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Mustang Week 2012 - Going To Eleven
In its 11th year, Mustang Week takes the volume to a new level
We always look forward to getting out into the world and seeing Mustangs in their element. It's always a great time to get out, see cars, and talk to enthusiasts. Events are great, but there are always a few that receive special attention on our calendars. For your scribe, the top event on the calendar has become Mustang Week.
For years, we couldn't seem to justify an entire week out of the office to cover one event. That was until we made it to our first Mustang Week several years ago. The paradigm shifted from that moment, and ever since we can imagine not carving out a week to head up to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for this annual celebration of all things Mustang.
For the uninitiated, you might not get it yet, but those that have become Mustang Weekers, there's a different vibe to this event than any other we have attended. Not only does it encompass a number of different events -- showing, auto-crossing, drag racing, and more -- in one event, but it also fuses all that with the fun of a family vacation.
That's probably why the feel is far more upbeat and fun than it is competitive and back-biting. Everyone rolls into Myrtle Beach to enjoy Mustangs and have a great time. That's always our mission too, but part of our good time is attempting to capture the goings on in words and pictures. If you were there, enjoy the reminders that follow. If you weren't it's time to put Mustang Week on your bucket list.
Meet 'N' Greet
Autocross & Fun Runs
Fortunate would be an understated way of describing my Mustang Week chariots. I've been lucky enough to borrow a string of new Ford Mustangs to drive around the events of the week. From a GT500 to a Mustang GT to a Boss 302, the list is impressive to say the least. Each of those cars attracted lots of attention and compliments throughout the week.
This year my ride was a '13 Mustang. That's right, just a Mustang. Meaning it was a V-6 Mustang. One powered by the 3.7-liter V-6. Oh, and did I mention it was an automatic?
At first I was a bit disappointed. However, I've really wanted to spend some time in a sixer. I hadn't driven one in months. There was a time I wouldn't consider being caught in a V-6 automatic. Those times are long gone, however. The latest V-6 Mustang lacks the performance of its big brothers in the Mustang line, but it's still a fun car to drive.
Moreover, the latest Mustangs look great, and are available with almost all the toys of their larger-engined siblings. So, while we missed the power under the pedal, we surely appreciated the impressive fuel mileage as we drove all over the Grand Strand.
After spending a week in the car, I started considering it as a viable daily driver. Sure I'd want to mod it, but I certainly wouldn't be shy about owning one. It could be a really cool ride with the right upgrades.
Car Show Winners
|Palmetto Ford Best ’13||Sue Sloan||2013||GT|
|Best Roush||J.B. Buell||2012||Roush|
|Best ’12-’13||Susan Edwards||2012||Boss 302|
|Best Female Owned||Mary Beth Holley||2012||Shelby GT500|
|Palmetto Ford Sponsors Choice||Brian Coller||2012||Boss 302|
|Best ’10-’12 Shelby||John Sloper||2011||Shelby GT500|
|Palmetto Ford Best ’10-’12||Julia Mccombs||2010||GT|
|Best Saleen||Derek Holley||2008||Saleen|
|Best ’07-’09 Shelby||Kenneth Small||2008||Shelby GT500KR|
|Best Specialty||Hugh Daniel||2008||Roush|
|best ’08 Bullitt||Patrick C. Park||2008||Bullitt|
|Best Ford Specialty||Richard Belyski||2007||Shelby GT|
|Best GT/CS||Ron Heidenreich||2007||GT/CS|
|Palmetto Ford Best ’05-’09||Eric Hege||2006||GT|
|Most Outrageous||Tim Selby||2005||V6|
|Best ’03-’04 Mach1||Gary Proffitt||2004||Mach 1|
|Palmetto Ford Best ’99-’04||Bill Mears||2004||Mach 1|
|Best ’03-’04 Cobra||Tim Wiley||2003||SVT Cobra|
|Best Engine||Daniel Pierce||2003||GT|
|Best Lightning||Eric Gray||2003||SVT Lightning|
|Best ’01 Bullitt||Scott Critchlow||2001||Bullitt|
|Best Steeda||Eris Morris||1998||Steeda|
|Best ’96-’98 Cobra||Jeanne Nemoga||1997||SVT Cobra|
|Best SVT||Justin Osterland||1996||SVT Cobra|
|Best ’94-’98||Jim Pennington||1995||GTS|
|Best ’94-’95 Cobra||Chase Coleman||1995||SVT Cobra|
|Low Mileage Orig||Scott Knight||1992||GT|
|Best of Show||Charles Cartrette||1991||LX|
|Best ’87-’93||Ricky Williams||1990||GT|
|Most Likely to Attract Law Enforcement||Michael Hicks||1990||LX|
|Fox Mustang Restoration Best Modified ’79-’93||Randall Snider||1985||GT|
|Fox Mustang Restoration Best Original ’79-’93||Christopher Yerges||1985||SVO|
|Best ’79-’86||Charles Helms||1984||LX|
|5.0 Mustang & Super Fords Editor’s Choice Award||Robert S. Miller||1981||LX|
|Best ’74-’78||Tom McJunkin||1978||Mustang II Mach I|
|Best ’71-’73||Andy Case||1973||Mach 1|
|Best ’69-’70 Boss||Steve McPherson||1970||Boss 302|
|Best ’69-’70||Ed Crosswhite||1970||Mustang|
|Best ’69-’73 Mach 1||James W. Bryant||1969||Mach 1|
|Best ’67-’68||Timothy Lawrence||1968||Mustang|
|Best Paint||Paul Witalis||1968||Mustang|
|Best ’641⁄2-’66||Gary Pruitt||1965||Mustang|
|Bill Jones Award||Bradley Gray||1965||Shelby 350|