Nearly every Mustang fan, owner, and enthusiast has heard about the American Muscle show held annually in Media, Pennsylvania. If you have not, you should turn in your keys and get with the program. Boasting as the world’s largest Mustang show to date, American Muscle attracted over 1,400 Mustangs and 5,000 spectators in a single day from across the country. With more celebrities, models, and horsepower on the dyno, this year’s event was one for the books. In attendance were the infamous American Muscle models, Chip Foose, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. who held the crowd at bay with autographs as attendees frenzied over purchasing top notch American Muscle Mustang products and taking photos of the sea of never ending ponies on display.
This year set a new precedent, with the legendary Chip Foose signing autographs, presenting an award for his favorite Mustang, and even auctioning off Foose wheel and tire packages to benefit the charitable cause of raising over twenty thousand dollars for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Vaughn Grittin Jr. amazed the crowd by driving around the show in a giant motorized shopping cart and was accompanied by the beautiful American Muscle models who were handing out Mustang RTR merchandise. To top it off, Mustangs were roaring in the background on the dyno with one Turbo Boss 302 pumping 788 hp and 681 ft-lbs and a Terminator Cobra making 795 hp and 838 ft-lbs.
Winners of the event were more than happy to accept their awards. Trophy recipients were posing for pictures with Chip Foose, Vaughn Grittin Jr., and the American Muscle models after strutting up to the center stage as if winning the Pennsylvania lottery. For those who couldn’t make it this year, three simple words should be running through your mind come next August- American Muscle Show.
The winners from this year’s show:
Runner Up Pre-1979 Linda Witte & Daniel Herberth 1973 Mustang
Best in Class Pre-1979 Joe Metzger 1969 Mach 1
Runner Up 1979-1993 Eric Hemphill 1992 Mustang
Best in Class 1979-1993 Bill Hough 1982 Mustang
Runner Up 1994-1998 Walter Drumheller 1995 Cobra
Best in Class 1994-1998 Paul Langlois 1998 GT
Runner Up 1999-2004 Timothy Capinski 2004 GT
Best in Class 1999-2004 Steve Sirianni 1999 35th Anniversary GT
Runner Up 2005-2009 Rodney Wright 2008 Bullitt
Best in Class 2005-2009 Joe Ferro 2008 GT
Runner Up 2010-2014 Jennifer Russell 2011 V6
Best in Class 2010-2014 Antoinette Bolduc 2013 GT
Runner Up Specialty Class Jeff Stein 2007 GT500 Super Snake
Best in Class Specialty Class Scott Olexy 1985 Saleen
Best Employee Ride
AmericanMuscle Employee – Voted by show participants
Matt Majka 1969 Mustang Sportsroof
Selected by FLOWMASTER Julie Atkison 2013 Boss
Selected by the participant at the show Steve Schatter 2010 GT
Snazziest Stang Car that is the most eye-catching and grabs everyone’s attention Bill Mentzer 1986 GT
Most Radical Engine Hank Doran 1983 GT Boss with 351 Cobra R block
Best Dyno Run Chris Jurkowitsch 2004 SVT Cobra
Best Club Participation Red Mustang Registry 50 Mustangs
Chip Foose Award Presented By Chip Susan Stanley 1968 GT500
Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s Ready to Rock Award Presented By Vaughn Robert Rabon 2011 GT (Plasti-Dip)
Best in Show Julie Allen 1984 LX Mustang
With this year’s show such a huge success, we can’t wait to see what the American Muscle guys pull out for next year. We’ll have to wait until next August to find out though, so until then enjoy the gallery below, and start making your plans now to attend this show next year.