Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
March 7, 2016

For over 20 years, Ford fans have flocked to the NMRA Spring Break Shootout held March 3-6 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida. This is the season opener for the NMRA and Ford enthusiasts made noise on the quarter-mile with awesome burnouts and big wheelies.

One of the highlights for Team Mustang-360.com is the multitude and variety of Mustangs and Fords. The 2016 Nitto NMRA Spring Break Shootout gets you up close and personal with all types of machinery, from original and restored classics to the 1,000-plus horsepower modern Cobra Jets. Frankly, Bradenton was the place to be for awesome drag racing action and a show featuring over 200 cars and trucks.

We locked in on many of our favorites, including Mustangs, Fairlanes, Torinos—we even spotted a few quick Mustang IIs, which are a favorite of Mustang Monthly editor Rob Kinnan.

In addition to the variety of body styles, we found virtually every type of Ford powerplant in play at the Spring Break Shootout. This included early 289, 302, and 351 small-blocks to the FE 390 and 428 big-blocks and right through the decades to the modern modular and Coyote monsters of the 2000s.

Our hunt for chrome and polished aluminum took us to the giant car show area, where the endless rows were filled with a blend of old and new, modified and stockers. Florida has always been a hot spot for great Fords and the NMRA didn’t disappoint. We spotted a pair of Boss 302s, wicked restomods, a Pro Streeter, and a well-done Bullitt clone, to name a few.

The Spring Break Shootout features four days of action, including quarter-mile drag racing, a car show with awards, a huge manufacturer’s midway, and a gigantic swap meet where you can find those long lost gems.

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