It is the news Ford fans have been waiting to hear. Fun Ford Weekend presented by JE Pistons and Roush Yates is back at Bristol Dragway June 29-30 and it’s better than ever.

Nostalgia Ford Funny Cars Red Baron and Solid Rock, high-performance racing action, and some of Ford’s sweetest street machines and extreme exhibition vehicles make the return of Fun Ford Weekend the place to be for Blue Oval fans.  

Action begins on Friday with a test and tune session open to all manufacturers. The day also includes Ford vs. The World, an event that lets the Fords flex a little muscle against all comers. Ford fans should come cheer their favorite brand to victory as heavyweights from Chevrolet, Mopar and more try to knock off the best that Ford has to offer.

Electronics and non-electronics will run separate in Ford vs. The World competition until there are four cars remaining in each class. The classes then will be combined to determine the ultimate champion.

Exciting Ford-only competition continues on Saturday in Fast Ford (Electronics), Quick Ford (Non-Electronics), Street Ford (1/4 mile), True Street, Mustang Street Fight, Tuff Truck and the 5.90 Index.

Nostalgia Funny Car action takes place on Saturday with two Ford-bodied machines roaring through Thunder Valley to cheers of the crowd. The nitro-powered, ground-pounders surely will make quick work of the Bristol Dragway quarter-mile, just like the vintage machines they replicate. The Funny Cars will make three passes on Saturday, beginning at noon.

Also on Saturday, True Street racers will follow a police escort on a predetermined route throughout the local area to prove their machines are street-worthy. Once they return, they’ll battle to see which can run closest to its index.

The Mustang Street Fight Class is open to any street-legal Ford vehicle. Trophies will be awarded for quickest elapsed time, best reaction time and best appearing.

Yesterday’s classics, as well as today’s favorites, will be on hand in the car show display area Friday and Saturday. Participants and spectators can enjoy a parking lot full of the hottest Ford show cars and drag cars. Any Ford die-hard looking for special memorabilia or those hard-to-find parts also will want to check out the vendors’ midway and the swap meet and car corral.

Jason Childress, owner of Gateway Classic Mustang, will bring his Missouri-based business to Thunder Valley for the weekend. A virtual one-stop shop for the enthusiasts of both old and new Mustangs, Gateway Classic Mustang will set up and be able to do install work on property.

"We can do installs at the show," Childress said. "People can come up to the booth, say 'I'd like to have it done.' And we'll take care of the rest. We're also going to give people a discount because they are getting it done at the show. We also will give them a discount on labor."

Childress has built cars for Sammy Hagar, Chad McQueen and many others, appearing on Hot Rod TV, Overhaulin' and the upcoming Speed show called "Are You Faster than a Redneck?" Cars from Gateway Classic Mustang, which was started when Jason and his brother Lonny purchased a pair of Mach 1 Mustangs and began restoring them, have been featured on the covers of Mustang Monthly, Mustang and Fast Ford, and a current five page spread in Hot Rod Magazine.

Gateway Classic Mustang will have several products available, including their own suspension kits, BFGoodrich tires, and Joe Gibbs Racing oils, just to name a few.

"If people are serious about horsepower, they need to come talk to us," Childress said.

The return of Fun Ford Weekend begins when gates open at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 29. Car show registration also begins at 10 a.m., with tech inspection at 11 a.m. A test and tune takes place from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., with Ford vs. The World kicking off at 6 p.m.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 30. Tech inspection begins at 8 a.m. with car show registration slated for 9 a.m. Time trials begin at 9 a.m., followed by first round eliminations at 12:30 p.m. Funny Car runs will take place throughout the afternoon.

Spectator admission is $10 on Friday, and $20 on Saturday. A weekend combo pass is available for $25. Car show entries are $35, while car corral spots are $45.

For a full list of racer information and event details, please visit www.bristoldragway.com or call (423) 764-DRAG.