The Fun Ford Weekend points race had long been settled by the time we rolled into Firebird International Raceway, but there were plenty of fast Fords looking to beat the winter blues by heading to the southwest for some fun in the sun.
American AutoSports, the company that puts on the Fun Ford races, added two new venues to the 2003 calendar. The Pacific Fun Ford event went off a couple of weeks prior to this Arizona race, but raging wildfires followed by cold, rainy weather put a damper on the track and car count. This was not the case with the first ever Valley of the Sun event as the racing contingent came out in droves.
All told there were over 300 racers in attendance. This included 62 Muscle Mustangs True Street fanatics, which by far made up one of the largest classes of the weekend. In addition to the racing action, the 2nd Annual Bullitt Nationals was held and brought in over 30 entries from all over the U.S. The car show brought in nearly 100 vehicles, most of which were very high-quality pieces.
The MM&FF crew met up with a clip full of Bullitts and other fast Fords at Brothers Performance in Corona, California, where they had opened up for a dyno day/party to kick off the cruise to Phoenix. Some five hours later the caravan met up at All Mustang Performance in Phoenix for a late lunch. AMP had its doors open as well, and the get-together had attendees in the mood for racing.
As was the case for the Fun Ford Palmdale event, the rules for this race were opened up so many cars that participate in the Pacific Street Car Association could enter, and it gave the chance for many local racers to fit into the various heads-up categories as well. The race was a hit and brought in quite a few competitors, who will no doubt be looking to come back this November for the 2nd Annual Valley of the Sun Fun Ford Weekend. Check out the photos and captions to see all the hot action that went down, and don't forget to visit our Website for mega expanded coverage on this great event.