Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
18th Annual Fun Fords Show - Knock Down In Norwalk
The Fun Ford Faithful Show Up In Norwalk, Ohio, To Do Battle On The 1,320.
Summit Racing Motorsports Park was the site of the 18th Annual Fun Ford Buckeye State Nationals, and the near-perfect Ohio summer weather provided a tight track and a great atmosphere to sample some high-horsepower Ford iron.
While NASCAR ties up a number of weekends for those who like to watch cars go around in circles, Fun Ford offers great events where locals can get in their cars and experience racing firsthand. The schedule of nine events offers championship chases in the majority of classes. If you like to watch hard-core drag racing that you can relate to, then check out a Fun Ford event near you.
The AMP Fun Ford Weekend presented by Mike Bass Ford and CRT Performance is usually chock full of bracket cars, and this year's contingent did not disappoint. In addition to the normal Street Ford, Quick Ford, and Fast Ford bracket classes, Norwalk also offers a super-cool Nostalgia Ford class, Quick 16, and King Ford competition.
If heads-up racing is your game, you'll find some really fast Mustangs and Fords cutting down the Tree and posting top speeds north of 220 mph. While the Probe Industries Pro class features full-on tube-chassied race cars that eclipse the quarter-mile in about 6.5 seconds, most attendees will relate to the Performance 2-Way Communications Street Outlaw class' relatively stock-appearing Mustangs and Fords that lay down elapsed times in the low-sevens and speeds in excess of 190 mph.
ProCharger Street Renegade is another stock-appearing type of class where the rules are pulled back slightly, and the cars run in the mid-to-high-seven-second range at about 180 mph. To say there were some fast Mustangs in attendance would be an understatement.
Beyond the heads-up racing, you'll find the index classes, where racers run heads-up off the starting line but must run dead-on or slightly slower than the class time. Borla Street Bandit, Ultra Stang, Street Stang, and Tough Truck are all such classes, and the competition within these ranks is fierce. Most anyone can run the majority of the index classes, and you don't need a six-figure rocket to participate-just some good reaction times and a consistent vehicle.
Last, but not least, there's Tremec True Street-a class designed for the average guy off the street. Licensed and registered vehicles are required, and all must make a 30-mile journey on the highway, come back into the track, and, after a brief cooldown, make three back-to-back passes. Your average over the three runs results in your overall time, and awards are given for the fastest two times of the class, as well as the low 10-, 11-, and 12-second averages.
If you missed the event, don't worry. We didn't, and we're here to bring you the results. Keep in mind that there are three more Fun Ford events at various tracks across the country, so you can still catch the action live and in person.
True Street Bracket
True Street Winners
Brad Albert-Top 10-Second
Derek Bellotti-Top 11-Second
Mike Collins-Top 12-Second
Tom "Curly Fires" Brown-Saturday
Tom Conrad Jr.-Saturday