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10/06/04

Classic Car Owners Enjoy Biloxi Block Party

Classics slowly cruised past city hall. Women dressed like "The Pink Ladies" strolled down Lameuse Street. Blasts from the past drew longing looks from wanna be owners.

A pair of  Texas twins, one orange and one blue, drew plenty of stares. Father owns one car; son the other.

Morris Schweickhardt calls it a "family affair".

"My son decided he wanted a car. And while I'm capable of working with him, we decided to build a car together. So, it became a father-son joint effort," he explained.

There's a labor of love behind every polished paint job and chrome engine. For Paul Wilson, it's a fleeting romance. He falls in love with a classic, then falls for another. He's breaking up with his '68 Chevelle.

"I buy one. I keep it awhile. I find something else I want. I sell it. I buy another one. I can't afford but one at a time," said Wilson.

Furry dice are the perfect complement to any classic car. But apparently the '65 Mustang parked across from city hall has a little growing up to do. The 1923 Ford parked along side had a giant set of dice, that dwarfed the pair hanging from the Mustang's mirror.

Mark Wood's wife made the dice.  It won the couple a trophy for the "largest pair".

Veterans of Cruising will tell you, it's not just the fine rides. It's the fascinating tales behind the tail pipes.

"Tell stories. They've got a story, you've got a story. So, it's a fun atmosphere to be in," said Schweickhardt, "And you meet a lot of people from a lot of different parts of the country."

The reunion in downtown Biloxi is always a popular pit stop.

By Steve Phillips

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