GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Downtown Gulfport was transformed into a vintage car lover's paradise for the annual Cruise In event that kicks off eight straight days of Cruisin' the Coast festivities.
'I save all my vacation up for this week. So, I took off last Friday and all this week. We just have a great time taking the kids out and doing the parade and seeing all the events and venues," said Ken Tyler of Gulfport.
Laura Vicknair of Louisiana agrees. She and her family have traveled more than two hours to the event every year for over a decade.
"We just enjoy bringing our cars over here as well as seeing everybody else's," said Vicknair.
The weather couldn't have been better for these cruisers and car enthusiasts to enjoy the hundreds of cars that lined nearly five blocks of the downtown area.
"This is the type of cars I grew up looking at. You know they don't make this anymore. You don't get to see this anymore. That is plastic. This is real muscle here," said Chris Cowan of Mobile, AL.
As usual, cruisers like to stand out and show off, so of course some of the cars came with a prop like Batman, but the sheer beauty of these classic rides is enough for most car lovers.
"I don't care if it's a car that doesn't look so good that somebody spent all their time doing or if it's a $300,000 car. It took workmanship and I appreciate both ends of the spectrum," said Tyler.
The majority of the events throughout the week are designed to be family friendly, and that's good because even the younger generation enjoys a good looking classic car or two.
"One thing that I like about Cruisin' the Coast is the cars like rat rods, trucks all kinds of things like that," said Kevin Johnson.