Cruisers line up extra early for day one of the event

This hot rod is featured in the 2012 Cruisin'' the Coast t-shirts.
This hot rod is featured in the 2012 Cruisin'' the Coast t-shirts.

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Cruisers could hardly wait for the fun to begin, cars lovers started scoping out spots bright and early Sunday morning in downtown Gulfport even though the event did not actually start until 2pm.

"Because this is the biggest cruising event in the world," Bob Anderson from Cleveland, TN said.

Steve McAllister said, "I'm excited. I love this. This is the best thing that ever happened."

Cars of every make, model and year line the streets and most owners cannot wait to brag on their beauties.

"It's a 57 Ford custom 300, it's all original right down to the rods knocking and the oil burning," McAllister said.

Buddy Lee cruised his car over from Louisiana.

"It's a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda, we fully restored it probably about 12 years ago. Me and my son did it for a project," Lee said.

Vickie Rivers said, "It's a 1940 Ford sedan, as soon as I saw it I told my husband, that's it, that's it."

For Rivers and her husband the very first Cruisin' the Coast 16 years ago is what sparked their love and appreciation for old cars.

"We didn't have a car, he was bush hogging down in Biloxi on the Point and he saw all the cars coming by, he just pulled the tractor over and started day dreaming and we became on the hunt," Rivers said.

Since then the couple have owned several oldies and enjoy traveling to car shows all over.

Steve McAllister knows a beauty when he sees it, he has been in love with one particular car for much of his life.

"I had one when I was a teenager, so I found this locally and bought it and have been driving it ever since. It's a good looking car," McAllister said.

Like most cruisers, McAllister said he plans to be out all week long admiring all the other cars coming in from across the country.

If Sunday afternoon is any indication Cruisin' the Coast is on track to be another smashing success.

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