Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
December 8, 2010
Photos By: Mark Weisner

Horse Sense: Mustang Week officials didn't waste any time picking dates for their 10th anniversary event in 2011. If you're a regular, you know it's gonna be good. If you've never been, 2011 is a good time to start. Mark your calendars for July 18-24, 2011.

If you are reading this magazine, there's no doubt you're a lover of high-performance Mustangs. It's likely your ears are tuned to pick out a rumbling 'Stang exhaust from a mile away, and you can probably even name the brand by the tone. You've been walking along and stopped in your tracks to pinpoint the source of the sound. Like a pretty girl will draw our eyes, a Mustang will command all of our senses.

Imagine if that was the whole point of your vacation-that's what Mustang Week is all about. For five days, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, becomes Mustang beach. Wherever you turn, Mustangs are rolling down the road, pulling away from stoplights, and pulling into local businesses. It's truly a magical thing for fans of these cars.

Of course, the influx of Mustangs is only one aspect of the series of events included in Mustang Week. Things get underway officially at the Planet Holly-wood on Tuesday, but informal cruises, and meet-ups begin as soon as Monday.

Wednesday takes the action to Myrtle Beach Speedway for fun runs around the track, an autocross, and a burnout contest. Thursday there's a meet-up at Hooters and a caravan out to Darlingon Drag Strip for some quarter-mile action.

The crown jewel is the judged car show on Friday at Myrtle Beach mall, and everything winds down with a free-form cruise-in on Saturday that simply takes over the parking lot.

Putting the show into numbers is tough, as the car show is limited to just 650 cars, but 190 cars tech'd in at the drag night and 220 checked in at the speedway; both venues reported over 1,500 people there to check out the action. Likewise, during the car show, the turnstiles at the Bass Pro Shops nearest the show doubled in traffic on Friday and came close to doubling on Saturday during the Cruise-In, where 13,245 people moved through. In short, a lot of people came to check out Mustang Week, and we can see why.

If you love Mustangs and you haven't been, then you need to put this one on your bucket list. We'll be there next year, but for now, get a glimpse of the scene from our photos.

My Ride
After electing to fly into Myrtle Beach for the big show this year, I needed something to drive around in while I was there. I couldn't think of a better car to attend Mustang Week in this year than an '11 Mustang GT with the new 5.0. As fate would have it, I actually managed to borrow one from Ford for the week, and boy was that a mistake...

It was a huge mistake, because it reminded me just how badly I want one of these cars. Fresh out of appreciating just how good the '11 V-6 is, I was back behind the wheel of a new 5.0, and I immediately started jonesing for one of these as a daily driver. It is smooth, quiet, and thunders all the way up to the rev limiter. My only true complaint about the car is that pesky skip-shift feature. Boy is that annoying.

Having smooth Coyote power bolted into a quiet chassis and topped off with electronic goodies makes for likely the best stock Mustang yet. Sure it would be easy to go crazy with mods, but it would be just as easy for me to make a few select mods and love the car every day.

In short, just like I told Tech Editor Jones before he drove one, don't drive an '11 if you don't have the means to get one-as soon as you drive it, you'll want one.

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Drag Night

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Cruise-In

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Car Show

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Car Show Winners

NameCityStateYearModelBody StyleAward Received
Paul WitalisConwaySC1968CoupeBest of Show
Mark Bailey MebaneNC2004CobraConvertibleBest Paint
Mike & Lorie WilliamLincolntonNC1973ConvertibleBill Jones Award
Billy Pearson 1967Shelby CloneFastbackBest Engine
Joann StalnakerHenricoVA1966ConvertibleBest '64.5-'66
Timothy LawrenceN. WilkesboroNC1968 GTCoupeBest '67-'68
Matthew WoodRock HillSC1969Mach 1FastbackBest '69-'70
Tom PenningtonAynorSC1973Mach 1FastbackBest '71-'73
Tom McJunkinPelzerSC1978Mustang IIHatchbackBest '74-'78
Cleve BarrowVirginia BeachVA1966Shelby GT350ConvertibleBest '65-'70 Shelby
Steve McphersonChadbournNC1970Boss 302FastbackBest Boss
Jeff SouthardFranklinNC1979LXGhiaBest '79-'86
Fred SnipesCedar GroveNC1993 GTHatchbackBest '87-'93
Tim & Tonyia MorrisOdenvilleAL1994GTConvertibleBest '94-'98
Chad HartInmanSC2003GTConvertibleBest '99-'04
Eric HegeLexingtonNC2006GTConvertibleBest '05-'10
Matthew SchelkopfMorgantownPA1993SVT CobraHatchbackBest '93 Cobra
Mark JohnsonLittle RockAR1994SVT CobraCoupeBest '94-'95 Cobra
Philip CliftonManassasVA1997SVT CobraCoupeBest '96-'98 Cobra
John ButlerReidsvilleNC2001SVT CobraCoupeBest '99-'01 Cobra
Bob HumbertsonSouth Riding VA2003SVT CobraConvertibleBest '03-'04 Cobra
Richard Belyski 2007Shelby GT Best '07-'10 Shelby
John NewWaleskaGA2001BullittCoupeBest '01 Bullitt
Michael McEckron 2008Bullitt Best '08 Bullitt
Janet DanielLaurinburgNC2008RoushCoupeBest Female Owned
Arthur RaxterBessemer CityNC1995SVT CobraCoupeBest Ford Specialty
Eric MorrisWilmingtonNC1998SteedaCoupeBest Steeda
Jeff PerlakySylvaniaOH2004Mach 1CoupeBest Mach 1
Greg HollandLynchburgVA2004SVT CobraConvertibleBest SVT
Raymond D. WinterstineWoodbridgeVA2001SHMCoupeBest Specialty
Andrew WinterstineWoodbridgeVA2002LightningBest Lightning
Scott KnightMosheimTN2007RoushCoupeBest Roush
Regina HallStonevilleNC2007SaleenCoupeBest Saleen
Raymond WilliamsOrchard ParkNY2007GT/CSCoupeBest GT/CS