Results from Memphis International Raceway – Final event of 2012 Fun Ford Weekend Season
Memphis International Raceway holds a special place in a lot of racer’s hearts. Located just north of downtown Memphis, this track, like the town, has weathered many storms but always seems to come back stronger and better than before. Thus, MIR was a fitting location for the final Fun Ford Weekend event of 2012.
Presented by Roush Yates, JE Pistons and Joe Gibbs Driven, the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury faithful from all over the mid-south brought their blue oval beauties out for some drag race, car show and autocross fun Sept 28 & 29.
The Fun Ford action kicked off Friday night with “test-n-tune” for Saturday’s Fun Ford racers, along with a little friendly, “Ford vs. the World” drag racing. In the pits, there was live music by Seventh Sundown, a mechanical bull, car show and the night of racing was capped by an awesome full “light and sound show” by not just one, but two jet-powered dragsters, the Jet Train tandem of “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Cannonball Express”.
Saturday’s racing action expanded from the drag strip to also include the Gateway Classic Mustang autocross challenge, where both car show and drag race participants could try their hand on navigating the orange cone-lined course. Many spectators took advantage of the guys from Gateway Classic Mustangs and their offer to give rides to spectators who had signed the waivers. Needless to say, there were 100’s of people who got the ride of their lives in the Gateway Classic Mustangs – a track-prepped ’68 and a ’69 fastback powered by a new 5.0L “Coyote” engine.
The Revell Make-n-Take, where kids had the chance to build models of their own Ford hot rod and take it with them was a big hit with those too young to race or drive. Heck, we even saw a few dads and crew chiefs in helping their future Ford owners building their model kits!
The all-FoMoCo car show saw an eclectic collection of all-things Ford powered, including trucks, hot rods, street rods and an outstanding showing of late model Mustangs.
Visit the Fun Ford Weekend Facebook page here to see 275 images from the Memphis event.
Fun Ford Weekend Memphis International Raceway Results
Champion: Wes McPeake, Henderson, TN, ’65 Cobra roadster
R/U: Ike Foster, Hornsby, TN, ’97 Mustang SVT Cobra
Champion: Gary Rowe, ’65 Mustang
R/U: Dustin Scheele
Mean Street Mustang
Champion: Van Burgess, Jackson, MO, ’90 Mustang
R/U: Mark Fisher, Bartlett, TN, ’91 Mustang
Champion: Tom Sladek, Jackson, MO, ’69 Cougar
R/U: John Lovett, Merigold, MS, ’65 Mustang
Champion: Cliff Hubbard
R/U: John Lovett, Merigold, MS