Modified Mustangs & Fords
Toyo Tires Ford Nationals - Nothing But Sun Shine
The Third Annual Toyo Tires Ford Nationals In Martin, Michigan, Brought Out The Best
The second weekend in July became the new date for the Martin, Michigan, stop on the NMRA tour. In 2005, the event at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park was held earlier in the year and was actually interrupted by snow. Moving it to the summer months meant sunshine, great temperatures, and plenty of racing and show action. With everything from 6-second drag runs to 6-feet-tall show trophies, there was plenty to take in.
This event marked the half-way point in the NMRA season, and with only four events left in 2006, many of the racers worked the rule book to the best of their ability. On the car-show side of things, Martin had a nice local turnout with everything from street rods to the newest Mustangs-although we'll leave those new ones to our sister magazine, Mustang Monthly.
Check out these photos by Paul Rosner, who has been doing a great job covering some of the NMRA schedule that we can't get to ourselves. We hope to see more great examples of Ford's classic muscle at these NMRA events. Bring yours when the NMRA show comes near you, and you might just end up on these pages, like the lucky ones seen here.
Mustang & Fords Editor's Choice Award
Peter Beeke, '66 Fairlane, Kalamazoo, Michigan
When photographer Paul Rosner spotted Peter Beeke's Fairlane in Laurel Mountain Mustang's All-Ford show section, he knew it was perfect for the coveted Mustang & Fords Editor's Choice Award. Sporting a 7-liter powerplant under the hood, cool classic-period Cragar mags, and all sorts of polished, painted, and detailed goodies, Peter's Fairlane is a throwback to the musclecar era. No further proof is necessary once you've peeked inside. With an Auto Meter classic tach on the steering column and a Hurst shifter to row the four-speed, this is one potent machine we're sure Peter can't wait to get in and put his foot to wood any chance he gets.
Peter has the "show and go" setup down pat. With 427 cubes of "go" on the inside and polished gleaming "show" on the outside, he takes home his share of trophies in the cavernous trunk of the Fairlane. The Martin NMRA event was no different when Peter walked away on Saturday with awards including Top 20 Ford, First Place for Best Ford Muscle Classic,and our Editor's Choice. On Sunday, Peter came back for another Top 20 Ford award as well as Best Fairlane, Falcon, Maverick, and Second Place Best of Show. Wow, he might need the back seat to take all those awards home-and that was just one show!