Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
May 26, 2005

Winter was over, or at least that's how it seemed to the MM&FF staff.Even though we had to do some shoveling the day after we got back fromFlorida, the '05 racing season had begun, as Orlando Speedworld was hostto Fun Ford Weekend's kickoff race and, of course, our Spring BreakShootout. Overall, the racing was intense. We even got to see several'05 Mustangs in action.

The unofficial MM&FF kickoff party at the Hooters of Waterford Lakes inOrlando was an absolute blast once again, with numerous Mustang fanaticsmaking their marks on the property. A top-notch serving staff welcomedus hooligans with open arms, and we can't wait to go back.

In the Mr. Gasket Pro category, Tom Jacobs of Rapid City, Michigan,brought out his 600ci '67 Mustang fastback to battle the late-modelmuscle that presently permeates the class. Speaking of late-models, BritFloyd debuted a new '04 Mustang sporting a 400ci, Yates-headed,Precision 101mm turbocharged powerplant. The Marsh Motorsports Mustanghad just come from a victory out west in the PSCA organization, andChuck Simons made the most of last year's powerplant in Orlando whilehis new BES-built bullet is receiving the finishing touches for thisseason.

ProCharger Street Outlaw saw the return of Jim and Vic Keen with a newride, while others, like Mike Calvert, chose alternate methods ofscoring some points. Calvert qualified and went out in the first roundin S/O using an '04 Saleen Mustang. Also looking to scoop up some pointswas Tim Lynch, who brought out a customer's brand-new ride and went7.30s off the trailer.

The naturally aspirated Edelbock Street Bandit class saw Matt Jones atthe helm of his new ride, which used to be future S/O pilot CaleAronson's Skinny Kid-built missile. Third in points last year, Rod Houckran what will be his last Street Bandit race for a while, as he haslined up a Pro Mod ride for the near future.

BFGoodrich Drag Radial racer Mike Dees had to run Street Outlaw becausehe is not legal for Fun Ford Drag Radial anymore. He put twinturbochargers on the car and plans to run Outlaw Drag Radial classes.

Ford Racing's Open Comp inaugural event in Fun Ford turned out animpressive number of competitors as did the JDM Tough Truck andSteeda/Hyland Mod Motor classes. Speaking of which, we found Outlawracer Chip Havemann with a Modular entry driven by Gary Youngblood. Asit turns out, Havemann sold his S/O car to try out the no-pushrodracing, but has since purchased another Outlaw car to jump back into theheads-up game later this year.

In the SCT Street Stang class, the contingent was made up of a number ofwringers who have the 12.50 index dialed in. It's going to be a toughclass this year for sure. The JBA Headers Focus Frenzy was missing its'04 championship runner-up, Brandey Burd, who we've heard is off atcollege, but champion Owen Spry was right back at it.

On Track

Saturday came unglued when David Hance's New York Motor-sports Pro entrygot loose in qualifying. When the Mustang regained traction, it veeredquickly to the right and rode up and on top of the guardrail beforespinning around and ricocheting across the track two more times. Hancewas unhurt, but the damage to his Mustang was critical.

That evening, after the sun had set, Borla Street Renegade qualifyinghad Crede Young lined up with Ronnie Wilson. At the top end, Young's carmade a hard right turn past the lights, and from the starting line therewere taillights going in all directions. As it turned out, both Mustangracers displayed some creative car control to avoid each other, thoughYoung's car mashed the wheelie bars into the guardrail. Thankfully thebars were repaired with help from a vendor in the swap meet.

Sunday had its share of drama as well, with Lance Styck flipping hisOutlaw ride at the top end. The parachutes failed to open and the carbegan to hop as Styck tried to slow the car. When it encountered adepression on the edge of the track, the Pony rolled over. Styck wasunhurt, but his beautiful blue Outlaw ride will need some work.

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Two-time Street Warrior champ Jeremy Martorella brought out UPR's newS/W car and promptly stood it on its bumper in Saturday's firstqualifying session. The car bears the marks (below) to prove it. Unfortunately,the Mustang didn't take the landing well and was not competitive when itcame to eliminations.
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A nitrous car finally topped the turbos in Pro thanks to Mike Herring's698ci Fulton-powered Mustang. The Marsh Motorsports entry took topqualifying honors, but lost in the semis to Herring, who has his setupdialed in. Herring gives credit to Jerry Williams for tuning assistance,and hopefully he'll get the third fogger ready so he can really stick itto the Pro class.
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Don Walsh Jr. and his freshly painted Pro entry qualified Second andkept pace with Herring until the finals.
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Tom Jacobs' wicked-looking '67 fastback sports a Holbrook nitrous-fed600-cube big-block. The team was significantly off the pace, however.
New York's David Hance walked away from a wild crash on Saturday thatpretty much totaled his beautiful Pro ride. Not one to be kept down bysuch events, Hance drove to Alabama and promptly purchased another car.
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Defending his '04 title, Bill Glidden qualified number one with a 7.18elapsed time. Of the 12 competitors in Street Outlaw, several racers,including Frank Soldridge, Lance Styck, Tim Lynch, and Eric Pezzuti, allpacked the mph that could very well have taken Mr. Glidden out. Butconsistent 7.20-or-better performances enabled Glidden to take home thetrophy plus an extra $500 from the Aeromotive Outlaw Challenge Lottery.

