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Modified Mustang Engine Gallery From the Mustang’s 55th
The Awesome Engines of the Mustang 55th
At many shows we attend the Mustangs in attendance are there to be judged. Judges walk the show field taking the cars, often by class, and judging them against a set of judging rules. This judging process means the hoods are open to allow the judges to inspect the engine and engine bay area for judging purposes. Of course there are events that are not judged, like your typical “cars and coffee” events and even there Mustang owners (well all car owners actually) will often raise their hoods to proudly display their engine modifications and all that beautiful horsepower. So we were a little surprised to see so many Mustangs at the 55th Anniversary show at Charlotte Motor Speedway with their hoods down. Obviously a car photographs better and looks “cleaner” with the hood down, but this isn’t the norm for a Mustang show.
None the less we ventured out through the show field on Thursday of the event and checked out ever Mustang that had its hood up. While there were a fair amount of clean engine bays that were assembly line stock, we were searching out those that put a little extra effort into their engine bays in the name of performance. So those Mustangs with power adders, cold air kits, and more were our focus. We also snapped some pics of engine bays that were customized with hydro-graphics, billet bits, and other add-ons as well. Enjoy!
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Photography by Mark Houlahan