Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
June 12, 2015

Roush Automotive Collection recently opened its doors to the public for a fun evening of cars, stars, music and more. The free event treated enthusiasts to a full plate of excitement, including a viewing of Jack Roush’s personal collection of NASCAR Stock Cars, rare Mustangs, and other assorted iron. The indoor part of the show blew us away, but many of the enthusiast’s rides were just as hot. In addition, Jack Roush, along with his son Jack Jr. daughter Susan Roush-McClenaghan, and NASCAR stars, Elliot Sadler, Chris Buescher, Bubba Wallace, and Ryan Reed held an autograph session.

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The 30,000 square foot museum houses over 110 race cars including rare models such as a 1993 Cobra R, a 1995 Cobra R, and the radical big-block Boss Mustang to name a small few. We hustled around to gather pictures of the Trans Am Mustangs, classic Stock Cars, and our favorite, a recently restored 1969 Gapp and Roush Super Stock Mustang.

“Housed within the collection are a wide variety of displays, multi-media exhibits, artifacts, memorabilia and 110-plus vehicles dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of Roush Enterprises,” said Stephanie Davies of Roush. “The collection contains educational exhibits of products and processes from Roush as a supplier of technological services to the automotive industry, aviation industry and other manufactured goods businesses.” And there is a full-service gift shop for NASCAR and Roush memorabilia.

Jack Roush was on hand to sign autographs and chat with the drones of fans.
Roush displayed a few of its amazing crate engines.
The coolest sounding machine at the show belonged to Tyrone McIntire, who rumbled in with this 1968 Torino packing a 557-cube big-block with 860 horsepower and 803 lb-ft of torque.

More than just a car show, the event had music, and a wide range of FoMoCo iron. We spotted a few wicked Fairlanes, Torinos, and Mustangs, including a 1967 Shelby GT500 and a few newer GT500s. Plus we saw a neat little Sunbeam Tiger, and slew of 2015 Roush models. The icing on the cake was the 2015 Shelby GT350R that made a short appearance. The Shelby GT350 was white with black stripes and the sound of the 5.2L flat-plane crankshaft was symphonic.

Roush holds a trio of Open House events and the last one is coming up in August. Check roushcollection.com for more details.

Fans kept NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler busy all night.
Jack Roush, Jack Jr. and daughter Susan Roush-McClenaghan.
Rob Herrod of Herrod Performance in Australia made the trip t the USA and stopped by Roush to say hello.
Nick “The Greek” Zuk poses with his daughter April, and his Anglia street rod that was fully restomodded. It’s powered by a sporty small-block Ford and has features such as tilt wheel, air conditioning and a Ford 9-inch rear.
Ron Nickels rolled in with his one-owner 1959 Edsel Corsair Convertible. Ron purchased the classic on May 7, 1959 and had racked up over 189,000 miles.

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