Royal Purple Raceway Announces 2012 Fun Ford Weekend Event Details

December 8, 2011 by  
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With the 2012 Fun Ford Weekend Series’ season-opener just a little over three months away, the team at Royal Purple Raceway have announced some the racing and car show classes that the Ford faithful will enjoy March 23 & 24, 2012.

“We are looking forward to kicking off the 2012 Fun Ford Weekend Series with a Texas-sized gathering of Ford racers and show cars at Royal Purple Raceway,” said Seth Angel, vice president and general manager of the Baytown, TX racing venue. “What better way to kick off our 25th season of racing than with a Fun Ford Event. Our team is already hard at work and we can’t wait to see all our racing friends in March.”

2012 Event Schedule: Friday, March 23

Royal Purple Raceway, Photo by: Scott Singleton, SSR Racing Photos

Vendor Gate Opens: 3:00 PM

Legal Street Racing: 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Saturday, March 24

Vendor Gate Opens: 7:00 AM

Gates Open: 8:00 AM

Test N Tune: 9:00 AM

Car Show Registration: 9:00 AM-3:00PM

Time Runs Begin: 11:00 AM

Qualifying Begins: 12:00 Noon

Car Show Judging: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

True Street Cruise: 2:20 PM

Eliminations: 3:00 PM

Car Show Awards: 5:00 PM (Tower Club)

 

2012 GATE PRICES

Adult Spectator: $15

Crew: $15

Children 12 & under: FREE

Car Show (Car & Driver): $25

Test N Tune: $25

Swap Meet: $25 (1 20×20 space & 1 gate Entry)

Car Corral: $25 (1 20×20 space & 1 gate Entry)

RACER PRICES

Serious Mustang hookup at Royal Purple Raceway! Photo by: Scott Singleton, SSR Racing Photos

(Full body cars must be Ford-bodied, any power plant

allowed & Open body cars must be Ford Powered)

NOTE: All cars must pass NHRA Safety Technical Inspection.

ET Bracket Classes

Fast Ford (Electronics Class – 1/4 Mile) $40

Quick Ford (No Electronics Class – 1/4 Mile) $40

Street Ford (DOT Tire & Registration Required – 1/4th Mile) $25

Tuff Truck (any Ford Truck – 1/4th Mile) $25

Heads Up Classes

11.0 INDEX – 1/4th Mile $35

12.0 INDEX – 1/4th Mile $35

13.0 INDEX – 1/4th Mile $35

X275 Street Shootout – 1/8th Mile $50

Street Cruise & Drag Race Class

(A 20 mile street cruise & 3 back to back 1/4 Mile runs)

True Street – 1/4th Mile $35

CLASSES

FAST FORD – Electronics Class, 1/4 Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own

QUICK FORD – No Electronics Class, 1/4 Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own

STREET FORD – Street Legal, 1/4 Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own, All Run

TUFF TRUCK – Street Legal 1/4 Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own, All Run

HEADS UP INDEX – 11.00, 12.00, 13.00 – 1/4 Mile, .400 Pro Tree.

X275 STREET SHOOTOUT- 1/8th Mile, .400 Pro Tree, Heads Up

TRUE STREET – 1/4 Mile, .400 Pro Tree, All Run

Royal Purple Raceway Fun Ford Weekend: PURSE & PAYOUTS

ET Bracket Classes

Fast Ford Winner $1,000; Runner Up $300; Round Money $30

Quick Ford Winner $800; Runner Up $200; Round Money $30

Street Ford Winner TROPHY; Runner Up TROPHY

Tuff Truck Winner TROPHY; Runner Up TROPHY

Heads Up Classes

11.0 INDEX Winner $250; Runner Up $100

12.0 INDEX Winner $250; Runner Up $100

13.0 INDEX Winner $250; Runner Up $100

X275 Street Shootout Winner $850; Runner Up $350; Semis $150; Qtrs: $50

5.90 Renegade Winner $1,000; Runner Up $500; Semis $150; Qtrs: $50

True Street Race Classes

True Street Winner $250; Runner Up $100

10.00 Winner TROPHY; Runner Up TROPHY

11.00 Winner TROPHY; Runner Up TROPHY

12.00 Winner TROPHY; Runner Up TROPHY

13.00 Winner TROPHY; Runner Up TROPHY

Royal Purple Raceway, Fun Ford Weekend: CLASS RULES

FAST FORD – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree

Fast Ford Winner $1,000; Runner Up $300; Round Money $30; Buy Back $30

Electronics Class, 1/4 Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own, All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit

