If there's a poor economy affecting us it certainly wasn't evident at the 11th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this past October. We arrived on the property early Thursday morning before the official start of the event and we were greeted with great weather in the mid 60s, a light breeze, and plenty of sun-a precursor to the event weekend. As the racers rolled into the event Thursday and Friday we actually saw several show cars arriving early (the All-Ford Auto Show is Saturday and Sunday only) to stake out a premium show spot for their ride. We knew at that point the host club, the Bowling Green Mustangs, would have its hands full all weekend keeping the car show running smoothly.
Saturday came bright and early and we were greeted by a jam-packed show field that had overflowed into a second lot and so many spectators the track owners had to open a back-up parking lot they've never had to use before in the NMRA's 11-year history to handle the influx of spectator parking. We can only fathom that the attendance was partly due to the fact it was the final event of the season and that winter would soon dampen the motorsports activities of many Mustang and Ford enthusiasts, and that goes for the show car attendees as well. Within a few weeks it would soon be time to put their show cars into a winter slumber and keep them off of the salted northern roads as well. Whatever the reason for the huge turn out, the race pits, show car field, and the grandstands were completely packed with Ford fans of all ages and walks of life at the NMRA World Finals. It was most likely the best event weekend many have had this year.
The 11th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals
It was most likely the best event weekend many have had this year. The race pits, show car field, and the grandstands were completely packed with Ford fans of all ages and walks of life