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(Phrases by Joe Grippo, Pictures by Dan Grippo) We just returned residence from a superb weekend of blue oval greatness at the Quick Fords at Dragway 42 function held at exactly where else but Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio. If you really don’t know it by now, I am the resident FoMoCo-file here at, so it was my duty to go to and participate at this shindig. No arm twisting essential, so we hitched up the Tremendous Responsibility, loaded up the Mach 1 and headed westward.

Rapid Fords at 42 was born out of a want by a couple Ohio Ford racers to bring back an outdated school Ford event back to the location. When the word acquired out, Ron and Maryanne Matchum quickly stepped up and reported this demands to be at our facility, Dragway 42. The Matchum’s acquired and have been rebuilding the venerable Ohio dragstrip for a few a long time now, pumping untold pounds, time and sweat into the tack, and it is readily obvious. The expansive grounds are nicely stored, with loads of grass pit spots, all paved pit roads, and a excellent spectator vantage issue. One particular detail I liked and appreciated was the sloped staging lanes, a compact point, but it is quite pleasant when you can coastline your auto down the lanes with no starting off it up all the time, especially when obtaining into the afterwards rounds. I never know who Ron and MaryAnne compensated, but we had unquestionably perfect weather conditions all weekend, interesting in the mornings, reasonable afternoon temps, stunning blue skies and dry all weekend, all those fantastic atmospheric problems mixed with decent commencing line hook helped the race dwell up to its title.
Rapid Fords at Dragway 42, in fact.

The principal forces powering the event had been brothers Tony and Joe Fritz, Mike Weaks, Carl Binius operator of Carl’s Ford Components, and Monthly bill Spangler. All are big time Ford dudes and put a ton of exertion to make this offer a success. Sponsor help from Trick Stream Specialties, Harland Sharp, Mickey Thompson integrated a trackside existence and extremely sizeable reward certificate doorway prizes. Sarchione Ford, Terry Hedricks Ford and CTS – Full Truck Services kicked in some further guidance. Summit Racing provided each entrant with a $25 reward certificate just for exhibiting up! I employed mine at the Summit Retail store in Tallmadge on the ride household Sunday…we ended up likely proper previous it, so why not halt.

Two full days of drag racing with individual eliminations, a great motor vehicle present, and a stable swap fulfill the place the prepared weekend things to do. Race classes provided Box (1/8 mile), No-Box (1/4 mile), an FE Shoot-Out, The Y-Block Nationals, and Rapid 8’s for the FE and Box vehicles. No-Box was the major, but all the lessons had a sound transform-out, hopefully even additional exhibit up for 2023! I turned on the Significant Crimson Demise Ray on Saturday but redeemed myself with a semi-last complete on Sunday. Not going to lie, we burned really a bit of $5 a gallon gas producing the tow from Pennsylvania, but I never regret it in the minimum. We saw some outdated good friends and produced some new kinds and raced at a initially-course track with like-minded Ford folks. The adage is true…” You can not place a value on a good time.” Assistance the celebration in 2023 and look for us when you do!

Considering that I was racing, my brother Dan Grippo fortunately manned the digicam and documented every thing.
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