Rough-N-Ready enjoy perfect season
Rough-N-Ready Racing clinched their fourth Governor's Cup in five years to complete a clean sweep of victories for the season at the weekend.
The drag racing syndicate, owned by Bermudian Harvey Williams Jr, regained the coveted trophy they lost last year during the season-ending event held on their home racetrack at Sacramento Raceway Park in California last Saturday with driver Tony Trimp behind the wheel of the team's 1965 Mustang GT.
“The Governor's Cup is our favourite race,” Amy Boss-Bowen, the team manager, said. “It's the last race of the year where the Championship is crowned.
“It's always at Sacramento Raceway, which is our home track. All of our family and friends come out to watch, so it is extra special to win in front of them.
“We have plenty of data about the track and conditions so Harvey can tune very well there.”
Rough-N-Ready Racing achieved the perfect season having also won the Funny Car Fever and Battle at the Beach events.
The season was reduced to three races because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which fell short of the quota of races (five) needed to declare a champion as per California Independent Funny Car Association rules.
“It's such a great feeling to be in the winner's circle,” Boss-Bowen added. “Harvey's father is 78 now and has health issues, so it was important for us to win for him.”
The team's latest triumph was not without its share of obstacles.
“During our test pass our brakes almost failed,” Boss-Bowen said. “We tore them apart and found that we needed new calipers. Another team had the parts we needed and helped us replace them so we could make it to the qualifying round. We all help each other to keep the cars on the track racing.”
Rough-N-Ready Racing now have ambitious plans to broaden their horizons by entering more races next year.
“Now that we have the nostalgia 65 Mustang body we can race in more classes, so we hope to be racing even more next year,” Boss-Bowen said. “We hope that the association we run with is able to book five to six races for next season. Hopefully some of the tracks that were closed to spectators will be open next year.”
Originated in 1984, the CIFCA is a West Coast drag racing association that specialises in affordable funny car shows.
Its membership boasts more than 36 teams, the majority of which compete in funny cars powered by supercharged, alcohol engines, who compete for points, cash and contingencies and take great pride in their operations.