SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Cruisin' the Coast 2015 is on pace to shatter attendance records. Executive director Woody Bailey said 6,310 classic car owners have preregistered. That's more than 300 ahead of 2014 numbers.
The Oct. 4-11 event, billed as "America's Largest Block Party," draws classic car owners from all over the nation and has grown from 374 cars in 1996 to 7,293 registered cars in 2014.
"We anticipate another 1,200 to 1,500 cars to register onsite, so the total could be around 7,500," Bailey said.
He estimates another 3,000 cars take part but do not register.
With the number of additional vehicles on Coast roads climbing toward 10,000 during Cruisin', Bailey said managing traffic is always a concern. The Cruisin' team is already holding meetings with police across the Coast to ensure traffic keeps moving. So far, no major issues have come up, though Bailey said infrastructure work in Biloxi and construction on the interchanges in D'Iberville could pose challenges.
"Some of the back roads may be off limits, but it's negotiable," Bailey said. "Having events at both ends of the Coast simultaneously helps manage traffic."
Cruisin' events are scheduled from Pascagoula to Bay St. Louis. Click here for a complete list of Cruisin' the Coast events.