Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
March 1, 2009
Photos By: Paul Rosner

While the NMRA has been going strong for 10 years now, they're still wet behind the ears when it comes to the annual Columbus Ford Expo, now in its 30th year. While the NMRA picked up the event a few years back and made a few changes, the Columbus venue is still a watershed event for all manner of Ford fans. From heads-up drag racing to the positively ginormous auto show, Columbus should be considered a can't miss event. With the rainout that occurred in Atco, New Jersey, the month prior, racers, car show attendees, and spectators alike were frothing at the mouth for some hot Ford action before the winter weather rolled in and the car show and racing season closed for the year.

Columbus, being centrally located within half of the U.S. population, the fourth largest city in the Midwest, and the fourth most populated capital, hosted a huge turnout of spectators and full stands all weekend, not to mention a vast car count in the show field. From classics of the '40s and '50s right up to Ford's latest offerings, such as the Shelby GT500, the Harley-Davidson F-series, and more, there was plenty of eye candy all over the expo grounds. If you attend next year, be sure to have plenty of memory for your digital camera and a boatload of batteries.