The Final Myrtle Beach Mustang Week Is a Big Hit, Mostly

Myrtle Beach Mustang Week has been an annual celebration of the iconic Ford Mustang for the past two decades. This event began back in 2001, offering lots of fun, excitement, and some amazing cars. Mustang owners from all over the country flock to Myrtle Beach to show off their rides. This allows them to talk about what’s under the hood or where they’ve been to anyone who will listen. I and two of my sons were among those listeners.

A Classic Mustang in white with red racing stripes at Myrtle Beach Mustang Week
Classic Mustang White with Red Stripes | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

Celebrating the Mustang is pure magic in Myrtle Beach

Shelby Cobra White Mustang at Myrtle Beach Mustang Week
Shelby Cobra White Mustang | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

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The week from July 25 through July 30 gave tourists and residents some incredible Mustangs to enjoy in the Myrtle Beach area. This celebration of the iconic Ford Muscle car got this writer’s heart racing with horsepower as I tuned my ears to everything car owners wanted to share.

Line of Mustangs With Hoods Up
Line of Mustangs With Hoods Up | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

The details, meticulous care, and incredible differences between models at this event were uncanny. Touring the cars on display at Broadway at the Beach, I saw:

  • A car with Gary the Snail from SpongeBob on a clear hood
  • Witness iconic 1960s versions of the Mustang
  • Checked out cars decked out with amazing, airbrushed artwork (see the Hell Horse below)
  • Listened to the sounds of a Mustang ready for track battle
  • Saw the 1994 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, which was a Mustang (driven from Texas)
  • And so much more

Introducing the Hell Horse – My Favorite Car at Myrtle Beach Mustang Week

Blue Hell Horse Mustang Body
Hell Horse Mustang at Myrtle Beach Mustang Week | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

In my eye, this was by far the most incredibly detailed Mustang at the event. This car offered something special from every angle for onlookers to enjoy.

Hell Horse Hood Mural
Hell Horse Hood Mural | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

The Hell Horse might not be the most powerful Mustang at the show, but to me it was “the belle of the ball.” Check out the airbrushed detail under the hood as the owner put this amazing car on display.

Hell Horse Engine Bay with airbrushed artwork
Hell Horse Engine Bay | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

While talking to the owner of this amazing Mustang brought to Myrtle Beach, I asked him if he carried it on a trailer. This car is ultra clean and detailed, I thought it had to be nothing more than a showpiece.

Hell Horse Trunk, this mustang has an airbrushed mural in the trunk
Hell Horse Trunk Lid Mural | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

To my surprise, the Hell Horse Mustang drove from Ohio to Myrtle Beach for the event. This led to the owner telling me about his ride down. It seems the care and time he took to bring this car to the Grand Strand meant spending time wiping it down at every stop along the way. His wife got to get a snack or stretch her legs, but he was ensuring every detail of the car was pristine.

Muscle Car Graveyard inside the Hell Horse Mustang
Muscle Car Graveyard with Headstones for Corvette, Camaro, and Challenger | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

The care and time it took to keep the Hell Horse Mustang looking its best during the journey were worth the effort. This car caught my eye and the view of many others. Hopefully, the ride back to Ohio was a safe and pleasant one. The owner told me he hit a pothole in West Virginia after the previous Myrtle Beach Mustang Week, damaging a wheel on his way home.

Did the Myrtle Beach Mustang Week break the Guinness World Record?

Gary the Snail in the See-Through Hood
Gary the Snail in the See-Through Hood | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

One of the stated goals of the 2022 Mustang Week events was to break the Guinness World Record for most Mustangs in a parade. Unfortunately, this event fell short of that mark. It did set a new U.S. record with 660 cars at the parade. The Guinness record for most Mustangs in a parade is 960, which was set in Mexico in 2017.

Nom Nom Nom this Mustang is Ready to Eat
Nom Nom Nom | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

The Fox Body Mustangs were in full force

Black Fox Body 5.0 with whitewall tires
Black Fox Body 5.0 | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

Anyone that’s a fan of the Fox Body Mustang, which I am not, could see many of these cars on full display at the show. I may not be a fan of this body style but still appreciate these cars. The work it takes to keep an older car in pristine condition is amazing. Nothing about the Myrtle Beach Mustang Week disappointed those of us who are true fans of these amazing muscle cars.

Fox Body Side Exhaust
Fox Body Side Exhaust | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

Was 2022 the final Myrtle Beach Mustang Week?

The Roll Cage of a Racing Mustang
The Roll Cage of a Racing Mustang | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

Currently, the city of Myrtle Beach has not renewed its contract to host the Mustang Week car show at the convention center in future years. There isn’t another space in the area that’s better suited for such a show. Many of the events during this celebration of the Ford Mustang are held outdoors. The  car show is the pinnacle of the week, and it’s held inside the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, which is owned by the city. The decision not to renew could be in response to many of the noise complaints the city receives from residents during the event week.

Red and Black Carbon Hood, Clear center of a 5.0 Mustang
Red and Black Carbon Hood, Clear, 5.0 Mustang | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that this event is renewed and the Mustangs return to Myrtle Beach in all their glory. Maybe next time, if there is a next time, they can break the world record.

Gray and Green Mustang
Gray and Green Mustang | Original Image by Nigel Ehinger

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