Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
August 1, 2007
Photos By: Paul Rosner
We spotted Mitchell McDaniel piloting this sharp-looking '69 SportsRoof in the ET brackets. Mitchell's Mustang easily yanked the tires with its Hardway Speed Shop-built 514 big-block underhood. The 514 features CNC-ported Super Cobra Jet heads topped by an Edelbrock intake and a Holley Dominator carb. Of course, the Compucar fogger nitrous kit doesn't hurt, either. To date, Mitchell has run a best of 8.90 at 153 mph.

Making its second stop of its '07 event series, the NMRA hit the ground running for the 7th Annual Bassani Xhaust NMRA Ford Nationals held at the Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, Georgia, on March 30-April 1. With the weekend weather spotty, the NMRA crew hustled to keep the event flowing, the cars going down the track, and the spectators interested. But you can't change Mother Nature. On Sunday afternoon, as the racers were heading into their final rounds, the skies opened up and washed away the remnants of a great weekend. The racers have to finish their final rounds at an upcoming event.

While the impending weather surely kept some show participants at home, there was still a sizable number of vehicles in the Laurel Mountain All-Ford Show area, although many were late-model Fords. Our roving freelancer, Paul Rosner, had a tough time catching some vintage rides on film, but he helped us pick the Fairlane 500 that won our Editor's Choice award-it was our favorite from the moment we laid eyes on it.

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