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.

Mustang & Fords Editor's Choice Award
'57 F-100
Gary Coe, Portland, Oregon

Gary Coe has built many interesting vehicles. For his latest creation he commissioned the crew at Steve's Auto Restorations [www.stevesautorestorations; (503) 665-2222] out of Portland to build Gary one of the slickest F-100s we've seen in quite a while. There's no surprise that this truck was an attention getter all weekend and took home Top 20, First Place Best Ford Truck, Second Place Under Construction, First Place Peoples' Choice, and our own Editor's Choice award, all on Saturday. We're sure he would have cleaned up at Sunday's show as well, but he left Saturday evening to attend the Hot August Nights event in Reno, Nevada.

Gary's F-100 features almost every trick in the book, with a custom, blown, modular four-valve engine install; huge wheels; custom body modifications that include a top that was chopped, sectioned, and pancaked; sectioning and lengthening the hood; a forward leaning tailgate; tucked bumpers; and much more. The frame on which the truck sits is a custom one-off affair and helps give the truck that in-the-weeds stance. Even sitting still, Gary's truck looks like it is at full trot going a buck-30-which is exactly the result he was going for when he sat down with Steve Frisbie and the staff at Steve's Auto Restorations.