The Big Show
Mustang Week might be a vacation, but no one skips the huge car show on Friday or partying with SVTP at the House of Blues
Photos by Steve Turner and StacyStangz
When it comes to
Mustang Week, everything builds towards the climax of the official judged car show on Friday. Over 600 cars vie for awards in numerous categories, and everyone puts the vacation aspect of their trip to the Grand Strand on hold to come and check out all the cars.
It sure seemed like the enthusiasm and attendance was up for Mustang Week in 2014. The parking lot at the Myrtle Beach Mall was swollen with Mustangs and spectators all day long, and the line for Mustang Week T-shirts stayed strong on show day. The best part about Mustang Week is everyone seems happy to be there.
For us, it represents a chance to track down all the top cars of the week in one place to capture them for your viewing pleasure. Moreover, this year was the first year that your author would bestow the SVTPerformance Editor’s Choice award on one lucky Mustang. This car show is great fun, but it’s also serious business for us.
Besides the big show, there is a strong representation of Ford aftermarket vendors from across the country displaying their wares for the crowd. From T-shirts and dress-up items to cold-air intakes and shifters, it is a shopping wonderland for Ford fans. If you make it to the show next year, be sure to save a little room in your suitcase to bring home some gear.
Our pals at Latemodel Restoration had quite the popular stop on the midway. The company gave out thousands upon thousands of its T-shirts celebrating 50 years of our favorite pony car. We took quite a liking its latest project car, a Coyote done up like the classic ’79 Indy Pace Car. We hope to bring you more on this car in the future. We also have to give major props to Latemodel Restoration for sponsoring the Mustang Week Awards of Excellence trophies, which made for a lot of happy car show participants on Saturday afternoon.
Your friends at SVTP are also on the midway. This year we wanted to bring something really special to our display. If you weren’t in attendance, you might not have realized that the
only 2015 Mustang (the one you saw in all those social media photos) on the property sat squarely in front of the SVTPerformance display. That’s right, your favorite Ford performance site went above and beyond the call to ask our friends at Ford to borrow one of these—at the time—rare rides for everyone to see. Thanks Ford!
Our friends at MGW Limited were on hand with the company’s full line of Mustang shifters. The one that really caught our eye was this updated version of the MGW shifter for the Tremec T-6060 found in the Shelby GT500. We rowed it through the gears in one of MGW’s display rides, and it felt really precise, like an upgraded internal-rail shifter. (I can’t wait to try one of these in PVT!)
Now after a fantastic day of enjoying high-performance Fords in all shapes and forms, there is only one way to celebrate Friday evening at Mustang Week—by attending the
SVTP at the Party Like A Rock Star Night House of Blues! In addition to our appreciated party sponsors like Ford Racing, JPC Racing, Latemodel Restoration, MGW Limited, Team Beefcake Racing, and VMP Tuning, the event had a great turnout of SVTP members, Mustang Weekers and vendors like Blow-By Racing, JLT Performance, and Stiffler’s Performance. It was soooo much fun, and we have big ideas about pumping it up even more next year.
Just writing about it has us amped up about doing it all over again next year. We really hope to see you out there. For now, soak up our coverage of Mustang Week 2014’s big day.
Looking stunning in Deep Impact Blue, this 2015 Mustang was quite the crowd-pleaser in the SVTP booth. Equipped with the 50 Years Anniversary package, it attracted Mustang fans and their cameras all day long. For many, it was their first opportunity to get up close and personal with the S550, and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. We can’t wait till modded 2015s are prowling the streets.
Not only did we have a real, live S550 in the SVTP booth, we also had the prototype of Whipple Superchargers new blower kit for the 2015 GT. Based on Whipple’s 2.9-liter twin-screw supercharger, the blower was bolted to a rapid prototype of the company’s new intercooled lower intake for the next-gen Coyote. This system should push the new Mustang to 700 horsepower!
Forgive the morning shadows, but one of the first cars we saw while walking the midway on Friday morning was Michael Zwick’s Kona Blue 2012 Mustang GT. Burning E85 this naturally aspirated Coyote puts down 460.84 horsepower and 397.46 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. On the drag strip it has run a best of 10.94 at 124 mph. In addition to the CJ intake, Michael’s “DialdIn” 5.0 wears a Revolution Auto CAI, JBA long-tube headers, and a Circle D torque converter. The modern 5.0 engines never fail to impress.
