Cruisers roll in to town

By Jessica Bowman – email

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Antique cars have rolled in to town. Friday, the first annual Official Un-official kick-off to Cruisin the Coast began in Long Beach at the West Harrison County Civic Center.

Cruisers were in Heaven as antique eye candy surrounded their finders.

Jerry Forte's 1968 Z-28 Camaro sat amongst more than 350 antique beauties. He said along with the blue and white paint there are many other original parts to the car that make it something special.

"Its got the original 302 engine and it's pretty much all original you know," said Forte. "It's a lot of fun to drive. It's a four speed."

Pintos, Mustangs and Ms. Mabelline lined the street all with their hoods up showing off what makes the motor run. Organizer Scott Turan said he wanted to start the event for those who were in town prior to Cruisin the Coast.

Turan said, "Cruisin the Coast is a big event for all of us down here and people are coming in Thursday, but they want something to do on Friday night. Cruisin doesn't officially kick off till Sunday, so that's where we get the name the Official Unofficial Kick Off Party."

The event featured live entertainment, food and drawings for cruisin merchandise to get folks prepared for a week of crusin.

"We welcome it. We're glad its getting bigger every year especially after Katrina and we're ready for it."

Forte said he is anxious to see Highway 90 lit up with old automobiles

"We are ready for cruisin," said Forte.

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