Crew News Volume 15

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Published December 16, 2015
Written by Stephanie Davies
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Crew News Volume 14

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Published December 7, 2015
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Crew News Volume 13

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Published November 16, 2015
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Cruise for a Cause 2015

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Published October 14, 2015
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FullSizeRenderIn the middle of the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (better known as SEMA) Show in just a few weeks, we managed to slip away to attend Dan Neve’s Cruise for a Cause in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, from October 2nd to 4th. We loaded up our 2015 ROUSH Stage 3, Mike, Audrey, and I jumped on a plane, and we got ready to help raise money for an incredible cause.

In last month’s Crew News, I broke down the schedule for the event, but here’s another quick rundown. On Friday, we started the morning off at Coldwater Canyon Golf Course for the Best Ball Golf Tournament. We spent most of the day selling raffle tickets and waiting for someone to get a hole-in-one to win quite a bit of cash, but unfortunately, that moment never came. Afterward, we rushed over to the Dells Raceway Park for some circle track fun runs. We had a ton of run until they kicked us off the track and closed down for the night. We returned to the hotel for a meet and greet.

Saturday was super busy for us – we began the day at the Tanger Outlet Plaza for the All Ford Car Show. We set up shop on the perimeter, talked to enthusiasts, showcased the RS3’s Active Exhaust system, and handed out goodies. It was a bit chilly, but we hear it was much warmer than years past, so we tried not to complain too much!

Afterward, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the banquet! We were lucky enough to secure one of two spots inside the banquet hall, so our RS3 was on display with the all-new Ford GT350R. Jack Roush Jr. attended the banquet and made an awesome speech, telling a few stories not known to many. After raffles and an auction, Jack signed autographs and spoke with fans.

The following morning, while the others headed out for a day of autocross, we headed on back to the airport to return to Michigan.

We had an incredible time with you all in Wisconsin, and we can’t wait to see you next season!

Crew News Volume 12

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Published October 1, 2015
Written by Stephanie Davies
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ROUSH Does Sturgis: Sturgis Mustang Rally

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Published September 28, 2015
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Cropped 1South Dakota: Home of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and the Sturgis Mustang Rally. Mike and I just returned from our trip to Sturgis, South Dakota, for the 9th annual Mustang Rally, and we had a great time. After shipping our red 2015 ROUSH Stage 3, we jumped on a plane and headed out (with a connecting flight in the massive St. Paul, Minnesota, airport) and finally got to Rapid City, South Dakota – the tiniest airport either of us have ever seen. With just six gates and two baggage carousels, we felt a little out of our element. Nonetheless, we headed on over to the rental car counter and rented ourselves a 2015 EcoBoost Mustang in Ruby Red and headed on to do a bit of sightseeing before landing in Deadwood to check into our hotel.

That night, we drove over to the ThunderDome (this would become our home for most of the week), unloaded the RS3, and watched a bit of the Mustang Rodeo. The Mustang Rodeo is a timed couples event in which each team is provided with bean bags and lassos. The driver must navigate a course, while the team tosses bean bags and lassos “horses” for points.

Following the rodeo, we headed back to the hotel to turn in for the night. The following morning, we woke up to head back to the ThunderDome and depart on the Mustang Fun Run, which was sponsored by ROUSH Performance. With stops at a local watering hole (far too early for drinks), a Ford dealership, a gun range, and more, we took a detour to catch some cool shots with Mustang Driver photographer Kyle Caraway, before once again returning to the ThunderDome for a “Launch Box Competition.” In this challenge, drivers raced from a dead stop to a set of cones 60-feet away, stopping within the allotted distance, and turning in times. A Fox-body Mustang won the competition, but he certainly fought for the win, and we had a blast watching the Mustangs give it their all.

A burnout competition followed, and we ducked out a bit early to get some cool shots of our Stage 3 in Downtown Deadwood, before heading on home and hitting the hay.

Friday found us again at the ThunderDome to depart on the Black Hills Poker Run. My personal favorite event of the week, we got to see some of the most beautiful views in South Dakota on this run. We experienced scenic Needles Highway, crossing through natural tunnels and up steep, narrow roads through the mountains. We returned to the ThunderDome for the first group of Autocross Competition and a Barrel Racing Competition. We finished out the day at the Beaver Bar with a Mustang Hypnotist during the “Black Magic” social.

Saturday was a busy day! The main event – Show and Shine Competition on Main Street brought approximately 600 registered Mustangs to the street for some friendly show competition. ROUSH Performance had its very own street which we affectionately named “ROUSH Road” lined with ROUSH Mustangs of every description, including our own RS3. We performed Active Exhaust demonstrations, handed out swag and information, and got to meet and talk cars with a lot of ROUSH enthusiasts. Drag racing ensued at Sturgis Dragway that night – another personal favorite. The weather was perfect for racing, and the track was packed!

Sunday, back at the ThunderDome, we rounded out the week of events with the second round and finals of autocross, along with dyno challenge finals, a dice roll Mustang giveaway, and finally, the Banquet Dinner with guest speakers, an awards ceremony, and an auction.

As we wrapped up our trip and headed home to Michigan, we began throwing around ideas for next year’s event. With only two Road Crew members in attendance this year, we would like to see that number grow exponentially by next year.

Next stop: Cruise for a Cause in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. We’ll see you there!

 

Crew News Volume 11

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Published September 1, 2015
Written by Stephanie Davies
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Crew News Volume 10

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Published July 29, 2015
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ROUSH at Mustang Week 2015!

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Published July 21, 2015
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FullSizeRenderIf you’ve never loaded up your Mustang and headed out to Mustang Week in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you’re doing it all wrong. This event is one not to be missed – a bucket list addition, if there ever was one. With thousands of Mustangs cruising through the beach town, you can hardly look around without seeing (or hearing) at least one.

This year, we packed up and headed down for the final two days of shows at Myrtle Beach Mall. As someone who has attended this event three of the last four years, I can tell you that every year, it grows. We are quickly outgrowing the mall, so we were absolutely always busy in our time there. Mustang Week staff tells us that there were approximately 3,000 Mustangs and 10,000 spectators in attendance last year, and we can pretty much promise you that that number has grown.

ROUSH Formula Drifter Justin “JTP” Pawlak came along with us, as did Lyle Sturgis of Tindol Ford with three ROUSH Mustangs that he has for sale. We brought the ROUSH Motorcraft Mustang down with us, and Brian McCarthy from Vossen Wheels displayed his brushed aluminum-wrapped ROUSH-equipped Mustang.

For an hour each day, JTP met with fans and signed autographs – he even signed a few car parts, a dashboard, and a little girl’s cast – and we also maintained a steady flow of traffic to sign up for our ROUSH Performance newsletter and take home a ROUSH beach ball, koozie, or lanyard.

Roush Yates was in attendance both Friday and Saturday selling and installing ROUSH Performance Parts on show cars.

Before we got there, enthusiasts enjoyed a Meet and Greet on Tuesday, a day of fun runs and autocross on Wednesday, and some test and tune action on Thursday.

Friday brought the 11th Annual Car Show sponsored by LatemodelRestoration.com to Myrtle Beach Mall, where vendors lined the perimeter of the parking lot with registered show cars in the center. The spectator lot was like an additional portion of the car show – packed with Mustangs, Lightnings, and other Ford-powered vehicles.

On Saturday, the Mall was attended by the East Coast’s Largest Mustang and SVT Cruise-In followed by an awards ceremony.

Check out the pictures from our time in South Carolina and let us know what you think. Will we see you next year in Myrtle Beach?

Crew News Volume 9

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Published June 26, 2015
Written by Stephanie Davies
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