There isn’t much better than the beach, babes, and hundreds of Mustangs for an entire week! The combination of the above has kept one of the best weeks in the Mustang community kickin’ stronger with each passing year.
If you’re a Mustang enthusiast, most likely you’ve heard of Mustang Week if you haven’t attended during the past nine years. Many of the week’s Mustang festivities kick off in the afternoon so you can get your sun in before the real fun starts!
Tuesday, July 16th
The fun starts Tuesday, July 16th with the annual Meet-n-Greet held at the Palace Theatre located at the intersection of US 17 Business and 21st Street at the “Broadway at the Beach” Entertainment complex. Just last year in 2012, over 550 Mustangs and SVTs filled up the entire parking lot. This will take place at the most northern parking lot, closest to US 17. This informal gathering will take place from 12pm – 4 pm. There is no cost to attend the Meet-n-Greet, so stop by and make sure you get your handful of raffle tickets!
New for 2013, BFGoodrich Tires will host an Autocross Driving School Event held at Myrtle Beach International Speedway on Tuesday, July 16th. Terry Earwood, instructor at Skip Barber Racing School, and his professional staff will be out and about teaching drivers how to lower autocross times. An entry fee of $40 per driver gets you a brief classroom session followed by a track walk and then drive time in your car with a professional driver riding shotgun. There will be two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon with just 24 seats per session.
Wednesday, July 17th
There will be more autocross fun, Speedway fun runs, and the official Mustang burnout contest sponsored by SVT Performance. In 2012, the Speedway was busting at the seams with 265 cars and 1,500 people joining in on the fun. The autocross (sponsored by MRT-Direct and Gateway Classic Mustangs) and the Speedway fun run (sponsored by Stiffler’s) will run simultaneously from 10am to 5pm followed by the burnout contest which starts promptly at 5pm. Fees to participate will run $25 a car and $5 a spectator.
The Myrtle Beach Speedway is a NASCAR-sanctioned, ½ mile, oval track where participants can run their cars one at a time for a few laps at their own comfortable pace. As soon as the autocross and Speedway fun runs are over, the burnout contest begins.
If you paid as a participant or spectator for Wednesday, you get a free pass to see Myrtle Beach Speedway’s Wheels of Destruction Thrill Show. This is a family-friendly event which includes flames, explosions, wrecks, and racing. Not only that, you can expect fireworks, stunt cars, freestyle motorcross, bus racing, and more which starts at 7:30 pm.
Last year's burnout contest winner, Jonathan Nerren.
Thursday, July 18th
It’s time to visit Darlington Dragway for the annual Mustang Week drag night. The tradition is to gather before noon at the Myrtle Beach mall Hooters and hold an informal half hour cruise to Darlington. The Dragway is an IHRA sanctioned, quarter-mile track located just west of Darlington, SC. Gates open at 3pm until 11pm with a fee of $10 for spectators and $15 for participants. Last year the Dragway filled up with 265 participating cars and 1,800 spectators. Many of MW’s sponsors will be lined up during Drag night. Safety gear required as well as close-toed shoes and long pants on track. According to MW Staff, as many as 300 cars have made the cruise together which makes for great photo opportunities as well as an awesome time! Be warned, a herd of Mustangs that big is likely to draw attention to local law enforcement.
Friday, July 19th
It’s show time! The 10th annual Mustang Week car show takes place over at Myrtle Beach mall and it is sold out! Last year’s sold out show held 600 show cars and 7,500 spectators! If in the show, cars will be judged on presentation such as cleanliness and quality of presentation. Trunks, convertible tops, and glass will not be judged but put that elbow grease to work on the engine compartment, body, wheels, and tires! Check-in for the show will be between 9am – 11am with judging taking place from 11am until 4pm. The awards will be announced on Saturday, July 20th at 3pm. Remember, sponsors and vendors will be out and about at the show and don’t forget that Pro-Dyno will be out with the mobile dyno so strap your car down and see what your beast can do! Awards of Excellence will be presented and sponsored by Latemodel Restoration.
Saturday, July 20th
Saturday ends the week of fun with a large cruise-in. It takes place at the Myrtle Beach Mall and runs from 12pm – 6 pm. Last year the level of participation was outstanding with 2,500 Mustangs and SVTs packed on the show field and surrounding parking lots. This is an event you can’t miss so no leaving early! Plus, you must be present to claim any raffle prizes.
Saturday also holds the Southeastern Foxbodies (SEFB) and their 7th-annual cruise. The meeting spot is at the Grand Strand Baptist Church parking lot from 8am – 10am. This is a police-escorted cruise that had about 100 foxy ladies last year. SEFB (www.sefb.net) also raffle their “Save a Fox” project car, an ’89 LX Hatchback 4-cylinder, which will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Victory Junction Gang Camp and Savannah’s Drive (a local 9-year old battling Leukemia). You can check out more at www.Save-A-Fox.com.
The awards from Friday’s car show will be announced at 3pm so watch the deserving cars and owners receive their trophies. Also, the raffle prizes from the raffle tickets sold all week will be given off.
Raffle prizes include an E-HP custom 347 c.i.d. shortblock, complete interior kit from TMI, and car stereo equipment from Kicker. Also, the grand prize is a Magnusson Supercharger kit for an ’05 – ’14 V8 Mustang. Must be present to win!
See you there!