Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
May 13, 2011

There’s no denying that summertime is cruising and car show season, and there are plenty of events to attend. Sometimes they can conflict with summer vacations, but a select group of Mustang enthusiasts got smart and combined the two. They created a summertime vacation destination that includes a variety of fun things to do with your Mustang, without skimping on quality family time, at a world-renowned beach resort.

Mustang Week was born several years ago, and the organizers have been working hard to make it bigger and better each year. Present economy notwithstanding, the 2010 event was a big success.

Mustang Week 2010 started out with a meet-and-greet at the local Planet Hollywood restaurant, but let us tell you, this was no ordinary get together. Hundreds of Mustang enthusiasts descended upon the parking lot in what would set the pace for the events the rest of the week.

The following day, the action kicked off with an afternoon of cone crushing and corner carving at Myrtle Beach Speedway, where the organizers set up a stout autocross--the staging lanes were three wide and 10-cars-deep per lane. While some dodged cones in a timed trial, others were making laps on the half-mile oval. Though the staff set up gates around the track to prevent attendees from going too fast, most could reach a pretty good speed and experience the banked track surface. The action culminated in a smoky burnout contest.

Thursday started out at the local Hooters restaurant around noon, and by 2 p.m., it was off to Darlington Dragway. Hundreds of Mustangs attended the event, with most giving it a go on the quarter-mile. The event also attracted several manufacturers and performance companies, and a mobile chassis dyno was on hand in case you wanted to have your ride tuned before making some passes.

Friday’s festivities started early with the Mustang Week annual car showan event that attracts several hundred cars from all over the U.S. The Long Haul award went to Bernie and Grace Burl, who trekked from their home in Fountain Hills, Arizona, all the way to the East Coast Mustang Week destination in their Roush Mustang.

Mustang Week concluded in a Saturday cruise-in, where the previous day’s car show awards were given out right before dinnertime. While Mustang Week predominately consists of late-model Mustangs, there is a growing contingent of classic Colts. We expect more classic Mustangs and Fords will attend in the future.

One of the best things is that each day’s events only take up half of the day, so you can experience some quality family time the rest of the day. That gives you half the day to take in the beach or other area attractions, and really make the most of this weeklong Mustang family vacation. For more information on next year’s event, visit www.mustangweek.com.

The show was well attended by Mustang enthusiasts as well as vendors such as Blow-By Racing, Lethal Performance, UPR Products, TMS Autosports, and many others. Kirk and Susan Rogers of Pro Tech Detail were on hand to offer on-site detailing services for those who’d rather hang by the beach than wax their rides.

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