Royal Purple Raceway Fun Ford Weekend Results

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The Roush Yates Performance Products season kick-off at of the Fun Ford Weekend Series at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, TX had a very insistent visit from Mother Nature and her rain-making ways. However, as eternal optimists, racers and car show participants still filed into the raceway in hopes of the skies drying up enough for a full day of racing and car show fun.

Unfortunately, as much as the Royal Purple track crew tried to keep the racing surface safe, Mother Nature prevailed. After a morning of dodging light mist and showers, the drag racing action was suspended before eliminations could begin. After waiting to see what the afternoon weather had in store, racers were given rain-checks and invited back to future events at Royal Purple Raceway.

The drippy skies didn’t keep the team from VMP Tuning from running their at-track dyno and tuning services. Thanks to a tent covering the dyno trailer, the guys from VMP stayed the entire day making sure everyone who wanted dyno time or tuning got it.

The grandstands at Royal Purple Raceway did provide cover for a significant number of entries for the all-Ford car and truck show with even more car show entries filing into the event in spite of the threatening skies. The car show judging and awards were completed before the heavier rains set in later in the afternoon. See the car show results below.

Follow this link to see more photos from the event.

With racers dodging rain showers and the car show participants in place, the Revell models “Make ‘N’ Take program was a huge hit with Ford enthusiasts, both young and old. There are now plenty of “new” Mustang owners, thanks to the folks at Revell.

Royal Purple Raceway
Fun Ford Weekend Car Show Results

Class- Mustang 1964-1968
Winner- Stacey Huffman
Runner Up- Billy Ray Standridge

Class- Mustang 1969-1973
Winner- Craig Waltjer

Class- Mustang 1978-1986
Winner- Wynne Sharp
Runner Up-Andy Warwas

Class- Mustang 1987-1993
Winner- Chris Carroll
Runner Up- John Roche

Class- Mustang 1994-1998
Winner- Jeff Wrst

Class- Mustang 1999-2004
Winner- Scott Gillman
Runner Up- Cosy Castillo

Class- Mustang 2005-2009
Winner- Joe Marche
Runner Up- Robert Rooney

Class- Mustang 2010-2011
Winner- Eduardo Rodriguez
Runner Up- Trayton Hill

Class- Competition Sports
Winner- Clifford Paschal

Class- Galaxie, Fairlane, Torino, Flacon
Winner- Lonnie Wright

Class- Hot Rod
Winner- Walter Stokley
Runner Up- Fred Cross

Class- Pre 1989 SUV & Pickup
Winner- Eddie Randazu

Class- 1990-2010 SUV & Pickup
Winner- Terry Parker
Runner Up- Doni Duplessie

Class- Roush, Saleen & Steeda
Winner- Elizabeth Parsons
Runner Up-James Vandezeyden

Class- Shelby
Winner – Cathy McBryde
Runner Up- Joe Morse

Class- SVT 1993-2004
Winner- David Newman
Runner Up- Jerry Solis

Special Awards
Best of Show- Craig Waltjer
Best Engine- Craig Waltjer
Peoples Choice- Jeff Wrst
MCA Award- Joe Marche
Best Wheels- Walkter Stokley
Cool Factor- Red Cross
Best Paint- Eddie Rondazu
Track Choice- Chris Carroll

 

 

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Airaid Renews Fun Ford Weekend Sponsorship

March 22, 2013 by  
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The Fun Ford Weekend Series welcomes AIRAID® Intakes brand of air intake systems as a returning sponsor for the 2013 season of events.

Founded in 1997, AIRAID advanced the automotive aftermarket industry with the introduction of its AIRAID® Intakes brand of air intake systems. Initially developed for light trucks and sport utility vehicles, the first AIRAID® kits combined an open-element cotton gauze filter with an intake tube to produce an innovative, easy-to-install intake kit which dramatically increased air flow, horsepower and torque while improving overall engine performance.

AIRAID Intake System for Ford Mustang

“We are thrilled to have AIRAID return as a sponsor for the Fun Ford Weekend Series,” says Jeff Lacina, marketing director for the series. “It’s a pleasure to work with a company who understands the performance demands of their customers and is willing to support them through our events. We look forward to helping them build their brand and product awareness with our racers, car show participants and spectators.”

