Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
September 1, 2007
Photos By: Paul Rosner

The World Ford Challenge, known as "WFC" to those who've attended over the years, is an event designed to allow those who participate to put down their differences-be they class rules in drag racing or class segregation on the show field-and just enjoy being a Ford fan.

At the WFC, you'll find everything from screaming drag cars to high end show queens and everything in between. There's also no shortage of goodies to be had in the huge vendor midway with over 200 vendors. You want a Ford T-shirt? They've got it. New rims? You'll find those there as well. There are even fully built crate motors ready to roll out to the family truckster. There's also a swap-meet section for those hard-to-find or obsolete items, or for those looking for a bargain for their budget build. If you need it, and you have the money, you can probably find it at WFC.

For the 10th anniversary event, the promoters of WFC, World Race Events, moved it from its long-standing home in St. Louis' Gateway International Raceway to O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. This allowed the WFC staff to plan the entire event in a much more participant- and spectator-friendly format. Gone are the days of walking long distances to reach the Auto Show from the race pits. Further improvements this year included numbered parking spaces for the Auto Show participants. With more than 70 classes, it surely helped.

If you like Ford-powered racing, then WFC is an event to put on your list of must-do events for 2008. Using multiple classes and rule tweaks, WFC is the place to see Mustangs and other Fords that usually run in different venues (NMRA, NMCA, PSCA, and so on) all together and running against each other. If you missed this year's event, be sure to keep an eye out for next year's dates.

Mustang & Fords Editor's Choice
Dick Cerame, Florissant, MO
'69 Torino Cobra

It's not always easy to pick an Editor's Choice ride at a show, especially one as big as the World Ford Challenge. It becomes even more difficult when our esteemed colleague Paul Rosner is on site and describing the top cars over the phone while I cover a different event nearly 1,000 miles away. After Paul rattled off a few really nice-sounding rides and I listened to his comments on the cars, we narrowed it down to three, finally choosing Dick Cerame's '69 Torino Cobra.

Dick, of Florissant, Missouri, is the parts director and customer relations manager for Paul Cerame Lincoln-Mercury. He bought the Torino-which is a real Cobra with a numbers-matching 428 SCJ

Drag Pack-in 2003. The car was straight and relatively rust-free, but it had a multitude of mechanical problems. As you can see, Dick has it in top shape now.

The three-mile-deep black topcoat may as well have been a tuxedo because Dick's car is certainly dressed to impress with those trick American Racing Wheel Shop Trak Star custom wheels (17x8 front, 17x9-1/2 rear) covering Wilwood stoppers. The suspension includes fairly stock hardware-and-spring package with QA1 shocks at all four corners, while the steering is assisted by an RRS rack-and-pinion setup. The rack took a little extra work due to the big-block and headers, but Dick is happy with the outcome.

Under the hood beats the distinctive thumpety-thump of a 428 FE with all the trimmings. Here you'll find Edelbrock Performer heads, Performer RPM intake, a Holley HP 950 four-hole fuel sprayer, and quite a bit of spit and polish. Backing up the stout beast of an engine is a built C6 with a TCI Super Street Fighter torque converter, which multiplies the 428's judicious torque into a 3:89-geared 9-inch that shreds the pavement via a pair of Nitto super-sticky NT555R P275/40R17 Drag Radials (P245/45R17 Nittos are up front).

The interior is in pristine, stock condition with the addition of a brace of Auto Meter Phantom gauges to monitor the vitals underhood. Dick also mounted his MSD 6AL under the dash for heat protection and quick rev-limiter adjustments.