Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
October 24, 2016

East coast dragstrips long been a hot bed for Ford and Mustang racing. From Bradenton to Epping, Mustangs have ruled over brand X hot rods in all types of drag racing competition. Racers know it’s hard to beat the multitude of seal-level tracks and the performance amplifies in the fall months when the air is ripe for horsepower. One track known for its ultra-stick starting line and amazing specialty events is Maryland International Raceway, often referred as MIR.

Located about an hour south of Washington D.C., MIR commonly draws racers from Virginia to New York, and that was certainly the case for the recent Ford Fever Classic held this October 21-23. Furious Fords attacked the track in a variety of heads-up, Open Comp, and Bracket classes, meanwhile the show area was lined with some unique Fords, including a perfect Mercury Monterey and an ultra-rare 1982 Ford Durango; ever hear of one of those? Well, is a Ford Fairlane converted into a Ranchero-style pick-up that was sold new from Ford, only 211 were made, and around 100 are known to exist.

Heads-up classes included Limited Drag Radial, X275, Ultra Street and the N/T Nitrous Small-Block Shootout. The Ford Fever Classic also included JPC Super Stang Open Comp, Johnny Lightning Lightning Shootout, and e.t. brackets. Gear-bangers filled the Stock ET category, which paid $500 to win. We spotted many familiar faces from all forms of Mustang racing, and we made a bunch of new friends as well.

For those not wanting to burn rubber, there was a massive car show on Saturday and Sunday with trophies and awards for the top cars and trucks, along with a Ford swap meet where you could find those special parts and pieces. It’s always impressive to see the variety of Mustangs, Fords and the endless ways in which enthusiasts modify their cars and trucks.

As always, we love sharing the action with you, so we’ve compiled a massive photo gallery. Click through and let us know which ones are your favorites, and check back at Mustang-360.com in a few days for the full event results from the track and the show.

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