Jackie Grater wins the Quick 32.
For a second year in a row, Maple Grove regular Jackie Grater was one of the last drivers standing at the end of the Latin American Sports Compacts race.
While billed as an import event, this race also welcomed domestic models. Grater (Perkiomenville, Pa.) and his 1988 Thunderbird made his way to PPC Lubricants Victory Lane after winning the Quick 32 class.
He defeated an ’80 Starlet driven by Jose Diaz (Lancaster, Pa.) in the final with a pass of 8.379 seconds at 137.48 mph that was boosted by a superior reaction time.
The weekend had a definite Latin flavor as a large crowd made its way to Maple Grove to watch seven racing classes and a car show.
Also on hand was the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods that were here for their third race of the season at The Grove. The winner this time was local racer Tyler Hard (Harrisburg, Pa.), who made his way through a very competitive field. More >
The Berks County Mustang Car Club had some more car show winners Sunday during Fun Ford Weekend.
It was a short list as everything that day was cut short because of rain.
- Best of Show: Bob Mess, ’73 Mach 1
- Best High School Car: Randy Glahn, ’00 Mustang
- Best Engine: Tom Mee, ’01 Mustang
- Best Paint: John Risola, ’98 Mustang GT
- Diamond in the Rough: Richard Balthaser, ’83 Capri RS
- MCA Award: Bill Colosimo, ’68 Shelby
- Berks County Car: Charlie Trexler, ’01 Roush.
Curt Rubendall wins Bracket 2 in a Mustang.
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. More >
Roy Hill's Top 25 picks.
Here are the car show winners from the first day of the Fun Ford Weekend at Maple Grove Raceway: More >
After its triumphant return in 2012, Fun Ford Weekend at Maple Grove Raceway comes back in 2013 bigger and better than ever, promising Blue Oval enthusiasts with plenty to do both on and off the track.
The two-day show on Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18, features drag racing, a car show, a manufacturers midway and a swap meet. Gates open each day at 8 a.m. More >
Michael VanDenHeuvel wins Bracket 2.
As is the tradition at Maple Grove Raceway, the Super Chevy Show presented by Original Parts Group was a marathon. With nearly 700 race entries and well over 300 car show entries, everyone wanted their share of the three-day weekend.
From the swap meet and manufacturers’ midway to the Hanna Motorsports Jet Cars and the True Street Challenge, The Grove was bustling with activity from 7 p.m. Friday morning to 7 p.m. Saturday night.
With the sun setting on Sunday, a select group of racers were able to bring their cars to PPC Lubricants Victory Lane for some very happy celebrations.The non-electronics Bracket 2 itself featured 205 cars and veteran racer Michael VanDenHeuvel (Elkton, Md.) won it in his 1984 Olds Cutlass. He clinched the win when the ’98 S-10 pickup driven by Martin Flegal (Ephrata, Pa.) broke at the starting line. VanDenHeuvel, a Maple Grove regular, finished his pass in 11.442 seconds at 115.54 mph. More >