There was a time—2003 to 2004—when you could choose between two different specialty Mustangs with Four-Valve 4.6 engine. One was the naturally aspirated Mach 1 and the other was the legendary boosted Terminator. However, only the 2004 Terminator was offered with that rare color-changing Mystichrome paint. Well, one of the coolest rides we saw in the show was this color-changing 2003 Mach 1 owned by Becky Aurenz of Palos Park, Illinois. With the paint and the Termi nose, it blended the two styles well. Fittingly, she nabbed the Best Paint trophy.
If you have been following our weeklong Mustang Week recap, you know that Jeanne Nemoga felt like she needed an edge to keep up with her husband Paul’s Villain Mustang and its matching trailer. Well, she was serious about her two Mustangs. She even purchased a car-show entry for the 1994 Cobra go-kart so it could sit right next to her 1997 Mustang Cobra. It was a family affair at awards time, with son Erik scoring an award of excellence for his 2008 GT, Paul earning the Best 2001 Bullitt award, and Jeanne taking the Best 1996-1998 Cobra honors.
We don’t know how he does it, but Charles Cartrette brings an amazing Fox to Mustang Week every year. This year he picked up an amazing working in progress and polished it up to show-worthiness. This Fox features a complete Shelby GT500 floor pan and drivetrain melded with a Fox coupe. As you might know, your author is a huge fan of the Fox 500 combo, so look for more on Charles’ sick ’Stang here at SVTP in the future.
A Coyote Fox is now a mainstream phenomenon, but some of these swaps are better executed than others. Standing out at Mustang Week for its super-sano swap was Trey Skelton’s silver 1991 Mustang LX coupe. A silver Fox coupe with black interior is one of those cars that will turn my head every time. At a clean Coyote swap to that equation, and it will get me snapping photos.
All the way from Ellenton, Florida, Jason LaCross brought is bad-in-black Terminator Fox to the big show. This 1993 Mustang LX doesn’t just have a stock Termi 4.6 underhood. Instead, it is boosted by a 2.3-liter Ford Racing Whipple supercharger. The Cobra seat swap was a nice touch too.
It must have been the year of the New Edge Mach 1 at Mustang Week 2014 because another favorite of ours was Robert Scherker’s Grabber Green 2004 Mach 1. Robert drove his stunner down all the way from Waterbury, Connecticut. As if the sick stance and the stunning paint weren’t enough, Robert’s ride is boosted by ProCharger. We love the 1 of 1 bumper number!
OK. I am guilty. The older stuff is what attracts my attention at shows. It takes a lot for a new car to stand out, unless it’s the 2015 Mustang. One such older ’Stang that stood out was Will Prance’s 1986 Mustang LX. As clean as an operating room, Chris’ red Four-Eye backs up its good looks with a blacked out engine combo highlighted by a Vortech supercharger and Trick Flow induction bits.
A Terminator nose is a classic upgrade. It works on just about any New Edge, but we love it on Bullitts and Mach 1s. If you don’t like modded special editions, you better just keep walking past Chris Raffaelo’s 2001 Bullitt. Not only is his Highland Green example augmented with a Cobra nose, but its Two-Valve 4.6 is boosted by a single turbocharger.
It’s not often that a Terminator owner strays from a positive-displacement blower. They work well, but so do turbos. Case in point is Nick Lofthouse’s sharp 2003 Cobra riding on True Forged wheels. It puts down 646.13 horsepower and 645.36 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels thanks to a big single turbo boosting the Four-Valve 4.6 through a 2001 Cobra intake.
Party Like A Rock Star Night
If you have never visited the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, you are missing out on one of the chain’s most impressive venues. The outside deck where we hosted our annual Party Like A Rock Star night is massive and it features multiple bars with drink specials that complemented the complimentary buffet for SVTP members (Mmmm, sliders…). Our entertainment for the night was a mix of classic rock and country courtesy of the talented JJ Rupp Band.
Between band sets, the Deck’s MC and our own SID297 quizzed the crowd with SVT trivia. Now, no few can touch SID when it comes to such Melvin knowledge, but the Party Like A Rock Star Night crowd had a few Melvins in attendance, and they had the answers for even the tough questions. The MC thought the SVTP nation was speaking a foreign language. He just needs to join SVTP and learn the language of Ford performance!