LOUIS – September 30, 2022 – Some of the biggest names in entertainment have joined retired US Navy Seal Rob O’Neill, Gateway Bronco and The Special Operators Transition Foundation (SOTF) to launch a sweepstakes for a Resto-Mod 1968 Ford Bronco that will raise money for the charity. Music stars Meghan Patrick and the War Hippies helped launch the campaign to assist Special Operations Forces veterans transition into their next careers.
Gateway Bronco reimagined the classic SUV with a complete frame-off restoration including modern upgrades, making it a one-of-a-kind vehicle. Gateway Bronco breathes new life into these timeless legends by adding a twist of modern performance to a vintage body. The company’s vehicles are a combination of reliability, rugged luxury and impeccable craftsmanship.
“Everyone at Gateway Bronco is honored to be associated with the mission to help American Special Operators transform their lives once they complete their duty, especially those on our team who proudly served this country,” said Gateway Bronco CEO Seth Burgett. “Our reimagined classic Ford Bronco is the right vehicle for this fundraiser because we transformed and retooled the American-built SUV for a new mission. From the 700-horsepower engine to the Italian leather interior and advanced suspension, the SOTF ‘68 Ford Bronco is ready for almost any operation, on or off the road.”
Clad in Matte Dark Blue with painted matte ranger stripes, the SOTF Sweepstakes Bronco SUV has almost every option available. Collectors, supporters and enthusiasts across our proud nation can enter for a chance to be the proud owner of the stunning SUV featuring a new supercharged Coyote 5.0L V8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, modern suspension, Wilwood 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, Italian distressed leather interior, genuine barnwood bed and more by visiting gatewaybronco.com/WIN/. Making a small donation via the sweepstakes will give fans a chance to win while supporting the work of SOTF; no donation is required to enter or win the vehicle sweepstake. Taxes and shipping are covered, and the sweepstake closes on January 31, 2023.
“Special Operators risk their lives in service of their country every day,” said SOTF founder Rob O’Neill. “We’re obligated to help them successfully transition to their next career outside the military. I’m excited about all the horsepower supporting that mission from this sweepstake for a heritage SUV by Gateway Bronco. It’s an amazing prize that will benefit an amazing group of people.”
The Special Operators Transition Foundation (SOTF) is a non-profit organization committed to helping the Special Operations Forces (SOF) from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines transition from their military service into their next successful career. The SOTF transition program is a 12–18-month process focused on executive coaching, mentoring, career targeting, networking, interview preparation, and hiring connection support for these elite veterans.
“SOTF began with a simple question in a dinner conversation between four senior executives and Rob O’Neill, the U.S. Navy SEAL who killed Osama Bin Laden,” said Tommy Stoner, CEO of the Special Operators Transition Foundation. “We asked Rob what he planned to do next. That question evolved into a four-phase program that curates the transition experience for Special Operators of all services. Each year, SOTF has increased the number of Special Operator veterans supported and funds raised.”
The classic Gateway Bronco sweepstakes was introduced to the SOTF community during a Special Operators Transition Workshop, Golf Tournament and Concert in Nashville on September 26. The group was joined by host Robert J. O’Neill, celebrities, Special Operators and musical guests. The vehicle will be officially unveiled to the public at the Audrain Concours during a presentation by Seth Burgett and members of the SOTF team today, September 30, 2022, in Rhode Island.
The reimagined 1968 Coyote Edition Sport Bronco features:
- 5.0L Ford Coyote V8 with ROUSH Performance Supercharger making 700 HP and 670 ft/lbs. of torque
- 10 speed Ford automatic transmission
- Stainless steel exhaust
- Tuned active ride four link suspension
- 9” rear and Dana Front Differential
- Wilwood Four-Wheel Disc Brakes with Cross Drilled Rotors
- 18-inch Sport Wheels with Goodyear 35 Inch Tires
- Powder coated undercarriage
- “Studio Level Sound” high performance audio system featuring Focal + CarPlay
- Power windows
- Air Conditioning
- Rear backup camera
- LED lighting package
- Power retractable step
- Push button start
- Custom Matte Dark Blue with painted matte ranger stripes
- Carbon fiber fender flares
- Barnwood bed and tailgate
- Barnwood quarter panels
- Castano Italian distressed leather on the dash, seats and console
- 4-point family roll bar with baseball stitch leather
“Just like the US Special Operations Groups, the iconic Ford Bronco is a legendary piece of American history,” said Stoner. “We partnered with Gateway because we relate with how they breathe new life into legend with modern tools for a new mission. The winner of this vehicle will have both pride of ownership and patriotic knowledge that they helped Special Forces Operators succeed in their next chapter of life.”
About Gateway Bronco
Gateway Bronco has been breathing new life into re-imagined Ford Broncos since 2016. The company is now also offering Resto-Mod classic Ford F-Series trucks. Inspired by Henry Ford, the company’s assembly line provides over 300 individual quality and safety checks serving as the foundation for Gateway Bronco’s industry leading bumper-to-bumper warranties ranging from 3 to 7 years. Each vehicle is engineered to perform like a modern vehicle using proprietary solutions exclusive to Gateway Bronco. For more information, visit www.gatewaybronco.com and follow on Instagram @GatewayBronco.
The Special Operators Transition Foundation (SOTF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping Special Operations Forces veterans transition from the military into their next successful career. The group’s four-phase program that curates the transition experience for Special Operators of all services. Every year since inception, SOTF has increased the numbers of Special Operator veterans supported and funds raised. In 2019, from Boston to San Francisco, 68 Special Operators transitioned into some of America’s highest performing companies. For 2020, 142 Fellows were accepted into the SOTF program. In 2021, SOTF helped 195 Fellows transition into post military careers. For more information, visit sotf.org.
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