Evan J. Smith
October 9, 2014

I'm glad to say 2014 has been a stellar year for Ford events. We kicked off the season in Bradenton, Florida, at the NMRA Spring Break Shootout, and in the process set a record for participation in the True Street class. The SBS is always a hit with enthusiasts, as it gives racers, fans, and manufacturers the chance to soak up hardcore racing action, evening activities, and the Florida sun.

Another success was the MM&FF All-Female Shootout presented by Royal Purple Ladies at the Norwalk, Ohio, NMRA. Over 20 ladies did battle on the 1,320 at Summit Motorsports Park, and the winners walked away with amazing cash and prizes. We also hit NMRA events in Maryland and Joliet, Illinois, and we attended Fab Fords at Knotts Berry Farm in California.

Our most recent travels took us to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to attend the 13th Annual Mustang Week, which took place July 15-19. This impressive display of Mustang madness incorporates a weeklong celebration of the proud Pony on track, in a huge show, and in countless meet-and-greet gatherings. This was my first time attending, and I was stoked to get up there.

Freelancer Steph Davies and I rolled up in style in a boost-enhanced '14 Steeda Mustang (shown) fashioned in Race Red and packing all the goodies. Can you think of anything better for a road trip than a 650hp Mustang? Neither can we.

With basically one “official” event per day, there's plenty of time to enjoy the beach or multitude of attractions in Myrtle Beach. This makes it a great family outing.

The first actual event we attended was a combo of autocross and semi-hot laps at Myrtle Beach Speedway. The event was packed as new and old Mustangs put the power down with true 'Stang style. Even champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. created his own smoke show.

Friday brought our MM&FF ProDyno dyno shootout, where we strapped 11 Mustangs to the rollers for Mustang Week horsepower supremacy. I don't want to give away the details, but I will divulge that the top two Mustangs packed twin-turbo power and spit out over 900 rwhp each! The ProDyno shootout has blossomed into a super event, with nearly a dozen participants and hundreds of spectators. We're already looking forward to 2015 so we can get back and see if anyone can crack 1,000 hp.

Of course, the main attraction is the Friday and Saturday car show—a gathering of 500-plus Mustangs (per day) at the Myrtle Beach Mall. Mike Clay and his MW staff put on an amazing show that's organized and laid out nicely. There are beautiful awards, including a Mustang 360 editor's choice and one from Steve Turner of SVTperformance.com as well.

I was pleased to see so many high-quality of Fords in the show. More than just bolt-on this and bolt-on that, I laid my eyes (and my Canon camera) on some of the finest custom Mustangs in the land. There were dedicated racers, show cars and daily drivers, not to mention the slathering of Mustangs and other cool Fords that weren't officially in the show but which filled the hotel, restaurant and bar parking lots.