Shelby Baja Raptor Raffle to Benefit First Responders

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2019 Shelby Baja Raptor

All-black Shelby Baja Raptor is the only one of its color in Colorado, resides in the dealership hosting the raffle.

There’s nothing quite like a Shelby Baja Raptor. Based on the F-150 Raptor, the Baja Raptor turns up everything awesome about the pickup to 11, from the custom cold-air intake boosting the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6’s output to over 525 horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque, to the aggressive body work and off-road suspension.

They’re also a bit hard to find, and they cost a pretty penny at $130,000 to start. According to Pueblo, Colorado newspaper The Pueblo Chieftain, though, a raffle ticket could net you one of these Baja Raptors, while also giving first responders more protection on the job.

2019 Shelby Baja Raptor

“As it stands, our police and deputies don’t have live-shooter vests, which are specialized life-saving equipment,” said Fraternal Order of Eagles #145 representative, Gary Fearn. “So we reached out to Phil Long Ford of Chapel Hills and told them we want to raise the $200,000, because each full kit costs us about $1,100. So they are providing the vehicle, the only jet-black Shelby Raptor truck in the four-state region.”

Thus, Phil Long Ford will host a raffle from January 12 through June 16, with the goal of selling 2,500 tickets at $100 each. The proceeds will go to Colorado Springs, Colorado-based non-profit Shield 616, whose mission is to provide protection kits to first responders, which include ballistic helmets, rife armor, and trauma kits. They will provide those kits to both the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department and the Pueblo Police Department.

2019 Shelby Baja Raptor

“This is absolutely needed, just given the condition of our society and the threat to first responders,” said Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department Captain Leroy Mora said. “We normally wear the normal bullet-proof vests but these vests will help keep us safer on the streets.”

”That would make a big dent down in Pueblo,” told Shield 616 founder Jake Skifstad to Colorado Springs NBC affiliate KOAA-TV. “We actually need to raise over 400 vests for those two agencies, but if we were able to do 75 to 100 of them, that would make a huge dent.”

And if Baja Raptors aren’t your speed, the dealership promises to add another raffle for a Shelby Super Snake Mustang if all 2,500 tickets are sold within 90 days of the kick-off. Either way, Pueblo County, Colorado first responders are the real winners.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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