Is this really Mater Cars for Cancer’s 100th raffle? Given their recent penchant for offering not just prizes, but choices of prizes, maybe it’s really raffle number 100+5? Because they’ve been putting in the hard yards to give you options like winning a Mustang, then adding a Jeep Wrangler and a Patriot Camper or a RAM 1500 pickup and a Harley Davidson Breakout, any of which could be yours, should you hold that lucky ticket.
Holidaying, travel and exploration isn’t for everyone, with some preferring the blast away those COVID blues by firing up a beast of choice and heading for the tarmac-paved hills. Winning the RAM 1500 and Harley Davidson gives you not just two, but three devices with which to explore your therapeutically needs. Should you need to take the family or a pile of stuff, the 5.7 litre V8 RAM 1500 pickup is your choice. If it’s alone-time you require, then the Harley Davidson Breakout is your ride to recovery. And let’s not forget the Mach 1 Mustang, with the rare coupe packing 345kw of Coyote V8 power along with ample room for two.
Ford have spared Australia a mere 700 examples of their latest Mach 1, which is only the fifth generation of Mustang to wear the fabled muscle car label. New for 2021, it packs a lot of the juicy bits from the similarly limited Bullitt edition and Shelby GT500, packaged up with the meanest stripes this side of Kingston Falls.
The RAM 1500 Express Crew Cab also runs a healthy V8, this time Chrysler’s legendary 5.7 litre HEMI, seen here in Oz both in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300C sedan. Thumping the big pickup with 291kw and a full 556Nm of torque, it’s enough to make you sit up and take notice. Better still, if you do want to tow something up to a gratuitous 4.5 tonnes, you’ll barely notice the extra weight with all those neddies on board.
With room for five, the interior has all the gear you never used to see in American ‘trucks’, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and an 8.4-inch infotainment screen. Likewise, safety takes a bit step up from ye olden days, with traction control, ESP, trailer sway control and rain brake assist. But if there’s no rain, it’ll be time to take the Harley, surely. Assuming you bought the winning ticket.
Those who know, know. There’s really nothing that compares with hopping on a Hog and getting outta town. Ewan McGregor perhaps summed up motorcycling better than anyone when he told Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, “It’s the feeling of being able to go quite quickly without having to pedal; I’m still excited about that today.”
The thing about motorcycling is, you really don’t need to be going anywhere. There are countless rides that begin and end in the garage, with a few hours of twisting tarmac and zen-like mindfulness in between. Harley Davidson’s Breakout is just the tool, with a throbbing 114ci Milwaukee-Eight V-twin nestled in the Softail frame to remind you that you’re on a steed bearing 118 years of unbroken history, not just some touring bike.
Harley’s famous V-twin engine debuted in 1907, a few years after the company was founded and the Breakout shares this basic engine layout, albeit with technology and features never dreamed of during the Progressive Era. Sequential fuel injection, four valves per cylinder and 155Nm of torque for starters, riding on Gasser II cast alloy wheels and hauled up by an ABS-controlled, four piston front disc brake and twin-piston rear.
Jeff Ware from BikeReview.com.au testified that the new Harley Davidson FXBRS Breakout 114 made him grin every time he rode it, and he’s a self-admitted sportsbike enthusiast. Jeff got to ride one of these for a few weeks, but you could be riding one for as long as you like, assuming you’ve got the ticket with the winning digits.
Mater Cars for Cancer have been laying out prize options like you wouldn’t believe and this 100th raffle is no different; there’s Jeeps, campers, RAMs, Harleys and Mustangs to be had for the taking. All you need is to grab that winning ticket and sit tight. And if this, their 100th raffle isn’t yours to win, rest assured you’ve made a difference to those living with cancer and those hoping for a cure; that is to say, all of us.