SVTP makes Thursday of Mustang Week its own with the Blow-By Racing Coyote Cruise and the CJ Pony Parts Exhaust Competition
By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner, StacyStangz, and courtesy of Ford Racing Nation
Officially Mustang Week Thursday means drag racing at The House of Speed—Darlington Dragway in Darlington, South Carolina. It is a bit of a drive out to the track, so it’s best to get some sustenance before you make the trip. For those that go and those that stay, the official activities really get started with a cruise-in at Hooters, which is in the parking lot of the Myrtle Beach Mall where the big car show and cruise-in are held.
In previous years, there has been a solid turnout of cars, but we have never seen so much Mustang activity on a Thursday as we did this year. The number of cars in the parking lot behind Hooters—where the show is held—had enough Mustangs in it to qualify as an informal show.
Now many of those cars had gathered to join the SVTP/Blow-By Racing Coyote Cruise. Yes, we had our own full slate of activities planned for Thursday afternoon. It began with organizing and photographing the Coyote Cruise group before hopping in the passenger seat of a turbocharged Boss 302 to chase down the pack and take some shots before the cruise ended at Longbeards Bar & Grill for the SVTP Cruise-In.
After enjoying some great food, drink, and conversation with the SVTP family, it was time to get back to business. Longbeards parking lot became the official playing field for the inaugural SVTP/CJ Pony Parts Exhaust Competition. Ten Mustangs revved their engines for 45 seconds a piece, and the crowd picked its favorite exhaust tone by cheering the loudest.
All the cars sounded great, so it was a tough decision, but the crowd ultimately chose a Terminator as the event’s first winner. It was a great afternoon, and we can’t wait to do it all over again next year.
Of course, there was a large contingent of people that made the trip out to Darlington for the quarter-mile action. Since we couldn’t be in two places at one time, we have to thank our friends at FordRacingNation.com for sharing a few shots of Drag Night to round out our fourth day of coverage.