Mustangs Northwest MCA Nationals 2010 Photos

The "Mustang Roundup" show hosted each year by the Mustangs Northwest (MNW) car club in Seattle has had a reputation for years of being the largest in the Pacific Northwest region of the US, and certainly one of the larger Mustang gatherings in North America.

Various AMAC members have attended this event over the years, enjoying the great selection of beautiful Mustangs and other Fords. Last summer after it was announced that MNW would be hosting an MCA Grand National event, a number of our Club members started talking about being part of this event, including entering their car in the Judged portion of the Show. Ultimately plans were plans, and holidays and Hotel rooms booked.

If you have not been before, the sheer size of the event, and the beautiful setting within Bellevue Community College certainly helps rate this event as a "you should do this sometime" Mustang Show.

On Saturday they hold the Judged Show, with certified MCA judges reviewing your car in a detailed fashion. This year there were around 260 cars being judged. The condition of the restorations seen were very good, and some AMAC cars that were entered also scored very well.

The open Participants Show, "the Roundup" is held on Sunday. Walking the many parking lots holding the various classes and trying to see as many of the 1000+ cars as possible is truly an adventure. You really need to go and first see the classes you REALLY want to see, and then go around looking at the rest.

The cars at this event were fantastic - in no particular order, '65 Shelby "zero-zero-three", '66 Red Shelby with a Paxton S/C restored by Jim Wicks from Tulsa OK., a row of Panteras, a dozen '06-'07 Shelby GT-H's, Boss's, a couple of '69 Coupes with 428CJ's, a '68 High Country Special with a 428CJ, several SSP Mustangs, and a large number of other very-nicely done concours Mustangs as well as sweetly-modified ones.

The car owners at this event were from as far away as Texas, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, and many places that were closer.

I personally also enjoyed meeting Lois Eminger's son, who brought his mothers' '72 Mach I to the event, as well as Jim Smart whose articles I have been reading in Mustang Monthly for many years.

As a sideline story, making a road trip to Bellevue, WA for the annual Roundup had been a topic of conversation for several years now with Wayne H, Neil B, and myself (Russ). Back in 2003 the three of us had flown into Abbotsford, and then took a rental car to Bellevue. Neil had also been to this event several times before, so we knew what to expect. Since that time we knew one day we would all want to drive a Mustang there. Last summer we also had decided that this year we would do it because of the MCA event. Up until a week or so before we were going to leave, the plan was still on, and us three guys would be doing a road-trip, with each of us driving our Mustang or Shelby. Then everything changed. Between family commitments, a noisy rear differential, hail damage, and a transmission needing some warranty work, we went from "3 guys and 3 Mustangs" to "2 guys in a Toyota Camry".! Man-o-man did we take a bunch of abuse (friendly) from our fellow Club members during the entire weekend. With none of the three of us getting there in a Mustang, the phrase used to describe this situation is now known as "And then there were none.!"

If you were not a participant this year in going to Bellevue, then certainly speak to one of the 25-ish members that did go. I am sure they all have some great stories of their trip and adventures they experienced. Hope you enjoy the small sampling of some photos below, taken at the event.





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