22nd Annual Cruisin’ the Coast
7 Days, 10 Towns, 8,444 Cruisers
7 days, 10 towns, 8,444 cruisers
Well, the 2018 version of Cruisin’ the Coast is in the books and all we can say is the event just keeps getting better. Maybe that’s why USA Today named Cruisin’ the Coast Best Car Show of the Year for 2018. For one full week hot rods, muscle cars, restored cars, and Tri-Fives fill the Mississippi coast. It’s a car lover’s paradise. Rolling down Route 90 keeps you skirting the coast and there are rods, customs, muscle cars, and pickups heading in every direction.
Each of the 10 towns on the cruise list is unique in its own way, which makes “getting your ticket stamped” well worth the effort. For registered cars, if you drive to each designated town and get your entry card stamped, you are in the running for the big prize money drawings. Of course there is a lot more to it than getting a paper ticket stamped. We are talking great seafood, antique shops, boutiques, and scenic seaside towns to enjoy. There is also the big burnout contest in Pass Christian on Thursday night, live music at every venue from Tuesday through Saturday, so it is no wonder this event has grown over the years from an initial event of under 1,000 cars 22 years ago, to the monstrous Cruisin’ the Coast 2018 that recorded 8,444 registered cars in attendance.
Rather than being captured in a fairgrounds, this event takes place over a 45-mile stretch of coastline. The fun starts early and cruisin’ goes on well after dark. This year Mississippi served up plenty of sunshine all week long. It was a bit warmer than normal, but a continued soft breeze off the Gulf kept things pleasant and the evenings were simply perfect roadster weather.
Included in the 8,444 cruisers was the STREETRODDER Road
Tour, with Jerry Dixey leading a larger-than-average number of cars into Biloxi. The new United Pacific Industries ’32 Ford pickup was looking good cruising the beaches. The group has reserved parking in all the different towns during the week, so there is a definite advantage to being a Road Tourian.
This event is so much fun, so laid back, that the week is over in a flash. You could have taken in the autocross, gone to the Blessing of the Cars, had a great breakfast for