'05 Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Spring Break Shootout Results

Mr. Gasket Pro
Winner - Mike Herring
Runner-Up - Don Walsh

ProCharger Street Outlaw
Winner - Bill Glidden
Runner-Up - Eric Pezzuti

BFGoodrich Drag Radial
Winner - Brian Tambone
Runner-Up - Adam Louramore

Borla Street Renegade
Winner - Crede Young
Runner-Up - Jimmy Black

Edelbrock Street Bandit
Winner - Matt Jones
Runner-Up - Rod Houck

Blow-By Racing Street Warrior
Winner - Darrell Peterson
Runner-Up - John Scaro

SCT Street Stang
Winner - Tom Conrad
Runner-Up - Chris Parisi

Steeda/Hyland Mod Motor
Winner - Gary Youngblood
Runner-Up - James Meredith

JDM Tough Truck
Winner - Don Justus
Runner-Up - Bob Cochran

JBA Headers Focus Frenzy
Winner - Brandon Hedges
Runner-Up - Chad Padgett

Ford Racing Open Comp
Winner - Kevin Todd
Runner-Up - Gregg Essen

PRO Spring Break Shootout
Winner - Jason Ardron
Runner-Up - Gina Munden

Bracket Classes Saturday
Fast Ford
Winner - Chuck Trotter
Runner-Up - Jimmy Harrell

Quick Ford
Winner - Scott Deluca - 11.380 at 117.93
Runner-Up - Chris Parisi - 12.501 at 98.33

Street Ford
Winner - Marc Consic
Runner-Up - Chris Parisi

Bracket Classes Sunday
Fast Ford
Winner - Chuck Trotter
Runner-Up - Antonio Santiago

Quick Ford
Winner - Rodney Ward
Runner-Up - Ray Williams

Street Ford
Winner - Robert Chadwick
Runner-Up - Mark McKay

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The SN-95 S/O Mustang of Eric Pezzuti of Jupiter, Florida, usedbracket-like performances in the high 7.40s to whittle its way to thefinal. Pezzuti cut a good holeshot on Glidden (0.007 to 0.085), but theblack GT slid by him at the top end.
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Back on the scene were Jim and Vic Keen, who were wrenching and racingTom Moore's car. Their return was short-lived, however, as enginetroubles knocked them out before the first round. The '04 Mustang sportsa turbocharged 375ci engine.
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The '03 Street Outlaw champ, Tim Lynch, brought out Shane Barber'sbrand-spankin'-new single-turbocharged '02 Mustang and qualified Secondwith a 7.36, right off the trailer. Lynch was gaining points for thechampionship while his now legendary 6-second Mustang gets a bit ofchassis/body work. He posed the biggest threat to Glidden, but a brokendistributor rotor knocked Lynch out.
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After a harrowing Saturday night qualifying run that had Crede Young ofBurleson, Texas, scraping the wheelie bars against the guardrail at thebig end (yeah, try to imagine that angle), he stepped up his programeach and every round. He nearly nabbed the first spot in the UPR7-second Renegade club with an 8.07-second winning run in the finalagainst Leesville, South Carolina's Jimmy Black.
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Jimmy Black's '87 notchback Renegade racer features a Fulton-built 400ciengine with three--count 'em, three--fogger systems. His best elapsed timeof the weekend came in the semis where he laid down an 8.24 pass at 169mph.
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The BFGoodrich Drag Radial class was looking a bit thin with only fivecompetitors vying for the win. Fort Lauderdale, Florida's Brian Tambonefaced number-one qualifier Adam Louramore in the final. He got theholeshot and the victory after Louramore cut the run short.

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Hailing from Hendersonville, North Carolina, Don Justus coursed his '01Lightning through the 27 Top Truck contenders for the victory over thewild '48 flatbed of Columbus, Ohio's Bob Cochran.
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Ten competitors showed up in the Focus Frenzy, but it was Brandon Hedgesof Jacksonville, Florida, in a borrowed car who lit the win light in thefinal round when Chris Padgett of Orlando turned on the red bulb.
The swap meet had something for everyone, including engine builder andtuner extraordin-aire Steve Petty, who happened to spot a Canton oil panfor a Windsor from a moving golf cart at a distance of about 30 feet.
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It's not an Anglia, it's not a Willys, and it's not a '40 Ford that wasleft in the dryer too long. Looking for all the world like a GeorgeTrosley cartoon come to life, it's a German-built Ford Taunus. Yeah.
How cool is the Spring Break Shootout in Orlando? Ian Kreiser, WarrenBebeau, and David Wilson (left to right), flew down from Edmonton,Alberta, Canada. They told us they'd always wanted to come and finallyone of them said, "Let's just do it." On the right is MM&FF EditorCampy.
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The car show featured many fine rides, and James Barton of Wellington,Florida, took home the MM&FF Editor's Choice award for his '91 MustangGT, while Best of Show went to Marcio Silva of Swainsboro, Georgia, andhis '93 Mustang GT.
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