2021 Event Overview
Author: Brad Worley
Welcome To Mustang Week
If you’ve never been, Mustang Week is like anything you’ve ever attended. It’s an annual pilgrimage that brings us all together in one place to celebrate the iconic Ford Mustang. Those who make the yearly trek to Myrtle Beach understand there is no feeling like when you first pull out of your driveway, marking the beginning of the week-long adventure. It is the excitement you feel when you cross the South Carolina state line or first see the Atlantic Ocean upon arrival. But for you newcomers, nothing can prepare you for the wave of emotion the first time you see and hear a group of Mustang Week participants pass you on Myrtle Beach’s streets! No other event brings you this exciting experience for an entire week! For you regulars, the excitement is already building as you prepare for that yearly crusade to “the Grand Strand!” Once there, you realize that each day’s event is unique, having its own feeling and attitude. As the week draws to an end, the wave of emotions comes over you again and leaves you wishing it would not end.
Every year, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Mustang owners have the chance to take the road trip of a lifetime to the country’s premier celebration of the cars we love. Folks all over the country are making their plans and getting their Mustang or SVT ready for the 18th Annual Mustang Week. The only question left to ask is… are you ready?
Mustang Week: Day 1
Monday (September 6, 2021)
Kickoff Party at Hard Rock Café
We start the week of with a bang on Monday, September 6, 2021, at Hard Rock Café, located at Broadway at the Beach. As Mustang Week continues to grow in popularity, participants have begun arriving in Myrtle Beach as early as the weekend prior to scheduled events. We’ve often been asked to host an official event on Monday. The Hard Rock Café has invited the Mustang Week to set up inside the Hard Rock. The Mustang Week Staff will be on hand to answer questions, help with directions, and hang out with all that take attend. This will also be the first opportunity for participants to purchase the yearly Mustang Week t-shirt and raffle tickets. Of course, the parking lots surrounding the Hard Rock Café will be filled with awesome Mustangs. If you are going to Myrtle Beach on the Monday of Mustang Week, then the Hard Rock Café is going to be the place to be!
Mustang Week: Day 2
Tuesday (September 7, 2021)
Meet ’n’ Greet Presented by Croftgate
On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, the annual Meet-n-Greet returns to Broadway at the Beach. The event has grown to be one of the favorite events of the week and this year we are returning to the site of the very first Mustang Week gathering! The Meet-n-Greet will take place at Broadway at the Beach, in the northern-most parking lot, closest to the US 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue intersection. The event is open to all Ford-powered Mustangs and SVTs and is scheduled to run from 10:00am until 3:00pm and is a fun, informal gathering to start the week off.
At past Mustang Weeks, nearly 900 Mustangs and SVT’s filled the lots and gave returning attendees the chance to see friends from previous years and newcomers to meet new friends. It’s very laid back and some folks come straight off the highway from their journey to Mustang Week. You can come and go as you please and with this year’s earlier schedule you have the entire evening to get a jump on all the other exciting things The Grand Strand has to offer. Most participants choose to get there a little early and stay the entire time and some choose to stop by for only an hour or two. The choice is yours!
If you’ve never been to Mustang Week, the Meet-n-Greet turnout will seem overwhelming, but it is only a glimpse of the week to come! This is where you first see the major difference between Mustang Week and all other car shows and events. You will see everything from classics and pristine show cars to hand-built drag cars and daily driven street cars. The Meet-n-Greet is where you get a real feel for the sense of “family” that has grown over the past seventeen years. The Mustang Week Staff will be on site and available to answer any questions and provide updates and information about the rest of the week’s events.
There is no registration required and there is no cost to attend the Meet-n-Greet. Please check the Mustang Week website forums for parking lot map and entry/exit information.
Mustang Week: Day 3
Wednesday (September 8, 2021)
Mustangs and Coffee
The Mustang Week Staff are proud to announce a special event for this year’s 20th Anniversary of Mustang Week. On Wednesday, September 8, 2021, we will host Mustangs and Coffee, from 8:00 am until 11:00 am, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. We are expecting a very large turnout for this event! The schedule for this event will allow participants and spectators to be free the entire afternoon and evening to enjoy the beach, shopping, dining, and maybe other non-official Mustang Week gatherings. The Mustangs and Coffee, as with all Mustang Week events, is open to all Ford-powered Mustangs and SVT vehicles. There will be spectator parking in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center’s Sports Complex parking lot. So, plan on getting up early and enjoy some caffeine-charged fun with us on Wednesday at Mustangs and Coffee!