AIRAID has an extensive lineup of air intake systems for most Ford vehicles, including 5.0L, 4.6L and 5.8L Mustangs and Shelby GT500s, the new Taurus SHO as well as a huge lineup for of systems for Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350 trucks.

Each AIRAID® product line is the result of exhaustive research and development. Our in-house engineering team consists of both mechanical and industrial design engineers using the latest 3-D

AIRAID Filter System for 7.3L Ford PowerStroke

CAD modeling equipment to produce advanced designs that make more power right out of the box. A portable 3-D scanner and rapid prototyping machine allows AIRAID® to test new products on our in-house Superflow flow bench and verify the unmatched fit, finish, and style that AIRAID® customers demand. All products are then tested on our all-wheel-drive Mustang chassis dynamometer to produce real-world performance numbers.

All AIRAID® Premium Filters are produced in-house using only the finest materials available and highly specialized manufacturing equipment to ensure a level of quality control no other filter company can match. This is just one of many reasons why all of AIRAID®’s filters are backed by our “No Hassle” Lifetime Warranty. All of AIRAID®’s product lines are proudly manufactured in the USA.

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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Fun Ford Weekend and Mustang Club of America Announce Member Discount Program

March 18, 2013 by  
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Fun Ford Weekend Series officials announce a marketing and member benefit program with the Mustang Club of America – the largest organization of Mustang clubs in the world.

“We’re very pleased to have have the Mustang Club of America join with the Fun Ford Weekend Series as a way to add to the excitement of every event, as well as provide a benefit to MCA members at each and every Fun Ford Weekend event,” says Sara Griewing, marketing director for the series.

At every Fun Ford Weekend event, MCA members will receive a discounted admission simply by showing their MCA membership car when their purchase their participant or spectator admission.

“The MCA strives to bring discounts on all types of merchandise and experiences for our membership. This is one more way we can say that membership in the MCA pays for itself. All MCA members who are able should partake of the opportunity to garner a discount when attending any Fun Ford Weekend event,” says Mary Jeane Wesche, editorial director of the Mustang Times, the official publication of the MCA.

“Fun Ford Weekend events are bound to be a magnet for MCA members and Ford and Mustang enthusiasts everywhere,” adds Wesche. “With the partnership between the MCA and Fun Ford Weekends, there are plenty of opportunities for MCA members to partake of the excitement and fun.”

In addition to the member discount and special car show award, Fun Ford Weekend events advertisements will run in Mustang Times, the official publication and available exclusively to MCA members. The magazine will also contain recaps and photos from all 12 of the 2012 Fun Ford Weekend events on the schedule.

“It’s a pleasure to work with FFW as far as the Mustang Times magazine. Members have access to the individual track events as well as the schedule of upcoming events across the USA and Canada,” notes Wesche. “This information will be available in the Mustang Times as well as posted on our website, www.mustang.org.” Each Fun Ford Weekend event has it’s own section within the MCA forums. You can access the forum by following this link.

The Mustang Club of America may also present a “Best Mustang” award as part of the All-Ford car shows that are such a popular part of the Fun Ford Weekend events. Fun Ford Weekend participants and spectators will also have the opportunity to find out more about the Mustang Club of America from club officials, including the various “membership benefits” that are available through the MCA.

“I see the opportunity for all MCA members enhancing their Mustang experience by attending or participating in the Fun Ford Weekend events,” says Wesche. “Drag racing is an integral part of the Mustang hobby, and watching a race is a blast. There are vendors to visit and a car show for those who wish to participate or just browse.”

About the Mustang Club of America (MCA)
MCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, care, history and enjoyment of all model years of Mustang, Shelby, Boss, Saleen, Roush, SVT Cobra, Steeda and McLaren. You’ll find members throughout the United States, Canada and World Wide and more than 170 local chapters.

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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Royal Purple Raceway Adds Three Heads-Up Race Classes

March 11, 2013 by  
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Royal Purple Raceway announces the addition of three heads-up race classes for the season-opening Fun Ford Weekend event on March 23.

The three newly announced heads up classes are Mod Motor, Coyote Motor and 351 Windsor Motor. All will be run on a 1/4 mile with a .400 Pro Tree.

Mod Motor is for Mustang and Ford vehicles running any of the commonly recognized “modular” Ford engines (4.6L, 2V, 3V and 4V head configurations) while the Coyote Motor class is for cars running the newer Ford 5.0L Coyote engine. The 351 Windsor Motor class will feature Ford vehicles powered by the venerable Ford 351 Windsor push-rod engine. Entry fee for these three new heads up classes will be $35.

