Coming to Milan, Michigan, for the third year now, the 6th Annual Aeromotive NMRA Ford Nat-ionals brought a compacted schedule and cooler weather to the event for the first time. The compacted schedule, while surely a money saver for the NMRA, allowed local enthusiasts, as well as the racers and spectators, to enjoy the NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday (the NMRA event was held Friday and Saturday only this year). This meant only two days of racing, late into the evening, and only a single car show day on Saturday. We thought the reduced schedule was a great idea, and apparently so did the racers. Saturday's car show was down a bit from past events due to the threat of rain (which drizzled on us for maybe 10 minutes), but nonetheless, the turnout of cars was impressive. From '60s era muscle to the latest and greatest from Ford, there was certainly a lot of interesting Ford iron in the car show area; ably run by the NMRA's Lisa Bodrey and the Milan event's host club, the Motor City Terminators (www.motorcityterminators.org/).
Of course this also marks the third year of the Ford Racing Invitational as well. With FoMoCo right in Milan's backyard (Ford and Ford Racing have been known to come out on test-n-tune nights with products like the new EcoBoost powered Flex and the FR500CJ), it's one of the best NMRA events for a Ford fanatic to really see the newest rides coming from Ford. Not only were there a bunch of great-looking Mustangs on display for the Invitational drivers (including yours truly, but more on that later), but also an EcoBoost Lincoln MKS, two F-150 Raptors, F-Series Harley Davidson models, the new 2011 Fiesta (in UK trim), and more. If you're within a day's drive of the Milan event you owe it to yourself to check this one out, and don't forget to bring the family.