22nd An­nual Cruisin’ the Coast

7 Days, 10 Towns, 8,444 Cruis­ers

Street Rodder - - Conents - BY GERRY BURGER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY THE AU­THOR

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

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