Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
January 25, 2016

So, you want to go fast? We’re talking really fast, without trouble from the law, and without a speed limit as you blast deep into the triple-digit zone. If this sounds like a thrill, you’ll want to check out WannaGOFAST’s top-speed extravaganzas where drivers take to the half-mile track in search of acceleration and mammoth speed. We headed to Jumbolair, a private airstrip in Ocala, Florida this past weekend for what proved to be a cold, but fun weekend. Temperatures hovered at the 40-degree mark, but that didn’t stop the 150 racers and thousands of fans who watch the action for two full days and saw speeds over 230 mph!

“WannaGOFAST is a company focused on providing one thing, going fast! Our main goal is to provide racing events both public and private that cater to the speed addict in all of us,” said Blake Hutchison, president of WannaGOFAST. “We founded this in order to fill a niche in the motorsports market place. Our goal was to create a safe and controlled environment for fellow car enthusiasts to pursue their ‘Need for Speed’ without the restrictions of the standard eighth- or quarter-mile dragstrip. We’ve taken a more retro approach to what Americana used to be and fast-forwarded it into modern day times with an efficient and unique event platform.”

That promise was filled as the Ocala WannaGOFAST event produced hundreds of thrilling runs with a field of exciting vehicles on track. These are really fun half-mile events that draw everything from the most basic street machines to big-dollar exotics.

Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords headed to Jumbolair, a private 7,000-plus foot airstrip in Ocala, Florida, where Mustangs were taking to the competition. The Mustang brigade was represented with ponies ranging from stock to wild; we saw a few supercharged Roush Stangs, many GT500s, loads of S197 5.0L Mustangs and a few 2015-2016 S550 Mustangs as well.

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One familiar face was former NMRA Coyote Stock champ HiPo Joe Charles, who just took delivery of his 2016 Shelby GT350. Charles’ already added Kooks long-tubes, CAI and a tune, which helped him achieve 142 mph on track. Ken Bjonnes was another top runner, he had his former 2011 GT MM&FF cover car flying with twin-turbos. Bjonnes and NMRA racer Sondra Leslie shared the driving, but it was Bjonnes who clocked a pass of 191.97 mph on the half-mile! Other Stang runners were Jon Lund Jr. wheeling a 2015 GT with a Vortech supercharger, E85 and an automatic; he ran 153 mph with the sweet-sounding combo, and Justin Starkey had his fleet of boosted Mustangs on track.

The half-mile action was hot all weekend, even if the weather wasn’t. The temperature hovered around 40 degrees, but no one seemed to mind. The roar of the engines and the thrill of watching cars run well past 150 mph, some eclipsing 200 mph, made us wonder what we could bring out to the next event.

Without having to worry about their reaction time, many drivers took their time off the line. This GT driver made some nice passes, on this run he clocked 148 mph.
There were a few Terminators, this one hung with the Lambo for a bit and topped out at 139 mph.
This Shelby ran side-by-side with the Vette clocking almost identical speeds.
Here’s another Shelby that topped 150 mph.
Alejandro Flores busted the 170 mark with a stock-looking 2015 Ford Mustang GT. With a 2.9L supercharger and Jon Lund Racing tune, the GT streaked to 162 mph on this pass, but ran as fast as 173.6 mph once the traction and weather improved.
This Boss 302 packed a Hellion Twin-Turbo and topped 165 mph.
John Bryant’s Roush RS3 makes 670 rwhp and he used it all to run 145 mph.
Joe Charles was having a blast with his brand-new Shelby GT350. The flat-plane crank was spinning for all it’s worth, as Charles clocked multiple passes in the 140 mph zone.
VMP was on hand with its mobile dyno and with a fleet of cars including this S550 EcoBoost, plus a GT and a GT350.
Here’s a nice 150-plus mph SVT Cobra.

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