Event: Mustang Week 2014, Day 6

Mustang Week Day 6 Featured

Strand Finalé

Mustang Week 2014 closes out its Grand Strand run with the massive Cruise-In at the mall

By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and StacyStangz

It’s a bittersweet day when Saturday of Mustang Week rolls around. That means a Mustang fan’s most anticipated week of the year is almost over. It is bittersweet, because after a week of Mustang fun in the sun, you might well need a vacation to recover from your vacation.

Mustangs for as far as the eye can see and beyond on the final day of Mustang Week 2014. The Cruise-In is an informal gathering in the same space that host the official car show. On the event’s final day, the Mustangs are everywhere. From the official lot to the restaurants out front to the rest of the mall lot, the scene is all about fun-loving Ford fans.
Mustangs for as far as the eye can see and beyond on the final day of Mustang Week 2014. The Cruise-In is an informal gathering in the same space that host the official car show. On the event’s final day, the Mustangs are everywhere. From the official lot to the restaurants out front to the rest of the mall lot, the scene is all about fun-loving Ford fans.

Of course, Saturday means the official activities get informal. The section of parking lot at the Myrtle Beach Mall, which plays host to the judged show, becomes open to anyone that wants to park a Ford. Spots are available on a first-come-first-served basis. That means if you couldn’t get into the big show, you still have a chance to display your ride for the big crowds that come out on Saturday.

The later start of the Cruise-In also affords many clubs to host their own gatherings elsewhere in Myrtle Beach and cruise into the mall together. The most notable among these groups in the hardcore Fox fans at the Southeastern Foxbodies club. The club’s annual cruise attracted over 140 Foxes. They weren’t alone, as the SN-95s and other groups had get-togethers as well.

For the second day in a row, the SVTP display on the midway played host to the only 2015 Mustang on the property. It was like having a celebrity on hand, because everyone stopped by to scope out the car and snap some photos of it. With the latest Mustang parked next to our 2012 Mustang GT project car, the SVTP GT, it gave Mustang fans the opportunity to directly compare the S197 era to the S550 era.
For the second day in a row, the SVTP display on the midway played host to the only 2015 Mustang on the property. It was like having a celebrity on hand, because everyone stopped by to scope out the car and snap some photos of it. With the latest Mustang parked next to our 2012 Mustang GT project car, the SVTP GT, it gave Mustang fans the opportunity to directly compare the S197 era to the S550 era.

As you can see, Mustang Week brings out the best in Mustang fans. It really highlights the power of a car to bring people together to enjoy life. Being around that feeling for an entire week at the beach can really give you a new perspective. We definitely hope to see you out there on the Grand Strand next year so you can enjoy hearing the sounds of rumbling Mustang exhausts on every street.

