Fun Ford Weekend Debut at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, May 4-5

April 10, 2013 by  
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The Fun Ford Weekend makes it’s highly anticipated return to the Golden State with a May 4-5 event at the famous Auto Club Famoso Raceway outside of Bakersfield, California.

“Ever since the series returned in 2011, Ford racers and enthusiasts have been asking for a California event,” notes Jeff Lacina, marketing director for the series. “We are very pleased to have Auto Club Famoso Raceway join the schedule for 2013 and are looking forward to bringing our family-friendly format to the loyal west coast Ford racers, show car owners and enthusiasts.”

Fun Ford Weekend at Auto Club Raceway Famoso Schedule

Friday, May 3:
FUN FORD WARM UP
Fun Ford Warm Up Gates Open: 1 PM
Racing: 3 PM until 7 PM Open to any make and model

Saturday, May 4:
ALL FORD RACING
Gates Open: 8 AM
Racer Tech: 8:30 AM – 4 PM
Time Trials Start: 9:30 AM
Car Show Registration: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout: Cruise Starts: 11 AM
VMP Superchargers True Street 3 Back to Back runs: Immediately after Cruise
Eliminations: 2 PM (Fast Ford, Quick Ford, Street Ford, Tuff Truck)
*Fun Ford Feature Show: 1 PM and 4 PM
WCOPMA – Outlaw Pro Mods
Car Show Judging begins: 12 PM
Saturday Car Show Awards: 2:30 PM

Image: Mike Garrett, SpeedHunters.com

Sunday, May 5:
FORDS VS THE WORLD BRACKET RACE
Gates Open: 8 AM
Racer Tech (new entries) 8 AM – Until Eliminations
Time Trials Start: 9:30 AM
Car Show Registration continued: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Eliminations: 12 PM
Sunday Car Show Awards: 2:30 PM
Feature Show -5 Second Door Slammer Pro Mods!

ADMISSION FEES
Racers Showing Up on Friday -
Racers that come on Friday and pay $40 for 3 day gate admission do not need to purchase additional gate admission for the following days, Saturday & Sunday. That $40 fee is for the whole weekend (Fri, Sat,& Sun.). Tech Cards to race are seperate and bought each day. See racer fees below.

Racers Showing Up on Saturday
Racers that come in on Satruday and pay $30 for the 2 day gate admission do not need to purchase an additional gate fee for Sunday. The $30 is for Saturday & Sunday. Tech Cards to race are seperate and bought each day. See racer fees below.

Racers Showing Up on Sunday
Racers that come in on Sunday will pay $20 gate fee for Sunday. Tech Cards to race are purchased separately. See racer fees below.

Special Racing Awards
Racers will also be eligible for several special awards, including the Aeromotive Eliminator Award and the Mustang Guys Fastest 5.0 Shootout. Click on the logos to learn more.

CREW & SPECATOR FEES
FRIDAY
$40 Crew Event (Fri • Sat • Sun – Includes Starting Line Access)
$40 Spectator Event
Children 12 & Under Free

SATURDAY
$30 Crew Event (Sat • Sun – Includes Starting Line Access)
$30 Spectator Event (Sat • Sun)
$20 1 – Day Spectator

Children 12 & Under Free

SUNDAY
$20 Crew (Includes Starting Line Access)
$20 Spectator

Children 12 & Under Free

MCA Discount
Mustang Club of America members can get a $5 discount by showing their membership card at the ticket booth. You MUST show your card to get the discount – no exceptions.

Race Classes & Rules
FORD CLASSES (Full Body cars must be Ford Body-any power plant allowed & Open Body cars must be Ford Powered)

*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

VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout – 1/4 Mile, .400 Pro Tree, All Run

PURSE & PAYOUTS
ET Bracket Classes Fast Ford Winner $1000 (Round money based on car count)

Quick Ford Winner $1000 (Round money based on car count)

Street Ford Winner $250 & TROPHY

Tuff Truck Winner $250 & TROPHY

VMP Superchargers True Street Race Classes
Quickest 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 classes are 1/4 mile competition

FRIDAY – 3 Day Gate Admission $40
$40 weekend gate admission is your gate pass for the whole weekend.
Includes Fun Ford Warm Up Test Session 3pm to 7pm Friday only.
Race entries extra. See below.