Heads Up Class Payouts:
Mod Motor: Winner $250, Runner up $150
Coyote Motor: Winner $250, Runner up $150
351 Windsor Motor: Winner $250, Runner up $150

These three classes are in addition to the classes already announced for the Royal Purple Raceway Fun Ford Weekend, including the VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout.

For more information, visit Royal Purple Raceway’s website.


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Fun Ford Weekend Announces the VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout for 2013 Season

February 9, 2013 by  
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Kansas City, Mo., February 8, 2013 – Fun Ford Weekend officials welcome VMP Superchargers as the title sponsor of the VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout that will be held at all 12 of the 2013 Fun Ford Weekend events across the U.S. and Canada.

“We are very excited to have VMP Superchargers as the title sponsor of our popular True Street class at our Fun Ford Weekend Series events,” says Jeff Lacina, Marketing Director for the Series. “VMP Superchargers and VMP Tuning has been raising the bar for late-model Mustang owners, their products and services are an ideal match for our True Street racers. VMP’s expertise has been showcased in numerous Mustang magazines, websites, and forums. We’re proud to have them join us for our 2013 racing and event season.”, said Lacina.

According to Lacina, VMP Superchargers and VMP Tuning have numerous customers running street-legal 9 and 10 sec Mustangs.

“Our VMP TVS Superchargers and Tuning services are a good match for this class and for Fun Ford Weekend participants and spectators,” says Justin Starkey, Owner of VMP Superchargers and VMP Tuning. “We take a great deal of pride in equipping and tuning cars that are reliable enough for everyday use, but powerful and consistent enough to run in the 9s and 10s in true street. We have some great customers and I can’t wait to introduce our VMP products and services to Fun Ford Weekend participants.”

In addition to title sponsorship of the True Street class, Starkey and his team will be appearing at select Fun Ford Weekend events with their Mobile Dynojet, offering product sales, support, and dyno-tuning. “This will be a great way for Fun Ford Weekend racers and fans to take advantage of our expertise right at the event,” says Starkey. “We will be able to offer a full menu of products and services to take care of customers all over the country.”

The VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout
“Fun Ford Weekend has a long and storied history with True Street racers,” notes Lacina. “And now with VMP’s support, we’re looking forward to even more growth and participation in this highly-competitive and entertaining race class.”

True Street racers must use cars that are licensed and registered for street use in the owner’s state. To validate their real-world street capabilities, participants are lead on a 30-mile drive before returning to the track to make three back-to-back-to-back passes down the 1/4-mile track. 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.

Participants are not allowed to open their hoods or trunk/decklids after completing the road cruise and before making their passes. Additionally, participants may not add ice to intercoolers. Racers can adjust tire pressures, but air can only be removed – not added.

Visit the Fun Ford Weekend website’s “Participant Info” section for more detailed VMP Supercharger True Street Shootout rules and information.

The inaugural VMP Supercharger True Street Shootout will be held at the season-opening Fun Ford Weekend event at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, March 23, 2013, followed by all remaining events of the 2013 Fun Ford Weekend Series.

 

2013 Fun Ford Weekend Series Schedule

March 23, Royal Purple Raceway (Houston)
May 4-5, Auto Club Famoso Raceway (McFarland, CA)
May 17-18, Rockingham Dragway (Rockingham, N.C.)
June 7-8, Memphis International Raceway (Millington, TN)
June 15-16, Virginia Motorsports Park (Petersburg, VA)
June 23, Bandimer Speedway (Morrison, CO)
July 19-21, Gateway Motorsports Park (Madison, IL)
July 27, Castrol Raceway, (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
August 17-18, Maple Grove Raceway (Mohnton, Pa.)
August 30-31, Bristol Dragway (Bristol, TN)
September 6-7, Texas Motorplex (Dallas)
September 13-14, Palm Beach Intl. Raceway (Palm Beach, Fla.)

About VMP Superchargers and VMP Tuning
VMP Superchargers is a supercharger manufacturer and distributor located in Central Florida. Specializing in high performance Fords and Mustangs, VMP currently offers supercharger upgrades for numerous vehicles including Shelby GT500, Roush, SVT Cobra and Mustang GT. VMP was designed for and by “Speed Junkies” probably much like yourself who are just looking for the most effective way to be the fastest on the street and strip. VMP Supercharger kits are designed to perform well and be extremely reliable.

