Kicking off the official Mustang Week action with the Meet ’N Greet, an SVTP pizza party, and a little autocrossing
By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and StacyStangz
While we got the party started a day early, the official Mustang Week events kick in on Tuesday with the Meet ’N Greet at the Palace Theater. Run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this event is a free gathering that really sets the tone for the week’s festivities. Think of it as the biggest, happiest midday car show you’ve ever attended.
This year we didn’t quite know what to expect. With the Mustang celebrating its 50th year on the planet, there are myriad Mustang-centric events taking place this year, notably the official 50th celebrations that took place back in April in nearby Charlotte, North Carolina. Would Mustang fans have to choose one event over another?
Apparently that just wasn’t the case. Mustang Week officially launched stronger than ever. As soon as the theater parking lot opened to Meet ’N Greeters, it filled to the limits and Mustangs overflowed into the grass lot next door to the theater. Wisely, this is where Mustang Week set up its official T-shirt tent, and the line to score official swag was longer than we have ever seen it.
Clearly, Mustang Week is so much fun that you definitely want to rock your official gear back home to let people know you attended. We can’t blame those waiting in line, as putting on a Mustang Week shirt during the other 51 weeks of the year always puts a little smile on our faces.
Speaking of smiling faces, there were plenty of those at our event near the event, the SVTP Pizza at the Cruise-In. Members sought shelter from the rain and were able to enjoy a slice and rub elbows with other SVTPers and vendors from the site. Just like our Welcome Party the previous night, all had good times and good food.
Of course, your author loves to squeeze as much life into every day as possible. Life is short, so when there’s a chance to autocross, you take it. As such, I finished off the day killing some cones at the BFG Autocross School.
It was a fantastic first day of official and SVTP activities, and it really set the stage for a great week. If you are Mustang fan and you have never attended Mustang Week, it’s time to move it up to the top of your bucket list.