Every month, Dream Giveaway Garage brings you a behind-the-scenes look at Dream Giveaway® grand-prizes, the charities that benefit from your donation, the companies that help us build the grand-prize cars, and the lucky winners!
Last Chance Alert: 2016 Supercar Dream Giveaway®
For our subscribers who have never had the opportunity to get behind the steering wheel of a world-famous Lamborghini 560-4 Spyder, we asked Car and Driver magazine to recall its first drive of this land-rocket Lambo.
“There is some serious— serious—power behind that right pedal, and the farther one dips into it, the more it returns controlled and thrilling acceleration. Within only a few feet, we know one thing for sure: This is a fast car.”
In fact, the Lamborghini Gallardo 560-4 Spyder tops out at 202 mph.
Here’s what else is going fast … your chance to enter to win this Lamborghini Gallardo 560-4 convertible that retailed for over $300,000. There’s only 19 days left to enter to win the first Italian supercar ever given away by Dream Giveaway Garage.
Check out this video of this Lamborghini blasting like a bullet on an international grand-prix straightaway. Then imagine yourself turning your dreams of owning an Italian supercar into reality!
Fun Facts: Bandit Dream Giveaway®
What do the terms “Screaming Chicken,” “Golden Eagle” and “Hood Applique” all have in common?
They are all slang for the bigger-than-Big Bird decal that graces the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition driven by Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds in the classic car-guy film Smokey and the Bandit.
How well do you know the diehard details of the movie? Test your knowledge with these five fun facts.
And remember that the 2017 Bandit Dream Giveaway means one lucky Smokey and the Bandit fan will go home with a 1977 Bandit Trans Am chosen by Burt Reynolds to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Smokey and the Bandit.
Fun Fact #1
Smokey and the Bandit earned $127 million at the North American box office, making it the second-highest-grossing movie of 1977, following Star Wars. (Source: Movietone.com)
Fun Fact #2
According to Smokey and the Bandit director Hal Needham, Pontiac gave him three Trans Ams and two Bonnevilles (the Sheriff’s patrol car) with which to shoot the film. One of the Trans Ams was completely destroyed during the famous bridge jump scene. (Source: Shortlist.com)
Fun Fact #3
The Trans Am for the bridge jump was equipped with a booster rocket, the same type that was used by Evel Knievel during his failed Snake River Canyon jump. (Source: Shortlist.com)
Fun Fact #4
Buford T. Justice was the name of a real Florida Highway patrolman known to Burt Reynolds’ father, who himself was once a chief of police. In fact, Burt’s old man was the inspiration for the word “sumbitch,” a phrase Burt told Gleason he uttered often. (Source: Shortlist.com)
Fun Fact #5
Whenever Smokey and the Bandit aired on network TV, Gleason’s “sumbitch” would be re-dubbed with the novelty phrase “scum bum.” That became such a popular epithet among kids that, in 2007, Hot Wheels issued a Bandit-esque Pontiac with the phrase “Scum Bum” printed on the rear. (Source: Shortlist.com)
Now laugh out loud with these hilarious bloopers from the Bandit Dream Giveaway TV commercial.
Classic Ride Focus: 1967 Rally Sport Camaro
Did you know that “first of the breed” is the enthusiast phrase often used to describe the 1967 Camaro? It’s true.
It’s hard to believe that it has been 50 years since the first Camaros arrived on the scene to take on the Ford Mustang and start a pony-car war that still goes strong today.
When you enter to win the 2017 Camaro Dream Giveaway, you’ll take home a very-special restomod 1967 Camaro, featuring a big-block engine, a five-speed manual transmission, big brakes, and a customized interior.
This Camaro is ready to rock your world. All you have to do is enter and win it in the 2017 Camaro Dream Giveaway. If you’re the winner, we’ll also send you home with a 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Camaro ZL1, Serial #001, and pay $35,000 for the taxes.
Are you ready to be the next Dream Giveaway winner?
Sponsor Spotlight: Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering celebrates its 10th year of partnering with Dream Giveaway for the Corvette Dream Giveaway and is also a proud partner of the 2017 Camaro Dream Giveaway.
All the high-horsepower, mechanical upgrades on our 2017 Corvette and Camaro are performed by Lingenfelter. That means head-and-cam packages, custom-spec superchargers, and tuning.
This year, Lingenfelter went a step above and beyond and brought the Dream Giveaway Garage 2017 Camaro ZL1 and 2017 Corvette Z06 (Both are Lingenfelter Signature Edition vehicles!) to the Detroit Auto Show, the Chicago Auto Show, and the Detroit Autorama, where millions of people from across the world had the opportunity to get a close look at these high-horsepower muscle cars.
Automobile magazine proclaimed that the Dream Giveaway Corvette and Camaro “light up the 2017 Chicago Auto Show” and we totally agree.
The magazine’s editor went on to say:
“First up is the 2017 Lingenfelter Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The red beast packs a V-8 engine that delivers a whopping 800 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The coupe also sports the optional Z07 performance package and carbon ceramic brakes.
“The second car on display is a 2017 Lingenfelter Supercharged Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. It also has a V-8 that cranks out 800 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque. Lingenfelter’s ZL1 offers a 6-speed manual transmission to help keep things interesting on the street or track and sports a Chevrolet Flowtie, Brembo brakes, magnetic ride control, and slick custom graphics.”
Charity Spotlight: Smile Network International
Smile Network International is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that provides life-altering reconstructive surgeries and related healthcare services to impoverished children and adults in developing nations. Since 2013 Smile Network International has received funding from Dream Giveaway promotions. Each year Smile Network International uses the donated funds to perform 50 life-altering facial-reconstructive surgeries to restore health, dignity and joy to children in third-world countries.
In February of 2017 Smile Network International traveled to , India, where volunteer doctors, nurses and supporting staff were able to give 75 children born with a cleft lip or palate the gift of a smile through a life-altering surgery. The support from Dream Giveaway donors helps Smile Network International continue to fulfill their mission.
This video shows your donations to Dream Giveaway promotions at work.
About the Editor: Christopher R. Phillip
Christopher R. Phillip is the former senior associate editor of Vette magazine, the editor of High Performance Pontiac magazine and his feature stories and photography have appeared in well known, national automotive-enthusiast magazines, including Hot Rod, Car Craft, Mustang Driver and others. In addition he is a top-rated celebrity interviewer with published articles on Burt Reynolds, Jack LaLanne, Frank Zappa, Carlos Santana, and many others.