AmericanMuscle.comâ€™s massive car show attracted over 10,000 fans, and it raised lots of money for Special Olympics
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of AmericanMuscle.com and by Brian Warcup
Every year, one of the largest Mustang events on the East Coast, if not the planet, takes place at the behest of AmericanMuscle.com. If you are into 1979-and-newer Mustangs, you have undoubtedly heard of this company. More than likely, you are one of its customers.
That said, you know the company does things in a big way. From a fleet of project cars to a library of professional videos, this outfit is all in with the Mustang experience. As such, it should be no surprise that when it hosts a yearly show, the numbers are huge, and they seem to keep growing. Owners traveled from as far as Canada to Hawaii to attend this year.
Over 2,600 show cars flooded the grounds at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. Registration was maxed out, and the AmericanMuscle.com staff handed out over 3,000 T-shirts and swag bags to registered participants. Even with a crew of 18 judges, it took them over five hours to judge the field.
While the show was huge, there was far more going on than just a car show. Most importantly, the AM crew uses the show to help generate money for charities. This yearâ€™s beneficiary was the Special Olympics, which received over $35,000. A whopping $4,300 of that came from the Red Mustang Registry, which attended in force with over 125 cars.
Moreover, the AM crew really supercharged this yearâ€™s event with a myriad of activities and celebrity appearances. More than just a static event, it featured the BBK Performance Revving Competition, the Bama Performance Dyno Challenge, and the Roush Performance Burnout Contest. Yes, there was a buzz of activity that drew huge crowds.
Likewise, celebrity guests like Chip Foose and Vaughn Gittin Jr. attracted crowds of their own. Each selected cars for personal awards, while Chip was on hand to announce the winner of MMDâ€™s Mustang Giveaway. After that, Chip let it out that he and Modern Muscle Design had joined forces to build the companyâ€™s next SEMA/Giveaway project.
Whew. Thatâ€™s a lot to pack into one show day, and for those that couldnâ€™t get enough, they were offered a discount to stay around and participate in Maple Groveâ€™s regular test â€™n tune night at the drag strip.
Rest assured that the AM team is already working on next yearâ€™s big show, and as soon as we have the dates, weâ€™ll let you know. Youâ€™ll want to plan on attending it, especially if youâ€™ve never been before.