Mustang Week: Day 4
Thursday (September 9, 2021)
Mustang Week Test-N-Tune at Darlington Dragway
Thursday, September 9, 2021, is the day you get to see what your Mustang will do at the strip! Four years ago, the Darling Dragway gained new ownership and they made some great renovations. The Dragway is an IHRA sanctioned ¼ mile track and is located just west of Darlington, S.C. at 2056 E. Bobo Newsome Hwy, Hartsville, S.C., 29550. Gates will be open from 1:00pm until 11:00pm. There is a $15 fee at the gate for general admission and a $20 fee for a tech card for those who wish to take part in the event. The event is run in test-n-tune format, allowing participants to take as many runs as they would like and as time will allow. This gives the driver the opportunity to try out their car and their skill on the ¼ mile for fun. Our last event at Darlington Dragway was in 2016, and 300+ cars participated and nearly 2,500 spectators watched all the Drag Night excitement. Staging lanes will be open all afternoon and evening. Some of the Mustang Week sponsors and vendors will be set up at the Test-N-Tune as well! It is a night filled with excitement!
ALL cars and drivers are expected to use the safety gear required by Darlington International Dragway (www.darlingtondragway.com). Drivers are expected to wear closed-toed shoes while on the track, and long pants are preferred. The event is open to Ford-powered Mustangs and SVT vehicles.
We feel that getting to the Mustang Week Test N Tune presented by UPR is half the fun! A few participants and spectators choose to drive straight to the venue, and some will come straight to the Dragway on their way to Mustang Week. It is very exciting to see so many Mustangs and SVT’s out on the road at the same time! In years past, there have been as many as 300 cars that took part in non-official cruises to Darlington. Needless to say, this will provide some excellent photo and video opportunities. It also goes without saying that this many Mustangs and SVT’s draws the attention of local law enforcement agencies, so please obey all traffic laws, and have a safe trip to and from the drag strip!
Mustang Week: Day 5
Friday (September 10, 2021)
Mustang Week Car Show Presented by CJ Pony Parts (Myrtle Beach Convention Center)
Time to clean up your ride on Friday, September 10, 2021 as the 18th Annual Mustang Week Car Show, presented by CJ Pony Parts, rolls into the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, located at 2101 N Oak St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579. This venue offers the ultimate opportunity for the Mustang lover as Mustang Week takes over both the outside and inside of the Convention Center. Outside you will enjoy the conventional outside car show setup with sponsors surrounding the show fields. Inside spectators and participants will enjoy Mustang Week in true trade show style! Sponsors will be out in full force. This offers participants and spectators the opportunity to talk one-on-one with industry professionals and get great deals on some of the hottest new products.
Past Car Shows have brought sell-out crowds of up to 1,000 cars in the judged show and just over 10,000 spectators! The car show is open to all years of Ford-powered Mustangs and SVT vehicles. Spectators and participants will have the chance to see everything from mild to wild and from classic Ponies to late models just off the lot!
Mustangs and SVTs will be judged on the overall cleanliness and quality of presentation. We will look at the interior of the car, the engine compartment, the body, the wheels, and tires. We will not judge convertible tops or side glass since they are optioned to be down during the judging period. Since most people make the trip to Mustang Week in their Mustang and carry most of the cleaning gear with them, we will not judge trunks either. People who do win at the Mustang Week Car Show take cleaning seriously and it shows. The Staff understands that you are not at home with all your “normal” cleaning products and procedures. BUT… each year folks drive a long way to Mustang Week and always manage to get their cars REALLY clean!
In 2021, we will bring back a very popular option for the Mustang Week Car Show. We will also offer “display only” spots for Friday’s Car Show. With this option you will be able to park inside the show field during the Car Show, but your car will not be judged. This allows the participant to park early, to be in the middle of all the action, displaying your car in what is sure to be one of the largest Mustang and SVT’s shows to date.
For those that wish to be part of the judging, the pre-registration fee is $45. The cost for a display-only spot will be $35. Registration for the annual Mustang Week Car Show will be by pre-register only on the Mustang Week website (www.mustangweek.com) and will open June 27th, 2020. No late entries will be accepted. Check-in for the show will be between 8:00 am and 11:00 am. As an added special bonus, those pre-registered for both the judged portion or a display only spot, during Friday’s Car Show, will be given a two-day parking pass that will get you into Saturday’s Meet-n-Greet at no extra charge.
