(Words and photos by Joe Grippo) – Hardcore. That’s what this weekend was, totally hardcore. Imagine a drag race and car show event centered around a single engine family that’s been out of production since the mid-70’s. Now hold that event at an out of the way, quaint little dragstrip in central Pennsylvania. You would think you could expect what, maybe 20-30 cars and it would probably be a onetime deal, right? But we are talking about the Ford FE series and the faithful contingent of devotees who are keeping it alive and thriving. 2017 marked the 5th time the FE Race and Reunion was held at Beaver Springs Dragway, in Beaver, Pa and close to 175 race and show cars poured through the gates!
Action kicked off with a test-n-tune on Friday afternoon followed by a ridiculous free food spread of brats, beans and beer for participants. Mother nature played along with sunny 80 degree weather, a perfect day. The wet stuff moved in overnight and forced a late start for Saturdays eliminations, but that provided welcomed time for chatting up your fellow FE friends, some of which traveled from Australia, Sweden, Canada and other exotic locales like Florida, Michigan and Minnesota. Racing got rolling around 11am with some time shots for the three classes: Cool FE (12 flat and slower), Hot FE (11.99 and faster) and the Cobra Jet Shoot-Out (any car originally equipped with a 428CJ). A few specialty races were held also, the quickest 8 Hot FE guys ran off in Pro FE for a bonus purse and a free “Bird Race” let any first round loser run off for a cool die-cut sign of the famous FE logo.