14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals in Bowling Green, KY

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NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

 

The Car Show Stats and Overview

  • Participants: A lot of Ford Power!
  • Classes:
    • Saturday:
      • 3 Classes (Specialty Awards only)
    • Sunday:
      • 37 Classes
  • Awards: Plaques (Two awards for Sundays show in each class, Winner & outstanding achievement)
  • Specialty Awards on Saturday only: Peoples’ Choice Awards, Special Recognition Awards, Editor’s Choice Awards
  • Registration: 8 am – 12 am/$25.00 per person
  • Judging: Discretion of NMRA judges, Method…unknown
  • Dash Plaques: No
  • Name of Car Show:14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals
  • Organization Hosting the Show: National Mustang Racing Association
  • City & State:Bowling Green, KY
  • Date of the Show: October 07, 2012
  • Available Classes:

Saturday Classes

Peoples’ Choice Awards:

1. Best Engine
2. Best Interior
3. Best Body & Paint
4. Best Stance
5. Best of Show

Special Recognition Awards:

1. NMRA will give away 20 special recognition awards to select vehicle owners.

Editor’s Choice Awards:

1. Best Early Mustang
2. Best Modern Mustang
3. Best Early Ford Pre-’49
4. Best Late Ford ’49-Up
5. Best Ford Truck
6. Best Race Car/Pro Street
7. Best Daily Driver
8. ISCA Award of Excellence
9. Transport Award
10. Young Star Award
11. Directors Choice

 

Sunday Classes

1. Mustang 64-70 Conservative 21. Comet, Cougar, Capri Conservative
2. Mustang 64-70 Modified 22. Comet, Cougar, Capri Modified
3. Mustang 71-78 Conservative 23. Falcon, Fairlane, Maverick Conservative
4. Mustang 71-78 Modified 24. Falcon, Fairlane, Maverick Modified
5. Mustang 79-93 Conservative 25. Thunderbird Conservative
6. Mustang 79-93 Modified 26. Thunderbird Modified
7. Mustang 94-98 Conservative 27. Ford Full Size Cars All Years Conservative
8. Mustang 94-98 Modified 28. Ford Full Size Cars All Years Modified
9. Mustang 99-04 Conservative 29. Ford Full Size Truck All Years Conservative
10. Mustang 99-04 Modified 30. Ford Full Size Truck All Years Modified
11. Mustang 05 – Current Conservative 31. Ford Compact Truck All Years Conservative
12. Mustang 05 – Current Modified 32. Ford Compact Truck All Years Modified
13. SVT & Cobra Mustang Conservative 33. Ford Lightning Conservative
14. SVT & Cobra Mustang Modified 34. Ford Lightning Modified
15. Roush Mustang Modified Only 35. Race Car & Pro Street Modified Only
16. Steeda Mustang Modified Only 36. Compact Ford Conservative
17. Saleen Mustang Modified Only 37. Compact Ford Modified
18. Shelby & Boss Modified Only
19. Open Ford (For Ford vehicles that do not fit into above classes) Conservative
20. Open Ford (For Ford vehicles that do not fit into above classes) Modified

 

From the prospective of Car Show Source

The NMRA World Finals in Bowling Green, KY is not your typical car show venue. As a matter of fact, the car show portion of the event amounts to less then 20% of the attraction to the NMRA . Its more of an added bonus for this Ford fueled and catered event. Specifically dominated by Mustang lovers as the name implies with it being the “National Mustang Racing Association”.

If you are the type of person that enjoys well organized car shows and all of the facets of spending the day near your car, cleaning it up, lounging around other show cars and patiently waiting for the awards to be given out. This event may not be for you! However, if your blood runs Ford blue with an injection of 93 octane running through your veins……..if you think, the smell of burnt rubber with a hint of alcohol and nitro in the morning determines if it will be a good or bad day……this my friend, will be a “do not miss” event!

While I was only able to make it out for the last day on Sunday. NMRA World Finals in Bowling Green, KY is actually a 3 day event and will be a 4 day event if you participate in the racing.

Full Schedule was as follows

THU Gates Open: Noon
Registration & Tech Only: Noon-5:00pm
Secure Track: 5:00pm
FRI Gates Open: 9:00am
(NMRA) Test & Tune: 11:00am-3:00pm
Qualifying Rd. #1: 3:00pm
Secure Track: 5:00pm
SAT Gates Open: 9:00am
Racer, Carshow and Swapmeet Registration Opens: 9:00am
Bracket Time Trials: 9:15am
Heads-Up Qualifying Rd. #2: 10:30am
True Street Meeting: 11:00am
True Street Cruise: Noon
Exhibition: Noon
Bracket Eliminations Rd. #1: 12:15pm
True Street Eliminations: 1:30pm
Exhibition: 3:00pm
Car Show Awards Presentations: 3:05pm
Burn-Out Contest: 3:15pm
Heads-Up Qualifying Rd. #3 (inverted order): 3:30pm
Secure Track: 5:00pm
SUN Gates Open: 8:00am
Racer, Carshow and Swapmeet Registration Opens: 8:00am
Heads-Up Eliminations Rd. #1: 9:00am
Bracket Time Trial: 10:00am
Pre-Race Ceremonies: 11:30am
Pro Heads-Up Eliminations Rd. #1: Noon, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm
Bracket Eliminations Rd. #1: 1:00pm
Final Exhibition: 3:00pm
Car Show Awards Presentations: 3:05pm
Car Show Parade of Champions: 3:45pm
Final Rounds All Eliminators: 5:00pm
Secure Track: 6:00pm

 

The car show itself on Sunday hosted a number of stock and highly modified Mustangs, along with a number of other Ford powered vehicles.

