Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
August 25, 2009

Does your Mustang put down over 750hp to the wheels? Maybe your Mustang makes that number by 5,000 rpm, but does it possess grocery-getter drivability? Can it run 9s on Nitto NT555R Extreme Drag radials? No one has done that, yet. Is the car capable of making a lunch run to the nearest, or not so nearest BBQ joint in air-conditioned comfort? Is your Mustang equally at home in the car show area as it is on the street or track? Is it capable of competing in 5.0 Mustang and Super Ford magazine's King of the Street competition? If you read these questions answering a resounding "yes" to every one, now's your chance to prove it.

For the 2008 King of the Street 5.0&SF had several cars that weren't quite running right. We witnessed overheating issues, grenaded superchargers, and off the mark tune-ups. However, we also witnessed competitors coming together to help each other out in times of need. We witnessed disappointment on the faces of some competitors, and the look of surprise and relief on others'. As is the case, we had competitors who had made more horsepower back home. At the same time, we had competitors having no idea what their cars would make.

Such was the case for 2008 KOTS winner Ryan Vitiritto. When his Mustang made 907 horsepower on its first dyno pull, he had the look of relief. With that confidence in hand, Ryan let it rip to make 917 horsepower. That wasn't the highest number, and his car got hammered for the Ride and Drive segment, but he scored high enough in the other segments to win the 2008 King of the Street competition.

The King of the Street is a spirited, yet fun competition to pick the most powerful Mustang, and to see which Mustang can put down the most power to the chassis dyno rollers and still maintain streetable civility. That means you get positive grades for an instant cold start, a stable idle, working A/C, and a booming stereo, while we deduct grades for manual steering, a non-overdrive tranny, a spool, and other race hardware. We are looking for the most streetable, most powerful Mustang in the country.

How do you throw your Mustang into the hat? The first step is putting together an application package. 5.0&SF wants to see a few photos of the car, including the engine, as well as a list of the car's modifications and accomplishments (dyno sheets, timeslips, etc.). From those stacks of cars, 5.0&SF will narrow it down to 12 or so lucky contestants to square off on the same day on the same chassis dyno. 5.0&SF staff members critique your Mustang to see how well it measures up to KOTS standards. Then you'll see if 5.0&SF Associate Editor Mike "The Splitter" Johnson can hit every gear behind the wheel of your Mustang, and hope he doesn't run over anything in the process.

Still not scared? Well, get those packages or emails together in a hurry. 5.0&SF needs your application by August 28th, so you will have sufficient notice to make your travel plans. Plus, that date is to give KOTS sponsor Nitto Tire time to send you a pair of its NT555R Extreme Drag radials in the size of your choice. KOTS '09 will take place Thursday October 1st and Friday October 2nd, during the NMRA World Finals in Bowling Green, Kentucky (for more info, check out www.nmraracing.com).

So, even if you aren't invited to participate, you can watch the event unfold at Beech Bend Raceway Park. Send your apps to: KOTS 8, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619 or 5.0mailbag@sorc.com.