Heading into the sixth event on the NMRA series roster, everyone-the promoters, the racers, the car-show attendees, and even the spectators-knew the NMRA had been on borrowed time. Escaping the rain that can ruin an event had been the NMRA's luck all season, but that luck nearly ended as the 28th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Ford Expo at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio, got underway this past Labor Day weekend.
Rain fell Friday, canceling all race activities (the car show is held Saturday and Sunday only) and delaying Saturday morning's events as well. By the afternoon, though, the track was clean and dry, and the die-hard car-show attendees dried their rides and readied them for the show judges. Sunday was nice and dry, with plenty of sunshine for racers, show participants, and the spectators who returned to see the action.
The NMRA took over the Ford Expo event in 2005. A nostalgic show that has been going on for nearly 30 years, the Ford Expo now combines hot NMRA race action with the well-known event, giving attendees plenty of Ford race and show action. This year's event had several "mini-meets" within the main show, including the 11th Annual Y-Block Nationals & Shootout and the 4th Annual '57 Ford Gathering & Shootout, to name a few. Once again, we had photographer Paul Rosner head out to see what cool cars he could find. Check out the photos and coverage here, and we hope to see you at an '07 NMRA event soon.