Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
October 1, 2008
Photos By: Jeff Lacina, Larry Ward, Gene Pavliscsak

Prior to our torque-arm installation, we did notice that the 265mm tires up front rubbed a bit at the top of the outer fender under braking and heavy cornering. This was all but eliminated after the torque arm, as it's antidive characteristics kept the car more level under these conditions. Still, a 255mm-wide tire might not be a bad idea, but the 265s work well enough to hold onto them for now.

Speaking of tires, the Falken RT-615s held up very well over the course of our weekend at Sebring. They offered great traction and an easy, gradual breakaway point that made it easy to steer with the throttle when necessary.

A performance driving school should be considered mandatory for anyone with a motor vehicle license. The track is the best place to learn car control, as you can actually experience it and learn how to control it. Having your high-school teacher tell you to turn into the skid isn't nearly as informative, and if everyone had experience driving at the limit, they would react more appropriately in emergency situations.

Key people in making the Sebring event happen without a hitch are lead driving instructor Jeff Lacina, Gene Pavliscsak, Dell Hughes, Ed Zerbe, David Hughes, Linda Webb, Mike Buono, Mike Marks, and all of the instructors who donate their time and expertise.

Sponsors throw in the big bucks and offer support to attendees. The Steeda Autosports crew offered tech help, a look at some of Steeda's hot rides, and even some premounted Nitto NT-01 road race tires to try out. Nitto Tire also attended, as did Total Mustang Supply, the folks at Disc Brake Australia, Track Guys, and Mustang Generations, who sponsored the banquet. SVTOA, in association with Track Guys, hold several of these high-performance driving events every year and all over the country. They're worth traveling to, and if you catch the bug like most, you'll find yourself traveling far and wide to get some track time.