Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
June 1, 2009

It was a great way for the NMRA to kick-off its 2009 season. In spite of gloomy economic forecasts and tumbling stock markets, plenty of Mustang and Ford owners shed their concerns for a weekend of racing and showing during the NMRA's Nitto Tire Spring Break Shootout on March 5-8.

As always, the season-opening event took place at Bradenton Motorsports Parks, just a hop, skip, and a jump down I-75 from the Mustang Monthly offices in Tampa. This year, the Mustang Club of West Central Florida served as the host club, so there were plenty of Mustangs, both vintage and late-model, in the show field. With over 300 cars registered, the show gathering set a record for the NMRA Florida event.