Mustang owners showcase labors of love in Sturgis

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Sturgis, SD The streets of Rally Town were lined with a different set of wheels, this week.

Ford Mustangs revved through Main Street, Saturday.

Loren Vrem, a Mustang owner, said "It's just a hobby. They're fun to drive. Its speed is everything. The power. It's just hard to explain unless you've done it."

Loren Vrem vroomed into Sturgis this week for the 10th anniversary of the Mustang Rally.

The Deadwood local calls this 2007 Mustang GT coup his pride and joy.

He's been rolling into this Sturgis event for several years - kicking into high gear for the races.

Vrem said "And then just look at all the neat cars. There's a lot of nice ones. It's amazing what you can do with them. Make them sharp."

A Show and Shine took over Main Street, Saturday - with hundreds of cars filling 10 blocks.

Robin Shrake, with the Sturgis Mustang Rally committee, said "So we are pulling a lot of people."

Drivers roared in all the way from New York down to Florida - and across to Washington State - one woman even made the trek from Germany to show off her drifting skills.

Vesta Scott-Carter came from Seattle with her 45th anniversary GT.

Vesta Scott-Carter, a Mustang owner, said "Just having lots of fun with her."

The car enthusiast was born in the 60's - just as the popular Ford car made its debut at the World's Fair.

Scott-Carter said "I always noticed them ever since I was a little girl. And so it's always been my dream car."

The Mustang Rally had events all week - including drag racing Saturday night and autocross Sunday.

Shrake said "If you look up and down our Main Street right now, you'll see kids of all ages. Anywhere from toddlers walking up to those 80-year-old motor heads that are 'oohing' and 'aweing.'"

And Saturday's Show and Shine isn't just a showcase - awards are on the line with everything from Mayor's Choice to Best In Show.

But for most of these drivers, cars are a labor of love and hobby in the making.

Scott-Carter said "You get to meet a lot of people and you get to hear a lot of stories."

Events wrap up with an awards ceremony Sunday night.

Next year's 11th Mustang Rally will also take place Labor Day Weekend.