Horse Sense: The rumors of SVTOA's demise have been premature. "SVTOA is not dead," said Gene Pavliscak, director, Tampa Bay SVTOA and SVTOA Southern Region director. "Although the marketing arm that supported SVTOA for 12 years is no longer around, SVTOA is alive and well and will continue to be so. SVTOA regional directors are working with Ford staff as of today to ensure that the SVTOA name and Club stay around for a long time and continue to have a growing relationship with Ford Motor Company and the thousands of its members."
People buy Ford SVT's Mustangs, Lightnings, Foci, and Contours for many reasons. They look cool. They stand apart from the crowd. And, of course, they outperform their mainstream counterparts. It stands to reason that owners of SVT vehicles might just have an even greater need for speed than owners of other Fords. That in a nutshell is the idea behind the Special Vehicle Team Owners Association. While the club is like any other organization that brings together like-minded people for enjoyment, the most fun part of participating in the club is driving your own car at SVTOA On-Track High Performance Drivers Education events.
More than just open-track events, the SVOTA On-Tracks provide driving instructors and run groups for beginner, intermediate, and experience corner carvers. It's one thing to get out on the track, but it's far more beneficial to get out there and learn from someone who knows how to get it done. The feeling of gratification as you learn the course and get faster is unmatched, and the ability to share that glee with you friends in the club is icing on the cake.
Of course, the events aren't just for SVT owners. We saw many non-SVT Fords, as well as many non-Fords making laps over the course of the weekend. The weekend in particular was the Southeast SVTOA's annual On-Track at Sebring International Raceway. This year's event took place April 21-22, and as always seemed to be a good time for all involved. The 102 drivers brought plenty of friends and family with them as there were 354 people enjoying the festivities. If it sounds fun, you should see what your local chapter is up to at www.svtoa.com.