D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Car fanatics from across the country look forward to Cruisin' the Coast all year long. So when Karen made its way into the Gulf of Mexico, many decided they were not going to let it rain on their fun.
"I said, you know, I've never been in a hurricane. Been in everything else. Let's go," Frank Pecjek said. "We packed up and here we are. Nervous a little bit, but not really."
Pecjek makes the drive every year from West Virginia for the cars and for the company. His brother, Joe Pecjek from Florida, joins him.
"We already made our mind up we were coming. Might get rained out, might have to leave the car trailer, but we were coming anyways," Joe Pecjek said.
"Got rained on in the last 1,000 miles," Frank Pecjek said. "It will get wiped off tomorrow, I guess, for the parade because she said we had to wipe it off for that."
Mike Bultemeier drove his 1933 Dodge sedan down from Indiana. He was confident if he could survive in the days after Katrina, he would not have a problem if Karen decided to wash ashore.
"I have been here with the Red Cross, helped out after Katrina and rebuilt houses in between Katrina and Ike," Bultemeier said. "I'm a little familiar with the weather here. Watching it real close, seeing it breaking up with the wind sheer and all. It should be ok."
He is sure all the other car lovers would not let Karen keep them away either.
"It's a pretty hardy bunch. I think they will show up," Bultemeier said.
Cruisin' the Coast festivities begin Sunday and run all week long.