Former off-road racerfan of the F-150

To say that 55-year-old Mike Weaver is a fan of the Ford truck would be a big understatement.

A former off-road racer, Weaver drove a 2008 Ford F-150 in various events throughout the Southwest in 1993. He won the Class 7000 Pro in the 1998 Best in the Desert season driving a Ford Ranger 4.0 liter V-6 using a Ford 150 chase truck.

Only recently, Weaver and his wife, Christy, were challenged en route from Southern California during the intense storms that were the result of Hurricane Norbert. Once again, Weaver found another reason why he has been a loyal Ford customer since 1987 when he purchased a new Mustang 5.0.

The loyalty to the Ford brand was brought into play even more importantly during the storm.

“There were cars alongside I-15 on both sides of the highway on our way back from Southern California,” said Weaver, who bought his latest F-150 from Friendly Ford at 660 N. Decatur Blvd. in 2008. “The visibility was very bad between Barstow and Baker and many drivers just gave up and pulled off the road waiting for the storm to pass.”

Rather than pull over to the side of the road, Weaver put the truck in four-wheel drive high and slowed down. The couple passed about six wrecks.

“Because of the bad visibility, we didn’t want to stop and take the chance of getting hit from behind,” he said. “We added the emergency blinkers, turned on the off-road lights and drove at a slower pace. The four-wheel drive high gave us more stability and gave me more control of the truck.

“When the road is wet or it consists of loose dirt, that’s the perfect alternative for using four-wheel-drive high. It gave me more confidence that I was in control.”

Weaver said the 5.4-liter Triton, V-8 provides 300 horsepower.

“I have really challenged the F-150,” Weaver said. “It’s been in the mud and the snow in Utah, and if it weren’t for the four-wheel drive, I would have been stuck in Duck Creek. We were there in a snowstorm during the middle of the night.”

Since purchasing his first Ford, Weaver has bought four four-wheel-drive trucks along with a 1987 Mustang 5.0 and a 2003 Ford Cobra SVT. He hasn’t purchased another brand of vehicle in the past 27 years.

“We are looking for a Raptor now,” Weaver said, adding that he was recently involved in a test ride run with Vegas Off Road Experience near Eldorado Valley. “The VORE program is connected to Ford and we were able to really put the Raptor through a great test. I was very impressed.”

Weaver tested a Ford Raptor four-door Friday morning.

“It was amazing,” Weaver said. “The suspension on the Raptor is absolutely unbelievable for a stock, drive-on-the-road truck. The computer controls all four wheels. You don’t touch the brake because the computer does all the braking with what is called Hill Descent. It’s a work of art. The test convinced me more than ever that I need a Raptor now. Friendly Ford provided me with the best buying experience ever.”

Weaver said the website www.vore.com has complete details on future dates to accommodate Ford customers.

Further information regarding Friendly Ford can be found by calling 702-870-7221 or by visiting www.friendlyfordlv.com.

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