QUICK FORD – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree

Quick Ford Winner $800; Runner Up $200; Round Money $30; Buy Back $30

No Electronics Class, 1/4 Mile, Full Tree, All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit, must leave off footbrake

STREET FORD – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree

Street Ford Winner TROPHY; Runner Up TROPHY; Buy Back $15

No Slicks, DOT Tires, Registration Required, All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit

TUFF TRUCK – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree

Tuff Truck Winner TROPHY; Runner Up TROPHY; Buy Back $15

All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit

11.00, 12.00, & 13.00 INDEX – 1/4 Mile, Pro Tree

11.0 INDEX Winner $250; Runner Up $100; Buy Back $20

12.0 INDEX Winner $250; Runner Up $100; Buy Back $20

13.0 INDEX Winner $250 Runner Up $100 Buy Back $20

Pro .400 Tree, All Run Field, Closest to Index without going under, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit, Ladder BY Previous Round (Closest Reaction Time)

TRUE STREET – 1/4 Mile, Pro Tree, All Run

True Street Winner $250; Runner Up $100

10.00 Winner TROPHY; Runner Up TROPHY

11.00 Winner TROPHY; Runner Up TROPHY

12.00 Winner TROPHY; Runner Up TROPHY

13.00 Winner TROPHY; Runner Up TROPHY

All True Street vehicles must conform to these guidelines:

1. Must be a Ford bodied or an Open body vehicle that is Ford powered.

2. Any engine is permitted on closed body vehicles.

3. Any style cylinder head is allowed.

4. Any type of induction system is allowed. Both carburetor and fuel injection are permitted.

5. Any form of power adder is allowed, including nitrous, single and twin turbos, and superchargers. Twin power adders are permitted.

6. No minimum race weight is required.

7. A closed exhaust with mufflers is required. All exhaust fumes must exit the outlet of the muffler. Turndowns are permitted.

8. Any style front suspension, including bolt-on tubular K-members, replacement front clips, etc., is permitted.

9. Any rear suspension is allowed, including tubs and mini-tubs.

10. An entry must start, operate, and drive under its own power with one driver in the car.

11. All cars must have D.O.T. approved tires and wheels in the front and rear during the road cruise, and while racing.

12. Car must complete the road cruise of 20 miles, and three rounds of eliminations on one tank of fuel. No refueling will be permitted after the road cruise begins.

All drivers must have the following:

1. A current, valid driver’s license.

2. Valid, current insurance and registration cards for any vehicle entered in competition, which must be presented (with driver’s license at the request of the tech inspector. License plate(s) are mandatory; no dealer plates or registrations. Faxes or letters from insurance companies are not permitted–actual paperwork must be presented when requested.

3. All operational, DOT-mandated safety equipment for the particular model year must be operational, including (but not limited to headlights, taillights, turn signals, horn and brake lights; cars will be checked for proper operation of equipment.

4. A Drag Race entry purchased at the gate.

5. A tech card for track tech. Track tech may follow True Street tech, but will be performed regardless.

6. A pen to fill in the tech card legibly. All information that will be posted after the race, and in the magazine must be legible. We are not responsible for misspelled names, unknown years, and models of cars.

Road Cruise:

1. All vehicles, after passing True Street tech, will proceed to the next segment, the designated road cruise.

2. Escorts will be provided. All participants must obey local and federal traffic laws, including passing, merging and speed limits. Burnouts or other illegal acts before or during the road cruise are prohibited. Violators will be subject to disqualification.

3. All support vehicles (i.e., tow vehicles or any other vehicle that will not be actually racing) are allowed to go on the road cruise, provided they are behind the entire group of True Street participants.

4. Any car unable to complete the road cruise under its own power will be disqualified, along with the driver.

5. After completion of the road cruise, all cars are to go back to designated area for True Street participants which is the Return Road in front of the main grandstands.

6. Opening of the hood is prohibited once the road cruise begins until three rounds of drag strip competition have been completed. If the hood is opened during this time, the car and driver will be disqualified.

7. Opening the trunk or hatch of the car is allowed prior to the first round of competition (i.e., hooking up nitrous bottles. ) Changing nitrous bottles is not permitted once the racing commences.

