Monthly Archives: February 2005

SVTOA Sebring Sensation / Camp Steeda 2005 Schedule Set

The schedule is set, the registration desk is open and there’s still time now to tie up those loose ends before you hit the track with the SVTOA and Team Steeda for this year’s Sebring Sensation / Camp Steeda event.

In the space of weekend you can take in a car show, find out about new products first hand from vendors, and learn more about high performance driving in the classroom and on the track. Rubbing elbows with your fellow Ford fanatics at social events and your chance to win door prizes donated by sponsors is on the agenda as well. If you have been hoping for an excuse to take a road trip to Florida, this is it!

The fun begins with the Vendor Meet & Greet in the evening of Friday, April 22nd, and winds up after the on-track activity on the 24th. You can download our Invitation to the event, as well as the Schedule of Activities for all three days. Registration is being handled by the SVTOA – visit their site to get the Track Rules & Regs, Tech Inspection and Registration Forms. Notice to ragtop racers: the SVTOA is now requiring 4 Point Roll Bars to be installed if you wish to participate in the on-track action; have your SVTOA membership number handy to get your discount if you order yours from Steeda prior to the event. You can review the track layout at the Sebring Raceway website, and get driving directions to the track. If you’re still on the fence, check out our coverage of last year’s event and see what you’ll be missing if you don’t register today!

Burnett Busy Prepping New Ride; Ellis Impresses in His First Outing

Last year Robin Burnett was the winningest driver in NASA American Iron East Division, campaigning a red 2004 Cobra. Robin believes that laurels are not for resting on and is building a new 2005 Steeda equipped Mustang. He sold his 2004 Cobra to Tom Ellis of Pompano Beach, Florida. Tom purchased the car to compete in the SCCA American Sedan class with an eye on competing at the SCCA Run-Offs this coming October.

Ensuring he has a competitive race car, Ellis turned to Steeda Autosports to refurbish the Cobra and maintain the car in the season ahead. Leading the talented Steeda team is Racing Chief Engineer, Steve Chichisola. No stranger to racing, Steve built and maintained and was team manager for the famed Steeda 1995 Cobra R, the first Mustang to win an IMSA road race since Jerry Titus turned the trick at Daytona in 1968. The white number 20 Cobra R was the winningest 1995 Cobra R as well as serving as a test bed for many of the competition proven Steeda performance parts. The current number 20 Steeda Q 400 R was also built by the talented Chichisola and has won numerous races and endurance championships. Assisting Steve with the Cobra will be two considerable talents, Steeda technicians, Chad Coy and Sam Cory.

After a initial Steeda check up, Tom took the Cobra to first SCCA race weekend at Moroso Raceway Park, in Jupiter, Florida. Equipped with Steeda suspension pieces including the highly regarded 5 Link rear suspension, Tom was soon turning laps seven seconds faster than he did in his previous car, a Chevrolet Camaro. Moroso is a tight race course, which puts a premium on handling, especially in big bore production cars like the Cobra. While getting comfortable with his new Cobra Tom Ellis qualified on the pole for the American Sedan race. During the race Tom led until an off course excursion set him to the back of the field. Putting his talents to work he charged back up to the front and finished second.

The Cobra is undergoing a complete rebuild by Team Steeda. Crew Chief, Chad Coy, a Steeda 13 veteran and Sam Cory have stripped the car down to its roll cage. A new engine and drive train are being built. The exterior of the Cobra is being refurbished and painted by Kevin Roe and his talented group at 1st Class Auto Center in Pompano Beach. All the paint and bodywork for the Steeda race and street cars have been the responsibility of 1st Class Auto Center for many years. When the Cobra appears at its next race at Savannah, GA, the car will not only be fast it have a car show appearance.

From the Frontlines: Q Car News

Far from our headquarters in sunny south Florida another Q was making impressions – this one being the Canadian Screaming Yellow Q, campaigned by the Bishop Sales team in North Vancouver at the request of Ford of Canada.

While the crowd response at the show was no surprise, the Bishop Sales Team returned from the show to find they had been the victims of a burglary, with the companies computers on the list of loot taken. The photo above shows the SYQ-CA in position prior to the show – we’re standing by for additional show coverage photos, to be sent as soon as they get back online. Meanwhile,sales and installations continue at their Canadian location.

Bishop Sales Ltd – 1430 Rupert Street, North Vancouver, BC Canada V7J 1E9
Contact Jeff Dann: 604-984-3673 | FX: 604-980-9340 | jeff@bishopsales.com

All In The Family!

It was a brisk but sunny south Florida day when a sharp looking SVT Focus pulled into the parking lot here at Steeda Autosports – an event that would hardly raise an eyebrow around here under ordinary circumstances. But the folks in this Focus were here on a mission – they were here to take delivery of the newest member in their automotive family.

Donnie & Joyce Brown from Plant City, Florida motored down in their SVT to pick up “The Fireball”, the first delivery from the Legendary Steeda Fleet Sale. Donnie is an avid Ford Enthusiast who found the sale notice posted on our website, and was quick to realize the value of the offer before him. They locked up the deal online, then made arrangements to finalize the deal and pick up the car a few days later.

The Browns are a car crazy couple. While Joyce has a penchant for VW’s (REAL, air cooled VW’s), it’s Donnie who is the Ford Fanatic in the family. A ’96 Mystic Cobra with a mere 3500 miles on the clock already has the Brown name on the title, and Donnie hadn’t yet decided if he would be parking or driving their latest acquisition – an enviable dilemma to have.

The delivery could not take place until Steeda President Dario Orlando took the new owner out for a test drive (or thrill ride, as the case may be) to demonstrate the Fireball’s handling and performance. We bit the Browns farewell as they headed home, confident that our little, red friend was in good hands, and looking forward to some photos of the red jet in it’s new surroundings.With one car delivered and one offer pending, there’s still time for you to own a piece of automotive history as the Legendary Steeda Fleet Sale presses on.