5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
2012 Mid-America Ford Nationals - Tulsa Trifecta
Ford fans Converge for drag Racing, road racing, and car showing
This year marked the 38th annual Mid America Ford and Shelby Nationals event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. So it was about bloody time we finally got around to attending. What we experienced over a few hot, humid days in middle of June was likely one of the biggest, best organized, and most enthusiastic gatherings of the Ford and Shelby faithful on the 2012 calendar.
Given the event's historically strong Shelby influence, it is perhaps no surprise that Mid-America features road-course hot-lapping sessions rather prominently on its schedule. Hallett Motor Racing Circuit--a challenging, but blessedly forgiving, 1.8-mile, 10-turn race course a few miles west of Tulsa--is the primary venue for at least a couple of the event's five days. On-site at Hallett, there was even a Team Mustang driver's school to familiarize newbies with the track.
Since Hallett was virgin territory to me, I took the opportunity to get some on-track pointers from Scott Hoag of MRT, in one of the '13 Boss 302s that Ford had on hand. Rough duty--at least for Scott. Both Ford and Shelby American are major sponsors of, and participants in, the whole event. And their representation is far from static--both companies' products were out there vaporizing tire molecules at every opportunity.
And it's not all turn and burn. Mid-America's schedule also includes a full day of competition on the super-sticky quarter-mile strip at Tulsa Raceway Park, along with a scenic Friday evening, 10-mile cruise downtown to take over a few blocks of Tulsa's quaint Brady Arts District, plus a huge Saturday evening banquet at the host Marriott hotel (this year featured Henry Ford III as keynote speaker), parts swap meets at these various venues, and finally an all-Ford Sunday car show sponsored by Classic Design Concepts. In other words, the Mid-America Ford and Shelby Nationals pretty much has something for Stangthusiasts of every, uh, stripe, so if you can find the time next year...
Horse Sense: If any of this piques your interest, keep an eye on www.midamericafordteamshelby.com. To have run now for 38 consecutive years, you know these guys are doing something right.