Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
April 26, 2012

Mustang Week: Day 2

Autocross and Speedway Fun Runs
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, we head over to the Myrtle Beach Speedway (www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com) for autocross, Speedway fun runs, and a burnout contest. Myrtle Beach Speedway is located just two miles west of the waterway bridge on US 501, toward Conway, South Carolina. We first included this event in 2007 and it was a huge success! In 2011, the Speedway filled to capacity as 220 cars and just over 1,500 people took part in the fun. We recognized that this events popularity required a major schedule overhaul for 2011, allowing more participants to enjoy the day’s fun!

The Autocross will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; then there will be a short break to clear the autocross field for increased infield parking. The Speedway Fun Runs will be from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. The burnout contest will be held promptly at 8:30 p.m.

We have confirmed that fees to participate in this year’s event will be $25 for car and driver and $5 for each additional person. You can also come to watch all the fun from the stands for $5 per person as well. Be sure to watch the Mustang Week website (www.mustangweek.com) for more important information and details on the Speedway event.

The Autocross course is set up and run by experienced personnel, ensuring safety and fun. Autocrossing gives the driver the opportunity to test their driving skills on a flat, coned course! Here is a low-speed chance to push your car’s handling capability while testing driver skill behind the wheel! In 2011, there was a continuous line of cars waiting to give the autocross a try. The revised schedule allows participants more chances at the course! If you’ve never tried an autocross, then you are in for a real treat!

The Speedway Fun Runs are a unique opportunity. The MB Speedway is a NASCAR-sanctioned, half-mile oval track. Fun Run participants have a chance to go out onto the track one car at a time and take a few laps at their own pace. Staying inside the cones ensures speeds are kept within safe limits. This is an excellent photo and video opportunity and an absolute thrill for the driver. Prior to the event, Speedway and MW staff will lay cones on the racetrack to provide a safe, but challenging line around the racetrack.

The night ends with the annual Mustang Week Burnout Contest! Participants line up one at a time on the racetrack to light them up for the crowd! Some of the best Mustang Week videos found online after the 2011 event were taken during the burnout contest!

The autocross will provide a low-speed chance to push your car’s handling capability while testing the driver’s skill behind the wheel.