The VMP-TVS supercharger meets the everyday demands of both street and strip horsepower enthusiasts. With that in mind, VMP designs their products to be as equally durable, efficient and appropriate for everyday driving as they are for daily track abuse. You can learn more by visiting their website at www.vmp-tvs.com or by calling them toll-free at 877-624-9629.

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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Royal Purple Raceway Fires Off 2013 Fun Ford Weekend Schedule

January 25, 2013 by  
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The 2013 Fun Ford Weekend Series kicks off at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, TX, March 23. A favorite of racers and fans from all over Texas, the team at the track have been hard at work getting ready for the new season of racing.

“We had a great time kicking off the 2012 Fun Ford Weekend Series at Royal Purple Raceway,” notes Jeff Lacina, Marketing Director for the Series. “We had a great assortment of Ford-powered racers show up, a great field of true street cars and a very popular autocross event. Coming back for our second year will bring out even more racers and show cars.”

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.

Go here to see images from the 2012 Fun Ford Weekend at Royal Purple Raceway and visit their website here.

 

Fun Ford Weekend Royal Purple Raceway Schedule
Friday, March 22
3 PM: Vendor gate opens
7 PM: Legal Street Racing

Saturday, March 23
7 AM: Vendor Gate opens
8 AM: Gates open
9 AM: Test and Tune
9 AM – Noon: Car Show Registration
11 AM: Time Trials begin
12 Noon: Qualifying begins
12 – 3 PM: Car Show judging
2:20 PM: True Street Cruise
3 PM: Eliminations
4 PM: Car Show awards

GATE PRICES
Adult Spectator: $15
Crew: $15
Children 12 & under: FREE
Car Show (Car & Driver): $25
Test and Tune: $30
Swap Meet: $25 (1 20×20 space & 1 gate entry)
Car Corral: $25 (1 20×20 space & 1 gate entry)

 

RACER PRICES
Full Body cars must be Ford Body-any power plant allowed & Open Body cars must be Ford Powered. 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

PURSE & PAYOUTS
ET Bracket Classes
Fast Ford Winner $1000 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 $1000 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

CLASS RULES
FAST FORD – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree
Fast Ford Winner $1000 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 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.

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

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, Steeda

Saleen Fox Body, SN95, S197

Shelby

SVT 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.

 

Friday, March 22

Vendor Gate:

3:00 PM

Legal Street Racing:

6:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Saturday, March 23

Vendor Gate:

7:00 AM

Gates Open:

8:00 AM

Test N Tune:

9:00 AM

Car Show Registration:

9:00 AM-12:00PM

Time Runs Begin:

11:00 AM

Qualifying Begins:

12:00 NOON

Car Show Judging:

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

True Street Cruise:

2:20 PM

Eliminations:

3:00 PM

Car Show Awards:

4:00 PM

GATE PRICES

Adult Spectator:

$15

Crew:

$15

Children 12 & under:

FREE

Car Show (Car & Driver):

$25

Test N Tune:

$30

Swap Meet:

$25 (1 20×20 space & 1 gate Entry)

Car Corral:

$25 (1 20×20 space & 1 gate Entry)

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Ford Racing Engine Sweepstakes Winner

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Working with our marketing partners at Ford Racing, the Fun Ford Weekend Series rand a season-long promotion in 2012 where fans and event participants could register to win a Ford crate engine. Up for grabs was one of the new generation 5.0L Coyote crate engines directly from the Ford Racing catalog.

The good news is that we have a winner and the winner has taken delivery of his engine. Congratulations to Phil Brown of Fort Smith, Arkansas. And now the even better news: our friends at Ford Racing care so much about their customers, that granted the winner’s request, substituting a 5.0L-based Windsor engine for the originally planned Coyote 5.0.

“It’s not that I didn’t want a Coyote engine, it’s just that my street rod ’55 Ford F-100 is already set up for a Windsor engine,” explains Brown. “It was incredibly nice of the guys at Ford Racing to agree to switch out the prize for me. I don’t think you’ll find many companies today who are willing to do that, but Ford Racing did it. I can’t thank them enough.”

