SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX)
Be prepared to soon share the roads with thousands of visitors, all driving old cars. It's the 18th annual Cruisin' the Coast, and people are already getting excited about it.
The official start date is Oct. 5, but many can't wait that long. In fact, you may already be seeing some early arrivals over the next week.
8,000 is a large number, and one that means a whole lot of work for the City of Biloxi.
"We still have a lot to do. We're going to be working feverishly this week," said Kay Miller-Carter, Executive Director of Biloxi Main Street.
8,000 is the record breaking number of anticipated entries in this year's Cruisin' the Coast. Right now, the streets are calm. That makes Miller-Carter's job a little easier. She leads Biloxi Main Street in hosting one of the biggest stops on the Cruisin' schedule.
"We're going to roll up our sleeves and put our best foot forward and shine everything up," said Miller-Carter.
She's not the only one doing a little shining. Lee Parker and his wife, Selena, can't wait to show off their wheels for the sixth year in a row.
"Get it polished up and ready. Everybody's looking at the cars during Cruisin'," said Parker.
If you listen close enough, you might even hear Parker's 68 SS El Camino humming with anticipation.
"Bought it for Cruisin'," said Parker.
It's his pride and joy, and to make sure it's easily seen, Parker has already claimed a spot.
You might think it's a little early to be setting up camp for something that doesn't start for another week, but Parker says a week in advance can be too late in some areas.
"You better get them now, because they're not going to be around long," said Parker.
That's the case a little further west, where a group of Cruisin' fans have been set up for weeks now. To them, it's well worth the wait.
"You've got to come early to get a spot," said one fan. "It's first come, first serve. Good spots for burnouts," said another while sitting outside her camper right off of Highway 90.
Right now, there are cars registered from around 40 different states, and that's just from pre-registration. The Cruisin' festivities will begin Sunday, and will last for a week, spanning from one end of the Coast to the other.