Cruisin the Coast expecting big year

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - In 16 days, Highway 90 as we see it today will be transformed. Classic cars will begin arriving October 2nd for the 15th annual Cruisin the Coast. The executive director of the event is expecting a banner year.

"Things are looking real good right now," Woody Bailey said. "We still have a lot of work to do. At this point, I think we'll have a great turnout. We are 617 cars ahead of last year on pre-registration. That is an awesome number as far as we're concerned."

Bailey spoke to the Biloxi Businessman's Club Thursday. He said they are raising the bar this year.

In 2010, 4,854 vintage vehicles registered for Cruisin the Coast, the largest number since 2003. Bailey said he has high hopes for this year's affair.

"We're going to go over the 5,000 mark. We're confident of that. That's impressive in this economy, but the folks are loyal to this event."

Cruisin the Coast has an important economic impact on the coast. Last year, an extensive study was down to measure the impact was 2004. And officials figured the impact was between $15 million and $17 million.

One will be done this year and Bailey expects some impressive numbers.

"Want to say we'll be in the $17 to $20 million range, just looking at how it was figured back in 2004."

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