Dale Amy
January 26, 2012

At first glance, the idea of successfully staging a multi-day Mustang event way out in the western reaches of South Dakota--far from any major urban center--might seem just a little, well, optimistic. After all, it's more a land of pickups than ponycars. But after our overdue first visit this past Labor Day weekend, we've come to realize that its Black Hills locale is just one more reason to put the Sturgis Mustang Rally on your event calendar for next September.

Rather than being compressed into a day or two at a single venue, SMR's five-day takeover of Sturgis and vicinity represents more of a Mustang lifestyle happening, not unlike Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach. Sure there's a varied, scheduled itinerary that includes drag racing, a poker-run tour, an autocross, a burnout contest, a Mustang-themed auction, and Saturday's virtual takeover of downtown Sturgis for a multi-block judged car show, but SMR is also a great opportunity to stretch your Mustang's legs through some picturesque countryside or simply hang out with fellow 'Stangheads for a few relaxing days at the end of summer.

And it's well attended, this year having something like 750 freshly detailed ponies angle-parked downtown throughout the day on Saturday and over 100 signed up for the evening's bracket-style drag racing. We got in too late to capture Thursday evening's burnout contest. We also missed the 7 a.m. departure of Friday's 160-mile poker run tour, which by all accounts, covered some staggeringly scenic territory, including Mt. Rushmore. We did, however, digitally document the antics of Friday's launch-box competition--basically the world's shortest dragstrip at only 66 feet--and some of the rounds of autocross action that took place Friday and Sunday.

But enough talk. The best way to get a feel for SMR is to have a look through our lens as we capture just a few highlights of this year's gathering. Then start making plans for next September...

Horse Sense: Mark you calendars for August 31 through September 2, 2012, for this year's rally.

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