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!
In 1971, Chevrolet fitted 188 new Corvettes with the big daddy of big blocks, the ultra-rare 454ci/425hp LS6.
Holy Moly. We found one of these holy-grail muscle cars and it’s time for you to get your entries to win it.
Here’s the back story of one of the most significant muscle cars ever produced.
Fifty years ago, Corvette Chief Engineer Zora Arkus Duntov battled Chevrolet to bring two brutal big-block behemoths to the Corvette line-up. Faced with significant pushback from America’s insurance industry, the muscle-car era was quickly coming to a screeching halt. But Duntov was able to sneak one last super-performance engine through to production — the 425hp LS6 big-block. Priced at over $1220 when the second highest 454ci engine was only $150, the LS6 V-8 was more than pricey, it was mighty.
Car and Driver was lucky enough to review the ’71 LS6 ’Vette when it was new. “If you want the fastest Corvette … there is no confusion. Order the LS6 — the 425-hp 454. The LS6 is available in other Chevrolets, certainly in the Chevelle … it’s a premium quality engine from the very core — double-shot-peened connecting rods, tuftrided crank, forged pistons — and you pay for it: $1220.70 as an option.”
Now on to the grand-prize. Our LS6-powered 1971 Corvette Stingray was awarded the National Corvette Restorers Society “Top Flight” Award, an accolade to recognize cars that have been preserved or restored to the highest level of achievement through the NCRS Flight Judging Process. Al Grenning’s Classic Car Affirmation Services affirmed the LS6 engine as original to this Corvette, which is further documented with certified judging sheets, build sheet, ownership history, restoration photos and receipts.
You know you want to put this legendary, high-performance American sports car in your garage, so enter now. Plus, we’ll pay out $42,000 for the taxes if you’re the winner.
Cadillac Dream Giveaway Ends In
Spoiler alert: This isn’t your grandpa’s Cadillac!
Supercharged 6.2L V-8. 640-plus horsepower. Top speed of 200 mph.
That’s why you need to get your entries in now to win this 1 of 86 Championship Edition Cadillac CTS-V, but you better hurry. There are only a few days left to enter.
Here’s some interesting tidbits about the Cadillac Championship Edition CTS-V.
This edition celebrates Cadillac’s sweep of the 2017 IMSA Manufacturer, Driver, Team and Endurance Championships.
Cadillac intended to make a total of 200 Championship Edition CTS-Vs and ATS-Vs, but 224 were actually built.
The Championship Edition CTS-V was more popular than the ATS-V with 162 units sold, versus 62.
Our grand-prize CTS-V Championship Edition carried a window-sticker price of $106,300 and features all limited-edition content and three of the four extra-cost options:
- Performance Data and Video Recorder
- Sueded microfiber steering wheel & shifter (not optioned)
- Advanced Security Package
- 8-Speed Sport Automatic Transmission
The countdown clock is ticking. Get your entries now before time runs out at midnight on August 31, 2021.
“The best part [of winning] is the feeling of contributing to a worthy cause, and then, of course, comes the car.”
Those are the words of wisdom from Anthony Durkac, the lucky winner of the GTO Dream Giveaway. Anthony has the honor of being the first Canadian resident to ever win a Dream Giveaway grand prize.
Anthony, 67 years old, is an underground miner and enjoys playing guitar and hot rodding his truck, plus fishing and back-country skiing in the winter.
“I am still pinching myself.” he said. “In 1964, John DeLorean designed this first GTO and it really was the true muscle car for the ’60s with the hefty 389 cubic-inch V-8.”
Now it is your turn to get in on all the action and hopefully join Dream Giveaway’s list of winners from all over the United States and now Canada.
We have the Dream Giveaway Garage packed with amazing grand prizes ready for you to enter and win — two matching Corvettes, two matching Mach 1 Mustangs, two matching Hellcats, a classic Sting Ray, a 640hp Cadillac CTS-V, a 427ci/425hp ’66 Impala, a ’69½ Super Bee a 778 horsepower Tesla Model S and more. See all of our prize packages at www.dreamgiveaway.com.
Need a lift? All joking aside, Dream Giveaway counts on the great American-made products from Backyard Buddy and we hope you will, too.
If you’re looking for the perfect American made auto lift, check out Backyard Buddy.
The Backyard Buddy line consists of premium garage lifts built in Warren, Ohio, by Advantage Lifts. You can be confident that when you purchase from Advantage Lifts, you’re buying the best lift available and the best value in automotive home garage lifts. Backyard Buddy are “American Made & American Strong.”
These premium garage lifts are built specifically to handle your storage needs. If you’re looking for something that can accommodate your C8, exotics, or even the larger American SUV’s, Backyard Buddy has you covered. These top-of-the-line lifts for home collectors are powered by a 120V (or 220V) power supply and are perfect for home garages.
Backyard Buddy features a range of lifts built with the mantra of “Quality, Safety & Strength” and includes the Wide Buddy, designed to accommodate newer and wider American-made trucks and exotics like Ferrari or Lamborghini. Its 86.25-inch width makes it super easy for you to park and work on your exotic cars.
Here’s a quick summary of what makes Backyard Buddy lifts so incredible:
- American Ingenuity
- Built in the heartland of Warren, Ohio
- 100-inches between cables
- Lift accommodates Ferrari & other wide body vehicles
- Includes accessories valued at $1300
Pick out your Backyard Buddy lift now at www.advantagelifts.com/pages/backyard-buddy-lifts. Please tell them you read about them in Dream Giveaway’s Shiftin’ Gears newsletter.
Congratulations to John H. of Pennsylvania, the grand-prize winner in the Classic Corvette Dream Giveaway. Next month’s winner announcement will be the Cadillac CTS-V on September 14, 2021. Good luck to all of you and we hope you are the next big Dream Giveaway grand-prize winner.
Each and every time you donate to win any of our great grand-prize packages, a portion of your donation benefits the National Guard Educational Foundation. We recently checked in with this important part of America’s oldest military force to learn more about its Medal of Honor Gallery at the National Guard Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Adjacent to the National Guard Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the Medal of Honor Gallery pays tribute to all of the National Guardsmen who received this distinguished award for personal acts of valor. Their names are engraved on a wall and are grouped by the state with which each recipient served. Recipients date back to the Spanish-American War. A series of dioramas depicting various acts for which the Medal of Honor was awarded surround the wall. In the center of the room stands a case containing the four different versions of the Army Medal of Honor as well as the Air Force Medal of Honor created in 1960.
The highest military award for bravery that can be given to any individual in the United States of America, the Medal of Honor, arose out of a need to recognize extraordinary acts of bravery. George Washington had recognized this need for honoring brave soldiers when he instituted the Purple Heart. A “Certificate of Merit” was authorized in 1847, due in part to the public attention focused on the Mexican War. The certificate was just that and did not provide for a medal. The Purple Heart was used to honor soldiers for “singularly meritorious action.” Something more was needed.
In 2014, nine names were added from Hawaii, bringing the total number of recipients with Guard service to 139. For a complete list of names, go to www.ngef.org. Learn more about the Medal of Honor at www.cmohs.org.
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.