Brown entered the Ford Racing sweepstakes online while visiting the Fun Ford Weekend website. “I was looking for Ford events in my area and saw the online promotion and entered it,” explains the life-long Ford owner. “Then when my wife called me at work telling me I had won, I thought she was pulling my leg. But when I got home, I called the Fun Ford Weekend staff back and learned that I had in fact won.”

Brown has worked as a designer for Rheem Manufacturing for 28 years and has owned more Ford cars and trucks than he can count. “Both my grandfather and father were life-long ‘Ford men’, so I really had no choice when it came time for my first car,” chuckles Brown, noting that his first car was a used, ’66 Mustang coupe. Today, Brown and his wife own a ’66 Mustang fastback in Arcadia Blue and a customized 1955 Ford F-100 finished in Bright Caramel, a Ford truck color used from 1980 to 1986. “I wanted something bright and that wasn’t red,” explains Brown, noting that many early ’50s Ford trucks are painted red. “Once I saw the paint chip, I knew that was the color I wanted.”

Currently, Brown’s F-100 is powered by a 302 Windsor that was salvaged from a ’75 Ford Granada. “With a mild cam, four-barrel intake and carb and dual exhaust, it’s probably 200 hp,” says Brown. “So I’m really looking forward to installing this Ford Racing crate engine rated at 340 hp. It’ll be a lot more fun driving it to some of the shows we attend with our Fords, especially the annual Show-Me F-100 event in Branson, Missouri.”

Brown promises to take some pictures of him installing his new engine into his classic Ford truck. “I might even get some photos of me enjoying the new Ford Racing horsepower with some big smokey burn-outs,” chuckles Brown. “I think that would be a proper way to thank Ford Racing and Fun Ford Weekend for this awesome prize.”

Ford Racing Parts offers an extensive lineup of performance-enhancing parts for a huge number of Ford engines and vehicles. Visit their website at www.fordracingparts.com or view the 2013 Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog online here.

 

 

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ROCKAUTO.COM EXPANDS SUPPORT OF THE 2013 MANUFACTURERS SERIES

January 6, 2013 by  
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After successful 2011 and 2012 event seasons, RockAuto.com is continuing their support for the Manufacturers Series with an expanded commitment to the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend and Mega Mopar Action Series for 2013.

RockAuto’s 2012 support of the Manufacturers Series included promotional discounts offered on each Series Web Site for enthusiasts, participant promotions such as limited-edition magnets and postcards for the Super Chevy Show and Mega Mopar Action, plus reusable branded goodie bags for Fun Ford Weekend in 2012. In 2013 RockAuto will increase their partnership in the Mega Mopar Action Series by providing environment-friendly goodie bags for participants.
“RockAuto.com is happy to be able to sponsor the Super Chevy, Fun Ford and Mega Mopar Action events in 2013,­ said Jessa Torvik, Marketing Manager at RockAuto.com.

We enjoy helping our customers maintain, repair and restore both their classic cars and daily drivers. RockAuto’s selection of parts for newer cars is always expanding, but some people may not realize we regularly add new parts for old cars as well. For example, RockAuto recently began offering 100% new distributors to restore the ignition systems on many popular engines from the ’60s and ’70s.”

The Manufacturers Series is proud to have RockAuto.com as a renewed sponsor in 2013, and providing spectators and participants’ collector cars or daily driver on the road with OEM and aftermarket parts from RockAuto.com.

About Manufacturers Series
Designed to offer a little something for everyone in a family atmosphere for “Big Three” American automotive brand enthusiasts, the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend and Mega Mopar Action Series are all members of the Manufacturers Series with 33 North American events in 2013. Each Manufacturers Series event is wholly owned by its respective host track and showcases a car show, drag racing, manufacturer’s midway, swap meet and car corral, as well as autocross at selected events. For more information or for event schedules, visit www.mfgseries.com

About RockAuto.com
RockAuto, LLC was founded by the Taylor family in Madison, Wisconsin. Their background in engineering and their passion for old cars prompted them to start the company. RockAuto.com now ships thousands of parts from over 200 manufacturers to customers on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica.

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Ford and Ford Racing Rocks 2012 SEMA Show

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Once again, our friends at Ford and Ford Racing celebrated the Blue Oval in high-performance style at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV. From the incredible cars and trucks on display in their own massive booth, to the non-stop action of the “Ford Out Front” demonstration area and of course, to the countless Ford vehicles scattered about the show, it was pretty to easy to see how Ford Motor Company and Ford Racing continue to lead the way in the performance automotive aftermarket.

