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Ford Picks First Winner In Dream Mustang Battle: Video 24
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Ford Mustang GT, Automotive, Contests, Ford, Kurt, video on 10 24th, 2012

James’ HMS Mustang, the first Battle for Your Dream Mustang winner

We love configurator websites, since they give us the ability to design and virtually build some of our favorite cars. While most allow you to pick from the company parts bin only, Ford’s Mustang customizer website allows you to see how various aftermarket bolt-ons would look, as well as giving you paint options not available from the Flat Rock assembly plant.

To highlight its customizer website, Ford recently ran a contest that allowed fans to build their own Mustangs, then throw down against others on Facebook to rack up points. Each 1,000 points earned at the end of a contest month got you one entry into a drawing for your dream Mustang, and you could build as many cars as you wanted to up your chances of winning.

Four winners will be chosen in all, and Ford has just picked the first one. James is a long-term Mustang fan, who even sold his 1994 Mustang Cobra to buy an engagement ring for his wife. His design, called HMS, is the kind of tastefully-executed Mustang we’d be more than happy to park in our own garage. Sprayed in fly-under-the-radar white, the car sports Roush wheels, a 3D Carbon chin spoiler, Ford faux side vents and a GT500 rear spoiler.

The car was delivered by Ford-sponsored Formula Drift star Vaughn Gittin, Jr., who seemed to enjoy his after-hours job delivering cars. We congratulate James on winning the first round, and encourage him to keep designing the kind of Mustangs that we’d want to buy.

SPEED TV Wants To Give You A Custom Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Auctions, Automotive, Barrett-Jackson, Contests, Ford, Ford Shelby GT500, Kurt on 01 5th, 2012

If you’re a die-hard gear head, chances are good you’ll be tuned in to the annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction on SPEED. Even if you’re not lucky enough to be bidding by phone from the comfort of your yacht anchored in Monaco, it’s still entertaining enough to drool over the cars coming across the block, and to test your knowledge of collector car prizes.

If you’ve watched previous auctions, you know that Hagerty Insurance sponsors something called “Fantasy Bid,” which allows us unwashed masses to win prizes by guessing the correct selling price of selected cars as they cross the stage. It’s not your garden variety swag, either, since this year’s grand prizes include a 60-inch Samsung 3D television, a $500 Amazon gift card and a Kindle Fire Touch. And a tuned Shelby GT500 Mustang.

Here’s the good news: the winner of the Mustang will be chosen at random from the pool of registered Hagerty Fantasy Bid players, so you don’t need the same in-depth knowledge of car prices that you would to win the other prizes. That’s a good thing, because even those of us who work in the industry and know a thing or two about car prices don’t stand a chance of beating the ringers who can usually guess the exact price of a car by its description.

The Shelby GT500 up for grabs comes packing an upgraded Ford Racing supercharger, which boosts output from 550 to 750 horsepower. There’s a Ford Racing exhaust, a Ford Racing handling pack, a Wilwood braking system with added cooling ducts, a beefed-up cooling system from C&R Racing, a 3.5-inch aluminum driveshaft and assorted aero and body parts from the Shelby catalog. The car was designed with the help of 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne and 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., both of whom know a thing or two about going fast.

To get more details on how to enter, head on over to the SPEED website.

Porsche Picks A Winner In Its ‘My Daily Magic’ Contest: Video 4
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Contests, Kurt, My Daily Magic, porsche, video, Videos on 01 4th, 2012

Porsche wants you to know that it’s cars are tough enough to drive every day, not just on sunny weekends. The German automaker has invested quite a bit of money in advertising to illustrate this, capped off by a recent contest from Porsche Cars North America called “My Daily Magic.”

The premise was simple: film a Porsche as a daily driver, illustrating how it helps bring magic into your life on a regular basis. Up for grabs was a one year lease on the Porsche of your choice (as long as the value came in below the $18,000 cap), or $18,000 cash and an expense-paid trip to see the grand opening of your video on the big screen.

The winning video was directed by Michael Koerbel, and it’s entitled “It’s a Magical Life.” The production value tells us it wasn’t filmed with an iPhone in someone’s backyard, which makes us ponder the fairness of the contest. After all, if pros were submitting videos, those with a limited budget and limited camera skills really didn’t stand a chance.

Nonetheless, Koerbel’s video is the best of the entrants we’ve seen (by a large margin), and it’s a pretty creative look at how new Porsche fans are created. While a Porsche (of any vintage) is outside our budget these days, we’d certainly consider a 911 Carrera GTS as a daily driver if we were to hit the Powerball jackpot.

Update: Below is the behind the scenes of the film – Thanks to Jake for the tip!

Porsche – “It’s A Magical Life” (behind the scenes) from Michael Koerbel on Vimeo.

Want To Win A 2012 Ford Mustang GT? 10
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Contests, Ford, Ford Mustang GT, Mustang, News on 03 10th, 2011

Image: Ford Motor Company

I’ll go ahead and answer that question for you: yes, you really do want to win yourself a new Mustang GT. If you live in the 48 Continental United States, are over 18 and don’t work for one of Ford’s agencies or suppliers, you can register to win a 2012 Mustang GT at Mustang 5.0 Fever, or by entering at select NHRA events throughout the year. One winner will be chosen on December 9, and that lucky person grabs a 2012 Mustang GT plus $5,000 worth of go-fast parts from Ford Racing. You can go ahead and put your name in the hat, but I’ve already got you beat and I’ll be building my parts list from the Ford Racing catalog soon.

I’ve always liked Mustangs, but never enough to actually buy one. They were always cars that I wanted a neighbor or brother-in-law to own; that way, I’d get to borrow the keys on occasion without committing to a purchase. Pre-2011 Mustangs sounded cool and were reasonable fun in a straight line, but no Mustang GT would have been my first choice for a track day car. The 2011 Mustang GT changed all that, and it really is a case of the whole being better than the sum of the parts. The 5.0 liter Coyote V8 pulls like a freight train when you put your foot in it, yet it’s surprisingly docile around town. The car sticks to the road like Charlie Sheen to a crack pipe, and feels a whole lot lighter and better balanced than you expect it to. In fact, I’d take a base Mustang GT over the Shelby GT500 for track day use, since the GT is a better balanced (but admittedly slower) car. In my opinion, it’s the best performance bargain on the market today, which is why I’ll be so stoked when Ford calls me on December 9.

Source: Autoevolution