The team at American Muscle.com isn't playing around when it comes to putting on one heck of a car show.
Lightning power works in anything.
This past August, they held the 4th annual www.americanmuscle.com Mustang show, which featured roughly 1,000 Mustangs and 4,000 spectators, plus vendor displays, awesome food, dueling chassis dynos, music, models, and more. It's likely to be the biggest Mustang-only show in the entire Northeast, with a prime location right outside of Philly in the quaint town of Media, Pennsylvania.
The tiered parking lot of the Delaware County Community College, the site of the event, made for a perfect setting, including lots of trees and shade for the herd. Hoods in every color Stang fathomable were propped under the Pennsylvania sun, spanning all different generations and possible engine combinations.
The show seemed to have miles of Mustangs -- it took a lot of walking to see it all. Each car came with a story, owner pride, and a ton of elbow grease, and each one was looking their Sunday best. Many owners had their Stang's stories showcased with trophies, framed photos, and story boards describing the builds, starting from ground zero. License plates displayed the variety of states; we saw cars from as far as Florida, Canada, and Texas!
From mint classics to T-top Fox-bodies, modified SVT Cobras to badass S197 Mustangs, there was no shortage of interesting rides to drool over. One Competition Orange New Edge had a 5.0L Coyote motor with matching orange accents stuffed inside the engine bay. There was even an SSP Georgia state patrol car, fresh with a donut on the dash; super-clean SN-95s; and every year SVT Cobra.
More than just hot Stangs, the AM show offered another good reason to attend: the Dueling Dynos. Two different chassis dynos were set up side by side so anybody could throw their car on and test the fruits of their labor. The "rollers" proved to be a huge hit, as naturally aspirated to complete power-adder monsters threw down sick numbers. And let's not forget the muffler-rapping contest, in which those participating in the show were able to show off how loud and aggressive their exhausts were (which was likely heard for miles around the general vicinity).
This modded Legend Lime GT belongs to Jim Pongracz of Hamilton, New Jersey.
There was also eye-candy in the form of the AM girls, who were mingling, signing calendars and posters for everyone interested. Many got a sneak peek into the ridiculously hot '13 AM calendar. Who wouldn't be interested? Even your hardcore Honda friend might show up to a Mustang-only show for that.
If your goal was to see the latest Mustang parts, you were in luck, as tents and RVs were set up for all kinds of vendors, from Kook's Custom headers with full systems on display, to Barton Shifters with its stealthy '13 Shelby GT500 showing off a short shifter. A nice selection of Roush '13 model Mustangs were lined up, including a Deep Impact Blue RS3 that was seen making the rounds. Even the spectators' lot was overflowing with Blue Oval and Pony pride, including Cobras, rat rods, foxy ladies, and a brand spankin' new '13 Shelby GT500 and a GT/CS.
Believe it or not, this wild scheme was done with a Sharpie marker!
While AM goes to great lengths to ensure top-quality Stangs fill the lot, the best reason has to be the support for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This year's show brought in $14,588.28 in donations for that charity. Among the many other excellent reasons, such as Mustangs of every color and generation, girls, contests, prizes, and good food, the number one reason is money going toward a good cause.
Just remember to mark your calendar -- it's a show that shouldn't be missed for any Mustang enthusiast in the general vicinity. Whether just spectating or wanting to show off your hard work, it's one way to get your car noticed, gain some great ideas for your next project, and meet some really cool Stang people.
Editor Evan Smith ran into life-long friend Jeff Raphel, who had just purchased a black ‘1
Timothy LaPinski of Baltimore proudly displayed his Competition Orange ’04 GT sporting a C
Cherry Bomb is owned by Ken Green of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.