Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
July 21, 2016
Contributers: John Wilcox

Mustang Week is more than just driving your Mustang around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and hanging with your friends. On Day 2 of Mustang Week, it was time to put the pedal to the metal at Myrtle Beach Speedway for autocross action, parade laps, and watch Vaughn Gittin, Jr and Justin Pawlak show off their drifting skills.

For many, Wednesday is the first opportunity to be on track prior to Thursday’s drag day. Of course, the BFGoodrich Track Day presents attendees a chance to hit the gas, and turn left and right; all the while trying to avoid hitting cones, which was a 2-second penalty in the autocross. We witnessed several who were well-equipped for autocross action, while we saw others who could use some instruction in the ways of gas and brake. No matter, even though timing clocks were involved, everyone had a good time, and that’s what Mustang Week is all about.

Of course, being as it is the BFGoodrich Track Day, the company had a support rig and products to show off to Mustang Week attendees. Everyone was able to see what the company will be introducing in the coming months and years.
Gateway Classic Mustang is also a big supporter of the Track Day, giving rides to people on the autocross, and displaying two beautiful early Mustangs complete with Coyote powerplants.
Gateway had its 1967 coupe, and S197 GT doing exhibition runs on the autocross course, and the aforementioned joy rides.
Stacy Reynolds had her beloved S550 at the track day in support of SVTPerformance.com, which had t-shirts, swag, and cold water available for sale at the event. Everyone loves shirts, and when it was as hot as it was Wednesday, cold water was much-needed. Stacy has an affinity for yellow Mustangs, since she also owns a yellow SN95 Cobra convertible.
Vaughn Gittin, Jr and Justin Pawlak put on drifting displays throughout the day in their respective Mustangs. A lucky few were also able to go for rides with Vaughn hoping to keep down their lunch.
We didn’t witness anyone keeping the weight off, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Vaughn and Justin are great Mustang ambassadors in the sport of drifting, and they aptly displayed their talent for the Mustang Week crowd.
Stifflers had several new products at the track day, including a driveshaft loop 2011-2016 Mustangs, 1997-2004 F150 front lower control arms, and a 6R80 trans install kit for 1979-1998 Mustangs. These new products bolster an already strong line of chassis stiffening components Stifflers offers.
UPR Products had a display at the track day selling t-shirts and various other swag. UPR has a larger presence the final two days of Mustang Week, where attendees can purchase anything the company sells, like suspension components, billet accessories, and the like.
The Southeastern Foxbodies crew was selling t-shirts at the track day, and telling of an exciting event they have coming up next March 29th – April 1st. Called Ponies in the Smokies, it’s a 4-day event taking place in Tennessee celebrating 54 years of the Mustang. You can check out more information on the event at SEFB.net.
The lines for Mustang Week swag aren’t as long at the track day as they are for the Meet and Greet when the line was at least 100-people deep. At the track day, lines were usually much shorter, and the perfect time to grab a shirt.
This driver on the autocross has the right idea. You’re supposed to look in the direction you want to go. However, his GT ‘vert didn’t get the memo, preferring instead to do a smoky donut for everyone’s delight. Who doesn’t love donuts?!

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