Mustang Week Burns Rubber in Myrtle Beach

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Most of us begin to slow down at the age of 50, but not the Mustang, one of the most beloved American sports cars in history.

To celebrate the love of the famous Ford model, Myrtle Beach’s Mustang Week will be held July 14-20 with events scheduled throughout the week and Grand Strand area. Hundreds of Mustang enthusiasts descend upon the Strand to show off their rides and take a ride down memory lane, aka Ocean Boulevard.

The 13th annual Mustang Week kicks into high gear with a meet and greet at the Palace Theatre from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with more than 600 cars expected. Visitors can cruise the parking lot and check out one another's rides in this tune-up event for the week.

On Wednesday the action moves to Myrtle Beach Speedway on Highway 501 for the BF Goodrich Track Day. Watch Mustang owners take to the track to test their rides against fellow participants, featuring autocross, fun runs a burnout contest and a thrill show. Events run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for spectators and $25 to enter your car in a competition.

The Mustang Show hits the road Thursday to the Darlington Dragway. Cars will meet at Myrtle Beach Mall Hooters before convoying to Darlington for Drag Night. Admission is $10 per person to watch and $15 to run.

Things heat up Friday for the 10th annual Car Show at the Myrtle Beach Mall, where hundreds of Mustangs and other collector cars will be on display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free for spectators but the limited number of spaces for participants sold out weeks before the event.

The week-long festivities conclude on Saturday with the East Coast's Largest Mustang and STV Cruise-In at the Myrtle Beach Mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The free event is followed by the presentation of awards from the Car Show at 3 p.m. before the herd of Mustangs begins to head back home.

For more information or to register for any weekly events, visit www.mustangweek.com.

(posted 6/25/14)