‘Cruisin’ the Coast’ sets new record for registered cars
Published: October 15,2012
MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — An annual celebration of classic cars and hot rods on the Mississippi Gulf Coast has reached a milestone with more than 6,000 cars registered to take part.
The 16th annual “Cruisin’ the Coast” event, which wrapped up Sunday, surpassed 6,000 last Friday.
Event organizers say one reason Cruisin’ the Coast is gaining popularity is that participants actually get to cruise around, which isn’t the case at many other car shows around the nation.
“A lot of events you go with a car show, you dress your car, you register, you have a place where you set up, and you park,” Lisa Burnett, Cruisin’ the Coast registration director, told WLOX television.
“You’re expected to stay there and answer questions from the judges. So you could spend two days sitting there just looking around at the other contestants. Where here you’re looking around at beautiful scenery.”
Ellis and Joyce Martin of Plaquemine, La., were at the center of the celebration when they registered their 1964 Ford Mustang and found out that it was the 6,000th car registered.
“My heart stopped a few minutes when everybody started jumping around me,” said Ellis Martin. “I thought I did something wrong.”
The event included activities in various coastal cities. In Ocean Springs, the city roped off the downtown area for a sock hop.
Bay St. Louis, D’Iberville and Gulfport’s Centennial Plaza were among the places where there was live entertainment and the Coast Coliseum was host to a swap meet and an auto auction.
“We’ve broken our record and are sort of sailing right along,” Crusin’ the Coast executive director Woody Bailey told The Sun Herald. “Everything is all good.”
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail
Still planning that summer vacation?
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- Silver Airways ordered to continue service
- Seafood R’evolution set to make Mississippi ‘the new culinary epicenter of the South’
- Bryant signs controversial abortion ban bill
- Two Delta groups getting economic development funding
- Soybean yield more than doubles in less than a decade
- Pharma Pac lays off rest of workers; could end up owing state
- Plans unveiled for large shooting range on Coast
- Ole Miss launches commitment to be 'climate neutral'
- Yarber could be sworn in today as new Jackson mayor
- Biloxi baseball project still alive but may be held for 2015