On the Road

Street Rodder - - Contents - Jerry Dixey

♦ It is known as Amer­ica’s Largest Block Party. That ti­tle de­scribes it per­fectly. Cruisin’ The Coast be­gan in 1996 as a fes­ti­val to cel­e­brate an­tique, clas­sic, and hot rod ve­hi­cles along with nos­tal­gic mu­sic and re­lated events. That first year 374 ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered and in 2017 they had 8,308 reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles. Car en­thu­si­asts from 40 states plus Canada, Ger­many, and Puerto Rico ar­rive on the Mis­sis­sippi Gulf Coast once a year to show­case their rides and cruise the beau­ti­ful 30-mile stretch of beach side high­way with des­ig­nated stops in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulf­port, Pass Chris­tian, Ocean Springs, and Pascagoula.

Each venue is set up like a mini fes­ti­val with a stage for live bands, re­served park­ing for reg­is­tered cruis­ers, spec­ta­tor park­ing, and ven­dors for food and event mer­chan­dise. The week­long event in­cludes cruise-ins, a Salute to Our Veter­ans event, car auc­tion, swap meet, car cor­ral, and a pa­rade. Spec­ta­tors are wel­come and will find that the cruis­ers love to talk “old cars.”

Our Cruisin’ The Coast Tour last year was the largest Road Tour of the en­tire 2017 sea­son. We had more than 80 ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered and ev­ery­one had a great time. We head­quar­tered at the IP Casino and Re­sort and they re­ally rolled out the red car­pet. Our cars filled the en­tire park­ing lot in front of the IP all week long. Dur­ing the day we at­tended many of the events be­ing held up and down the beau­ti­ful coast­line. At many of the venues our Road Tour cars were fea­tured at­trac­tions. We were even given a 15-mile po­lice es­cort to one of the events. All of the Road Touri­ans re­ally liked that cruise.

We de­cided that we had to make a re­turn trip to Cruisin’ The Coast this Oc­to­ber. We will again be at­tend­ing many of the events up and down the beau­ti­ful Gulf Coast and we hope you can join us in the fun. Af­ter our week at Cruisin’ The Coast many of us will sad­dle up and head to Cal­i­for­nia, “old-school” Road Tour style, as we cover 2,000 miles in five days on the AMSOIL INC. Road Tour.

Join us at Cruisin’ The Coast or any of the other Road Tours this sea­son. See page 113 for the com­plete sched­ule. Go to streetrodder.com and click on “Events” to sign up for any of the Road Tours. Call the Road Tour Hot­line at (800) 664-1362 with any ques­tions. Don’t let the sum­mer slip away with­out spend­ing some time on a Road Tour.

There is plenty to see and do all week long at Cruisin’ the Coast. Most nights we put on our own Road Tour car show at our head­quar­ters ho­tel. Dur­ing the day there are cruises and en­ter­tain­ment all up and down a 90-mile stretch of beach. Ev­ery­thing takes place on the beau­ti­ful Gulf Coast of Mis­sis­sippi.

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