Mustang fans cruised in, lined up for T-shirts, and slid around cones
By Steve Turner
The beauty of Mustang Week is the casual nature of most of the events. Only participants of the official car show are locked into a schedule on Friday. However, most of the event’s activities allow for you to arrive and depart as you wish. That said, over the years people have taken the event’s official kick-off more seriously. The Mustang Week Meet ’N Greet is the place to see and be seen as the week gets up to speed.
We still remember when this event fit in the much smaller Planet Hollywood parking lot across the street. This year the Meet ’N Greet kicked off a bit earlier in the spacious parking lot of the Palace Theater attached to the massive Broadway at the Beach shopping and entertainment complex. First thing in the morning and much of the adjoining parking was swollen with Mustangs.
Of course, part of the allure in getting to the Meet ’N Greet early is not only to grab a good parking spot and get your Mustang Week started, it is to join the line for the coveted Mustang Week T-shirts. You definitely don’t want to miss out on getting your preferred style, and always shows there is a strong demand for the Mustang Week brand.
You can get an idea of the scope of the Cruise-In and the T-shirt line in this slick drone video from our friends at Bullitt Auto Detail…
As the event wound down, the Mustang Week staff took the opportunity for a special reveal. They have long worked with the team at Palmetto Ford to create Mustang Week Edition Mustangs to commemorate the event. This year, they worked together on two 2015 Mustang GTs with bolt-on mods and Mustang Week accents.
What made this year’s event more special was the reveal of Caleb Cook’s Power Wheels Mustang. A four-year-old that has a congenital heart defect, Caleb’s request to the Make A Wish Foundation was a trip to Mustang Week. He was flown to Mustang Week and given the full VIP treatment. He was truly the star of the event, and you can see him presented with his Power Wheels Mustang, which was customized to look like a Mustang Week Edition by Bullitt Auto Detail…
After a few hours in the South Carolina sun, you might work up an appetite—and a thirst. Lucky for the SVTP members in attendance we once again hosted our Pizza at the Cruise-In party at the Mellow Mushroom across the street. This year the rain held off and we had a great crowd on hand to talk cars and enjoy a meal.
Of course, concurrent with the Meet ’N Greet was an Autocross Driving School at the Myrtle Beach Speedway put on by the folks at BFGoodrich. Over the years, the interest in this program has grown. It offered a beginner’s class in the morning and an advance class in the afternoon, and this year’s event had an Are You Driver Enough contest that awarded an impressive prize to the driver with the quickest lap time.
In all, it was a great first day of Mustang Week 2015…