Visit the Fun Ford Weekend Facebook page to see an entire album of photos from the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Ford Mustang and F-Series named “Hottest Car and Truck of the 2012 SEMA Show”
Ford Mustang and F-Series pickups are officially the “Hottest Car and Truck” at the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Presented on Opening Day, the SEMA Award recognizes the most popular vehicles the organization’s members feature in their displays during the week-long trade show.

Before this year’s show opened, SEMA officials walked the floor of the giant aftermarket expo and counted the number of new 2012 and 2013 cars and trucks exhibited in booths. More Ford Mustangs and F-Series pickups are on display than any other car or truck – testament to the popularity and appeal of Ford vehicles.

“We’re pleased and proud SEMA members agree with what our customers have been saying – that Ford Mustang and F-Series are the industry’s hottest car and truck respectively,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service.

The launch of the new 2013 Mustang in the spring was strong, with Mustang sales this year up 18 percent over last year. Ford F-Series continues its 36-year record as the best-selling pickup in America, on pace to be the best-selling vehicle in America for 31 straight years.

Aftermarket exhibitors aren’t the only ones featuring Ford Mustang and F-Series in their booths. Ford is also featuring more than 10 Mustangs and F-Series trucks, showing off the extreme versatility of these iconic Ford vehicles.

Ford Racing Pulls the Wraps Off a 5.0L Twin Turbo Cobra Jet Mustang Concept
In the perpetual quest to stay ahead of the competition, the team at Ford Racing dug into Ford’s own production car bag of tricks and debuted a turn-key, factory-built turn-key drag racer “concept” with a twin turbocharged engine, essentially adopting the same award-winning technology found on road-going EcoBoost engines to a race car.

Cobra Jet’s Winning heritage
When the original ’68 Mustang Cobra Jet drag racers rolled out of the Mustang factory, they relied on 7.0-liter V8 engines with massive four-barrel carburetors to hustle them down the strip.

“When a new generation of Cobra Jets arrived four decades later, they immediately began winning with a modern, fuel-injected 5.4-liter V8 topped with a belt-driven supercharger,” recalls Jesse Kershaw, Ford drag racing competition manager. “Over the past four years, the Cobra Jet has gone on to become both a fan and competitor favorite, the most successful late-model vehicle in drag racing.”

While superchargers provide instant on-demand power, they can also sap a lot of power especially at high boost levels. The 2.9-liter blower used on the 2013 Cobra Jet uses as much as 100hp to drive the supercharger – that’s power no longer available for acceleration.

 

Twin Intercooled Turbochargers = No Waiting

Fortunately, every internal combustion engine has a plentiful source of energy that normally goes to waste right out the exhaust pipe. Turbochargers harness the thermal and kinetic energy in the exhaust gases to drive turbines and compressors that force more air into the engine for a big increase in power without most of the parasitic losses of a supercharger.

“Ford has embraced turbocharging technology and a lot of our production engineers are working with  the technology on a daily basis, so we have a lot of knowledge,” says Rob Deneweth, Cobra Jet powertrain development engineer. “So we decided to apply that knowledge to the Mustang Cobra Jet to showcase what our engineers and suppliers know how to do.”

Turbocharger design and release engineer Dave Born joined the Cobra Jet team after working on the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 for the F-150 to help make this concept a reality. “When done right, turbocharging is just as good as or better than supercharging,” Born confirms.

Check out this video of the Twin Turbo Cobra Jet Mustang concept in action.

“To overcome the biggest perceived drawback of turbocharging – the lag – we’ve selected the smallest possible turbos that will give us the airflow we need,” he added. “We’ve also got some other enhancements to help improve the responsiveness; we have very low inertia and very low internal friction.”

Limited-Edition Ford Racing History Artwork Unveiled at SEMA; Sales to Benefit JDRF

A special Sam Bass painting that celebrates Ford’s storied 111-year racing history was also debuted at SEMA. Proceeds from the sales of the limited-edition prints will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or JDRF. Commissioned for his private collection by Edsel B. Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford, the original artwork dramatically portrays some of the greatest moments in Ford Racing history.

There will be only 500 numbered prints created, all hand-signed by Edsel B. Ford II and Sam Bass, and retailing for $449 on http://www.fordimages.com. All proceeds from sales will benefit JDRF.

