Jeff Ford
February 1, 2004
Photos By: The Mustang & Fords Archives

The Mid-America Shelby meet is a show that offers "a little bit of all of it" for the enthusiast. We've done a couple of Pony Trails here with moderate success, and we think we've finally figured out why we haven't blown it out with larger numbers. Simply put, there is too much to do; ergo there is no place to put the trails so they don't compete with other things. For instance, Thursday and Friday are open track days at Hallett Raceway. For a fee you can hot lap around the track in your own ride, making it your very own theme park. And if that isn't enough, Friday night there is a cruise, one that shuts down a street in Tulsa for the evening. On Saturday they have a Ford-powered drag event, and a show on Sunday. We always leave Tulsa tired, but we always enjoy ourselves. We saw a decent attendance this year at a trail that enjoyed Ripley, Oklahoma, and all its local color in the personage of Rick Kirk, one of the nicest Ford nuts we know. Rick's collection of Ford parts and cars is varied and unusual, and a sight not to be missed. We also stopped by Kicker for cookies, cold drinks and a tour. Maybe it's just Oklahoma, but everyone there pulled out all the stops to make us welcome.

Intermountain Mustang and All-Ford Stampede76 Ford-powered VehiclesWeather: ExcellentAttendance: NEW

This show and trail are new to the scene, but they will be back next year guaranteed. We were well received and enjoyed the crowd that trailed with us. The sights around Heber are breathtaking at every turn, and we couldn't have asked for a better turn-out (well, we could have, but since the show only pulls about 200 cars, the attendance was really spot on). We'd like to thank Mike and Joyce Epperson for bugging us into coming and doing a trail. If you live in the area, we highly recommend a visit to the Intermountain Mustang and All-Ford Stampede.

The show was laidback and well-done, even though it was threatened by rain. Two hundred Ford-powered vehicles, including one of the 30 automatic-sifted Cobras, braved the intermittent thundershowers and storms to attend the event. We attended all the scheduled and unscheduled events, like the watermelon bust (which we found out was a fancy way of saying everyone sits down and eats watermelon together), the mud drags-an unassociated event that just happened to be held at the local horse racing track-where a good time was had by all. and the slow drags, a race in which cars are timed not for speed, but for how slow they can go. Pretty fun stuff all the way around.

Mustang Club of America Grand National53 Ford-powered vehiclesWeather: ExcellentAttendance: Average

OK, so the trail at Bellevue was almost bigger than the show at Augusta. The floorshow at the Bell Auditorium on Saturday night was worth the trip, but more on that in a second. The folks in Augusta put on a heck of a show and had some great Mustangs in attendance. As usual, the Concours stuff held sway, but there were some awesome restomods that caught our eye. One was Reggie Triggs' '68 Concours drag car. You'll just have to wait to find out about that one. Another was a simple, but elegant '69 SportsRoof Mustang built by our cuz, Perry Ford (he really isn't related that we know of, but all us Fords gotta stick together).

The show was awesome, but we've never seen anything like the banquet we attended Saturday night. The local members and their friends get up on the stage at Bell and perform. Most of it was pantomime, but what a riot. All banquets should make you laugh this hard.