BILOXI, MS (WVUE) - Classic car enthusiasts are taking over the Gulf Coast. There's plenty of time to get a good look at the nearly 8,000 hot rods and street machines expected at the Cruisin' the Coast. From Biloxi to Diamondhead, and many spots in between, beautiful weather is in store for the rest of the week. Many people opt to pull out the lawn chairs in the shade to watch the cars go by.
Every other vehicle on Highway 90 is a classic, hot rod or sports car and if you are into cars this is the place to be. Alan Slide talked his friend Joe Carmire into coming in from Georgia for the first time. Slide said, "This is it. If there's a better car show anywhere in this country I don't know where it is." Carmire added, "You know you have your head spinning. Look at this. Look at that. Look at that. Hey that's a milk truck made into a rack rod kind of thing so it's definitely a good time."
Everyone FOX 8 spoke with said this is the best car event that they've been to because you have a good combination of everything. The beach, all the cars and it's not just a stationary car show. Rodell Hogan drove his 1934 Packard from St. Louis, MO. He said, "Everybody is so nice and then you get to drive your car. You're not just in the same spot the whole time."
People from everywhere across the United States and even Canada converge on the beachfront strip. Harold Graham lives in Ontario, Canada about an hour and a half north of Detroit. He said, "We've been coming down here for four years. This is our fourth year coming down and we are coming as long as our health is good we'll be coming here forever."
James Young of Kosciusko, MS is part of what he called the patina movement. While most of the cars on display have tip top paint and updated upholstery, the exterior and upholstery of his 1958 Edsel Bermuda Station Wagon is all original. Young said, " There were about 3000 of them made when they were new and we found this one in a warehouse in Cartersville, GA. It had 25,300 and something miles on it. I brought it home and we put all new late model running gear underneath it so we can drive it on the highway anywhere we want to go. We keep it looking old and classic."
If you love cars you have plenty of time to come out here and check it out. Cruisin' the Coast runs right into this weekend. There are lots of events surrounding it with concerts and big events with all of the businesses in this area.