Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
September 8, 2018

Mustang shows have certainly evolved over the years and we’ve been there to see it happen first hand. As one of the “elders” on staff here I’ve been around the show field block a few times. I still remember the days of swap meet tables, 1965-1973 Mustangs lined up by model year (all ’65s together, etc.), and seeing the “new” Mustang—that would have been a Fox chassis car back then—being looked at by show participants with a bit of disdain. “Who would take a brand new Mustang to a car show?” was the most often heard comment.

Fast forward two-plus decades and the classic Mustangs on the show field are now those very same Fox Mustangs and the new Mustangs on the field are the 2015-2018 “S550” cars. The differences now being, in our observations, is that the newer Mustangs are not looked down upon and are welcomed to the show field more readily, and are being modified and personalized right off the showroom floor as well. Sadly, we’ve seen less and less of the true classic Mustang generation (the 1965-1973 models) on the show field. We suspect a reason why may be those classic owners now have newer Mustangs with their air conditioning, cruise control, more comfortable seats, etc and are now driving those to the car shows they love to attend.

Seeing the sea of S550 Mustangs at shows today is proof positive that, young or old, this generation of Mustang is loved by all and their owners love to show them off. Mustang Week is most certainly one of the best places in the country to do so, especially with so many great activities throughout the week long event. The photos you see here in our S550 gallery were cultivated from Friday’s CJ Pony Parts Mustang Car Show display at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. We hope you enjoy them!

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