Until then check out the sights of Mustang Week 2014’s final day…

If you are a fan of the Fox Mustang like I am, you definitely want to check out the huge group of Fox cruisers gathered up by the Southeastern Foxbodies club. You will rarely see this many Foxes all in one spot.
If you are a fan of the Fox Mustang like I am, you definitely want to check out the huge group of Fox cruisers gathered up by the Southeastern Foxbodies club. You will rarely see this many Foxes all in one spot.
When its official unveiling was rained out at the Tuesday Meet ’N Greet, the Mustang Week Edition 2014 Mustang took its official bow at the cruise-in. Mustang Week staffer Mike Clay designed the car, and he said it was his favorite MW edition yet, and he wanted to buy it. As far as we know, he didn’t follow through, so you can buy it from Palmetto Ford if you like.
When its official unveiling was rained out at the Tuesday Meet ’N Greet, the Mustang Week Edition 2014 Mustang took its official bow at the cruise-in. Mustang Week staffer Mike Clay designed the car, and he said it was his favorite MW edition yet, and he wanted to buy it. As far as we know, he didn’t follow through, so you can buy it from Palmetto Ford if you like.
We saw plenty of sweet, naturally aspirated Coyotes at Mustang Week this year, but this little sleeper caught our attention at the Cruise-In. If the hood were down, you might think it was another GT with nice wheels and a Cervini’s hood. However, one look under the hood and you see that there’s a Kenne Bell Twin Screw supercharger atop the already potent 5.0.
We saw plenty of sweet, naturally aspirated Coyotes at Mustang Week this year, but this little sleeper caught our attention at the Cruise-In. If the hood were down, you might think it was another GT with nice wheels and a Cervini’s hood. However, one look under the hood and you see that there’s a Kenne Bell Twin Screw supercharger atop the already potent 5.0.
Mustang Week brings out the love for all forms of Ford performance, and with the open seating format of the Cruise-In, this Raptor made its way into the lot. You have to admit it looks pretty great rocking the black-and-white police theme.
Mustang Week brings out the love for all forms of Ford performance, and with the open seating format of the Cruise-In, this Raptor made its way into the lot. You have to admit it looks pretty great rocking the black-and-white police theme.
One of my favorite Mustangs I have ever driven is the 2000 Mustang Cobra R. It’s not one that I would want to daily drive, but the raw grunt of the high-rpm 5.4 foreshadowed some of what would come in the more civilized 2012-2013 Boss 302. With only 300 of these cars ever built, it is rare to see one at all, much less seeing one cruising around through a Hooters parking lot. Oh, and we saw it will the hood up later. It was legit.
One of my favorite Mustangs I have ever driven is the 2000 Mustang Cobra R. It’s not one that I would want to daily drive, but the raw grunt of the high-rpm 5.4 foreshadowed some of what would come in the more civilized 2012-2013 Boss 302. With only 300 of these cars ever built, it is rare to see one at all, much less seeing one cruising around through a Hooters parking lot. Oh, and we saw it will the hood up later. It was legit.
While the Four-Valve swap is a far more common move, it is also possible to stick with a Two-Valve set up and pick up some cubes. You can do so with a truck 5.4 and some intake adapter plates. The owner of this SN-95 took the swap a step further by adding an Edelbrock carb-style intake with an EFI elbow.
While the Four-Valve swap is a far more common move, it is also possible to stick with a Two-Valve set up and pick up some cubes. You can do so with a truck 5.4 and some intake adapter plates. The owner of this SN-95 took the swap a step further by adding an Edelbrock carb-style intake with an EFI elbow.
With a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine finding its way back under the hood of the Mustang, it’s hard not to be nostalgic about the Mustang SVO. This 1985.5 example is a rare breed. One of 439 built in that year, Chris Yerges’ SVO is all stock and has just over 43,000 miles on the clock. It is a definite time machine that takes you back to time when the turbo Mustang didn’t get the respect it deserved.
With a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine finding its way back under the hood of the Mustang, it’s hard not to be nostalgic about the Mustang SVO. This 1985.5 example is a rare breed. One of 439 built in that year, Chris Yerges’ SVO is all stock and has just over 43,000 miles on the clock. It is a definite time machine that takes you back to time when the turbo Mustang didn’t get the respect it deserved.
We didn’t think it was truly possible to get a Coyote with a Boss intake to fit it under the hood of a Fox Mustang. Well, apparently with the right engine mounts and a big cowl hood, it can be done. Does that mean a Coyote with a CJ intake will fit too? Hmmm…
We didn’t think it was truly possible to get a Coyote with a Boss intake to fit it under the hood of a Fox Mustang. Well, apparently with the right engine mounts and a big cowl hood, it can be done. Does that mean a Coyote with a CJ intake will fit too? Hmmm…
Speaking of Coyotes with CJ intakes, this GT holding court in the Kooks Custom Exhaust display featured the full suite of Ford Racing intake upgrades, the aforementioned intake, the oval throttle body, and the cold air intake. Thanks to those upgrades and the Kooks exhaust, it puts down 446 horsepower and 394.44 lb-ft of torque to the feet.
Speaking of Coyotes with CJ intakes, this GT holding court in the Kooks Custom Exhaust display featured the full suite of Ford Racing intake upgrades, the aforementioned intake, the oval throttle body, and the cold air intake. Thanks to those upgrades and the Kooks exhaust, it puts down 446 horsepower and 394.44 lb-ft of torque to the feet.
Our friend Kevin Tetz, of TrucksTV fame, not only displayed his Terminator-powered classic Mustang in the SVTP display, he also signed used our home base as a spot to sign autographs for fans.
Our friend Kevin Tetz, of TrucksTV fame, not only displayed his Terminator-powered classic Mustang in the SVTP display, he also signed used our home base as a spot to sign autographs for fans.

SVTPerformance Editor’s Choice Award

Why the Three-Valve 4.6 swap isn’t more popular boggles the mind. It is an affordable engine, and Ford Racing offers the Control Pack setup to make it work. Well, Chris Payne made it work, and he made it look great. The combination of 1982 GT nose on a later aero-nose Fox is such a cool fusion. Chris received his 1987 LX coupe back from the body shop in April and toiled endlessly to get it in fighting shape in time for Mustang Week. What you might not notice is the car is mini-tubbed to fit those 335 steamrollers out back.
Why the Three-Valve 4.6 swap isn’t more popular boggles the mind. It is an affordable engine, and Ford Racing offers the Control Pack setup to make it work. Well, Chris Payne made it work, and he made it look great. The combination of 1982 GT nose on a later aero-nose Fox is such a cool fusion. Chris received his 1987 LX coupe back from the body shop in April and toiled endlessly to get it in fighting shape in time for Mustang Week. What you might not notice is the car is mini-tubbed to fit those 335 steamrollers out back.
As you might have gathered, I am a big fan of Chris’ Fox. Selecting an Editor’s Choice award winner can be really tough, but ultimately you have to go with what speaks to you, and Chris’ car spoke to me the loudest with its masterful melding of three different eras of Mustang performance. Congratulations, Chris. You are the winner of the first-ever SVTP Editor’s Choice Award.
As you might have gathered, I am a big fan of Chris’ Fox. Selecting an Editor’s Choice award winner can be really tough, but ultimately you have to go with what speaks to you, and Chris’ car spoke to me the loudest with its masterful melding of three different eras of Mustang performance. Congratulations, Chris. You are the winner of the first-ever SVTP Editor’s Choice Award.

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