Judging will run from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. This year we ask that all participants in the judged portion of the show please do not take your car out of the show field until the Mustang Week Staff announces that judging is completed. It would be a shame if your car qualified for a “best of” trophy and it was not there for Staff review after initial judging was completed.
The car show awards will be presented at 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 8th.
Participants will enter the Car Show from the Burroughs & Chapin Boulevard entrance to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. There will be paid spectator parking, across Oak Street, in front of the Convention Center.
In 2021 we will again be looking for parking and judging volunteers. If you have prior judging experience, it will be your way to become more involved with Mustang Week!
2021 Mustang Week Car Show Classes
*Car Show awards given out Saturday at 3:00pm
Best ’65-’70 Shelby
Best ’07-’21 Shelby
Best Ford Specialty
Long Distance Award
Best Mach 1
Best ’01 Bullitt
Best ’08 09 Bullitt
Best ’19 20 Bullitt
Best Mach E
Also including many special trophies!
Mustang Week: Day 6
Saturday (September 11, 2021)
Mustang Week Cruise-In Presented by Saleen (Myrtle Beach Convention Center)
Saturday, September 11, 2021, ends the week-long fun with the East Coast’s Largest Mustang Cruise-In! The Mustang Week Cruise-In, takes place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center (same venue as Friday’s Car Show) and runs from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. The sheer volume of Mustangs and SVT’s at the Cruise-In never ceases to amaze participants and spectators. In past years, attendance at the Mustang Week Cruise-In on Saturday included up to 1,000 Mustangs that packed the show field and surrounding parking lots. It would take the entire afternoon to walk around and see everything. Over 10,000 spectators got a chance to see all the cars, sponsors, and vendors. It goes without saying that the 2021 Cruise-In will be one of the largest gatherings of Mustangs you will see in one place at one time! It is a “can’t miss” event. There will be $10/car parking fee for the Cruise-In. Those registered for Friday’s Car Show will get in with the 2-day pass they received when checking in to the show. Once again, Mustang Week Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help with parking and answer any questions that you may have.
Also, Fox Mustang Restoration will hold their annual Fox Body Cruise on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Full cruise details can be found at their website, foxresto.com.
At 3:00 pm, inside the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the awards from Friday’s Car Show will be handed out to those lucky winners. Gather around and cheer on those that take home the much-deserved trophies! Near the end of the afternoon we will give away the incredible raffle prizes that we will have sold tickets for all week long. There are very few shows that give out the high caliber raffle prizes that are given away at Mustang Week.
Tips to Make the Week Better!
At this point, we would like to offer a few suggestions to help make your week more fun and comfortable. First, take the time to read ALL information posted on www.mustangweek.com in the “Event Overview” and forums. Answers to most all questions you can think of can be found on the website. The Mustang Week website is where the “official” information is distributed. Social media can sometimes add an element of confusion so please refer to the website. It is important to mention here that the only thing you need to pre-register for is the judged portion of Friday’s Car Show. The track events are paid/registered day-of the event. Spectators can enjoy Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday free of charge!
It gets hot during the day and having plenty of fluids will insure you will make it through the day without becoming dehydrated. Always make sure to have a good supply of sunscreen as well. Sunburn can make a day in the sun very uncomfortable, not to mention a miserable night’s sleep! It is also a good idea to bring along a set of two-way radios if you have them. Folks enjoy having those while rolling around the beach. Also, you may want to bring a chair! Having somewhere to sit and rest can make all the difference.
We also ask that you do not enter the Friday and Saturday’s show field until the posted time. The Mustang Week Staff will be hard at work getting sponsors set up and making the show field ready for participant cars. As in the past, we will have volunteers on hand to help make parking go quickly once we open the show field. Please be patient as we must park a lot of cars in a very short amount of time.
Most importantly, Mustang Week was created to be a celebration! We want it to be a very relaxing and laid-back time, without all of the hassles of the typical car show.
And lastly, please obey all traffic laws when coming into and leaving a Mustang Week event. The Mustang Week Staff does not condone any inappropriate behavior on public roads and highways! We want everyone to return to their homes safely having had the time of their lives!