Mustang Week shifts into high gear with autocrossing, speedway fun runs, drifting demos, and the amazing SVTP Burnout Contest
By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and StacyStangz
As the Mustang Week action moves to Myrtle Beach Speedway, you could easily describe the Wednesday activities as midweek mayhem. Sure, it’s controlled mayhem, but unlike the casual, easy feeling of the Meet ’N Greet, the second day of Mustang Week is all about the action.
In years past, the autocross and speedway fun runs were held at staggered times, but as the event has grown in popularity it became necessary to run these activities concurrently. To do so necessitate tweaking the layout of the event to maximize its efficiency, and this year we think the Mustang Week crew really nailed the setup.
It started by laying out a great midway with a host of vendors displaying their wares. It really picked up the energy of the day. The participants parked in the grass section of the infield and then lined up on the pit lane to either run the autocross or the fun runs. Take a left and you were cutting corners and dodging cones, or take a right and you were lapping a real, live oval track speedway.
For a fan of Ford performance, it is a great day, but after everyone had a fun day on track, the Mustang Week team ramped it up by having driftmaster Vaughn Gittin Jr. demonstrate his tire slaying for the crowd. Even though we have ridden with Vaughn, we found ourselves marveling at his level of car control an consistency as he slid the car right back to the same spot every time to give another demonstration ride.
With the crowd worked into a frenzy of tire smoke, it set the perfect stage for the annual SVTPerformance/Discount Tire Direct Burnout Contest. We accept a limited number of participants to show off their tire-shredding skills for the crowd. Each contestant’s run starts when they begin spinning the tires and ends when the tires stop spinning. The rest of the action is totally freestyle so it turns into a display of power, drifting, and billowing clouds of smoke. After all the runs are complete, it is the car garnering the biggest crowd reaction that wins $500 worth of Nitto Tires from Discount Tire Direct.
It’s hard to believe you can fit this much automotive fun into one day, but it happened. It’s definitely an action-packed day that really sets Mustang Week apart from being just another car show, and we hope to see you out at the Speedway next year.
SVTPerformance/Discount Tire Direct Burnout Contest