Dream Giveaway Garage, part of the DG Group family of companies, provides turnkey fundraising promotions that benefit multiple charities. Their program includes purchasing the prizes, staffing, and packaging a well-developed marketing campaign. Since their first giveaway ended in 2009 they have distributed over $12 million (net) to charity. The Corvette Giveaway has been a staple of their fundraising efforts. Other brands are also part of their programs, but our interest, of course, is Corvettes. On February 26, 2016, the 2016 Corvette Dream Giveaway began and it ends on December 28, 2016. The lucky winner will receive a 2016 eight-speed automatic, 800hp Lingenfelter Signature Edition Z06 convertible, Serial No. 001 and a 1965 NCRS Top Flight, 396ci/four-speed convertible. Both Vettes are bad-to-the-bone black. This grand prize also includes $50,000 to pay the taxes that are due for winning this prize.
New Beginning Children’s Homes (NBCH) is a 501(c)(3) organization that is the sole sponsor of this giveaway. NBCH provides long-term residential care to foster children that gives them a safe family atmosphere. The NBCH also distributes grants to other charities as part of the giveaway program. These grant recipients include Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Disabled American Veterans, Bright Pink (women cancer charity), Smile International and the Detroit Rescue Mission (helping the homeless).
The Corvette Dream Giveaway is organized as a giveaway or sweepstakes and anyone can enter without making a donation. However, each $3 ticket donated is tax-deductible. To adequately share the details of these two giveaway Corvettes with you, we are going to provide you with two features.
Team Vette contacted Dream Giveaway Garage Chief Gearhead Mark Breiner requesting permission to inspect these two giveaway Vettes. He agreed, but informed us that the 1965 Corvette was in Florida and the 2016 Z06 was in Detroit.
We chose to inspect the 1965 Tuxedo Black convertible you see here (VIN 194675S115994) first. It was awarded a Top Flight certificate by the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS). Some might argue that this awe-inspiring classic ’Ray is “over restored,” but it met all of the NCRS criteria when it received its certificate. All of this Vette’s body panels are straight and smooth. The body seams all align and everything looks like it has just been restored. The engine compartment is clean with no traces of oil. All of the switches work as advertised and the engine started effortlessly.
During our photo shoot on the road, the Corvette did everything it was asked to do. It did not show any signs of quirkiness and even when it was hot it started immediately. Anyone who wins this treasure will be blown away by how nice it is.
This rare Sting Ray was built on April 26, 1965, at the St. Louis Assembly Plant and sold new at Smith Chevrolet in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Model year 1965 was the third year for the dramatically restyled second-generation Corvette, which was introduced to the public in the fall of 1962 and became an immediate hit with buyers and the press. Sales rose from 14,231 in 1962 to 21,513 in 1963.
The new design named “Sting Ray” was a tribute to the privately owned 1959 Stingray race car owned by Bill Mitchell, GM Vice President of Styling. It was very successful in that role and won the 1959 and 1960 SCCA National Championship in its class. It made headlines everywhere it went. When it was retired from racing, Mitchell converted it to a street car and drove it around Detroit on the weekends. Many of the original Stingray’s design features were incorporated into the 1963 production car.
Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov was not a big fan of the second-generation production Sting Ray. He viewed the car as too heavy, underpowered and fitted with inadequate brakes. He set about fixing these shortcomings. By 1965, the year of this giveaway prize car, he had made great strides in correcting these areas. In order to improve the power deficiency, he stuffed a big-block 396ci engine into its small engine compartment. Rated at 425 hp, this engine really woke up the heavy Corvette. Duntov also added four-wheel disc brakes, which helped slow the heavy beast. By 1965, sales continued to grow and production totaled 23,564, of which 15,378 were convertibles. We can tell you firsthand that this black C2 convertible would be a crowning glory to any Corvette enthusiast’s garage.
Follow us now as we inspect and drive the 800hp, eight-speed automatic Lingenfelter Signature Edition Z06. We expect it will be a tuned beast. If you want to try and win these two amazing Corvettes go to www.winthevettes.com. Stay tuned.