M5lp 2010 King Of The Street Submission Image
Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
August 2, 2010

Does your Mustang put down over 800 hp to the wheels? Does it idle like a hybrid? Can it run 9s on radials and make a lunch run in air-conditioned comfort? Is your Mustang equally at home in the car show area as it is spinning the rollers? Is it ready to compete in 5.0 Mustang and Super Ford magazine’s King of the Street competition? If your answer to every one of these questions is a resounding “yes,” now’s your chance to prove it!

The King of the Street is a spirited, fun competition that crowns the most streetably powerful ’Stang in the land. That means you get positive grades for an instant cold start, a stable idle, working A/C, a stylish interior, and a booming stereo. Meanwhile, we deduct grades for manual steering, non-overdrive trannies, spools, faded paint, sloppy wiring, and even too many stock parts. As always, we are looking for the most beautiful, streetable, and driveable Mustang in the country.

This year there is something new for the King of the Street. A new sponsor! American Muscle coming on board to help keep the competition a success. AmericanMuscle is a natural fit as the KOTS sponsor since it sells products for ’79-’11 Mustangs. “Everyone at AmericanMuscle is thrilled by the opportunity to be sponsoring the top street Mustang competition of the year,” said Andrew Voudouris, vice president of AmericanMuscle. “It’s a natural fit for us as a company, and a great opportunity to reach out to our loyal customer base in a fun ‘bragging rights’ style of competition.” We look forward to working with AmericanMuscle on the King of the Street.

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 (exterior, engine, and interior), a list of the car’s modifications, and examples of its accomplishments (dyno sheets, timeslips, and so on). From that stacks of cars, 5.0&SF will narrow it down to 10 or so lucky contestants to square off on the same day, same street, and 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.

Still not scared? Well, get those packages or emails together in a hurry. KOTS will take place Thursday, September 30, and Friday, October 1, in conjunction with the NMRA World Finals (www.nmraracing.com) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. So, even if you aren’t invited to participate, you can watch the event unfold at Beech Bend Raceway Park.

5.0&SF needs your application by September 3, which is the Friday before Labor Day, so you will have sufficient notice to make your travel plans. Send your apps to: KOTS, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619, or 5.0mailbag@sorc.com. —Michael Johnson