Ford Racing Heaven: Inside the Roush Collection
Jack Roush and Roush Racing have compiled quite the collection of (mostly) Ford cars, trucks, race cars, concept cars, and memorabilia and it’s open to the public
You know the name Jack Roush as the builder of late-model “tuner” Mustangs, but younger readers may not realize the man’s history with Ford Motor Company vehicles and racing. Jack first came to the public’s attention as part of the Gapp & Roush Pro Stock team of the 1970s fielding Mustangs, Mustang IIs, Pintos, and Mavericks in the hotly contested NHRA Pro Stock class against teams such as Bob Glidden, Reher-Morrison, and all the other heroes of the early days of doorslammer racing—often with great success. Roush also built cars for both drag and street racers and had a solid name as one of the top builders and racers in the drag world.
Roush Racing ventured into the top class of NASCAR in the 1980s and is still one of the sanctions top teams, with drivers Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, and many more over the years. Basically, you can’t call yourself a Ford guy if you don’t know who Jack Roush is.
During our visit to the Motor City for the Woodward Dream Cruise, we stopped by the Roush Collection to see what was on display and bring that to you here. On a personal note, the car your author most wanted to see was Sudden Death, the Ruggirello-Roush Mustang II that owned the street racing scene in Detroit in the 1970s with it’s 509-inch big block, fat tires, and sub-10-second time slips. The car was also one of Hot Rod magazine’s Top 100 Hot Rods of All Time, and had a visceral effect on my young hot rodder’s psyche.
The rest of the collection features significant Roush NASCAR, IMSA, and Trans Am race cars, a few concept cars, and a ton of early and late-model Mustangs. Most are owned by Roush and some are Jack and his family’s personal cars. So check out the gallery and video we put together from our 2018 visit and see how many of these rides you recognize.
The museum is located at 11851 Market St. in Livonia, MI and is open for private tours Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 4:00pm. Admission is free.