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.