Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pony Wars: A Showcase of American Pride

The 4th Annual Pony Wars event exceeded expectations once again this year with a tremendous outpouring of the best pony cars from Ford, Chevrolet, and Mopar. Conceived as the ultimate pony car showdown, the annual Pony Wars event – sponsored by Steeda Autosports and LSR Performance – brought together performance loving gear-heads from all around to enjoy a weekend of car shows, drag racing and pure automotive excitement.

With exceptionally strong attendance, the event most certainly had something for everyone. It all started on Friday evening at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Valdosta Georgia when the octane faithful showed up for a car show, dinner, and a few “red pops” – all in preparation for the main event the following day at Steeda Autosports and at the South Georgia Motorsports Park.

On Saturday morning, Steeda Autosports President Dario Orlando hosted a facility tour at their Valdosta facility, showcasing their ISO 9001:2008 Certified manufacturing processes and also providing some insight on how Steeda supports the performance needs of Ford vehicle owners with products proudly designed, engineered, and manufactured here in the USA. In depth discussions and behind the scenes tours provided insight about our world-class CNC milling & machining capabilities, computerized hardened steel tube bending, TIG welding operations, component fabrication, high temperature powder coating operations, product assembly and packaging, and warehousing operations.

Following the facility tour, the City of Valdosta’s finest – the Valdosta Police, brought out one of their big guns from their fleet, a specially prepared Steeda Police Interceptor Mustang, and led a 1.5 mile long procession of Pony Cars to the South Georgia Motorsports Park. These Steeda Police Interceptors normally see high-speed highway patrol and specialized pursuit service, but this time a Steeda Police Interceptor was used to lead the Pony War attendees in their processional drive. Taking the scenic way to the motorsports facility, the procession vehicles were treated to some really great roads that provided the winding and twisting that made for a really enjoyable drive.

Once at the motorsports facility, both Jackie Jones Ford and Stingray Chevrolet had displays that showcased their performance cars and each had their event staffs available to provide sales support to all of the event attendees. Jackie Jones Ford, an official Steeda Serialized Dealer, also brought a new Steeda vehicle to showcase and sell – a beautiful 2013 Steeda Q350, awaiting a new proud owner!

There was special parking for the Pony Wars Car Show, where tons of vehicles were on display – all showcasing the personal attention to modifications and detailing that make American Pony Cars stand out in the crowd. After the judging was completed, the following owner cars received special recognition for their award winning rides:

Ford

  1. Chester Speed: 1971 Mach 1 Mustang
  2. Chester Speed: 1970 Mach 1 Mustang
  3. Randy Thomas: 2010 GT500

Chevy

  1. Clint Symons: 2012 Supercharged V6 Camaro
  2. Robert Schultz: 2013 Camaro SS
  3. Alex Franklin: 2010 Camaro SS

Mopar

  1. Adam Parker: 1972 Charger

Best in Show

  1. Willard Nipper: 1968 Camaro

For those that were more inclined for some racing, the dragstrip action was non-stop. It all started with a test and tune session where you could prep your ride and dial it in for the days action. Next up was what is called “Grudge Racing”, where cars line up against each other for a blast down the ¼ mile asphalt. You could race against your buddy’s car, a vehicle you wanted to challenge to race, or just face off against a random vehicle…..they key idea is to have some fun and see what you and your car can do. After about 3 hours of the Grudge, cars were then divided into three categories base on their quickest runs of the day, for the next series entitled “Open Comp” drag racing. In this series, cars with times that are relatively close to each other compete in a like class to find the quickest driver/car combo in each group. After several hours of noon stop excitement, it was time to determine the “Quick 8″ – where the eight fastest cars faced off to see who had the bragging rights to the quickest car at the track and who would take home the bragging rights for the fastest. Eventually, Tony Whetstone from Tallahassee piloting his Fox bodied convertible took top honors. With the track preparation perfect, and Tony’s car dialed in, he ran his first ever 8 second pass and continuing running in the 8′s all day long with a best of 8.89 @ 153mph with a remarkable 1.24 short time on drag radials. His launches were spectacular, lifting the front end of his convertible easily off the ground and throwing the weight on his rear tires for maximum taction.

All in all – it was an action packed day of non-stop excitement for everyone. It didn’t matter if you were a spectator, a novice competitor, or a die-hard racer, there was fun and excitement for everyone as we all were paying homage to a uniquely all American icon – the Pony Car.

Needless to say, we are already making plans for the 2014 edition of the Pony Wars, and we have a few ideas to make it even better next year. So start making plans, because it will be here before you know it!

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Steeda Focus Product Development – The Racing Advantage

Buyer Beware: If you are a current Ford Focus owner or are contemplating on getting a hot new Focus ST and will be in need of performance parts, it is critical you understand the Steeda difference and the benefits you can receive. Unlike most other performance parts manufacturers or distributors, the Steeda Team is comprised of not just businessmen out for quick profits or geeky engineers that have zero race experience, or a bunch of greedy accountants that try to thrift product content. Rather, we are comprised of a team of dedicated, die-hard/hard core racers that also happen to be exceptional technical engineers, and honest business professionals that have a firm commitment to produce the very best track tested products possible right here in America.

Steeda Focus ST Development Vehicle

Just one example of this is the ongoing product development we have undertaken on the Ford Focus. Our President of Steeda, Dario Orlando has been racing for over 40 years a variety of RWD and FWD vehicles, fine tuning them and further developing and refining their performance as well as honing his own keen ability to dial in a car better than the competition. For example, this past weekend following the Pony Wars event, he took our older 2003 Ford Focus ZX3 to Sebring International Raceway for a weekend SCCA Road Racing event. This ZX3 has served as just one of the many front wheel drive vehicles we have in our test fleet and has undergone a variety of modifications over the years as we test new performance ideas, spring rates, stabilizer bar settings, and other elements that are completely unique to a front wheel drive vehicle platform. Dario purposely started dead last in the race – 65th position to be exact. During the race he was hauling in and hunting down various cars and at the end, he was in second place ready to drive up the tail pipe of the leading Porsche 944 at the finish line – all in a 10 year old Steeda Focus!

Steeda Focus Development Vehicle at Sebring

So when you set out to purchase performance parts and accessories for your Focus, ask yourself if you want to purchase parts made by people that say they know performance, or would you want to purchase from a company that really knows performance and proves it at the race track?

Do you want parts made overseas by suppliers that have never seen or tested your type of car, or do you want performance parts that have been specifically made under strict ISO 9001:2008 Certified practices here in the USA with the highest quality materials that have also been extensively tested under the most harsh conditions possible – the race track?

Steeda Focus Development Vehicle at Sebring

Do you want parts made by a small shop with limited experience and questionable equipment and sold by an internet .com clearinghouse that is more concerned about dollars to their bottom line –or– do you want to buy from a company that is really concerned about performance, and can deliver the integrity and quality you deserve for your hard earned dollar?

Steeda Focus Development Vehicle at Sebring

The answer should be obvious – Take advantage of the knowledge base of our entire team and leverage the extensive racing and engineering experience that goes into every part we manufacturer. Go ahead and ask other manufacturers if they are ISO 9001:2008 Certified – their answer may surprise you because only a handful of performance aftermarket companies in this business today undertake the same quality commitment that we do.

By choosing Steeda you are buying not only a performance part or a turn-key Steeda serialized vehicle, but also a commitment that guarantees you the highest level of quality and a level of performance that is unlike any other.

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