Pascagoula helps kick off Cruisin' the Coast with Goula Cruise - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Pascagoula helps kick off Cruisin' the Coast with Goula Cruise

Among the 476 registered cruisers at Goula Cruise Sunday was this 1930s school bus owned by Gloria Booth of Ocean Springs. Among the 476 registered cruisers at Goula Cruise Sunday was this 1930s school bus owned by Gloria Booth of Ocean Springs.
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

The action on kickoff day to Cruisin’ the Coast wasn't just in Gulfport.

Pascagoula had its own Goula Cruise.

Daniel Wilson was pleasantly surprised at what he found at Beach Park in Pascagoula.

He brought his family from Grand Bay, Alabama to see a few cars. He didn’t expect this many.

“It’s actually better than I thought it would be out here,” he said. “I thought there’d be a lot less cars out here in Pascagoula. I figured all the excitement would be in Biloxi, but it’s nice over here. I love it, man. There’s a lot of cars. Lots of cars.”

Finally tally: 476 registered cruisers. That’s more than double the number last year.

Ken Nelson of Pascagoula is one of them, who showed off his pride and joy. It started out as a 1932 Ford. Now?

“It’s all scrap parts, I drove it for the first time at a car show,” he said. “I had about $550 in the whole car. ... The car runs at 205 miles an hour and I can drive it anywhere. A lot of fun. Ain’t pretty, but it’s fast.”

For him, it’s a great venue for many reasons.

“It’s such a nice location,” he said. “The trees, the ocean. And it’s not as crowded as other roads. But it’s in your backyard. We live all year long for this weekend.”

Gloria Booth of Ocean Springs and her husband made their grand entrance with their 1930 school bus that they picked up on eBay from the Saratoga Automobile Museum in New York.

They’ve taken their rides through every Cruisin’ the Coast.

“We take our grandchildren and maybe a couple of their friends,” she said. “Adults are just amazed that there was actually a school bus built like this.”

Believe it or not, the cars weren’t the only attraction.

Music played throughout the afternoon, including a performance by WLOX’s own Karen Abernathy.

There was plenty of food and fun for the kids to hone their mechanical skills.

All the cars and engines have rubbed off on 12 year old Reed Matthews of Pascagoula, and he's an experience mechanic.

The best part about working on cars?

“When it’s done, you get to drive it.”

Copyright 2015 WLOX. All rights reserved. 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • WLOX Investigation: Retired Gulfport Firefighter raises concerns over morale in the Department

    WLOX Investigation: Retired Gulfport Firefighter raises concerns over morale in the Department

    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:47 PM EDT2018-06-22 02:47:02 GMT
    That incident led to a police report, a city investigation and a lot of rumors about the inner workings of the Gulfport Fire Department. (Photo source: WLOX)That incident led to a police report, a city investigation and a lot of rumors about the inner workings of the Gulfport Fire Department. (Photo source: WLOX)
    That incident led to a police report, a city investigation and a lot of rumors about the inner workings of the Gulfport Fire Department. (Photo source: WLOX)That incident led to a police report, a city investigation and a lot of rumors about the inner workings of the Gulfport Fire Department. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Gulfport's Mayor and Chief Administrator say Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt has their full confidence, and they've closed the book on an altercation two months ago between the chief and a firefighter. Now, a recently retired firefighter who says he witnessed the altercation has come forward not only to share his perspective of the incident but also on what he calls a serious need to hire more firefighters.

    More >>

    Gulfport's Mayor and Chief Administrator say Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt has their full confidence, and they've closed the book on an altercation two months ago between the chief and a firefighter. Now, a recently retired firefighter who says he witnessed the altercation has come forward not only to share his perspective of the incident but also on what he calls a serious need to hire more firefighters.

    More >>
  • Car ends up in ditch after short chase in Gulfport

    VIDEO: Car ends in ditch after short chase in Gulfport

    VIDEO: Car ends in ditch after short chase in Gulfport

    Thursday, June 21 2018 9:35 PM EDT2018-06-22 01:35:50 GMT
    A minor accident on Highway 90 suddenly became a short chase through Gulfport earlier this evening. (Photo source: WLOX)A minor accident on Highway 90 suddenly became a short chase through Gulfport earlier this evening. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A minor accident on Highway 90 suddenly became a short chase through Gulfport earlier this evening. 

    More >>

    A minor accident on Highway 90 suddenly became a short chase through Gulfport earlier this evening. 

    More >>
  • Preparations for 'Scrapin' The Coast' continue

    Preparations for 'Scrapin' The Coast' continue

    Thursday, June 21 2018 8:33 PM EDT2018-06-22 00:33:26 GMT

    Scrapin The Coast is almost here, and everyone's getting ready for a weekend full of cool cars, live events, and fun in the sun. 

    More >>

    Scrapin The Coast is almost here, and everyone's getting ready for a weekend full of cool cars, live events, and fun in the sun. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly