Cruisers enjoy block party in downtown Biloxi

By Steve Phillips - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Cruisin the Coast is certainly hitting on all cylinders this week. An increasing number of classic cars can be seen cruising the streets of South Mississippi or visiting one of the many Cruisin venues.

For classic car lovers, it doesn't get any better than a front row seat along the beach front highway, watching the shiny cars roll by.

The big event Wednesday was the "block party" in downtown Biloxi. Classic rides and a car loving crowd filled Lameuse Street by late morning.

The sound of 50s music provided a welcome backdrop, although "Sweatin' to the Oldies" might have been the better choice given the October heat wave.

But forget the hot weather, it's "hot wheels" that cater to this crowd.

"'72 Chevelle SS Super Sport. 350 stroker motor, 383.  425 horsepower," said Steve Doucet of Long Beach.

He can talk the gear head's language. His classic ride, a Chevelle Malibu, speaks for itself.

"I love to drive it. I love cruising the coast, seeing all the people," he said.

Glenn Lynd's 1955 Pontiac is all about the love. It was a labor of love rebuilding this beauty.

"My dad bought it brand new. I took my wife out in it when she was 16 years old. I don't know if she liked me or the car, but anyway, I've still got both of 'em," said Lynd of Escatawpa.

Strolling the street, enjoying the beauties, means time to remember and reminisce.

Car lovers think about the classic ride they "used to have" or "dream to own."  That's the primary attraction of Cruisin the Coast.

"I enjoy meeting people from all over the country. And I enjoy seeing cars I haven't seen before. Renewing acquaintances and people from the local area and people I've met here," said Ed Booth of Ocean Springs.

Steve Ashby from Marietta, Georgia just finished driving his classic cross country.

"It's a '68 Coronet RT convertible. We spent three years restoring it. It was rotted out from the firewall to the trunk. It's got all new panels on it. New paint. New body and new interior," he said proudly.

Making classic cars your hobby takes commitment and,  in many cases, deep pockets. But most owners will tell you, it's all worthwhile.

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