Thursday offers a choice between the Grand Strand and the drag strip
By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and Keith Keplinger
After a busy early run of Mustang Week activities, Thursday presents an option for many people. The official activities start off with a cruise-in at the Hooters at Myrtle Beach Mall. This event is set up as the launching point for a drive out to Darlington Dragway for the official drag night event.
If you are hardcore about quarter-mile action, the decision is simple. You soak up the cruise-in and make the hour-plus drive out to Darlington to make a few drag strip hits with your friends. Others use the opportunity to stick around and check out the cars you might not see in the official car show or event take a day off to hang at the beach with family.
We hit the Cruise-In to check out the cars, and the first thing we ran into was a 2015 Shelby GT350R in the Ford Performance trailer. It stopped us in our tracks. We’ve seen these cars several times, but they just keep getting better looking. Better yet, Ford Performance reps would occasionally start the car up and rev the engine.
You can watch one such rev session as captured by someone who would be attending our Ready to Rock Night on Friday (note the wristbands)…
It was a great way to start the cruise-in and had us pumped to check out the rest of the cars around Hooters and the surrounding lots. The crowd at these events seems to grow larger every year, and it would serve as a nice preview of the crowd at the official car show on Friday.
Likewise, the Drag Night at Darlington was packed too, so having lots of options serves Mustang Week well.