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Mustang Week 2009 Event Overview
Mustang Week Staff | 02.08.2009 | 08:11:24 | Views: 16447

The first thing you may notice about the Mustang Week schedule is that the majority of the events don't start until the afternoon. We, the Staff, want participants to have a chance to enjoy their vacation at the beach just as much as they enjoy having fun with their cars. We are excited that people chose to spend a week in Myrtle Beach with us away from their day-to-day lives. Don't forget to stop by the Mustang Week trailer and tents to say hello, pick up Mustang Week collectibles and get an arms-length of raffle tickets! Enjoy your week at the beach and drive carefully!

We start the week on Tuesday (July 21, 2009) with a Meet-n-Greet at Planet Hollywood. Planet Hollywood is located at the intersection of US 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue, across from the Broadway At the Beach shopping and dining area. The event is scheduled to run from 1:00pm until 5:00pm and is a fun, informal gathering to start the week off. The Planet Hollywood staff reserves their parking lots just for Mustang Week that evening. In 2008, over 300 Mustangs and SVT's filled the lot and gave returning attendees the chance to see friends from previous years and newcomers to meet new friends and get a glimpse of the week to come! It's very laid back. Some folks come straight off the highway to the Meet-n-Greet from their trip to Mustang Week. You can come and go as you please so that you can enjoy all the things Myrtle Beach has to offer. Most get there a little early and stay the entire time. There is no registration required and no cost for attending the Meet-n-Greet. This will be the first opportunity to purchase the yearly Mustang Week t-shirt as well. The Mustang Week Staff (myself included) will be available to answer any questions about the week's events.

On Wednesday, July 22, 2009, we will head over to the Myrtle Beach Speedway ( for some fun-runs, autocross, and Burn-Out Contest. 2007 was the first year we included this event and it was a huge success! And in 2008, 140 cars took part on the Fun Runs around the half-mile oval and in the autocross in the infield! 1,050 attendees watched all the fun and the night ended with a show-stopping burnout contest! You can both come out and watch all the activity as a spectator ($5 per person) or pay just a little more ($20) and participate in all the fun. Gates are scheduled to open from 3:00pm until 9:00pm (although this may change to allow more track time!). This is a very unique opportunity. The MB Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned, mile oval track. Prior to the event, Speedway and MW Staff will lay cones on the racetrack to provide a safe, but challenging line around the racetrack. Fun-run participants get the 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 insures speeds are kept within safe limits. This is an excellent photo and video opportunity and an absolute thrill for the driver. An autocross course will be set up on the track's infield during this event as well! 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! The autocross will provide a low-speed chance to push your car's handling capability while testing the driver's skill behind the wheel! Both the fun-runs and autocross provide an excellent opportunity for participants to get a feel for open-track, road course-style events. The night ends with the Mustang Week Burnout Contest! Participants line up one at a time on the racetrack to light them up for the crowd! One fee allows you to take part in the autocross, fun-runs, and the burnout contest!

Thursday, July 23, 2009, we make the trek back to Darlington Dragway ( for the annual Mustang Week Dragnight! In 2008, 138 cars participated and over 1,000 spectators watched all the fun. The Dragway is an IHRA sanctioned mile track and is located just west of Darlington, S.C. at 2056 E. Bobo Newsome Hwy, Hartsville, S.C., 29550. We'll first meet at Hooters 12:30PM-2:30PM and cuise to the track. Gates will be open from 4:00pm until 11:00pm. There is as $10 fee at the gate for spectators and a $15 fee for those who wish to take part in the event. We feel that getting to the Dragnight is half the fun! Some may choose to drive straight to the venue; others will join us in the noon at the Hooters at Colonial Mall, near the intersection of US 17 and SC 22. Soon after lunch we will kick off on informal cruise to Darlington Dragway. As folks head out for Darlington, people follow along in small and large groups on their way to Darlington. It is very exciting to see so many Mustangs and SVT's out on the road at the same time! The Dragnight event is run in the test-n-tune format, meaning participants can feel free to take as many runs as time will allow. This gives the driver the opportunity to try out their car and their skill on the mile for fun. Several Mustang Week sponsors and vendors, including Pro-Dyno (call 704-651-3807 to schedule dyno time), who will be set up at the Dragnight!

Friday, July 24, 2009, brings the 6th Annual Mustang Week Car Show at Colonial Mall (intersection of US 17 and SC 22). The car show is open to all years of Ford Mustangs and SVT vehicles and has quickly become one of the best all-around Mustang car show on the East Coast. The 2008 brought a sell-out crowd of 550 cars in the show and nearly 6,000 spectators! The 2009 Car Show will fill up fast. The 2008 show sold out well prior to the start of Mustang Week, so pre-register as soon as possible! The Mustang Week sponsors and vendors will be out in full force at the show as well. Offering participants and spectators the opportunity to talk one-on-one with industry professionals and get great deals on some of the hottest new products. Pro-Dyno will again, be on-site with mobile Dyno (call 704-651-3807 to schedule dyno time). Registration/check-in for the show will be between 9:00am and 11:00am. For those that wish to be part of the judging, the fee is $30 (pre-register only at Participants can "display only" for $10. The show field is located in the southwestern corner of the mall's parking lot, adjacent to Bass Pro Shops. Participants will enter access the show field on the service road at the rear of the mall. Mustang Week Staff and volunteers will be present to help with parking. Judging will run from 11:00am until 2:00pm. Awards will be presented at 4:00pm in front of the Mustang Weeks tents and trailer.

Saturday, July 25, 2009, ends the week-long fun with the Southeast's Largest Mustang and SVT Cruise-In! The Cruise-In takes place at the Colonial Mall (same venue as Friday's Car Show) and runs from 1:00pm until 8:00pm. The shear volume of Mustangs and SVT's at the Cruise-In never ceases to amaze participants. In 2008, over 1750 cars filled the show and outlying parking areas. Over 5,000 spectators got a chance to see all the cars, sponsors, and vendors! Pro-Dyno will again, be on-site with mobile Dyno (call 704-651-3807 to schedule dyno time). It goes without saying that the 2009 Cruise-In will be one of the largest gatherings of Mustangs you will see in one place at one time! It is a "can't miss" event! There is no fee for attending no registration. Just show up and have fun! Once again, Mustang Week Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help with parking. Near the end of the evening we will give away the incredible raffle prizes that we will have sold tickets for all week long. Hundreds will gather around for the chance to win!

That brings us to the end of the week. At this point, we would like to offer a few suggestions to help make your week more fun and comfortable. We suggest that you always bring plenty of water with you to the events. It gets hot during the day and having plenty of fluids will insure you will make it through the day. Always make sure to have a good supply of sunscreen as well. Sunburn can make a day in the sun very uncomfortable. Most importantly, Mustang Week was created to be a celebration! We want it to be a very relaxing and laid-back time, without all of the hassles of the typical car show. And lastly, please obey all traffic laws when coming into and leaving a Mustang Week event. We want everyone to return to their homes safely having had the time of their lives!

Again, thanks for all of your support!

The Mustang Week Staff



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