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Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner

21 Aug

ubm-2015-mainWe have a winner! As announced during the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, our friends at Garage-Girls and GEICO picked a winner of the 2015 Ultimate Biker Makeover. As we have been proud to do in the past, the family here at Mustang Seats was happy to lend a helping hand to this worthy cause again this year. In something of a surprise the Garage-Girls winner was a man… but no less deserving!

“Garage-Girls and GEICO Motorcycle are proud to announce this year’s Ultimate Biker Makeover winner; Matthew Palmer,” said organizer Sara Liberte. “Matthew was selected among more than 130 entries to this year’s contest. It was a tough decision, as it always is, but the votes went in favor of Matthew.” GEICO Motorcycle made the official announcement live on stage at the Buffalo Chip during this year’s 75th Sturgis Rally on August 6th.

The tale begins as Sergeant Matthew Palmer, a medic in the United States Army for the past 5 years, was headed off the base when he endured a horrific accident on his motorcycle. “Coming home from Camp H. M. Smith on a sunny Oahu day, I was forced to make a life or death decision….” Is how Matthew’s story begins.

mattTold he may never walk normally again, Matthew is already determined to ride again! “The bike and I were badly hurt,” he admits, but that just serves to fuel the fire in this serviceman. “Once I got to the hospital I was told I had a broken leg and arm and that both would require surgery to fix properly. I was also told that the cops never got the individual’s information before he left the scene, leaving myself and my insurance to foot the bill.”

The double whammy of both financial and physical impact would daunt a lesser man… or woman, but it is a motivator for Sgt. Palmer. “I don’t know if I will ever walk properly again or have full recovery in my hand, but I will ride again. That is why I think I should be given this prize package. Not because I want you to feel sorry for me; but because I want to show everyone who has been in an accident and not gotten back on the bike or for everyone who is too afraid of what could happen, that it is okay.”

Mustang joins Garage-Girls and GEICO Motorcycle and all the other companies who have stepped up to support the Ultimate Biker Makeover. We are proud to help Matthew along during his recovery.

Joining in the rewards package, Matthew takes home all the prizes, including a wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear; a case of synthetic oil from our fellow New Englanders at Spectro Oils; new Mustang Seat and some swag; a set of AVON Tyres; a new Bell helmet, RSD jacket and gloves courtesy of J&P Cycles and Roland Sands Designs; clothing by Hijinx Apparel, Biker’s Choice and more!

Sgt. Palmer, we salute you!

WE HAVE A WINNER!

15 Oct

Mustang Helps Garage-Girls 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover

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Once again this year, Mustang was proud to join with Sara Liberte and the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover program. Although we shared an update on the winner via social media, there is more to the story, much more.

Garage-Girls 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover, Chris Gibbany of Harrison, Arkansas, was among 84 contestants who sent in a 600-word essay describing why they were most in need of a Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover. Her essay touched upon her sacrifices and commitment to “hunker down” and put herself through school in order to open new career opportunities.

“We received more submissions for the 2014 Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest than for any other previous contest,” said Garage-Girls marketing coordinator, Sara Liberte. “It was definitely a challenge choosing a winner among so many great entries.” Of course Sara is quick to credit the sponsors, and we were honored to be included. “We want to thank GEICO as well as our other sponsors for their commitment to make this contest possible. Frankly, there would be no Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest without their continued support.”

As the 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover winner, Gibbany is enjoying a multitude of prizes, including new shoes from Harley-Davidson® Footwear, a brand new jacket and matching gloves from Roland Sands; a Speed & Strength helmet from J&P Cycles; a cleaning kit from Wizards Products; a case of synthetic oil from Spectro; clothing from Hijinx Apparel and a set of Avon tires. Last but not least, a set of saddlebags from Mustang… We offered a seat of her choice, but she really wanted the saddlebags.

“Mustang sent me the saddlebags I picked out, PLUS they sent me another box with T-shirts, hats, pens, stickers and a zippered tote bag,” Chris told Garage-Girls after getting her “care” package. “Mustang really went all out, especially since they swapped in bags instead of a seat.”

Chris also got the jacket and gloves from Roland Sands Design. “Beautiful brown, with pockets inside and places to put the Kevlar inserts which I would like to get. The gloves are black and fit perfectly. It’s just like Christmas around here.  And seeing how we don’t “do” Christmas, makes it just that more exciting. I told the UPS guy to “keep ’em coming”. I hope to ride tomorrow (raining today) and try out the new jacket. Husband really likes it and says it will be my “new look” to come out riding the Panhead!

Thanks so much Sara, Garage-Girls and all the sponsors ~ Chris

 

“Chris puts a lot of miles on her motorcycle and we wanted to make sure she has the latest and safest riding equipment,” said Liberte. To read more about Chris Gibbany’s story and for more information on the 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover, please visit www.garage-girls.com.