Stephanie Davies Associate Online Editor
October 23, 2014
Photos By: Evan J. Smith

Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in mid-July is heaven for Mustang lovers. As if scenic Myrtle Beach weren't pretty enough, when you throw in a few thousand enthusiasts, beautiful Fords, and a lot of raw horsepower, it makes for the ultimate Mustang vacation. Mustang enthusiasts, entire car clubs, forum members, and many aftermarket companies converge each year for a week of Ford fun in the South Carolina sun. But be forewarned: Mustang Week isn't for the faint of heart. There are late-night parties, hardcore driving events, a multitude of Mustang gatherings, and of course two days of giant car-show heaven.

To partake in the fun, we headed up to South Carolina in a sweet '14 Steeda Mustang packing a Vortech and 650 hp. It was a blast on the highway and a hit at the show. You can turn to page 28 for the full story on the Steeda.

Mustang Week 2014 was a blast. Team MM&FF hit the scene in this 650hp Steeda Mustang.

The 13th annual celebration of all things Mustang (with a few Lightnings thrown into the mix) kicked off on July 15, 2014, with a Meet-and-Greet at Palace Theatre. Mustangs flooded the parking lot and surrounding area as everyone hunted for a tip-top spot to display their Ponies.

The following afternoon found Myrtle Beach Speedway packed, as amateur and advanced drivers tried their luck in autocross, fun runs around the half-mile circle track, and the SVTPerformance.com burnout contest. Championship winning drifter and all-around cool guy, Vaughn Gittin Jr. was on hand to show off his skills and sign autographs—always a highlight.

Thanks to Ford and SVTPerformance.com, MW fans got a close look at the '15 5.0 Mustang fashioned in Kona Blue.
Darlington Raceway hosted a night at the strip and many Mustang enthusiasts took advantage.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. laid down some Nitto rubber with hardcore exhibition runs in his Drift Mustang. Brianna Cusson snagged a photo with the drift master.
Pro Dyno offered its tuning services for anyone looking to dial in their combo. MM&FF and Pro Dyno also teamed up to present the Battle at the Beach Dyno Shootout, which you can read about next month.
Myrtle Beach Speedway was the place to be early in the week for those looking to cut corners in the autocross or on the oval.
Charles Cartrette took home the MM&FF Editor's Choice award with his Shelby GT500-powered 1989 LX.
It wouldn't be Mustang Week without taking in a little beach time.
This beautiful '80 Mustang belonged to the man behind Mustang Week, Mike Clay.
Now that's a wrap! This Vortech-powered Stang belonged to Keith Fidura.
We saw a ton of Fox Mustangs with swapped powerplants. This early model had a nice Three-Valve under the hood.

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Thursday morning was an early one for us, as team MM&FF headed over to the Myrtle Beach Mall for the Pro Dyno Battle at the Beach. Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords hosted yet another awesome dyno shootout with Pro Dyno, as 11 participants battled for Mustang Week horsepower supremacy. You can look for the full story on our “Battle at the Beach” in the January issue, but we'll tell you the two top Mustangs were packing turbos and each eclipsed 900 rwhp!

Later on in the day, while many decided to take the long trek out to Darlington Dragway for some test and tune, others decided to stay back in Myrtle Beach to take part in model year-specific cruises including Blow-By Racing's annual Coyote Cruise.

And then the weekend was upon us! We spent it strolling amongst a sea of over 500 unique and incredible Mustangs. Vendors lined the outskirts of the mammoth show area at the mall, selling go-fast goodies and apparel to the masses. Saturday, the day of the largest Mustang and SVT cruise-in on the East Coast, ended with Mustang Week awards to recognize the most beautiful and badass builds in attendance.

Our friends at Mustang Week have already announced the dates for next year's festivities. Mark your calendars. The mayhem begins again on July 13, 2015.

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