2008 NMRA's Ford Nationals - Smilin' In Milan
Lots Of Sunshine Made For Lots Of Happy Faces At The NMRA's Ford Nationals In Milan, Michigan
Round three of the NMRA's '08 season rolled into Ford's backyard for the Aeromotive NMRA Ford Nationals June 13-15 at Milan Dragway in Milan, Michigan. Located just west of Detroit, the Milan event always attracts plenty of great Mustangs for the drag racing and the Laurel Mountain Mustang All-Ford Auto Show.
With its close proximity to Dearborn, there were a couple of Ford-related activities at Milan. First, since the event was held over Father's Day weekend, the NMRA proclaimed Sunday as Ford Employee Appreciation Day, which provided fathers with a great excuse for heading out to the races on their special day. Ford employees received free entry for the entire family and car show participants got preferred parking. Ford Racing also staged its Media Invitational drag race, with members of the magazine press competing against each other on the quarter-mile.
It was a perfect Father's Day weekend for Tom Graney. Not only did his '70 Mach 1 take the Mustang Monthly Editor's Choice award at Milan, but Tom also got to share the weekend and the award with his son, Bryan.
We can see why photographer Paul Rosner made the pick. Tom's blue metallic Mach 1 is the consummate Mustang muscle car with a Shaker-scooped 428 Cobra Jet engine, four-speed, and Magnum 500 wheels. It also has all of the Boss-inspired add-ons, such as spoilers all around and rear-window louvers.
Although an R-code 428 Cobra Jet was plenty stout from the factory, Tom enhanced things with an Edelbrock intake and a Centerforce clutch.