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Fun Ford Weekend, Super Chevy Show and Mega Mopar Action Series to Host 33 Events in 2013

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Fun Ford Weekend, Super Chevy Show and
Mega Mopar Action Series to Host 33 Events in 2013

Manufacturers Series Adds Bakersfield’s Auto Club Famoso Raceway
to its List of Host Tracks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (October 11, 2012) – The Manufacturers Series, as they are collectively known, consists of the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend, and Mega Mopar Action events touring the U.S. and Canada each season.  The popular events feature car show, drag race, swap meet, car corral, and autocross (at selected events) as the elements that bring thousands of fans and participants out to the shows.

In addition to hosting an increased amount of events in 2013, the Manufacturers Series will also visit a new venue at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield with all three name badges – Fun Ford Weekend, Super Chevy Show and Mega Mopar Action hosting events in California during the months of May, June, and October respectively.

Fun Ford Weekend events kick-off the season on the same weekend as its Chevy counterpart, but in a different warm weather climate at the Houston’s Royal Purple Raceway on Saturday, March 23.  From there, the series will head west to California for its new event at Bakersfield’s Auto Club Famoso Raceway on May 4-5, and work its way through the season ending event at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, FL on September 13-14.

The Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance continues its journey to 12-North American venues in 2013, and is highlighted by a first ever “Doubleheader” when the series hosts two events on the September 27-29 weekend at Bristol Dragway and Royal Purple Raceway. The Bowtie events begin the 2013 season at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, FL on March 22-24, and conclude at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, NC on October 18-20.

The Mega Mopar Action series has shown the largest growth for the 2013 season, adding five new tracks to the name sake series of Mopar Action Magazine.   New markets for the Mega Mopar Action series include the season opener at Rockingham Dragway on April 6, followed by visits to St. Louis, Edmonton, Palm Beach, and the season ending event at Bakersfield on October 5-6.

For more information visit: www.mfgseries.com or www.funfordweekend.com

2013 Fun Ford Weekend Series

March 23             Royal Purple Raceway                    Houston, TX

May 4-5                Auto Club Famoso Raceway          Bakersfield, CA

May 18-19           Rockingham Dragway                     Rockingham, NC

June 7-8               Memphis Int’l Raceway                 Memphis, TN

June 15-16          Virginia Motorsports Park            Petersburg, VA

June 23                 Bandimere Speedway                   Denver, CO

July 19-21            Gateway Motorsports Park         St. Louis, MO

August 11            Castrol Raceway                               Edmonton, AB, Canada

August 17-18      Maple Grove Raceway                  Reading, PA

Sept. 6-7              Texas Motorplex                              Dallas, TX

Sept. 13-14         Palm Beach Int’l Raceway             Jupiter, FL

Date TBD             Bristol Dragway                                 Bristol, TN


2013 Super Chevy Show Series presented by Chevrolet Performance

March 22-24       Palm Beach Int’l Raceway             Jupiter, FL

April 12-14           Memphis Int’l Raceway                 Memphis, TN

May 3-4                Texas Motorplex                              Dallas, TX

May 17-19           Virginia Motorsports Park            Petersburg, VA

May 31-June 2   Auto Club Famoso Raceway         Bakersfield, CA

June 21-23          Gateway Motorsports Park         St. Louis, MO

July 19-21            Maple Grove Raceway                  Reading, PA

August 16-17      Bandimere Speedway                   Denver, CO

August 31            Castrol Raceway                               Edmonton, AB, Canada

Sept 27-29           Bristol Dragway                                 Bristol, TN           Doubleheader

Sept 27-29           Royal Purple Raceway                    Houston, TX       Doubleheader

October 18-20   Rockingham Dragway                     Rockingham, NC

 

2013 Mega Mopar Action Series

April 6                   Rockingham Dragway                     Rockingham, NC

April 26-27           Texas Motorplex                              Dallas, TX

May 17-19           Gateway Motorsports Park         St. Louis, MO

June 2                   Bandimere Speedway                   Denver, CO

June 22-23          Maple Grove Raceway                  Reading, PA

July 27                   Castrol Raceway                               Edmonton, AB, Canada

Sept. 15                Palm Beach Int’l Raceway             Jupiter, FL

Sept. 21-22         Virginia Motorsports Park            Petersburg, VA

October 5-6        Auto Club Famoso Raceway         Bakersfield, CA

 

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