May 1, 2007
New Egypt, New Jersey's Ralph Voorhees was looking to make a mark in the Pro Truck class with his tubbed and turbocharged Gen 1 Lightning.

While the MM&FF staff encounters quite a few fast trucks in their travels, the Fourth-Annual Lightningfest, put on by the National Lightning Owners Club (NLOC), brings out the baddest Ford trucks in the nation. This year, the gathering saw over 120 of SVT's finest hay haulers exchanging their payloads for timeslips, some of which have fast elapsed times printed on them.

Dwight and Nan Dolliver and their staff of NLOC volunteers work towards the event all year, and their efforts proved fruitful as the Lightning faithful descended on Kansas City International Raceway in Kansas City, Missouri, September 22-23.

The contestants were divided into five racing classes and five show classes. The quarter-mile contenders began with Street Lightning and Diesel Truck groupings, along with an MM&FF-style True Street class for trucks. From there, the mods and speeds picked up for Pro Street Lightning and Pro Truck, where the baddest and fastest SVT Lightnings come to play.

Racers came from all over the United States to compete at this event, from New Jersey to Nebraska, North Carolina to Washington State, and everywhere in between. There were even some Canucks from Ontario attending, as well as Andre Wagenknecht and Marc Dutschek, two Lightning guys from Germany who flew over to hang out for the week. Andre and Marc have put together their own Lightning event in Germany, which reins in rides from places like Finland and Great Britain.

Lightningfest 2006 began on Thursday night with tailgating at the host hotel. Friday kicked off with a test session followed by the True Street cruise and qualifying rounds. The rest of the racing classes then ran their first qualifier and finished with a tasty barbecue in the pits. The track was open after 5:30 p.m. to all Lightningfest contestants and the public for a test-and-tune/grudge-racing session.

Come Saturday, SVT's Lightnings were set on kill as the morning's second and third qualifying rounds were followed by the elimination rounds. The day finished with a burnout contest.

Saturday night brought more grudge racing, which heated up after some Nebraska boys brought their twin-turbocharged Chevy pickup down for some Ford-vs.-Chevy action. On Sunday, the event concluded with an open-track session along with the truck show, which offered five different classes including Lightnings and other Ford trucks.

The chance to watch SVT Lightnings run 8.50 e.t.'s should be enough to get you to this event, but if you need further convincing, the truck owners are among the most friendly groups of people we've met at any event and are more than willing to get you hooked on fast trucks. Be sure to check out www.nloc.net for more information on this event, future Lightningfests, and anything pertaining to SVT Lightnings and Ford trucks in general.

LightningFest 4 Show/Race Results

JOHNNY LIGHTNING PERFORMANCE
TRUE STREET
1st James Galloway (0.02)
2nd Jeff Gallert (0.03)
3rd Vern Jones (0.03)
Low Qualifier: Jeff Sparkman 10.52 at 141.24

LIGHTNING FORCE PERFORMANCE
STREET LIGHTNING
1st Vern Jones 13.{{{405}}} at 98.89
2nd Keith Tenhumberg 12.898 at 105.00
3rd Dave Patterson 13.032 at 104.27
4th Michael Bratton 13.481 at 101.48
JDM ENGINEERING PRO STREET LIGHTNING/HD TRUCK
1st Gary Motl 12.637 at 106.85
2nd Ron Potts 11.898 at 114.85
3rd Steve Raue 12.905 at 105.15
4th Marc Cummings 11.266 at 122.11
NLOC DIESEL TRUCK
1st Frank Likert 14.251 at 88.55
2nd Randy Wilson 14.888 at 88.{{{80}}}
3rd Mike Jones 17.013 at 75.93
NLOC PRO TRUCK
1st Justin Embrey 9.184 at 147.25
2nd Ray Johnson 10.{{{100}}} at 138.93
3rd Paul Duckett 9.744 at 111.59
Low Qualifier: Jerry Skinner 8.481 at 161.43
TRUCK SHOW
Gen I Mild Gen II/HD Mild
1st Jean Cedergreen 1st Michael Chester
2nd Chris Fuller 2nd Scott Cedergreen
3rd Mike Jones 3rd Dale Reibel
Gen I Wild Gen II/HD Wild
1st Ronny Miller Jeff Fritz
2nd Trevor Glenn Other Ford {{{Pickup}}}
3rd Eric Stewart Dean Pennington
  People's Choice
Ronny Miller