Automobiles Scrapin' To Annual Success

From a distance, it may appear to be Cruisin'' The Coast a few months ahead of schedule.

But reality sets in, and you realize antiques do not bounce quite like this.

This is Scrapin'' The Coast, and it's all about showing off low rides, hot wheels, and bass loud enough that no one will miss a single beat.

There were more than 500 of these shining beauties on display Sunday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Now these cars and trucks may not be antiques, but money is written all over them.

"I had it for about 6 years. It got about 7 or 8000 invested in it and the truck's probably worth about 1500. There's always something to fix. It's not cheap. It's a fun sport. Got to pay to play," said participant Timmy Carter.

"A lot of people like to spend money on their vehicles and they like to show it off and then it's a bunch of kids out here just trying to have a good time. It's things for kids to do to stay out of trouble, and spend money on their vehicles and show them off and win prizes and stuff like that. That's what it's all about," said co-organizer John Landry.

Organizers say participation in Scrapin'' the Coast has doubled since the fun began last year, and they see it reaching the status of Cruisin'' The Coast in the near future - possibly becoming one of the greatest souped up, bouncing, and loudest car shows of the South.

As popularity of this event keeps growing, organizers say they will probably have to expand into another parking lot of the coast coliseum and maybe even into the convention center itself.