- Associated Press - Sunday, July 27, 2014

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - Rose Wehr feels the need for speed.

Thanks to the nonprofit program Ford and Mustang Racing for Kids, she’s living her dream of racing down a dragway and reaching speeds of 100 mph in her Mustang.

“I’ve just always loved them,” Wehr said about drag racing cars. “The way they look, the way they sound, how fast they go.”

Wehr, a 2006 Pinckney Community High School graduate, grew up listening to her father telling stories about his drag racing days. Since she was 13, she constantly peppered him with questions about “how it felt, what it was like, how fun it was.”

Although she’s thrilled to be racing her Mustang, the 26-year-old Wehr said she enjoyed the time she spent with her family putting together the car. Starting off with a salvaged rusty frame, Wehr, her father, Dan Glover, and her brother, Robert Glover, turned the car into a sleek, green-and-white race car. Her sister, Peyton Burkhart, also helped.

On July 9, Wehr test drove her 1979 Mustang at Milan Dragway.

“It was a lot of fun,” Wehr said. “It gave me a chance to really work with my dad and brother to put it all together.”

She said it was a long process, “frustrating but fun.” They assembled the car in six months, completing it in May.

“I’m excited for her,” Putnam Township resident Dan Glover said after watching her test drive the car at Milan. “And absolutely proud.”

“I get an adrenaline rush each time I see her out there,” he said.


Ford and Mustang Racing for Kids provides participants with all the parts to assemble a racing car. The group is dedicated to helping kids race in a safe, legal way and providing them a chance to have fun.

Steve Hoffman said he started the program to share his passion for drag racing. The Livonia man raced nitro funny cars for 30 years.

He launched the program in 2006 in Livonia and recently expanded the program to Livingston County.

He said he often helps teenagers who are faced with personal struggles; sometimes, the teenagers have dropped out of school.

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