D'Iberville welcomes growing Cruisin' the Coast crowd

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - By Steve Phillips – bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Cruisin' the Coast is a definite family oriented event. And that was quite evident among Friday's turnout at the D'Iberville Civic Center. That popular "pit stop" is attracting quite a crowd.

"I know you can cut that thing. You can drive Rascal, looking good," said Teddy Harder, as the D'Iberville city councilman helped direct classic car traffic into the civic center parking lot.

"I couldn't think of a better job today on a beautiful day to be out here working, getting to see these people showcasing something they love and we love 'em here in D'Iberville," said a smiling Harder.

A Tupelo club called the "Possum Trot Cruisers" is among the D'Iberville crowd. Group member, Roy Montgomery, makes it a family affair.

"I enjoy the coast. Just coming down and bringing my grand kids, bringing my wife. I've got my son and his wife. We're having a ball," said Montgomery.

Gulfport's Arthur Blum has Cruisin' the Coast decals from all 14 years on his modified El Camino. For him it's all about the cruise; he's already driven nearly 400 miles this week.

"It's fun. You get on Highway 90 and just ride. Go to the different sites and stop, park, meet people, look at all the cool cars. I have a blast," said Blum.

If the price is right, you could be cruising the beach in a vintage Ford.

"It's a '64 Galaxy XL500," said owner Doug Parker from Alabama, "I bought it a couple of years ago. And it has 38 thousand miles on it. It's a 390 with all power and air."

As bright sunshine sparkled off chrome, car buffs swapped stories, checked under the hood and in some cases look right through the hood.

It was a picture perfect afternoon.

"D'Iberville turnout is great. We just are grateful to be a part of Cruisin' the Coast on the gulf coast. It's great for everybody, especially at this time. D'Iberville is getting bigger and bigger. Probably gonna have to get another site to accommodate everybody, turnout is so great," said Teddy Harder.

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