LIVONIA, Mich. – The ROUSH® Owner’s and Enthusiasts Association (ROEA) recently hosted their annual Michigan Round-Up which was another successful whirlwind of activities.
Held from August 13 to 17, the participants came from all points east and west for the opportunity to be involved in car shows, banquets, tours, on-track drag and road racing, and even meet Jack Roush himself.
The festivities began Wednesday, August 13 with a test and tune night at Milan (Mich.) Dragway where those with an itch to go fast could test their drag racing skills on the quarter mile.
The next day saw a behind the scenes tour of the ROUSH® Performance facilities where the ROEA members had a chance to see how the vehicles are built and meet many of the people that worked on their cars. From there, it was over to the Open House at the ROUSH® Collection, Jack’s personal museum with more than 120 of his cars (collectible cars, prototypes and historical race cars).
At the Open House, which draws a crowd of several thousand, ROEA members had a car show, saw the engine-build competition (a two-man team from the ROUSH® engine facility goes from parts to a running V8 engine in less than 20 minutes), and meet Jack Roush and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards for an autograph or photo.
Friday, August 15 was the opportunity to see just how well-engineered the ROUSH® vehicles are with a track day at nearby Waterford Hills Road Race Course. This 1.5-mile, 13 turn natural course was a very technically challenging and fun test, especially for those owners who had not previously had the chance to wring their car out on a track before. They were able to see just how well ROUSH® engineers a suspension package as the cars hugged the road tightly through both the high and low speed corners.
Later that evening was the dinner banquet with a keynote presentation by Joe Thompson, general manager of ROUSH® Performance. Thompson thanked the ROEA for their support of the company and emphasized that the owners are the real ambassadors of the ROUSH® brand. He also teased the group with a sneak peak of what is to come from ROUSH® Performance in the future.
The legendary Woodward Dream Cruise was Saturday’s activity, showing off the ROUSH® vehicles and mingling with the nearly 1.5 million other participants that make this largest one-day automotive event in the world. Some of the ROEA owners participated with ROUSH® Performance in their display at “Mustang Alley.”
The 2008 Round-Up concluded with the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway cheering on the Roush Fenway drivers. The support must have worked as Carl Edwards won the race and the Roush Fenway drivers took four of the top five spots at the checkered flag.
In case you missed the festivities, some photos from the different events are shown below. For more information on the ROEA, visit for details on what the group offers to ROUSH® owners and supporters.