Jerry Heasley
September 17, 2015

Five hundred spots available, five hundred spots sold out by last March for the Labor Day weekend for the MCA Buckeye Grand Nationals. For Mustang aficionados, there are regional shows and there are national shows; and finally there is the Grand National, the Grand Poo-Bah of them all and MCA’s last show of the year. Buckeye is a clue to the location—Columbus, Ohio, but more specifically the suburb of Polaris at the Hilton Hotel, right next to a swank shopping mall and plenty of trailer parking space.

The local Mustang club, the Mustang Club of Ohio, hosted the event and Publicity Chairman Jeff Brady said the club came to call the show a “Labor Of Love.” We can understand why: outside of an anniversary-year show, this 2015 show proved the largest Grand National in MCA history. The MCA does not set an entry limit per show, rather the number of entries allowed has to do with the size of the venue—one year the MCA Grand National was held in Utah and attendance was only about 125 cars, due to the venue.

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Ohio being centrally located made this show very popular and no doubt, the MCA had to turn away some entries once they hit capacity. Of the 500 cars entered, about two-thirds were 1974 and later models, with the balance made up of classics, and all but 80 cars were judged. In other words, the judging workload was staggering but the MCA has the manpower to pull this off. We dropped by a judges meeting to view the field of judges – a staggering assemblage of 125 people!

In addition to a Grand National, next year the MCA will hold a 40th anniversary show in Indianapolis that will include a road racing track. See you at both these events next year.

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