Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
July 27, 2007
Photos By: Paul Rosner
This '67 Cougar had an unbelievable red topcoat to it, even with the overcast skies.

Heading into the sixth event on the NMRA series roster, everyone-the promoters, the racers, the car-show attendees, and even the spectators-knew the NMRA had been on borrowed time. Escaping the rain that can ruin an event had been the NMRA's luck all season, but that luck nearly ended as the 28th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Ford Expo at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio, got underway this past Labor Day weekend.

Rain fell Friday, canceling all race activities (the car show is held Saturday and Sunday only) and delaying Saturday morning's events as well. By the afternoon, though, the track was clean and dry, and the die-hard car-show attendees dried their rides and readied them for the show judges. Sunday was nice and dry, with plenty of sunshine for racers, show participants, and the spectators who returned to see the action.

The NMRA took over the Ford Expo event in 2005. A nostalgic show that has been going on for nearly 30 years, the Ford Expo now combines hot NMRA race action with the well-known event, giving attendees plenty of Ford race and show action. This year's event had several "mini-meets" within the main show, including the 11th Annual Y-Block Nationals & Shootout and the 4th Annual '57 Ford Gathering & Shootout, to name a few. Once again, we had photographer Paul Rosner head out to see what cool cars he could find. Check out the photos and coverage here, and we hope to see you at an '07 NMRA event soon.

Mustang & Fords
Editor's Choice Award
Joe Hickman, Granville, OH
'57 Ford Custom Tudor
We chose Joe Hickman's '57 Ford for our Editor's Choice award, which is given away at Saturday's car show at each NMRA event. Joe's '57 Tudor features a slick, white-over-red, two-tone scheme applied by the craftsman at Abe's Body Shop in Granville, Ohio. Once the paint dried, Joe dropped in a Ford Racing Performance Parts 345hp 302 crate engine (one of the company's bestsellers) and topped it off with a full complement of EFI parts, including a now-hard-to-find GT-40 intake manifold. The FRPP crate engine, which also wears FRPP shorty headers, is mated to a stout Tremec five-speed, which hands off the power to a built 9-inch rear. Joe finished off the classic good looks of his '57 with a set of 15-inch chrome American Racing Torque Thrust D wheels.