Cruisin' sparkles as it speeds into final day

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Krystal Allan – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The excitement over Cruisin' the Coast has been contagious with more people than at any time since Hurricane Katrina catching the cruisin' fever.

"It's bigger this year. It's getting bigger and bigger," said Doug Knapp of Spanish Fort, AL.

Event organizers say well over 4,800 cars are registered for the classic car showcase.  And if traffic on Highway 90 and Pass Road is any indication, more spectators than ever seem to be scoping out the vintage vehicles.

"Awww man! They're nice! I wish had about five of 'em," said Knapp.

Kelvin Harris of Natchez doesn't have to wish; he owns several classic cruisers. He brought a couple from his muscle car collection back home to the coast.

"I'm a muscle car fan," Harris said. "We enjoy Cruisin' the Coast immensely, and we're having a good time."

Those behind the wheel don't mind flashing their hot rods to keep the onlookers coming.  Rebecca Barnes from Mobile, AL, said she gets quite a few stares, even some drooling when people check out her 1971 Red Corvette Stingray.

"They're surprised that a girl drives a car like that 'cause it's a standard," Barnes said.

The showcase of cars parked at Edgewater Mall makes for a little healthy competition among car owners. But, classic car owners like Eva Clark aren't afraid to concede that there are a lot of showstoppers rolling down the highway.

"There are some fine cars here. We're not even close to some of them, but we hold our own pretty well," said Clark.

Cruisin' the Coast ends on Sunday.  Before the car owners head out of town, many of them are pre-registering for the 2011 party.

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