Biloxi elementary students get up close look at classic cars - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Biloxi elementary students get up close look at classic cars

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
Between the horns and revving engines, the students were certainly getting an idea of what Cruisin' the Coast is all about. (Photo source: WLOX) Between the horns and revving engines, the students were certainly getting an idea of what Cruisin' the Coast is all about. (Photo source: WLOX)
According to Speck, this is a highlight of his Cruisin' week. (Photo source: WLOX) According to Speck, this is a highlight of his Cruisin' week. (Photo source: WLOX)
Booth has been helping to organize special mornings like this for years at her school. (Photo source: WLOX) Booth has been helping to organize special mornings like this for years at her school. (Photo source: WLOX)
Gloria Booth and her class enjoyed the up close look at classic cars. (Photo source: WLOX) Gloria Booth and her class enjoyed the up close look at classic cars. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Some elementary students got a special treat in Biloxi on Monday. Their school's parking lot was taken over by blasts from the past. When the students at Jeff Davis Elementary ventured outside, they were met with a parking lot full of classic autos.

"It's wonderful. Ain't nothing like these, youngins. This is what it's all about. It's the next generation," said classic car enthusiast Richard Speck.

According to Speck, this is a highlight of his Cruisin' week. His hope is some of these children will get a spark of inspiration from seeing and hearing restored machines, like his '29 Roadster. He shares that hope with Hervey Purcell.

"It's going away. A lot of these cars are going away, and we're hoping these kids are still going to do the same thing," said Purcell.

Purcell put on a show with his century old Model T's array of horns. Between the horns and revving engines, the students were certainly getting an idea of what Cruisin' the Coast is all about.

For Gloria Booth and her class, this was a chance to learn about a time gone by. To do that, Booth had her girls don some 50s style poodle skirts and her guys gear up in shades with built-in sideburns.

"They were excited to get dressed up. They couldn't wait. We'll go back in and talk about the cars and see what they liked," said Booth.

Booth has been helping to organize special mornings like this for years at her school. She and her husband, Ed, are avid classic car collectors. They enjoy volunteering their collection for the students to see, because they say it offers a tangible and relatable history lesson.

"You talk about things, and you try to describe things. It's better for them to see them," said Booth.

This is the sixth year that Booth has organized the gathering of these classic cars for the students at Jeff Davis.

Copyright 2015 WLOX. All rights reserved. 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • USS Fitzgerald arrives in South Mississippi

    USS Fitzgerald arrives in South Mississippi

    Friday, January 19 2018 12:30 PM EST2018-01-19 17:30:09 GMT
    The USS Fitzgerald arrived in South Mississippi Friday morning for repairs at Ingalls Shipyard. (Source: WLOX)The USS Fitzgerald arrived in South Mississippi Friday morning for repairs at Ingalls Shipyard. (Source: WLOX)

    Outlined against the sun, the USS Fitzgerald painted a patriotic picture of American strength as it churned through the water, heading to the Port of Pascagoula. 

    More >>

    Outlined against the sun, the USS Fitzgerald painted a patriotic picture of American strength as it churned through the water, heading to the Port of Pascagoula. 

    More >>
  • Coast cities make up top 4 affordable beach towns in U.S.

    Coast cities make up top 4 affordable beach towns in U.S.

    Friday, January 19 2018 12:16 PM EST2018-01-19 17:16:15 GMT
    Coast cities are some of the most affordable beach towns to visit, according to one website. (Source: WLOX)Coast cities are some of the most affordable beach towns to visit, according to one website. (Source: WLOX)

    Four South Mississippi cities are taking top spots in a survey of the most affordable beach towns in America. Topping that list is Gulfport, which comes in the number one spot. Biloxi snagged the number three spot, with Bay St. Louis and Ocean Springs following at numbers five and six, respectively.  SmartAsset - a website aimed at helping people with their finances - has conducted the survey for the past three years, with Gulfport topping the list for each of those. "This...

    More >>

    Four South Mississippi cities are taking top spots in a survey of the most affordable beach towns in America. Topping that list is Gulfport, which comes in the number one spot. Biloxi snagged the number three spot, with Bay St. Louis and Ocean Springs following at numbers five and six, respectively.  SmartAsset - a website aimed at helping people with their finances - has conducted the survey for the past three years, with Gulfport topping the list for each of those. "This...

    More >>
  • Silver Alert issued for 86-year-old woman missing from Columbus

    Silver Alert issued for 86-year-old woman missing from Columbus

    Friday, January 19 2018 11:01 AM EST2018-01-19 16:01:58 GMT
    Source: MBISource: MBI

    A Silver Alert has been issued for an 86-year-old woman from Columbus. 

    More >>

    A Silver Alert has been issued for an 86-year-old woman from Columbus. 

    More >>
  • #CTCWLOXCruisin' the Coast 2016More>>

  • Schedule - Cruisin' the Coast 2016

    Schedule - Cruisin' the Coast 2016

    Monday, October 3 2016 10:39 AM EDT2016-10-03 14:39:06 GMT

    Here's a look at all the official Cruisin' the Coast events planned this week across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

    More >>

    Here's a look at all the official Cruisin' the Coast events planned this week across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

    More >>
  • Dozens head to Ocean Springs for Cars and Coffee

    Dozens head to Ocean Springs for Cars and Coffee

    Sunday, October 2 2016 8:42 PM EDT2016-10-03 00:42:11 GMT

    Hosted by the The Finest Grind Coffee Shop in Ocean Springs, Cars and Coffee gives people the chance to view dozens of souped-up cars.

    More >>

    Hosted by the The Finest Grind Coffee Shop in Ocean Springs, Cars and Coffee gives people the chance to view dozens of souped-up cars.

    More >>
  • Flame throwing competition draws thousands to Island View

    Flame throwing competition draws thousands to Island View

    Wednesday, October 5 2016 6:53 AM EDT2016-10-05 10:53:07 GMT
    This 1949 Ford pick-up truck lit up the night sky at the annual flame throwing competition. (Photo source: WLOX)This 1949 Ford pick-up truck lit up the night sky at the annual flame throwing competition. (Photo source: WLOX)

    The annual flame throwing competition drew a large Cruisin' crowd in Gulfport Tuesday night. Spectators packed every level of the parking garage at Island View Casino to get a good look at the glowing hot rods. 

    More >>

    The annual flame throwing competition drew a large Cruisin' crowd in Gulfport Tuesday night. Spectators packed every level of the parking garage at Island View Casino to get a good look at the glowing hot rods. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly