In a world of mostly forgettable cars, there are still some that aren’t that way -- and many of those gathered for the inaugural FE Reunion and Race at Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania. All of the nameplates were there: Mustangs, Cougars, Galaxies, Meteors, Thunderbirds, Thunderbolts, Falcons, Cyclones, Torinos -- even an F-100 pickup! Other than the fact that they’re all part of the Ford family, the common thread here is that they all had Ford FE engines under the hood.
It was such a success that plans for a two-day show have already been announced for April 25-26, 2014.
In production from 1958 until 1976, the FE (Ford-Edsel) powerplant came in a variety of configurations such as top oilers, side oilers, low risers, medium risers, high risers, and cammers. They were used in an even wider variety of vehicle and marine applications as well. Ranging from 332 to 428 cubic inches in displacement, these engines became legendary because of their success in road and stock car racing as well as on the dragstrip.
Randy Spohn’s Oak Hill, Ohio-based ’58 Ford Fairlane 500 was the baddest of the bad at Bea
George Aberts Jr. had his Troublemaker II 427-powered Fairlane in the Pro FE show with a 9
George Aberts Sr. had his high 9-second A/Nostalgia Super Stock in the Quick 8 program and
Mercury made only a few hundred of these ’69 Mercury Cale Yarborough Special Cyclones—and
Joe Conlon was all smiles as he took a hot lap at Beaver Springs in his original ’63� Gala
Original ’68 Mustang Cobra Jets are exceptionally rare, but Vinny Lyons had his there for
Phil Bonner’s ’64 Thunderbolt was a featured attraction at the FE Race and Reunion. This c
Ford never made an FE-powered Falcon, but that didn’t keep the fans from salivating over t
Bill Naudain enjoyed his cruise down the track as the show cars got a parade lap just befo
During its heyday, the FE sold cars, as automobile buyers could have under their hoods an engine from the same family that won Le Mans, Daytona, and the Winternationals. It served them well before the FE was eventually replaced by the Ford 385-series lineup of engines.
Brant Kelley was a big hit with the crowd with this ’67 Fairlane wagon from Stamford, Conn
This 428-powered C/SA ’68 Mustang drew a lot of fans with wheelstand launches like this, b
Another car that turned a lot of heads was the immaculate ’60 Starliner belonging to Nick
Leo Sekulski’s ’63 Galaxie, which runs out of the 422 Motorsports stable of nostalgia cars
Gerry Ingersoll’s tribute to Jack Chrisman’s GT-1 blown funny car is powered by a 482-cid
Larry Kortkamp hauled his cool ’64 Galaxie Country Sedan wagon in from Canton, Ohio, to ru
While it’s been almost 40 years now since these engines were last available in new cars, they still live on in the minds and hearts of enthusiasts, racers and collectors. Jody Aberts and Doug Bender were two such individuals that never forgot these or the cars they came in. Their idea about having a reunion just for these caught fire and grew viral as seen on the pages here.
More than 150 FE-equipped vehicles heeded the call and were on hand for the car show, exhibition, or race at Beaver Springs Raceway in Pennsylvania. It was such a success that plans for a two-day show have already been announced for April 25-26, 2014. Check out www.fairlanet.com or Facebook for upcoming information on the 2014 event.
In production from 1958 until 1976, the FE (Ford-Edsel) powerplant came in a variety of configurations such as top oilers, side oilers, low risers, medium risers, high risers, and cammers.
| Inaugural FE Race & Reunion Results
|Class Winner & R/U
| Pro FE (Quick 8)
|W Brian Merrick
|R/U George Aberts, Jr.
| Hot FE (12.99 & Quicker)
|W Jim Remsnyder
|R/U Gerry Ingersoll
| Cool FE (13.00 & Slower)
|W Bill Johnson
||Pleasant Hall, PA
|R/U Greg Cook