BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Finding a Ford enthusiast who doesn’t enjoy what happens when you mash the right pedal is always a tough task. But for the rest of us who do, an event called the Battle Creek SpeedFest seems to have been designed just for us. This year’s SpeedFest featured a half-mile mile shootout that took place on the tarmac of the W.K Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Michigan. The high-speed drive event began on the Fourth of July and ran through July 7, and was held alongside the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. It’s the only half-mile high-speed event held in the state of Michigan.
In order to assure the safe and efficient operation of the Airport, a 1.25 mile section of airport taxiway is closed and used for half-mile sprints at least two separate times per day. Participants are not allowed to heat their tires with burnouts in order to preserve the integrity of the taxiway pavement, but cars are not restricted when it comes to the size or compound of the tires that can be used for the run. We counted a total of 21 Ford vehicles that participated in this year’s event, including Shelby GT500’s, Mustangs GT’s, GT350’s, and several SVT models such as a Mustang Cobra R and F-150 Lightning. We also spotted one 1923 Model T Roadster . . . that clocked 167.45 mph! We put together this gallery of photos below to give you a glimpse of the SpeedFest action at the airport:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY MARCUS CERVANTES & DMD Photographic