Monthly Archives: September 2005

A True Driving Enthusiast

A true driving enthusiast, Keith Mellen flew to the Steeda Autosports Campus in Pompano Beach Florida from his home in Joliet, Illinois to take delivery of his 2006 Steeda Q convertible. Even though he is based out of Illinois, Keith saw Dean Sellers Ford, located in the Detroit suburb of Troy Michigan, on the Steeda website.

After talking to Christie Parker, the dealership’s leading salesperson and Steeda specialist he decided to order a fully loaded Steeda Q convertible, complete with the Steeda performance hood and 14″ Brembo front brakes. The Mustang GT convertible was built in late August at the Auto Alliance Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan and dropped shipped to the Steeda Campus.

The convertible is part of the first run of 2006 Mustangs being built into serialized Steeda Q cars. Upon taking delivery, Keith’s last question to Steeda New Vehicle Specialist, Mike Morella was, ” Where is the Florida Turnpike?”  ” About 1/2 mile west of here” Mike answered.  Keith put the top down, fired up his Steeda, turned west towards the turnpike to begin his drive north to Joliet, Illinois.

Fun Ford Weekend Champions Rely on Steeda Performance Parts

The Fun Ford Weekend Series crowned the series 2005 class champions recently at the Ford Mustang World Finals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis Texas. Four of the class champions were equipped with Steeda Hardcore performance parts.

Ronnie Wilson

Ronnie Wilson won the Street Renegade Class and capped off a very successful year by winning the final event of the year. One of four wins this year.

Equipped with complete Steeda Hardcore suspension, Wilson was the first nitrous equipped Mustang running on production car suspension to run in the seven second bracket. His 7.99 elapsed time at the Norwalk, Ohio event, demonstrated just how well Wilson has the Mustang dialed in. Ronnie is quick to credit car owner and crew chief Rick Barnes, along with John Rollins for the excellent preparation and maintenance of the 2005 Street Renegade Champion. The Ft. Lauderdale, FL based Mustang is equipped with the complete Steeda Hardcore suspension from the rear competition anti-roll bar to the aluminum 4-bolt caster camber plates.

Adam Louramore

The 2005 Drag Radial Class Champion is Adam Louramore. Running out of his Racecraft Products facility in Margate, Fl, Louramore won two races and was the model of consistency all year long.

After winning his first Fun Ford Weekend Championship, Adam stated, ” We really had a first class team with car owner Demo Koutsis doing everything from driving the rig to the events to making sure everything was ready to go. Ace wrench, John Rollins was also a huge help before and during the long season.” The 1988 Mustang relied on Steeda Hardcore suspension to insure each run was straight and true and that maximum traction was the order of the day.

Darrel Peterson

The 2005 Street Warrior Class Championship was not decided until the first round of the final race at the Texas Motorplex when 2004 class champion, Darrell Peterson, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, beat long time rival, Jeremy Martorella.

The season long battle was the closest of all the Fun Ford Weekend classes, with the two Florida based racers always within a few points of each other. After defeating the talented Martorella in his potent Mustang, powered by a Bill Glidden built motor, Peterson added to his second straight Street Warrior Championship by winning the event. After 12 hard fought races, only 17 points separated the Champion and runner-up.

Mark Adkins

In Focus Frenzy action, Mark Adkins and Bob Potter waged a season long competition with each racer winning four events.

Down the stretch Adkins pulled away to a slight lead and held it to the end, resulting in his first JBA Focus Frenzy Class Championship. Both champion and runner –up were equipped with Steeda Autosports Focus billet fuel rails, cold air intakes and EuroStar wheels.

Tom Ellis is off to the SCCA National Championship Races

Newly crowned Sports Car Club of America Southeast Division American Sedan Class Champion Tom Ellis is off to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, Presented by Kohler. The annual event showcases the best SCCA competitors in all 23 National Classes from every region in the country. This September 19-25 Ellis and his Steeda Autosports equipped Mustang will compete for the American Sedan National Championship at the beautiful Mid – Ohio Sports Car Course located near Mansfield, Ohio.


In only his second year SCCA competition, Tom won the Southeast Division Championship after a very tough, season long, battle with 2004 Southeast Division Champion, Bob Eubanks, also driving a Steeda equipped Mustang. The winning Ellis Mustang was built and prepped for each race by the Steeda technical staff, headed by Steeda’s Racing Chief Engineer, Steve Chichisola. Working all season long with the Averitt Express Mustang Crew Chief, Jose Carbonell were Steeda technicians Chad Coy and Sam Cory.

Before leaving for Mid- Ohio, Ellis was quick to express his appreciation to his team for an exciting season of racing. “I want to thank my Crew Chief Jose Carbonell and the Steeda Team, Steve, Chad and Sam for all the dedication and hard work from the time we received the Mustang through the long season. Chad Coy has literally lived with the Mustang all season long and I would not have won the championship without him. I especially appreciate the all the extra time and effort Chad and the team put in preparing the Mustang for the runoffs, we are looking forward to competing for the National Championship.”