Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
May 6, 2017

In this age of 3-second eighth-mile Mustangs there is something to be said for being able to enjoy a 3-mile road course with two high-speed straights, elevation changes, and challenging corners. Those traits are exactly why Mustang enthusiasts take to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) year after year for the SVT Superfest.

VIR opened in 1957 and is a 3.27-mile road course in southern Virginia. Once you have been to it, you will see why it has been rated as one of America’s great road courses. This author has more experience at Sebring International Raceway, which is a flat track in central Florida, but VIR is like Sebring with elevation changes. One trip around the course and you see why the SVT Superfest is so popular.

The SVT Superfest is brought to you by the SVT Cobra Mustang Club, Shelby GT500 Club, Track Club USA, and Modular Boss. The event is held on the big course layout, which is sure to point out the strengths of SVT vehicles like Cobras, Lightnings, Contours, the SVT Focus, and anyone else choosing to partake in the event. However, we are sure the track will also point out driver weaknesses as well.

The SVT Superfest featured a car show, Pro Dyno’s portable dyno, a Saturday night banquet with great food, and just an all-around great time. The event happens each April, so when planning your yearly Mustang event calendar, put the SVT Superfest on it and get in on the fun.

Each morning started with a drivers’ meeting to go over the finer aspects of road racing. Instructors touched on when and where to pass, what each flag meant, what to watch for on-track, and how to handle different situations. The passing rules are different for each road course, and these meetings are done for the safety of everyone on-track.
David Melhado had us drooling over his 2013 Boss 302S. A joint venture between Ford Performance and Watson Racing, his particular 302S was in a museum in North Dakota before Melhado found it on eBay. After purchasing the School Bus yellow example, he sent it to Dean Martin at Kohr Motorsports for race setup. The Boss 302S doesn’t have a VIN, and the cars were originally ordered through the parts department via PN M-FR500-B302S. Only 50 of them were built for 2013. Melhado’s particular Boss 302S has the BBS wheels with Continental race slicks.
The guys from Pro Dyno were at the SVT Superfest to offer dyno services to those at the event. Robert Hudgins wanted to see how much power his 1986 GT convertible made, so his was one of many Mustangs we saw up on the portable dyno. Hudgins’ was a clean Four-Eye featuring a rebuilt engine, a 1993 Cobra intake, an E303 cam, underdrive pulleys, an off-road H-pipe, and a Flowmaster after-cat exhaust. The car had a mass air conversion with an A9L computer, and Pro Dyno’s Dan Desio was able to tune the car using SCT’s live tuning software. The combination was good for 205 rwhp and 268 rwtq, and Hudgins was happy with those numbers. Yes, we were drooling over this car as well, especially after we saw that it had manual windows and locks.

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