Thursday, the first day, was a track outing at Pacific Raceways, a tricky road course spanning just over two-miles. Featuring pavement of varying ages and grip, the racetrack has elevation changes, off-camber turns, and a high-speed straight that utilizes a portion of the NHRA drag strip. RRC members Kerry and Mike were out on the track with their cars, and ROUSH® brought a 540RH™ to lay down the “Hammer” on the other cars. All the ROUSH® cars were were tearing it up in their run groups, and the 540RH™ had plenty of people checking their rear view mirrors and moving out of the way.
Friday saw the club take a nice long cruise through the scenic Washington back roads. Of the several stops the group made, the most impressive was the Snoqualmie Falls. This waterfall plunges 270 feet, ten stories higher than Niagara Falls, and the mist was blown upwards where it fell like rain at the top of the viewing area.
The cruise route was set by RRC members Kerry and Diane (thanks for the great job!) and ended at Bickford Ford, a ROUSH® dealer in Snohomish, Wash. The dealership made space on the lot for a ROUSH® Road Crew member car show, and treated everyone to a grilled hot dog lunch. They even set out hoses and buckets for the club members that wanted to clean and prep their cars for the weekend’s two shows.
The cruise was also a poker run with members selecting their cards at each of the stops, secretly hoping for the best hand. During the club dinner on Friday night, the winners were announced with Larry taking win (a pair of queens) and second place to Rick with a pair of fives. Neither would do well in the poker world challenge. David won the “worst” hand award. Each received an item signed by Jack Roush, David Ragan and Matt Kenseth.
Saturday was the MCA judged car show, with the more popular “People’s Choice” award the following day. Most of the cars exhibited in both shows, but the members seemed to be really sweating (literally) the attention to miniscule details that the MCA judges were looking for.
The weekend closed on Sunday with the People’s Choice awards which are voted on by, the people (what did you expect?). The attendance swelled to more than 1000 cars; Mustangs of all years, shapes and sizes were packed into the parking lots of the Bellevue College. ROUSH® was well represented, and the owners were allowed to park their cars around the ROUSH® show trailer making for a tremendous display that received a tremendous amount of attention from the spectators. Better yet, the RRC members picked up several first, second and third place trophies in both the MCA judged show as well as the People’s Choice show. Congratulations to everyone for their well-deserved awards.
Overall, the first ROUSH® Road Crew event in the Seattle area was a great success, and members came from Washington, Oregon, California, and British Columbia to be part of the fun.
For more information on the new club, visit www.ROUSHroadcrew.com. The next RRC event is the Mustang Show at Volo (Ill.) Auto Museum on August 7 with a club dinner the night before.