The Racecraft/AMF Racing team traveled over to Bradenton for the US Street Car Nationals back in January. In testing on Friday, neither Brian Tambrone in his silver and blue coupe or Adam Louramore, proprietor of Racecraft Industries, could keep from wheelstanding no matter what they tried. They finally got some clean runs in after about 3 attempts each, and ended up with Brian running an 8.47@161 while Adam ran an 8.43@160.
The Steeda Hardcore suspension was working to say the absolute least, Brian’s car had an amazing 1.260 60′ and Adam’s bests was 1.28 in the flame car. Keep in mind that they are running Drag Radials. Both made it through the first round but unfortunately met each other in the second. Adam came out victorious running a 8.42 to Brian’s 8.57 The flame car proceeded to win another round against Dennis Lugo in his Turbocharged Mustang in the third heat, beating his 8.38 with an 8.36 @163 MPH. Next round got a little tough as Adam was out powered by a 540″ BB Chevy with lots of Nitrous which posted a 8.196 to Racecraft’s 8.40.
Both Mustangs on the Racecraft/AMF team did well, and went on to a one-two finish at the FFW Event in Orlando.
The North American International Auto Show is in full swing, and in the Ford Motor Company Display, the Steeda Screaming Yellow Q has been turning heads the whole time. John Moore, Ford SVT Manufacturing Manager was impressed, and sent us the photos he took of the SYQ “on the grid”.
And the PR folks at Ford thought enough of the Steeda Q to pose Ford Chairman of the Board and CEO William Clay Ford, Jr. with the car for an official Ford photo – a splendid endorsement of our efforts, and another validation of Ford’s claim that we’re their “Number One Performance Company”!
The road trip down from the Sarasota area was a family affair, as Todd’s father and his son (who had selected the Sonic Blue color) made the journey down to the Steeda Campus in their ’71 ‘cuda. Three generations of the Regnaert clan got to glad-hand with New Vehicle Program Manager Mike Morella on delivery day – Todd’s father Ronald (far right in photo) and his son Joshua (the short one) were eager to hit the trail in the new blue Q, but were gracious enough to stop for the photo op.
While all three are ‘certifiable car guys’, it’s young Josh who impressed us most – particularly when we learned he’s studied muscle cars enough to be able to pick out classics in the oncoming lanes of the turnpike at speed. “Look, dad, it’s a 70 and a half split bumper Camaro”. Should he apply himself to his scholastic endeavors with comparable success, Todd plans to give Josh his choice of the ‘cuda or the Q as a graduation present when finishes high school and goes off to college, so there should be no problem keeping that young man focused!
Todd previously had owned two Mustangs modified by a nationally known tuner, yet had never truly felt that he had gotten what he’d paid for. When he brought the second of those cars to Steeda for some modifications and a tune, he immediately knew where he would be getting his next car. “That car never ran as good as it did when I got it back from the shop at Steeda. If you guys know enough about the ‘other guy’s’ stuff, I could just imagine what your cars would be like.” Todd put that dream into motion, and all three waived a cheery ‘so long’ as they left the Steeda Campus, heading back to the Florida Turnpike for that first, memorable ride in their brand new Q. Steeda Technician Chad Coy gets the gold star for the installations and tune.
And so, with our first retail delivery for 05 under our belt we continue making the world a better place, one car at a time. Who’s next?
The Fast Track
- Steeda Sidewinder Graphics Package
- Black Hood Treatment
- Steeda Tri-Ax Shifter
- Steeda Billet Shift Knob
- Steeda Sport Springs
- Steeda Aluminum Rear Lower Control Arms
- Adjustable Panhard Bar
- Steeda Cold Air Induction Kit
- Steeda Underdrive Pulleys
- Steeda SS Cat-Back Exhaust
- Xcalibrator Custom Tuning