Fords show their stuff in showdown against ‘The World’
Saturday’s portion of Fun Ford Weekend at Maple Grove Raceway was billed as “Fords vs. The World.”
All makes and models were welcome to race The Grove’s quartermile track as fans of Fords, along with Chevys and Mopars, kept track of which cars were still standing as racers made their way through the elimination brackets of three different mixed classes.
There was also special Ford only classes, including Mustang Madness, Tough Truck, VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout and the Aeromotive Cobra Jet Challenge.
Also, several dozen cars took part in a car show hosted by the Berks County Mustang Car Club and there was a swap meet. The Jersey Thunder Jet Dragster entertained fans.
Sunday’s portion of the Weekend was rained out.
It was Curt Rubendall’s 1967 Mustang that won the Bracket 2 race for cars without electronics. Rubendall (Pottstown, Pa.) defeated Greg Eachus (Honey Brook, Pa.) in the final with a pass of 10.478 seconds at 119.22 mph that was .018 over his dial-in. A good reaction time off the line also helped Rubendall as Eachus’ pass of 9.458 at 141.67 in a ’74 Vega was .013 over; Rubendall had a .013 to .114 advantage at the start. Jayme Colon (Reading, Pa.) was a semifinalist.
It was a dragster claiming victory in Bracket 1 that was reserved for cars with electronics. Brian Crump (Gap, Pa.) drove his ’98 Cressman to the win with a pass of 7.593 at 168.03 that was .033 over. Runner-up Jimmy Bowman (Havre de Grace, Md.) was .093 over in his ’70 Maverick. John Scott (Kinzers, Pa.) and Barry Moyer (Pen Argyl, Pa.) were both in the semifinals.
The husband and wife duo of Bob and LeeAnn Ormsbee (Harrisburg, Pa.) met in a final for the second time in three weeks. This time it was the DOT class for streetcars. A couple weeks ago, they faced each other in a final at the Geezers Reunion at The Grove.
Bob Ormsbee won this round in his ’67 Camaro, using a .008 RT and following through with a pass of 11.270 at 113.67 that was .020 over. LeeAnn in a ’79 Corvette was slower off the line and went .018 over. Jared Horn (Quakertown, Pa.) was a semifinalist.
Phillip Feger (Red Lion, Pa.) took the Mustang Madness class. Driving a ’99 Mustang, he went 14.206 at 97.39 to beat Darryl Wolfe (Lebanon, Pa.) and his ’94 Mustang, who broke out. Sue Feger (Red Lion, Pa.) was a semifinalist.
Ben Maurer (Lebanon, Pa.) won Tough Truck in an ’01 F-350. His pass of 15.047 at 90.48 was good enough to outrun Christopher Antoes (Coplay, Pa.) and his ’95 Lightning. Josh Verdick (Jackson, N.J.) made the semifinals.
A special Gamblers’ Race was held at the end of the day, and several racers took advantage of the “second chance” race. Matt Ryan (Sellersville, Pa.) and his ’68 Mustang beat Rob Snyder (Sinking Spring, Pa.) and his ’75 Grenada in the final, surviving a double-breakout run with a 10.678 at 122.74.
Fun Ford Weekend series sponsors include Aeromotive, RacingJunk, Collector Car Nation, RockAuto.com, AIRAID, Mustang Club of America, VMP Tuning, Revell, MustangGuys.com, Rudolph Foods and RoushYates Performance Products.
Racing returns next weekend with Auto Locator Grudge Racing on Friday night, followed by two more rounds of the Sunoco Race Fuels E.T. Bracket Series on Saturday and Sunday.