Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
July 1, 2006
Photos By: Jeff Crick

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Charlie Booze Jr. of Marion, Pennsylvania, came out flying in the normally aspirated CFE Racing Products Street Bandit class. He took the number-one qualifying spot with an 8.60 over last year's champ Matt Jones, who posted an 8.61.
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The pungent aroma of tire smoke and the sweet smell of burnt race fuel lures us to racetracks all over the nation, and as is customary, the Muscle Mustangs staff blew the dust off its cameras and descended upon Orlando Speed World for the first Fun Ford Weekend of the year.

This race is also where we hold the MM&FF/ Spring Break Shootout, of which you can read elsewhere in this issue. Let's just say that eight-second elapsed times were barely enough to win.

For nearly two decades, we have been covering a plethora of Ford events, and it is at these gatherings that Mustang and Ford enthusiasts are able to take their street and/or race-equipped vehicles and compete against others who share the same interests.

Enter the race if you like, and go heads-up or bracket racing in a number of different classes. For those who would rather watch the racing than participate, most all of these events have car shows, where one can win trophies and other prizes simply by shining up their ride and parking it.

The Orlando race was preceded by a wild kick-off party at the Hooters of Waterford Lakes. Ever since MM&FF moved the party there, the gathering of Ford fanatics has grown crazier each year. Burnouts, beer, and, uh, well, you know where we were going with that one.

In addition to the wild Mustangs, Lightnings, and assorted other vehicles that assisted in the "repaving" of the Hooters parking lot, we were also graced with not one but two Ford GTs that both exercised their supercharged 5.4's attitude.

Come Saturday morning, there was an excitement in the air as everybody was looking to forget about winter and bite down on some sticky asphalt en route to some torque-twisting, engine-screaming, gear-banging fun.