27th Annual BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout
UPR Products Car Show
By Steve Turner
Photography by the FSC staff and courtesy of the Mustang Club of West Central Florida
Despite a damp forecast on Saturday, the UPR Products Car Show drew a strong contingent of Blue Oval beauties to the 27th Annual BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout at Bradenton Motorsports Park. An even bigger crowd of shiny show machines filled the show field on Sunday, making it a challenge for the judges to select the cream of the crop. Hosted by the Mustang Club of West Central Florida, the show featured standout rides from a wide range of eras. Here we are hitting a few of the highlights, but suffice it to say there were plenty of other Fords on the property worthy of adoration.
“She took Best of Show here last year at NMRA, so I am hoping to do a repeat this year,” Scott Middleton of Spring Hill, Florida, said when we chatted with him before the award winners were revealed. It turns out that his 2019 Mustang did just that by earning Best of Show honors at the 27th Annual BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout. Boosted by a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger and riding on an Air Lift Performance suspension, it stands out courtesy of vertical doors and custom paint by Ronnie Setser’s Customs. It rumbles thanks to a full Pypes exhaust and rolls on American Racing wheels wearing Michelin Pilot Sport rubber. Inside it features carbon fiber accents and a full JL Audio system. “I love it,” Middleton said. “It’s been an awesome hobby.
On the classic end of the spectrum, Brenda Hollam of Bradenton, Florida, did have far to travel to earn the Best Early Mustang award with her 1970 Mustang.
Earning Best 2015+ Mustang award at Bradenton Motorsports Park was this bad, black 2019 Mustang RTR Spec 3 owned by Jose Couret of Tampa, Florida. Featuring the full complement of appearance and suspension upgrades to achieve the full Vaughn Gittin Jr. Ready To Rock treatment, it also benefits from a boost in power under the hood courtesy of a Ford Performance TVS supercharger system.
A favorite in our media group also took home the top ’79-’93 Mustang honors. This sleek, blue 1985 Mustang SVO owned by Josh Sashko Tampa, Florida, deftly blends classic and modern styling to a Fox Mustang that was definitely way ahead of its time.
When it comes to modern performance, you can’t really go wrong with the 2020 Shelby GT500. Case in point, Frank Scheffel of Bradenton, Florida, drove away with the Best Modern Mustang award in his Predator-powered super ’Stang.
As the rain arrived on Saturday, the winners headed for the UPR Products Car Show tent to collect their hardware.
It’s hard to argue with a clean Fox Mustang, and Richard Watjen’s 1993 Mustang LX definitely fits the bill. With just a few choice exterior mods — hood pins, tinted headlights, and wheels/tires — his Fox earned the Director’s Choice Conservative award.
Mustang RTRs were a thing at the 27th Annual BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout. Forrest Roberts made the trip down from Tampa, Florida, in his 2013 Mustang RTR to nab the Best Interior award.
Classic Ford F-100s are all the rage this days, and Vince & Christina Mojzak’s 1955 example was an attention getter. Underneath its flip-forward hood is a Vortech-supercharged 5.0-liter powerplant. The patina’d pickup hauled the Best Ford Truck award back to Kissimmee, Florida.
What’s better than a Coyote swap? Well, a Coyote swap with a supercharger, of course. Denny Sullivan of Port St. Lucie, Florida, added an Edelbrock supercharger to the 5.0-liter powerplant under the hood of his 1999 Mustang GT. He reports that it is a lot of un having this kind of power on tap in a lightweight New Edge Mustang.
Sunday’s festivities wrapped up in the Florida sun as winners gather to celebrate their victories before heading home.