Weekends in mid-October aren't supposed to be cold in southern Virginia, but that was the case at this year's Super Stang Fest, which was held at Virginia International Raceway, more commonly known as VIR. Even so, some hardy souls made it out to the fabled race track to enjoy the car show and on-track theatrics of some high horsepower Mustangs kicking up their heels.
Super Stang Fest 2009 was the brainchild of Mustang fanatics Jason and Deb Moore who have held a number of these shows in the Southeast. With the help of the SVT Mustang Cobra club, the Black Mustang Club and the online communities from Fnsweet and SVTUSA.com, this year's show saw a true menagerie of everything Mustang. MM&FF was even in attendance with our own Project Shake 'N Bake, with associate editor Poundin' Pete Epple behind the wheel.
The odor of hot brakes and burning rubber mixed in the air with the smell of North Carolina barbeque as participants had plenty of track time over the course of the two-day show. Participants who signed up for the on-track portion of the show got a lot of seat time with certified instructors who taught them not only all the nuances of road racing at VIR, but also how to get the most out of their Mustangs on the track. As the drivers got more comfortable, they were let loose and allowed to pass, which makes for lots of fun, especially when you close the gap and actually overtake another driver.
While finding the right line heading into a hairpin curve might not have been everyone's fancy, heading on the extended straightaway at speeds exceeding well over 100 mph definitely get your attention. The combination of tight handling and horsepower put all of the cars and drivers to the test and brought out the best side of your Mustang that just can't be enjoyed on the streets.
For more information of future Mustang track events at VIR, visit www.SuperStangFest.com or www.SVTCobraClub.com.