It’s hard to believe that the Corvette Dream Giveaway is now in its 12th year in making Corvette dreams come true while helping a number of great charities along the way. Also back for the annual fundraiser is Lingenfelter Performance Engineering which has been part of the Corvette Dream Giveaway since it began.
For 2019, the Corvette Dream Giveaway is offering two very special Corvettes – a 2019 Corvette ZR1 with the ZTK Performance Package and a 1961 Corvette restored! And as always, the winner of these two Corvettes will also receive a check for $60,000 to pay the taxes!
1961 Corvette Restomod
On the classic side of the Corvette Dream Giveaway is a Tuxedo Black 1961 Corvette restomod. A restomod by definition is a restored classic car with modern day features that add both performance and safety to these old cars. A touch of a button controls the power hood and once opened you’ll see the 430-hp LS3 engine with its red Corvette lettering on the fuel rail covers, an aluminum radiator and a polished air intake. The LS3 Corvette engine is very reliable and should offer years of turn-key enjoyment for the owner.
Inside the cockpit you are greeted with a gorgeous red leather interior with bright modern silver gauges that retain the look of the originals. The cockpit offers a refined driving experience with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a beautiful automatic shifter planted on the center transmission hump. Creature comforts include power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, and a classic AM/FM radio that offers Bluetooth connectivity so you can take your tunes with you.
On the road, the car handles like a dream with a modern day suspension that cuts through corners and offers the smoothest of rides for the occupants. With the open-air cockpit, the throaty sound of the LS3 is intoxicating and it was fun sharing that sound as we blew through intersections on our drive.
2019 Corvette ZR1
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is a modern marvel for Chevrolet in which they took everything they have learned from the Corvette Racing team and put it into a production sports car. The ZR1’s LT5 V8 offers 755-hp and 715 lb-ft of torque and this car is mated to an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. With the addition of the ZTK Performance Package adds the high-wing that is directly bolted to the ZR1’s chassis as it offers over 900 pounds of downforce.
The interior of the ZR1 is classic C7 with an Adrenaline Red 3LT interior, a carbon fiber flat-bottom steering wheel and a carbon fiber trim plate surrounding the dash cluster and center IP. Red stitching on the black leather shift boot and steering helps to break up the colors and the sueded microfiber-wrapped upper-trim package adds a nice luxurious feel to the cockpit.
The ZR1 was ordered new from Detroit’s Les Stanford Chevrolet and it was an early build in the production run with a VIN Sequence #107. When we drove the car back in October 2018, it had only 31 miles on the odometer! The ZR1 is expected to be just a one year model and as the waiting list for the car exceeds the amount that will probably be produced, it’s guaranteed to be an instant collectible.
Our drive in the ZR1 was so much different than the cruise in the classic restomod. While I thought the 1961 Corvette would be the one to gather attention, everywhere we drove the high-wing ZR1 we saw people pointing it out and even pulling up next to us and waving. I did have the opportunity to open up the dual performance exhaust to hear the ZR1’s monstrous roar, but in just a matter of seconds, I was going over 80 mph so I had to back off before I (or the car) was ready too.
The 1961 Corvette Restomod and the 2019 Corvette ZR1 are very different cars but they compliment each other so well which is why they were chosen for this year’s Corvette Dream Giveaway. These are the first Black/Red Corvettes offered by the giveaway in 5 years and we can’t imagine a better combination of classic and modern day sports cars brought together for one great cause.
The 2019 Corvette Dream Giveaway is Now Open
Your tax-deductible donations to the 2019 Corvette Dream Giveaway supports the New Beginning Children’s Homes, a 501(c)(3) organization which provides family-focused living accommodations for abused, neglected or orphaned children. The Corvette Dream Giveaway also supports a number of well-known and respected charities including Honor Flight, the National Guard Education Foundation, Smile Network International, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and Bright Pink.
Over the last three years, we have met the winners of the Corvette Dream Giveaway at the annual awards ceremony. The cars are real, the check for $60,000 is real and the smiles from the winners as they take both sets of keys are real. We would love to see you in Clearwater, Florida next January as you take home these two great Corvettes along with a check for $60,000 to pay the taxes.
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