Pit pass from a winning team.
Photos by K. Diossi
“There’s nothing stock about a Stock Car.”, so says fictional racing legend Harry Hogg from 1990’s Days of Thunder. And while I am a proponent of the “stock sucks” philosophy, when it comes to auto racing my heart lies with actual stock cars (something NASCAR Cup racing gave up decades ago). There’s just something about watching a factory-bodied Mustang out there beating up on the competition that hits me right in the feels. And when it comes to Mustang racing it’s tough to beat the excitement of the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge series.
Mustangs Invade The Smokies.
What a way to kick of the show season! After the seemingly unending crappy weather of winter we are greeted by sunshine and pleasant temperatures in Eastern Tennessee’s beautiful Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Sevierville, TN was the chosen location for the first annual Ponies in the Smokies (PITS) show, and that was an excellent choice. Long known as a vacation destination, the Sevierville/Gatlinburg/ Pigeon Forge area is also an automotive gathering Meca; and the host of several major shows each year.
SVTP Heads to The Smokies.
Anyone who has been to our Annual “Party Like a Rock Star” night at the House of Blues during Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach knows that we at SVTP are always looking for an opportunity to throw down. Well when the organizers of the Inaugural Ponies in the Smokies in Sevierville, TN approached us to be a part of their event we knew there was no chance we were going to refuse. So in true SVTP fashion we will be host in the Shine Run Party Thursday March 30th 2017 at Quaker Steak and Lube.
Sometimes the path reveals itself.
You know, I love it when someone asks how much you have in your build and you can simply reply with “A lot.” That’s exactly the exchange that occurred in SVTP Member Weather Man’s (Brian) S-197 build thread. It all started with a deal that was too good to pass up. Brian happened upon an engine for the right price in the SVTP Market Section and just had to pick it up. His plans only extended as far as placing it on an engine stand to wait for some project off in the distant future. Well that’s just not how things turned out.
The Blue Oval Crew starts the season on top.
By Evan Smith
Editor’s Note: This article is being reposted due to the original being lost in a data transfer.
Ford Performance kicked off the 2017 race season with great success at the World Center of Speed, Daytona International Speedway this past weekend. The new Mustang and Ford GT supercar qualified on pole (Mustang in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Ford GT in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.