Bruce Jones
January 30, 2007

It was a dark and stormy night-really. The weather on Friday, July 28, at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, was dreadful. To make it worse, it was the eve of the biggest and baddest drag race and car show of the '06 season-the Motive Gear NMRA/NMCA Superbowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing. Tornado warnings and a torrential downpour sent everyone on the manufacturer's midway running for cover. Fortunately, Saturday morning was bright and beautiful.

When the worlds of Mustang racers and magnificent Mustang show cars collide with other great cars of the National Muscle Car Association, you have a recipe for outstanding wheels-up drag racing and one wickedly cool show.

A major part of the NMRA series is the Laurel Mountain Mustang All-Ford Auto Show. The Route 66 show was the fifth in the NMRA series this season, and as always, the judges did a fine job of identifying the winners of best paint, engine, interior, and other categories.

By the time you read this, the '06 season will be in the history books, but rest assured that Mustang Monthly and our sister publication, Mustang & Fords, will be on the hunt for the finest Mustangs and Fords during the '07 NMRA season.

Editor's Choice
Some say life isn't measured by the number of breaths you take; it's measured by the moments that take your breath away. If that's true, then we owe a big thanks to Les Baer and his magnificent '69 Boss 429 for providing one of those moments. The car featured here is breathtaking in every sense of the word.

Les told us this is one of two Boss 429s in his stable, along with a Hemi Mopar or two. With that kind if collection, it's good to be him!

KK1325 is an early S-code car, completely numbers-matching. This Boss sports all the ultra-rare Boss 429 parts. It's hard to believe that a car with only 2,400 miles needed a complete restoration, but according to Les, this Boss has low mileage because it spent all of its life on the dragstrip.

Les is quick to point out that the only part of the car that hasn't been restored is the trunk, which still has the original mat, inflatable spare tire, jack, and Candyapple Red trunk paint.

The quality of Mustangs on the Laurel Mountain Mustang All-Ford Auto Show rated among the finest we've seen this year, but this '69 Boss 429 was class of the field, earning the Mustang Monthly Editor's Choice award.