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MAY 15, 2024 | Joe Deladvitch


blue white and orange Mustangs in front of American Muscle sign

MOHNTON, Pa. – There was a time when the American Muscle Mustang show was considered an event for mostly 4th-generation Mustangs – but that was then, and this is now. This year’s 14th annual American Muscle Charity Car Show held at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania, featuring a wide variety of mostly late-model Ford Mustangs and even Ford Trucks among other makes and models being featured. Originally a Mustangs-only show (even once claiming it to be the largest one-day Mustang only), the American Muscle shows is now just that – a show for American muscle cars. It’s not only for mainly Mustang enthusiasts to come together sharing a passion for power, but also to raise money for charity in the process, as event proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware, and Susquehanna Valley. To this day over $490,000 has been raised for this program serving critically ill children from across the region.

overhead shot of all Mustangs on display

crowd of people at display

Although other vehicle manufactures are now present at this show, to no one’s surprise, Mustangs and Fords were the predominant vehicles here, especially a wide variety of modified Mustangs as far as the eye could see. While the weather wasn’t the greatest for the day having been cloudy and raining off and on, people showed up in droves and made the most of their time, no matter if they cruised to the show alone or were here with friends or larger car clubs, or came to be a spectator or to show off their rides in hopes to win an award, thousands of enthusiasts were in attendance.

Shortly after the gates opened, fans and cars filled Maple Grove Raceway, joining all types of food trucks, child-friendly inflatable bounce-houses, games and aftermarket vendor tents. There was MBRP, VMP Performance, Corbeau along with many more. American Trucks had their new giveaway truck on display after so many fans watched the build on YouTube. The 2023 Ford F-150 short cab / short bed is called “Project Smoke Show,” customized with Raxiom lighting, Weld Wheels and a Roush R2650 supercharger kit atop a 5.0L Coyote, bringing horsepower to over 700. American Muscle also had another striking vehicle on display, a 2024 Mustang GT with a bright orange wrap and the new MP Concepts Dark Horse aftermarket front bumper.

Front side views of Mustangs on display

black and purple mustang driving

people watching car go down track

Beyond the hundreds of enthusiast vehicles on display there all sorts of well-known Ford influencers on-site, enjoying the day and interacting with fans. Among them were YouTube Mustang legend Bill Tumas, Mustang YouTube star Stangmode, American Muscle and American Truck YouTube star Justin Dugan, YouTuber ItalianStallion410, Instagram icon Darkvader_s650, TikTok and Instagram influencer BoltTheV8 and of course our very own Ford Performance photographers Joe Deladvitch and Sean Devine. Probably the most well-known person doing a meet & greet and signing autographs for fans was none other than legendary car designer Chip Foose, most recognized for his time rebuilding and refurbishing cars on his “Overhaulin” TV show.

red mustangs in front of grey mustang in grass field

two white Mustangs with hoods up on display

During the show there were revving competitions to show who had the loudest exhaust and multiple Rev-X Dyno Challenges to see what car would lay down the biggest power numbers on the dyno. There was also exhibition drag racing, with the highly anticipated jet cars making a quarter-mile pass after the exhibition racing in just over 5 seconds at a staggering 278 mph! If that didn’t grab enough attention, there was also a monster truck crushing cars – with American Muscle showing off two monster trucks at the raceway, one for a demonstration of its capabilities with the other fitted with racing seats in the bed of the truck so people could pay to take a thrill ride around different parts of the raceway.

Red mustang on display
close up of mach 1 bumper in trunkWith the heavy rain making its presence earlier than expected, some of the events had to be canceled for the day so the last event to finish out the show was the burnout competition. Smoke from cars going full force on a crowd-pleasing burnout filled the grandstand air – with new tires as the prize. Ford Performance staff photographer Joe Deladvitch was able to capture some moments from the craziness of the day and has provided a variety of photos in our galley below for you to enjoy:

Brown mustang with hood up on display

Yellow side view with other mustangs behind it on display

orange mustang on display in front of american muscle sign

rear of red mustang

rear side view of blue shelby cobra