Cruisers rolling into South Mississippi

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By David Elliott – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Cruisers from all around America are arriving in South Mississippi. One of the things these classic car owners enjoy more than anything else is talking about their vintage machines.

"It's a 1954 Chevrolet. It has a block 400," Brian McDougal said with a gleam in his eye.

"This is a 1949 Dodge," McDougal said as he sat behind the wheel of his one of a kind pickup truck.

An old U.S. truck drew attention from spectators.

"It's a 1919 Model T," said Jerry Dildy from Ocean Springs.

Most of these cruisers have had a lifelong love affair with classic automobiles.

"I grew up working on cars. I have pictures of myself in diapers sitting on the fender of my grandfather's car," McDougal said.

Perfect weather and big crowds should make this year's event a raging success.

"The beaches look great, people are staking out spots on Highway 90. We're rolling out the red carpet," said Cruisin' Executive Director Woody Bailey.

The event was given $175,000 in BP grant money from the Harrison County Tourism Commission to advertise and promote this year's event.

Monday night, the cruisers will parade through Long Beach for the official kick off parade. Leading the pack of cruisers will be Miss Mississippi Sarah Beth James. The parade will start at Long Beach High School at 5:30pm and make its way down to the Long Beach Harbor. Once there, cruisers will enjoy the sounds of the Tips Tops until 9pm.

Click here to see a complete schedule of Cruisin' the Coast events.

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