After months of planning and preparation, the first ever Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival at Beech Bend Raceway Park is finally in the books and the result was a sensational event for the NMRA, Holley, racers, and spectators. The NMRA All-Ford World Finals, which have been held at Beech Bend Raceway for over 20 years, is the NMRA’s biggest event of the season. Bowling Green, Kentucky, is the home of Holley Performance Products and the company hosts its biggest event, the LS Fest, every year at Beech Bend as well. But Holley has always provided products for all brands of vehicles, so when they decided to look into the Ford market for an event, the NMRA was the perfect match as it had an established, longstanding Ford-based event at the perfect venue.
Where the NMRA Finals normally focuses on drag racing and includes a sizable car show and manufacturer’s midway, Holley balances its event’s features, so the drag racing portion is joined by a drifting exhibition, chassis dyno competition, an autocross, a 3S grand champion competition and more. For this event, Holley and the NMRA combined all of that and threw in an Australian-style burnout contest, celebrity appearance, and even the original monster truck, Bigfoot, dropped by.
During the event, ProMedia’s Mike Galimi took the opportunity to talk to Ron Bergenholz of Nitto Tire USA, as well as drift star and Ford Mustang driver Vaughn Gittin Jr., about their impressions of the first-ever Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival at Beech Bend Raceway Park last weekend.