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DEARBORN – Bernie Loomis, winner of Motorcraft and Quick Lane’s 2013 Mustang 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes, now has his new, black 2014 Ford Mustang GT with charcoal black interior safely parked in the three-car garage of his Henderson, Nev., home.
Loomis, the lucky winner out of 196,284 entries in the annual sweepstakes hosted by Motorcraft and Quick Lane, took delivery of his new Mustang from Colorado River Ford Lincoln in Kingman, Ariz., on March 21, four days following his 70th birthday.
“I ordered the car from the factory instead of taking something off the lot,” said Loomis, explaining the delay between learning he won on Jan. 13 and delivery of his prize. “The dealership suggested I do that. You want to make sure it’s exactly what you want.”
To ensure that the winner gets a Mustang exactly to his or her liking, part of the sweepstakes prize is $5,000 in Ford Racing Performance Parts and Ford Custom Accessories. Loomis chose 19-inch wheels and Brembo racing brakes, high-performance Recaro seats, rear quarter window louvers, remote start and a side-mounted Boss 302 exhaust system.
“I’ll tell you it sounds so good,” said the retired union electrician. “I left the restrictor plates off and it is awesome sounding.”
Since picking up his Mustang, he had the side windows tinted, added a UV light/heat-deflecting film to the windshield, installed hood struts and added a cold-air box on the air induction system that when coupled with the 302 Boss exhaust system brings the horsepower up to about 450. He also plans to move his fog lights down low and install smoked fog lights up high.
“Once you get a Mustang, you customize it to your taste and you’ll never see two of them alike,” said Loomis who entered the Mustang 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes at an enthusiast event at the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction on Sept. 29, 2013 in Las Vegas.
Loomis has been a fan of the Mustang since he owned a 1984 model when he was in his 30s. He had a Ford GT from 2005-2007 then replaced that with a Mustang Shelby GT 500 and had it converted into a 725-hp Mustang Shelby GT 500 Super Snake, which he still has.
“I don’t drive the Shelby GT 500 Super Snake much at all,” Loomis explains. “I drive it to shows and out to breakfast every Wednesday. I drive it to Cars and Coffee every Saturday, but it only has 12,000 miles. I will probably drive the new one a whole lot more, but it won’t get a lot of miles on it because I don’t drive that far.”
In 2009, he and six friends founded the Vegas Valley Mustangs, a club for pony car owners that now boasts 70 members. Each year, the club sponsors two car shows and donates “every nickel that we make,” $15,000 so far, to Catholic Charities.
How did his fellow Vegas Valley Mustangs react to his good fortune? “When I first told them I was a finalist, they thought it was probably a scam of some kind,”Loomis said with a chuckle. “Now they’re pretty excited.”
This year’s sixth annual Mustang 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes is underway. Another lucky winner will drive away with a 2015 Ford Mustang GT plus $5,000 in Ford Racing Performance Parts and Ford Accessories.
Contestants 18 years or older can enter online for a chance to win at www.Mustang50Fever.com now through 11:59 a.m. ET on Dec. 1, 2014, or at Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing’s midway display at select NHRA Mello Yello Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Ford enthusiast events. Entries at www.Mustang50Fever.com are limited to one per person.