Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
October 1, 2013

King of the Street

It’s that time again—time for you to send in your application for our annual King of the Street competition. We often shorten the name to KOTS, but you should know what we’re talking about by now.

The KOTS competition was hatched by Editor Turner 100 years ago, or so it seems, to pit the baddest street ’Stangs in the nation head-to-head, on the same dyno, on the same city streets, and under the same judgmental editors’ eyes. In time, we added a dragstrip portion, which has been one of the favorite events of competitors and fans alike.

The 2013 King of the Street will go down as part of the NMRA World Finals at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, October 3-5, 2013. The competition starts bright and early Thursday for photography and the all-important Ride & Drive portion of the competition. Friday we’ll head over to Holley Performance Products for the dyno, before heading back out to Beech Bend Raceway for the drag runs. On Saturday, it’s time for KOTS competitors to put their best foot forward as NMRA World Finals attendees get a chance to see the cars up close and vote for their favorite competitor online. In between all that, we’ll be judging Fit & Finish and each car’s Engineering to arrive at a winner.

If you’re not sure your Mustang has what it takes, check out our May ’13 issue (“Lucky Seven,” p. 38) to see what it’s all about. Jon Lund’s ’11 GT came out on top last year with a dominating performance in just about every statistical category. Can your Mustang put up a performance like Jon’s GT? You never know if you don’t at least apply.

If your Mustang is up for the challenge, send us pictures, performance statistics, mod lists, and dyno numbers to If you prefer snail mail, send your application to KOTS, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619. We’ll choose KOTS competitors around Labor Day so don’t procrastinate. Get your application in order now, and get it to us. We look for a variety of model years and engine/power-adder combos, so don’t be shy.—Michael Johnson

Mustangs & Mustangs

One of the most unique Mustang shows around is right in our backyard in Polk City, Florida, at Fantasy of Flight attraction. As you might guess, this event combines our favorite pony cars with P-51 Mustang airplanes. Show participants have the opportunity to take a photograph of their vehicles with the famed aircraft before parking on the show field, and the show field was substantial.

A fleet of 450 Mustangs filled the lawn surrounding the attraction, and the sponsoring club, Imperial Mustangs of Polk County ( awarded 43 trophies in 18 different classes at the 16th iteration of the event. All the ’11-and-older Fords were judged, while the ’12-and-up Fords, which are typically less modified, were judged on a popular vote.

What differentiates the M&M show from most other shows is that it takes place at a fully functional attraction with its own restaurant, museum, and rides. Fantasy of Flight dubs itself the World’s Greatest Aviation Attraction. As such, there’s much more beyond the car show to check out, from a museum and airplane restoration tours to biplane rides and zipline the options are myriad.

When the two worlds of planes and Mustangs combine it has proven popular. This year’s show was one of the most well-attended events ever hosted at Fantasy of Flight, filling all three of its available spectator parking lots to capacity. We made our way through the crowds to document the Mustangs that attracted our attention. For more photos, check out additional coverage on our website.

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American Show

Hopefully you’ve already registered ( and planned your trip, as one of the biggest Mustang shows on the East Coast is taking place in a matter of days on August 11, 2013, at Delaware County Community College’s campus in Media, Pennsylvania. Hosted by Mustang parts juggernaut (, this show is expected to draw 1,400 Mustangs and 4,000 spectators, with some of the proceeds benefitting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (

To make attending worth your while, American Muscle also plans to give out over $20,000 in prizes from a who’s who of the aftermarket, including Airaid, Flowmaster, Ford Racing, Mickey Thompson Tires, Performance Automatic, Prestolite Performance, SCT Performance, Roush Performance, and TMI Products. There will also be food, music, and magazine coverage courtesy of our own Michael Johnson. We hope to see you there.