OshKosh, Wis. – ROUSH Performance was once again a high flyer at the annual EAA AirVenture show with a crowd-pleasing quarter-mile drag simulator demonstration and a multi-vehicle display along the main runway.
Held annually at Wittman Airport in OshKosh, the AirVenture show is one of the world’s largest aerial events with crowds of up to 700,000 during the week. This year the show ran from July 23 to July 30.
The main ROUSH exhibit featured two vista blue 427R Mustangs, a Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Roadster, Blackjack and Nitemare truck. Throughout the show attendees were constantly drawn to the vehicles and would often stop for photos of each of the ROUSH cars and trucks. Also in the ROUSH exhibit was a 2007 NASCAR Ford Fusion Car of Tomorrow. Several of the cars on display were brought by and they deserve special thanks for their support of the event.
Outside of the Ford hanger, ROUSH had a 427R strapped tightly to a drag simulator for the Mustang Quarter Mile Challenge. One the car was fired up, people came from all around to watch a contestant try their luck on a simulated quarter-mile run. "Races" were run every half hour and the lucky contestants had their name drawn from a bucket so anyone over 18 years with a valid drivers license had a fair shot of being chosen.
The stage had the standard drag racing "Christmas Tree" starting lights, and the driver would run through all the gears just like they were driving on the drag strip. At the end of the run, most people would be in fourth gear, hitting 6,000 RPM and going nowhere at more than 100 mph.
Jack Roush had a pair of autograph sessions, each of which drew several hundred fans. He was signing ROUSH 427R posters, as well as many personal items such as diecast race cars and hats (with the event being held in Wisconsin, Matt Kenseth items were especially popular). He also participated in a variety of flight events with his P-51 Mustang aircraft.
A video and several photos from the event are below: