Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
February 1, 2007
While the NMRA racing series has its share of classic iron in the bracket and open comp classes, it was a real treat to see serious Ford iron battle it out from the NMCA side of things in the Nostalgia Super Stock class. This real '64 Thunderbolt, driven by Skip Koester was hitting high 10s at almost 130 mph. The sound of the 'Bolt's big-block was pure muscle coming off the starting line.

While watching heads-up and/or bracket racing or perusing a field of killer show cars of all the same make or model is fun for many die-hard enthusiasts, we'll often hear people comment that they'd rather see their favorite Fords beat up on a Chevy or Mopar for a change. The crew at the National Mustang Racer's Association (NMRA) also holds the keys to the NMCA series (National Muscle Car Association), and they're crazy enough to put on both event series at the same time in the same location. With this in mind, the first-annual Motive Gear NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, presented by Nitto Tire, was born.

Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, is a great facility at which to have such a large event, and it was a treat to see some of Ford's best iron duke it out on the quarter-mile track against Brand X and Brand Y. While there wasn't direct competition on the show field, it was certainly different to see all of the Ford products on one side and everything else on the other. Don't worry, we think everyone got along. Best of all was the vendor area. With so many cars in attendance for NMRA/NMCA series racing and for the Laurel Mountain Mustang Show & Shine, plus the potential gate attendance, the vendor area was jam packed with dozens of vendors hawking their wares and handing out posters. Even more interesting was the end of the event, when NMRA and NMCA classes were pitted against each other.

It was a great event, and if the NMRA and NMCA ever recuperate, we hear they just might do it again in 2007.