8. No external cooling of the engine is allowed. No external fans, ice or pressurized fluids may be used. Use of a radiator-mounted primary electric cooling fan is permitted. No battery charger may be connected to the battery after the road cruise. Excessive use of your electric fan may drain your battery. If the battery is unable to start your car during racing, both car and driver will be disqualified.

9. No repairs are to be made from underneath the engine compartment. Any attempts to repair items from underneath will be grounds for disqualification.

Race Procedure:

1. Hoods and deck lids are not to be opened for any reason during the three passes. Hatchback owners may reach through the passenger compartment to access the hatch area only to open nitrous bottles.

2. Tire pressure may be checked, but air can only be removed. No inflation of tires is permitted during the race; therefore, no inflation equipment will be permitted in the car.

3. If you experience any problems (mechanical or otherwise,) and cannot make a pass, do not make it. If you oil down or crash on the track surface, you jeopardize yourself and others. Promptly inform a track official of your withdrawal from the class.

4. Only drivers will be permitted to be with the car during the three passes. All pit members may stand only in the grandstand area or burnout area.

5. If a car is unable to start under its own power, both the driver and car will be disqualified. No push starts will be allowed.

6. All cars and racers must make three runs ¼ Mile, .400 Pro Tree.

7. After the three passes are made, E.T.’s will be added up, and then divided by three, establishing an average used to place the drivers. The three run average will be used to determine the winner, runner-up and index winners.

Winner – Quickest average E.T. of three runs

Runner-up – 2nd Quickest average E.T. of three runs

10 second index – closest average time to 10.0 seconds

11 second index – closest average time to 11.0 seconds

12 second index – closest average time to 12.0 seconds

13 second index – closest average time to 13.0 seconds

8. All results and decisions from the Fun Ford staff are final. Averages will be posted the day of the race at the Fun Ford car show tent.

All cars must pass track and/or NHRA technical inspection, and must be legal for the elapsed time, and speed they run. Drivers must have proper licensing; i.e., if you have a 9-second car, you must have a 9-second driver’s license. It is up to the track to enforce all safety rules.

Show Car Categories:

Mustang: 1964-’68, 1969-’73, 1974-’78, 1979-’86, 1987-’93, 1994-’98, 1999-‘04, 2005-’09, 2010-present

Conversion (Ford powered vehicle)

Competition Sports: GT 40, Cobra, Kit Car, Road Race, Etc.

Compact- Focus-Front wheel drive

Open- Big Car

Thunderbird

Galaxie, Fairlane, Torino, Falcon

Rod (pre-1949)

Lincoln, Mercury

Nostalgia- Post 1950

Pre- 1989 SUV & Pickup

1990-2010 SUV & Pickup

2011-2012 Display only

Roush, Saleen, Steeda

Shelby

SVT vehicles  1993-2004

* Special Awards to include: Track Choice, Best Wheels, Cool Factor, People’s Choice, Best Engine, Best Paint/Body, Best of Show, Best Race Car and more.

For more information about the Fun Ford Weekend Series event at Houston’s Royal Purple Raceway, visit their web site at www.royalpurpleraceway.com

About Fun Ford Weekend

The family-oriented Fun Ford Weekend series is run by each of the tracks that host the events. Each track creates its own event schedule, racing structure, car show, and if adequate space, will also have autocross competition. The goal of the series is to get as many automotive enthusiasts that have a passion for the Ford brand to participate, celebrate and enjoy the events. For more information on Fun Ford Weekend, visit www.funfordweekend.com.

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2 Responses to “Royal Purple Raceway Announces 2012 Fun Ford Weekend Event Details”
  1. Don White says:

    We raced FFW for years prior to Bill basically running off all of the Show Down cars. We ran an outlaw 10.5 car and a Pro 5.0 mustang. Where’s the show, all I see is a basic run of the mill bracket crap race. I surely thought FFW was on a come back, I guess I was wrong, I live in the Houston area and will not be running any of my cars at the FFW events! Bring back the old days of true drag racing, bracket racing will not fill the stands, heck, look at any and all bracket tracks, entry fee’s is all the money you will have coming in. Good Luck and I hope ya’ll wake up!!!!

    • gabrielle says:

      Don-

      When we make these announcements, they are the event basics to start with. Contact the track directly (speak with Seth Angel) and see how best you can get involved and be part of the great comeback! Cheers. Thanks for writing.

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