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

 

Sunday morning temperatures started out at a bone chilling high 30′s. By 9:00 it had warmed up to mid 40′s and the sun finally coming out helped a great deal while I scraped off the insect carnage from the drive up.

 

NMRA Bowling Green KY

NMRA Bowling Green KY

 

After getting everything cleaned up, it was time to check out the other Mustang’s in the show for Sunday and make my way up to the track. I was told Saturday had a higher turn out of Mustang then we did for Sunday. However, we still had a good number of Mustangs show up today.

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

 

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

 

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

 

NMRA also has a swap meet where you can pick up anything from new parts to used parts. Just about anything Mustang was available along with a few Mustangs for sale at some pretty good prices. I seen a lot of things that I wanted to buy. But, I hadn’t brought enough cash with me to negotiate with and I am almost thankful. Because, I would have come home with empty pockets. The fairway behind the track offered up a chance to either purchase items or get product information from companies like Roush, Ford Racing, Mr. Gasket, Scott Rod racing, Stiffers, and Tremec Transmission just to name a few. I managed to grab a few pictures of the highly modified Mustangs that were there to race.

 

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

 

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

 

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

 

Awards for the show were pretty simple. You either got 1st or 2nd for the class you were in. I personally entered into class (10) 99-04 Mustangs Modified. Without being aware or notified. I was moved into class (17) Saleen Mustang Modified. All was good in my book. Looks like I have a nice enough clone to pull 1st place in a Saleen only class. Certainly made me feel good………even though I think I was only one of two in my class!

 

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

 

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

 

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

 

For anyone that has read or currently keeps up with my reviews. You will instantly notice this review is not and does not contain the core information that I usually try to write about and inform other car show patrons of. Typically, my goal for each review is to inform you…the reader…what you might expect from attending a car show that I have written a review for. Top priority items for me are the usual items such as…. Ease of finding the car show location, registration experience going smoothly or dysfunctional, The cost of entering the show, the grounds and/or environment of the grounds, other activities offered up, type of judging (an ordered judging point system or a hap hazard, scratching your head never really knowing) system used, and most of all….if its a stand up trophy or a plaque. I try to accomplish this while putting my own twist on things and hopefully give you something that’s enjoyable to read.

If I would have taken this approach with the NMRA car show on Sunday. It would have made one very short review. It may have very well turned into the worst review and shortest one I had ever written.

 

It would have went something like this.

The show location was not hard to find considering it was at a race track. As you pulled into the gate, you were asked to pay $25.00 per person in the car. Something that was not advertised. Everything clearly stated $25.00 to enter and participate in the show. Not $25.00 per head in the car. Direction and guidance of where to park, was based solely on instinct. No one directed you and you couldn’t very well look for a group of Mustangs, their were Mustangs everywhere! Food was over priced and not very good. No other activities to speak of except racing. No real time line followed and nothing with the car show stayed on schedule. The judging system consisted of two people trying to track down cars based on the registration ticket filled out and I have no clue what method was used to judge the cars. Awards seemed drawn out but they were fun because of some comic relief and pretty nice door prizes from various sponsors of the NMRA event.

Now, becasue this was far from a typical car show and NMRA as a whole is a very large event. It doesn’t deserve the bashing that a normal car show would have received. The main reason…..someone doesn’t go to NMRA just for the car show. NMRA is meant for the person that wants to see and hear some ground pounding horsepower! In reality, the car show aspect of it will offer up great parking while attending the races and will also give you an opportunity to participate in NMRA without having to beat on your car down the track. If you are a Ford loving, horsepower junkie like myself. This is one event you will be more then happy to attend and the car show portion will becomes a distant thought.

 

I also highly recommend checking out a Ford focused forum that I personally frequent along with a lot of great friends that I have gotten to know in the past year. The forum is called SVT Garage. I have added a link below. You will find more pictures from this NMRA event and have an opportunity to check out some dyno results performed on a few of the cars from VMP performance. If you spend some time looking around, it will not take very long to find some of the best bumper dragging photos I’ve seen in years from this show. Its a great place to hang out and get anything from valuable tech to just lounging around with general conversation. I hope to see you there.

 

www.svtgarage.com

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I personally had a great time Sunday at NMRA and really enjoy having my ear drums screaming for mercy while watching some of the fastest street legal Mustangs in the world rip down a quarter mile track. I know a lot of Ford fans that take vacation days from work just to make sure they will at least have a Saturday off to attend NMRA. I look forward to seeing it all again next year!

 

To see more pictures of the show, click on the image below:

NMRA Bowling Green KY 2012

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One Response to “14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals in Bowling Green, KY”

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  1. Tim Forkum says:

    I agree with you that the events show seems to be unorganized and who knows how the judging is done. Guess if you win at the show it is a bonus to the premium parking you payed for upon entering. The dyno by VMP Tuning was my highlight of the weekend so maybe next year I can focus more on the show.
    Great job Toby as always!

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