Rod Short
January 11, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Hometown Dial-In Elapsed Time Speed
Pro FE (Quick 8)
W Brian Merrick Dellroy, OH 9.99 10.010 131.71
R/U George Aberts, Jr. Hampton, MD 9.45 9.466 139.79
Hot FE (12.99 & Quicker)
W Jim Remsnyder Montoursville, PA 11.50 11.521 116.62
R/U Gerry Ingersoll Clifton, NJ 10.48 11.283 124.70
Cool FE (13.00 & Slower)
W Bill Johnson Pleasant Hall, PA 13.08 13.117 103.51
R/U Greg Cook Gettysburg, PA 15.00 14.882 92.07