The screech of burning rubber is everpresent at the Texas Motorplex, where a quarter-mile, all-concrete track has been a destination for drag racing since 1986. But for one special day in November, those roaring sounds come from inside one of history's most iconic automobiles?the Ford Mustang?which signals the return of the Fun Ford Weekend. The annual event, which travels to some of the top NHRA and IHRA tracks across the country, celebrates all things Ford with itineraries full of drag races and other events, like speed brake challenges and car shows. At the latter, visitors find everything from compact trucks to Mustangs from every decade since the '60s?all vying for awards such as Best Paint or Most Likely to One Day Learn to Fly. Meanwhile, a swap meet and a Manufacturers Midway let automobile enthusiasts track down hard-to-find parts and kids stay busy building their own model cars.
Southwest Heritage Racing Association and Beat The Heat join Fun Ford Weekend this year, with SHRA featuring six categories such as heads-up to dial-in with some of the fastest cars around. Beat the Heat will feature drag racing police departments from around the country in its World Finals.