawing sponsored by WorldCause Foundation, came to an end on July 4, 2013, with William Strickler of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, chosen as the grand prize winner.

Strickler was awarded both a 1968 Shelby G.T. 500 and a matching 2013 Shelby GT500. And as customary with the Dream Giveaway, he received $50,000 cash to help pay the federal withholding requirement for taxes. He entered the 2013 Mustang Dream Giveaway on May 15, 2013, by making a $300 tax-deductible donation.

"When I went on the website and saw my name, I almost fell over," Strickler said at the time, proclaiming that he has been a Mustang enthusiast his entire life. Since taking both Shelbys home, he has set aside some time to enjoy both cars. "I absolutely love them!" Mr. Strickler said. "Showing the cars to everyone who wants to see them has been exhausting, but I think I will survive!"

As a result of donations received from this event, WorldCause Foundation awarded grants to DAV, Henry Ford Health System, the Carroll Shelby Foundation, and the PVA Outdoor Recreation Heritage Fund.

In order to make such ventures successful, Dream Giveaway depends on companies like Ford, Ford Racing, Carlisle Events, Roadwire, Distinctive Industries, Classic Soft Trim, and a host of aftermarket suppliers for their generous support.

Pony Cars Take Center Stage

The SCCA Trans-Am racing series launched in 1966, and was designed to showcase a new class of sporty, domestic cars racing on road courses. In a few short years, it became the ultimate American automobile showdown, with each major automotive manufacturer participating heavily in the Trans-Am Series. The Cars of Trans-Am Racing focuses on the cars used in this legendary series.

When the modified muscle cars of the series were seen performing well on the country's finest tracks, fans wanted a model of their own in the driveway. These "pony" cars boasted a new look and style not seen before, and their all-around performance eclipsed anything accomplished by production-based American GT cars to this point.

While these vintage Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, Barracudas, Firebirds, Cougars, and Javelins all have become extremely popular with collectors and enthusiasts today, seeing them in their full-competition versions when they were new will bring back many fond memories for those who were fans of this series. Additionally, enthusiasts who enjoy these cars today look to the Trans-Am series cars for styling inspiration and performance hints as part of the growing Pro Touring trend.

Many of these historic cars have been restored to race-ready condition once again. Additional insight and interviews from the original builders and the teams who maintained the cars provides an insider's viewpoint never before seen in print.

David Tom is the Founder and Registrar of the Historic Trans-Am Registry. He has also owned more than 10 historic Trans-Am cars. Additionally, David restores historic racing cars in his Apache Junction, Arizona, headquarters. He recently finished the restoration of Bud Moore's 1966 Mercury Comet, just in time for it to be on-hand for Moore's induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The Cars of Trans-Am Racing features 192 pages packed with more than 500 black/white and color images. Retail pricing has been set at $39.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling, and you can order one by calling CarTech at (800) 551-4754 or by visiting www.cartechbooks.com/trans-am-racing.