SATURDAY – 2 Day Gate Admission $30
Tech Card Fees Below-
Fast Ford (Electronics Class) $40
Quick Ford (No Electronics Class) $40
Street Ford (DOT Tire & Registration Required) $25
Tuff Truck (any Ford Truck) $25
True Street $35

SUNDAY – Gate Admission $20
Ford Against The World (Summit Race)
SUPER PRO (Electronics Class) $50
PRO (No Electronics Class) $45
Sportsman $40
Motorcycle $35
Street Ford (DOT Tire & Registration Required) $25
Tuff Truck (any Ford Truck) $25

PRO/SUPER PRO/ SPORTSMAN/ MOTORCYCLE – Regular Bracket Payouts

CLASS RULES
FAST FORD – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree – (ET Break 7.00 – 19.99)

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

QUICK FORD – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree – (ET Break 7.00 – 19.99)
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, Slicks, Mechanical throttle stops permitted

STREET FORD – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree
No Slicks, DOT Tires, Registration Required, All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit, Mechanical throttle stops permitted

TUFF TRUCK – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree
All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit, Mechanical throttle stops permitted

VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout – 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 vehicles must conform to these guidelines:

1. Must be a Ford bodied or an Open Body 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.

The All FoMoCo Car Show Classes
(Saturday awards & Sunday Grandstand Cruise)

SATURDAY
Mustang 64-66
Mustang 67-68
Mustang 69-70
Mustang 71-73
Mustang 74-78
Mustang 79-93
Mustang 94-98
Mustang 99-04
Mustang 05-09
Mustang 10 – Present
SVT Cobra Mustang
Shelby Mustang 65-70
Shelby Mustang 06-Present
BOSS 302 Mustang
Roush Mustang
Saleen Mustang
Special Interest Mustang (Twister Special, Pace Cars, etc.)
Shelby Cobra
Mercury Cougar
Ford Thunderbird
Fairlane, Torino, Galaxie
Falcon, Maverick, Comet
Big Car (Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Mercury Marauder)
Ford Full Size Truck All Years
Ford Compact Truck All Years
Ford Lightning
SUV
Ranchero
Sport Compact (Focus, Fiesta)
Classic Ford – All Years
Conversion (Any Make – Ford Powered)
Race Car
Pro Engineered
Pro Street
Special Interest Ford All Years (T-Buckets, Street Rods, Rat Rods, etc)

Special Car Show Awards

Mustang Club of America Best Mustang
Best of Show
Best Engine
Best Interior
Best Paint

SUNDAY (All Makes Welcome!)
Top 25
Club Participation
Under 21 (Ages 21 and Younger)
Track Top Pick
Pony Express Cruise

About Auto Club Raceway Famoso
Half a century ago, Bakersfield was a sleepy oil town best known as the last stop before climbing the “Grapevine” road to Los Angeles. Things changed rapidly when local country singer Buck Owens rose to fame in the late 1950s. At the same time, drag racers from around the country began pouring into Famoso for quarter-mile runs.

The March Meet, originally called the U.S. Fuel and Gas Championships, was spearheaded by the Smokers, a local race club. The Smokers, who began racing at Famoso in 1951, became skeptical of reported times and speeds set in the east by “Big Daddy” Don Garlits. So they invited him to Bakersfield to compete. In March 1959 he did just that. The result was the March Meet, often called the “Woodstock of drag racing.” Although Garlits lost in the first round and Art Chrisman became Top Eliminator, Garlits went on to become the most celebrated drag racer in history and #1 on the NHRA’s Top 50 list. Garlits’ appearance at Famoso spread the fame of the track, March Meet and Bakersfield far and wide.

The March Meet and Famoso Raceway created an entire generation of both racers and racing fans and marked Bakersfield as a Mecca for the sport. The Mears family began to race at Famoso, as did Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, Cruz and Tony Pedregon and many, many others. NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick launched his racing career in Bakersfield.

In its hay day, the March Meet was the race on the NHRA schedule, where legendary racers such as Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, “TV Tommy” Ivo, Shirley Muldowney and Connie Kalitta clashed. Many of today’s stars like John Force and Ron Capps competed in the March Meet.

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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