21st Annual NMRA Ford Performance Nationals
UPR Products Car Show
By Steve Turner
Photography by the FSC staff
When the NMRA Holley Ford Nationals series rolled into Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, the action on track was hot and heavy. However, when there are breaks from the on-track action, there is no better way to cool off than enjoying a pound of $1 Velvet ice cream while scoping out all the hot rides in the UPR Products Car Show.
The show field at the 21st Annual NMRA Ford Performance Nationals really did represent the full range of Blue Oval machines, as the Model T Ford Club brought out the most classic machines to their own area in the show field. They joined models from all eras in the standard show field. From that group, judges selected an elite group of 12 finalists to move into the Ring of Fire for final judging. In the Ring one winner burned the brightest and took home some special hardware.
In all, there was a great collection of Ford machinery on the property, and we are reliving the highlights here for your enjoyment.
While the competition was fierce in the UPR Products car show, Randy Weaver Douglasville, Georgia, hauled away the win in his 1961 Ford Ranch Wagon. Riding low on polished wheels, this people mover sports an immaculate interior, which helped it earn top honors.
We greatly appreciate the North Coast Mustang and Ford Club for acting as the host club for the UPR Products Car Show at the 21st Annual NMRA Ford Performance Nationals.
Looking better than new, but still appearing stock, Lou Falzarano’s 1966 Mustang took home the Directors Choice Conservative honors at Summit Motorsports Park.
A special feature of this year’s UPR Products Car Show was an appearance by the Model T Ford Club, which gathered in its own area on the show field to allow enthusiasts to enjoy a look at Ford’s history.
At the close of both days of the show, the winners gathered to collect their hardware before cruising home.
A special feature of this year’s 21st Annual NMRA Ford Performance Nationals car show, the Ring of Fire took the competition to a new level. Joining the ring were the finalists, which entered for additional judging to decide the winner.
Ring of Fire • Best ’50s • Larry Adolph • 1956 Thunderbird
Ring of Fire • Best ’60s • Jerry Bellino • 1964 Mercury Comet
Ring of Fire • Best ’70s • Nick Hellums • 1970 Mustang
Ring of Fire • Best Early Mustang • George Conrad III • 1970 Shelby GT
Ring of Fire • Best Late Model Mustang • Myron Ransom • 2004 Roush
Ring of Fire Finalist • Mike Parker • 1927 Model T Truck
Ring of Fire • Best Street Rod • Ted Wierzbicki • 1932 Ford
Ring of Fire Finalist & Best Engine Winner • Aaron and Teresa Gardner • 1994 SVT Cobra
Ring of Fire • Best Late Model Truck • Clint Chaney • 2020 F-350
A dozen cars entered the Ring of Fire, but just one emerged from the heated judging as the winner. At the 21st Annual NMRA Ford Performance Nationals, it was George Conrad’s 1960 Country Squire Wagon that took home the highest honor, which earned him a Ring of Fire Best of Show award, a special Victor award, and a $50 NMRA PowerMall gift certificate.
Dubbed “Patience & Money,” this wagon is pure restomod excellence. Built by Rowe’s Rod & Custom if features a Borla stack-injected Coyote 5.0-liter engine, framed by a custom fabricated and smoothed sheetmetal engine bay, which pumps out big power courtesy of a Holley EFI system. Behind that modern powerplant is a 4R70W four-speed automatic transmission actuated by at Lokar shifter.
Riding on an Art Morrison Chassis, painted to match, its body features a number of custom touches, including a Cougar hood scoop modified to fit, a fabricated rear bumper and a one-piece rear tailgate, which was created using the original clam shell-style unit. The whole package is covered in a custom paint job with an airbrushed, phaeton woodgrain. Its salt flat-style wheels are painted to match.
Conrad pilots the wagon from a custom leather interior by Sean O’Neill. He gets all the pertinent data from Classic Instruments gauges, and keeps cool thanks to a Vintage Air system.
As you can see, it is no surprise he drove away with the Ring of Fire Best of Show victory.