Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine to host Mustang Triathlon at Palm Beach Fun Ford Weekend event, Sept 14.

September 13, 2013 by  
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Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine will be hosting the 2nd Annual Mustang Triathlon as part of the Fun Ford Weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway, Sept 14, 2013. The event will see Mustang owners put their cars to the test in there distinctly different events: timed autocross, a timed speed braking challenge and low ET 1/4-mile drag race passes.

In keeping with the Olympics spirit, each event will recognize 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. The overall Mustang Triathlon Champions will be the driver/car combination with the highest average finishing position at the end of the three events.

The Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Mustang Triathlon is open to all Mustang owners and will feature three different classes, stock, modified and prepared. The cars will be placed into their respective categories during tech inspection at the event.

The Triathlon Events:


Each competitor will get three runs on the autocross course. Cars knocking down or hitting the orange course cones will incur a 2-second per cone penalty that will be added onto their overall time. Cars going off course or not completing the entire course will receive no time for that run. Each competitor’s fastest run will be used to determine finishing position. Each competitor will be allowed three timed runs and must be completed within the time given for each group and in numerical order.

Speed Brake Challenge

From a standing start, competitors will leave the starting line, accelerating 1,000 feet to the finish line and into a 20-ft deep “stop box,” defined by orange traffic cones. All four of the vehicle’s wheels must cross the finish line, placing the vehicle inside the stop box. Knocking stop-box cones over or moving them out of the marked boxes around their bases will result in a DQ for that run. Competitors with the fastest time wins. Each competitor will be allowed three timed runs and must be completed within the time given for each group and in numerical order.

Drag Race

In a format similar to True Street drag racing, competitors will make three, back-to-back-to-back, 1/4-mile passes on the drag strip. Lowest ET (elapsed time) wins. A Sportsman tree will be used, red-light do not matter. Each competitor will be allowed three timed runs that must be completed within the time given for each group and in numerical run order.

Vehicle Categories

Participants will be placed into one of the following categories, based upon the modifications that have been made to the Mustang/Ford vehicle


As manufactured by Ford. OE replacement grade parts can be installed (tires, springs, shocks/struts, etc.) Vehicle MUST have wheels of a size (diameter and width) that would have been available on THAT model and year of vehicle. NO “STICKY” tires unless that Mustang so-equipped from the factory. Must be street legal, licensed and insured. Power adders OK if so equipped from Ford (2003-04 SVT Cobra, 2007-current GT500, Roush RS3, etc). Aftermarket seatbelts/harnesses OK.


Mustangs equipped with aftermarket suspension components, wheels and tires. No racing slicks allowed. Must be street licensed, insured and have a majority of it’s interior intact. Roll bars/cages allowed as long as other criteria still met. Engine power adders allowed.


Mustangs built specifically built for autocross, road race or drag race competition. Open to all engine, suspension, brake, wheel/tire modifications, DOT approved competition tires/slicks allowed.


Open to any Mustang, Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle purely for exhibition. Times will be kept but no results will be rewarded. Vehicles MUST go through pre-event Tech / Safety Inspection prior to running.

Overall Finishing Order:

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be determined in each of the three classes (stock, modified, prepared)

The winning car will be the one with the highest average finishing position (place) from all three events (autocross, speed braking and drag race).


Driver 1) Autocross: 2nd, Speed Brake: 2nd, Drag Race: 1st, Average: 1.66 ave finish

Driver 2) Autocross: 3rd, Speed Brake: 3st, Drag Race: 4th, Average: 3.66 ave finish

Driver 3) Autocross: 1st, Speed Brake: 1st, Drag Race: 2nd, Average: 1.33 ave finish

Driver 3) 1st place – Gold Medal

Driver 1) 2nd place – Silver Medal

Driver 2) 3rd place – Bronze Medal

1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers will be awarded in each class (stock, modified and prepared).

Tie Breaker:

In the event of a tie, the competitors’ three event times (autocross, speed brake & drag race) will be added together for a total time. The lowest total time will be the winner of the tie.

General rules:

  • Safety is our number one priority!
  • NO Passengers allowed during competition
  • Drivers MUST wear a helmet during all three events (M-, DOT and SA- rated helmets allowed).
  • Drivers MUST wear long pants and closed-toe shoes during each event (driver’s suits, shoes, gloves encouraged)
  • Any driver exhibiting behavior (in the car or out of the car) that is deemed not within the “spirit of the event” may be disqualified from the event at the decision of at least two Event Staff members
  • Event Staff has the final say in vehicle classifications / participant disqualification

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