Ocean Springs Sock Hop draws in hundreds to party

Ocean Springs Sock Hop draws in hundreds to party
For the first time, Bill Stephens brought his 1962 Chevrolet Corvair rampside pickup truck all the way from California.
For the first time, Bill Stephens brought his 1962 Chevrolet Corvair rampside pickup truck all the way from California.

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Traffic across the Coast has been bumper-to-bumper since this year's Cruisin' the Coast events began. Friday night, cars and people filed into downtown Ocean Springs for the city's annual Sock Hop and Street Party.

"We just thoroughly enjoy the cars. It's just a passion," Sherland McMillen said.

Being around these classic wheels brought a lot of folks back to the 1960s.

"I'm stuck in the 60s," Mary Carlisle exclaimed.

Luckily for Carlisle, she wasn't the only one. Not only were people showing off a few of their dance moves, but they were also showing off their cars.

For the first time, Bill Stephens brought his 1962 Chevrolet Corvair rampside pickup truck all the way from California. He was one of 10 trophy winners.

"They call this the Chick Pick, and some pretty little chick picked my car as her favorite," Stephens explained.

That pretty little chick was Kristin Smith. She has been picking her favorite classic cars for three years. She says she loved Stephens' truck when she first spotted it on the street.

"I was walking down the street. I love all the cars, and I saw it like at the end of the street with its bright yellow, and it like spoke to me. I'm not typically drawn to the truck, but this is a truck, and I thought it was awesome. It was just so different. I loved it," Smith said.

Stephens may have added a lot of new to this old truck, but he says all of his hard, loving work paid off.

"I said I was going to really buckle down and retire this truck from all of the hard work that I've put it through and put a lot of money into and tender love and care, and make a show car out of it. It worked," Stephens said.

Events like this don't end until Sunday.

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