On Saturday September 15th Steeda Auto sports held its 13th annual Steeda Stampede event at our Pompano Beach Headquarters in conjunction with the Fun Ford Weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway. With over 130 cars in attendance and hundreds of people at the event it was once again a huge success with some of the nicest hotrods and greatest enthusiasts in the whole southeast. Thanks to SCT, Tokico, and Nitto for providing great items donated for the raffle which also included Steeda Autosports donated prizes. We had a huge turnout for our annual Frank’s Garage sale. With a line around the building many enthusiasts got some great deals on takeoff parts and blemished items. After a great morning at Steeda it was now time to head out to the Fun Ford Race at Palm Beach International Raceway and see what some of these beautiful rides could do at the track!
The highlight of this year’s Fun Ford event was the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Magazine “Triathlon”. This unique event saw Mustang owners put their cars to the test in three distinctly different events:
Timed Speed Braking Challenge
Low ET Quarter-Mile Drag Race Pass
For this event, we decided it was appropriate to pull the cover off of one of our older cars, our 2005 “Screaming Yellow” Q650 that served as a mule in past years for testing and developing many of our performance parts for the S197 Mustang. While this car might be over eight years old, we thought it would be appropriate to showcase how an older 4.6L based Mustang GT that we modified back then, can compete effectively and hold its own against even the newest generation Mustangs and other specialty purpose built cars.
The Triathlon’s rules required that the same driver must handle the car for each event – so we relied on our own drag racer Scott Boda to pilot the Screaming Yellow Q-650. When the dust settled, Scott took home the overall top honors for his class at the event with a 1st place in the speed braking event, a 1st place finish in the drag race portion, and a close 3rd place showing in the auto cross event. Overall, Scott and our “Screaming Yellow” Q650 were able to bring home the 1st Place Overall Win in the highly competitive Modified Group Class and he did this in a 3800lb street car that is fully optioned out with leather interior and other luxury appointments and with all suspension and engine pieces right out of the Steeda Catalog!
In the timed speed braking challenge, Scott achieved a time of 11.97 seconds to go from a dead stop – accelerating up to 115+ MPH at the 1,000 foot mark, and then stopping in a 20×20 box all on Nitto NT05R drag radial tires and NT01s up front. His performance earned him the best time overall for this portion of the event beating all other competitors. On the Drag Racing portion of the Triathlon, with 3 round robin passes and no cool down he managed a 11.44, 11.42, and a best of 11.32 at over 126 miles per hour. These times were around three quarters of a second better than his closest competitor. And finally in the Triathlon’s Auto Cross event, he was able to wrestle this street car to a 3rd place finish, against cars with full roll cages and complete road racing suspension. Not bad for a guy who spends most his time going in a straight line down the quarter mile dragstrip!
Plans are already being made for next year’s Steeda Stampede which we are confident will be even bigger and better once again. Keep up with all our upcoming events by sign
Everyone knows that Detroit and its surrounding suburbs are THE PLACE to be in the month of August. With perfect weather and historic automotive birthplaces, the Detroit area hosts two truly great automotive celebrations – the annual Woodward Dream Cruise and the Mustang Memories Car Show. Needless to say, Steeda Autosports was at each event, proudly representing the Blue Oval every step of the way.
The Mustang Memories Car Show is held annually on the grounds of the famed Ford Motor Company World Headquarters and provides a truly unique place-setting to showcase the original pony car – the Ford Mustang. Once again, Steeda Autosports participated at the event having a total of six cars on display as well as donating a sizable amount of door prizes for attendees to win. Cars on display included multiple Steeda customer cars, a Steeda modified Ford GT, and our supercharged Steeda StreetFighter Mustang. In addition, the following two race cars were on display:
Dane Moxlow’s Trenton Forging / Steeda Boss 302S that competes in the Pirrelli World Challenge Series and is equipped with a variety of Steeda components. Dane was on hand all day providing insight about his car and the hotly contested race series.
Heins Motorsports Boss 302RS was on hand showcasing superior workmanship and unique fabrication details that position this car as a truly unique race car. Equipped with a variety of our race proven and track test components – including our Steeda “race-proven” Watt’s Link Rear Suspension.
You have heard about it before – so do not miss out because the annual Steeda Stampede is happening next weekend at our Pompano Beach Headquarters Campus! This event, set for the morning of September 15, 2012, has grown to be an event that you do not want to miss. In addition to a multitude of cars on display for everyone to check out and admire, there will be thousands of dollars in give-a-way promotions from Steeda Autosports, and also from companies like Nitto Tires, Tokico, SCT, DBA and more…and then there will be a procession to the Fun Ford Weekend events at the Palm Beach International Raceway.
At our headquarters you will have a first hand opportunity to see a collection of our own factory cars that we have on hand – including our various race cars, SEMA Show vehicles, and also our new 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca that we have transformed into a “Certified” Steeda Boss 302 that is now even more of a major track warrior than it was when it came from the factory. Also – “Frank’s Garage” will be open and will once again have some extraordinary products to enable you to upgrade your ride at huge-deeply discounted prices. At noon, the Steeda Stampede will lead the way to the Palm Beach Raceway, where the Fun Ford Weekend event will feature an unleash horsepower frenzy as hundreds of Mustangs and other Ford models thunder down the drag strip. In addition, the Steeda #20 Q-Series Mustang race car will be on the track, providing “charity rides” to a few lucky people that provide a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach.
The event delivers fans unbeatable gear-slamming, pavement-pounding, edge-of-your-seat racing experience with the Steeda Autosports sponsored “Pony Wars” – which will feature heads-up drag racing down the quarter mile. Also during the day, Mustang Mania will take over the entire facility from racing on the quarter-mile drag strip to the two-mile road course hosting the “Mustang Triathlon” sponsored by the Palm Beach Mustang Club and Muscle Mustangs Magazine. The triathlon will feature three challenges including an autocross on the road course, speed brake challenge and heads up drag racing.
Here are some of the key event details
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Location: Steeda Autosports Headquarters, Pompano Beach, Florida
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Price: $15 for pre-registrants / $20 on day of event and will include a FREE 2012 Steeda Stampede T-Shirt and goodie bag with registration.
Registration: Click on the following link to complete your registration for the event – and then watch our email updates for even more information and special features!
Rodney is a Mustang builder & road racer with multiple SCCA series championships, and 70-plus podium finishes. He is a Daytona International Speedway track record holder. Over 20 years of performance experience.