Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
June 1, 2006

The National Mustang Racers Association is closing in on 10 years of putting on some of the best all-Ford Heads Up and Sportsman drag racing a Ford enthusiast can enjoy. Tie in a killer manufacturers' midway, a swap meet, and a two-day car show, and you've got one all-encompassing Ford brand event.

The NMRA has always been heavily late-model Ford centric, with classes for racing that are specific to late-model Mustangs, Ford trucks, and modular-powered Fords, but if you pay attention to some of the other classes, notably Open Comp and Bracket, you'd be surprised at the amount of classic Ford iron attacking the 1,320 with a fervor. We spotted several cool rides, including Falcons, Rancheros, early F-Series trucks, Cougars, and of course, Mustangs. However, we also encountered a few classics among the other more late-model centric classes as well, including Hot Street and even the top-rung Pro 5.0 class.

Of course, if you really want to find some sweet-looking classic Ford rides, all you have to do is head to the other end of the track and check out the NMRA car show. We'd hazard a guess the car show was about 30 percent pre-'73 Fords, including such rarities as a 429-powered Torino GT convertible, a '64 Fairlane Pro Street T-Bolt replica, an original-owner Shelby, a Grabber Maverick, and more. For a late-model oriented event series, we were quite happy with what we saw, and we look forward to bringing you more coverage of the NMRA series throughout the year.