Myrtle Beach Mustang Week Gallops Ahead With 2021 Event Despite South Carolina’s Low COVID-19 Vaccination Rate

Since April 17, 1964, people have been in love with Ford Mustang models. Whether you love them or prefer some other muscle car model, their place in history is solidified by the many who collect, rebuild and push them to the limits. When they hit the market just after World War II, they were unlike any vehicles the public had seen before, and it hasn’t stopped since.

If you attend a car show, chances are good you will have the pleasure of seeing a Mustang. However, there is never a larger collection of these cars anywhere than in Myrtle Beach during Mustang Week, which will gallop ahead regardless of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The history of Myrtle Beach Mustang Week

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on a summer morning
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True fans of the Mustang will be hitting the beach again this coming September. Mustang Week kicks off in high gear on September 6, 2021, and will last through September 12, 2021. During the week, you can attend the Kickoff Party, a Meet & Greet, Mustangs & Coffee, 1/4 Mile Test & Tune, and the Car & Trade Show. It is topped off with a Cruise-In & Awards on September 11, 2021.

It is an event that began in 2002 as a small cruise-in with approximately 150 cars. It took place at Broadway at the Beach and the Hard Rock Café. Since then, it has grown steadily, with up to 3,000 Mustangs showing up to be judged and more than 10,000 spectators.

Mustang Week 2021: the biggest and the best yet!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Mustang Week, which practically guarantees there will be plenty to see if you attend. However, there will be some changes because of coronavirus, and the Myrtle Beach Speedway has changed ownership. It means that drifting demos and open autocross will not be held this year, which is a disappointment to many because last year’s event was fully canceled due to coronavirus.

According to The State, nothing will hold it back in 2021, not even the Delta Variant, which has become the dominant coronavirus strain in South Carolina. However, it is a concern for those who reside or visit Myrtle Beach. DHEC spokesman Derrek Asberry says, “Much of the state is unvaccinated and traveling, and mask-wearing is not as frequent as it once was or needs to be…”

How should you go about attending Mustang Week safely? Myrtle Beach is completely open at 100% capacity in most areas. Therefore, you should follow healthy habits, as you would in other areas or situations. This means washing your hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, wearing a mask when inside or unable to stay 6-feet from others, etc. You should also stay home if you are not feeling well.

For the love of Mustangs


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In 2019, approximately 72,489 Mustangs were sold in the U.S. alone. This made it America’s best-selling sports car for the fifth year running. In 2020, sales tapered off a little, with only about 61,090 sold. As of July 2021, there has been a total number of 36,044 Mustangs sold.

Why do we buy them? The reason is simpler than you may imagine. They are objectively good cars and available to anyone thanks to feature options that fit well into any price point and performance level. They have a style that appeals to people, even if some drivers aren’t into the idea of muscle cars. If you have ever been in one, you will know that they are also comfortable to drive, spacious, and perfect for virtually anyone. You can even use these cars as your daily driver, a family vehicle if you want.

Another reason that we love them is the fact that there are so many varieties. You can have a Shelby GT, the Mustang GT, Fastbacks, convertibles, Mach 1s, Mach-E, etc. It simply depends on the style you love, how old the Mustang is, and which features you hope to find in your new Mustang.