GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Cruisin' the Coast 2013 has officially come and gone and officials are elated over what turned out to be a record setting event.
"7,042 cars we're registered. We broke the record we set last year. That's impressive. Close to 1,000 more cars this year," said Cruisin' Executive Director Woody Bailey.
Along with a record setting number of cars, spectators turned out in a big way. Throughout the event, folks set up along Highway 90 to enjoy the parade of vintage automobiles.
According to the registration information, 44 states were represented in this year's Cruisin the Coast.
Not only did this year's attendance impress officials, but so did the impact on our economy. Car owners and people who watched the various events spent a lot of money here on the coast.
"Gaming money, fuel, hotel rooms, restaurants and all those numbers are impressive. They're here to have a great time. It's a big impact because of the ripple effect throughout the economy," said Bailey.
On Monday, the barricades were removed and tents were taken down at the event headquarters located at Centennial Plaza.
As officials look back at this year's event, they say there is one isse that may need to be considered for next year: traffic congestion. Some people question whether organizers should limit the number of cars in the future.
However, Gulfport Police told us there were very few problems that actually came as a result of the traffic.
"I know local folks say the traffic was terrible. It was usually flowing and moving. We're looking at that. I want to make sure this event continues to be the quality event it has become" said Bailey.