(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Over 500 Ford Mustangs are being judged in the annual car show at the Myrtle Beach Mall for Mustang Week. That's not counting the few hundred other Mustangs and cars filling up the rest of the parking lot. It's the 14th anniversary of Myrtle Beach Mustang Week, with the biggest turnout yet.
Four-year-old Caleb from York, Pennsylvania was granted full VIP access thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Caleb was born with a congenital heart defect. He had open heart surgery when he was three days old, has had two heart catheterizations, and continues to take medication for his heart.
Caleb's mother, Elizabeth Cook, says "You can't tell by the outside but on the inside his heart works really, really hard."
Caleb's dad once owned a Ford Mustang, but sold it. However, the car's image never left Caleb. He loves watching videos of Mustangs on YouTube with his mom. Two weeks after watching a video from Mustang Week 2014, the Make-A-Wish Foundation told his mom that Caleb -- who was three-years-old at the time -- was approved for a wish. His mom knew that a visit to Mustang Week would make Caleb the happiest.
Caleb has flown out to the Grand Strand and has had full VIP access to all the week's events.
Mustang Week organizer, Brad Worley says Caleb's visit is the perfect complement to an event that has long been pushed as a family affair. He tells, "If you look around, you see families with their children. And to have a little kid who is fighting tough things like Caleb's fighting and his wish is just to come down and be and Mustang Week, that was definitely, definitely a highlight."
For Mustang Week, Caleb was given his kid-sized Mustang to ride around the event grounds with. He got a chance to ride with a Formula 1 racer at Myrtle Beach Speedway and was greeted by a cheering crowd of Mustang lovers when Caleb's Mustang got its horsepower tested by a real dynamometer machine.
Mustang Week's final highlight is Sunday's Mustang cruise, the biggest of its kind on the east coast. The same day, the organizers are also presenting Caleb with his very own award.